Mirena IUD side effects, including uterine perforations, device migration, scarring, intestinal obstructions, organ damage and infections, can have serious, even permanent consequences for a woman’s health and well-being. Any one of these side effects can require surgical intervention, and place a woman’s fertility, as well as her life, at risk. Unfortunately, many women were unaware of the potential for dangerous injuries when they chose this method of birth control. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has even warned Bayer that certain promotional materials for the product downplayed serious side effects.
Lawsuits filed by alleged victims of Mirena IUD side effects claim Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals failed to adequately warn women and their doctors about the possible complications associated with the device. If you were the victim of an injury caused by Mirena, you too may be eligible to file your own lawsuit seeking compensation for your pain and suffering. To learn more about a Mirena IUD lawsuit, please contact the lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP today.
Mirena Uterine Perforations
One of the most common Mirena side effects is uterine perforation. This injury occurs when the Mirena IUD moves from its proper location and punctures the uterine wall. A Mirena uterine perforation is most likely to occur shortly after insertion, but often is not discovered until later. If you’ve had a C-section, uterine surgery or abdominal surgery, you may face a higher risk of experiencing a uterine perforation from Mirena. Breast feeding women may also be more vulnerable.
Uterine perforations can be quite dangerous. Untreated, this Mirena complication may result in hemorrhage or sepsis. Surgical intervention is almost always needed, and in the most the serious cases may result in a complete hysterectomy. Because the consequences can be so devastating, women using the device should contact their doctor immediately if they experience unusual symptoms, such as:
- Heavy bleeding
- Abdominal pain
Other Mirena Related Side Effects
Other IUD related side effects that may occur if the device migrates from its proper position include adhesions, scarring, and infection. The intestines and other organs may also be damaged if the IUD migrates outside of the uterus. A woman is also more likely to experience an unintended pregnancy if Mirena migrates, especially a potentially life-threatening ectopic pregnancy.
FDA Mirena Warning Letter
According to a warning letter the FDA sent to Bayer in 2009, a direct marketing campaign the company created with the “Mom Central” internet site had downplayed the risk of Mirena IUD side effects. The FDA also took issue with Bayer’s claims that using Mirena would improve a woman’s sex life and help her “look and feel better.
How to File a Mirena IUD Side Effects Lawsuit
If you were injured by Mirena, filing suit against Bayer may enable you to obtain compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Call the lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP at 1-888-364-6688 or fill out the free case evaluation form on this page. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding the criteria for filing a Mirena lawsuit.