Made by Bayer, Mirena is an intra-uterine device (IUD) that was FDA-approved in 2000. Mirena is a long-term contraceptive (birth control) device that a doctor inserts into a woman’s uterus.
Mirena is a contraceptive device that works in two ways. First, it releases a progestin (synthetic hormone) known as levonorgestrel to prevent the woman’s ovaries from releasing eggs. Second, if an egg is released, the device itself helps prevent the joining of the egg with sperm.
Mirena is promoted as a convenient and safe form of birth control, but has been linked to a number of alarming and potentially fatal side effects, including:
- Perforation of Uterus
- Perforation of Ovaries
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
- Migration of Implant
- Intestinal Perforation
- Intestinal Obstruction
- Internal Hemorrhage
- Inflammation of tissue
- Erosion of Vagina
- Erosion of Adjacent Areas or Organs
- Embedment in Uterus
- Ectopic Pregnancy
Many women have experienced Mirena migration, where the device moves from its intended position. This could cause perforation of the uterus and other organs, as well as severe infection, and requires immediate medical attention.
Signs of Mirena migration include:
- Severe abdominal pain
- Unusual bleeding
- Unexplained infection
To date, no Mirena recall has been issued.
However, a large number of women in the United States have suffered Mirena complications such as migration and uterus perforation, and many are calling for a Mirena recall.
Can I file a lawsuit if I have have been injured by the Mirena IUD?
Possibly. If a manufacturer produces a dangerous or defective product, it can be held responsible to those who are injured as the result of inadequate warnings, under a legal theory known as “product liability.” Depending upon the particular circumstances of your case, damages may include recovery for any of the following:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Past and future pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Emotional distress
If you or a loved one has been harmed by the Mirena IUD, you should contact your doctor immediately. You may also wish to contact an experienced Mirena IUD lawyer to discuss your legal options. As all legal claims are subject to time limits, however, you may risk forfeiture of your right to financial compensation if you delay.