Several reported Mirena complications can put a woman’s fertility, not to mention her overall health, at serious risk. Any woman who chooses to use this IUD needs to understand the signs and symptoms of potential complications, and seek medical attention immediately should she experience any.
Possible Mirena Complications
Uterine perforations following spontaneous device migration are one of the most serious Mirena complications, and can lead to other problems, including scarring and adhesions, infections, intestinal obstructions, and damage to other organs. Women at increased risk for uterine perforations include those who have had a C-section in the past or who have had any type of abdominal surgery, especially surgery involving the uterus. If you breastfeed, you may also face a higher risk for uterine perforations.
A growing number of Mirena IUD lawsuits allege that uterine perforations occurred months or even years after the IUD was placed in the uterus. In many cases, by the time this complication gets discovered, the victims’ reproductive organs have already sustained significant damage. It is important that uterine perforations be treated as quickly as possible, as such injuries can result in hemorrhage or sepsis.
When the Mirena IUD migrates away from its location, it will no longer work to prevent pregnancy. Unfortunately, Mirena users who become pregnant have a much higher risk of developing an ectopic pregnancy. These pregnancies occur outside of the uterus, usually in the fallopian tubes. If not terminated quickly, an ectopic pregnancy will rupture, an event that can have potentially fatal consequences for the woman.
Even if a woman becomes pregnant with an intrauterine pregnancy after Mirena has migrated, she will still face serious risks. If the device is not removed from the uterus, she may develop sepsis or another infection that could put both the pregnancy and her life in danger. However, removal of the device could induce a miscarriage.
Symptoms Associated With Complications
Women using the Mirena IUD must check the threads of the device every month to ensure it has not moved or migrated. The threads attached to Mirena are the only part any woman with the device should be able to feel. If you have trouble finding the threads or feel more than just the threads, contact your doctor and use a back-up method of birth control in the meantime.
Other signs and symptoms of potential Mirena complications could include:
- Lower abdominal pain
- Heavy vaginal bleeding
- Inability to locate the Mirena IUD string
- Bloating, rigidity and pain in the abdomen
- Any symptom that could indicate a pregnancy
- Rapid heartbeat
Severe IUD Complications Spark Lawsuits
A number of claims brought on behalf of alleged victims of Mirena complications have been filed in several states. In August 2012, Bayer asked the New Jersey Supreme Court to establish a consolidated litigation in Middlesex County Superior Court for any Mirena lawsuits filed in that state. Many legal experts believe more Mirena lawsuits will be filed in the near future.
The attorneys at Bernstein Liebhard LLP offer free, no obligation case evaluations to females suffering with complications caused by Mirena. To learn more about filing a Mirena IUD lawsuit, please give us a call today at 1-888-364-6688 or submit the case evaluation form on this page.