Mirena Intrauterine Contraceptive Device (IUD)
Did you know that if you or someone you know had to have the Mirena IUD device surgically removed because it migrated from its original position and caused serious, debilitating or even life-threatening injury, you may have grounds for a lawsuit?
What is Mirena?
Manufactured by Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Mirena is a plastic IUD contraceptive device that is inserted into the uterus by a trained healthcare provider and is intended to provide contraceptive protection for up to five years. The tiny, t-shaped device works by releasing a low dose of levonorgestrel directly into the uterus. Levonorgestrel is a synthetic form of the hormone progestin and is used to help prevent pregnancy by thinning the lining of the uterus. Currently, more than 2 million women in the United States are using Mirena.
Why can the use of Mirena be dangerous?
After its insertion into the uterus, if the Mirena IUD migrates from its original position (extra-uterine migration), the device can lead to some very dangerous health risks. It can perforate the lining of the uterus or embed itself directly in the uterus, requiring a doctor to locate and surgically remove the device. In some cases, Mirena can also travel outside the uterine cavity, causing scarring that can ultimately result in infertility. In the most severe of cases, women have endured a complete hysterectomy or even died as a result of the damage caused by the Mirena IUD.
What are some of the serious side effects linked to Mirena?
- Irregular Bleeding
- Severe Pain
- Device Migration
- Surgical removal of the Mirena IUD
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
- Perforation of the uterine wall
- Embedment in the uterus
- Expulsion of the Mirena IUD
- Erosion of adjacent areas
- Ovarian Cysts
- Ectopic Pregnancy
What does the FDA say about Mirena?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Mirena for use in 2000 as a long-acting form of birth control that is inserted into the uterus and can be left in place for up to five years. The FDA cleared Mirena again in 2009 as a treatment for heavy menstrual bleeding, making it the first intrauterine device to ever be approved for this purpose.
Then, in January of 2010, the FDA sent a warning letter to Bayer regarding the company’s marketing practices of the device. The letter stated that the manufacturer “overstates the efficacy of Mirena, presents unsubstantiated claims, minimizes the risks of using Mirena, and includes false or misleading presentations regarding Mirena.”
Do you have a Mirena Lawsuit?
The attorneys at Frank Eidson, P.A. are currently offering free and confidential lawsuit evaluations on behalf of women all over the United States who have potentially suffered serious injury as a result of using Mirena. For a free case review, call 407-890-0800 or email us via our secure online contact form. Frank or a member of his staff will respond to you as soon as possible.
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