An alarming number of women who have received the Mirena intrauterine device (IUD) claim that they have experienced severe complications; most notably, plaintiffs allege that these problems first originated when they realized that the Mirena had migrated out of its original insertion point and the patients could no longer locate the strings attached to the device. The device is implanted into the patient’s uterus and secretes a hormone to prevent pregnancy for three to five years. The Mirena IUD is typically used in women who have had at least one child or in those who are suffering from heavy menstrual bleeding
Is Your Mirena Out of Place?
While the migration of the Mirena IUD may cause serious internal injuries, most women may not be aware that the device has shifted position until the damage is done. According to Planned Parenthood, many medical professionals recommend patients schedule a follow-up examination to ensure and confirm the correct position of the device. Additionally, women are encouraged to check the guide strings attached to the device; if they cannot be felt or found, then it may be safe to assume the Mirena is out of place.
Bayer acknowledges that when a physician implants the Mirena, guide strings are left out of the cervix; this allows patients to check the strings and surgeons to easily find and remove the device if necessary. It is the presence of these strings that is a good sign the Mirena is in its proper position. However, if you cannot locate the strings or are experiencing other complications, it may be because the Mirena is out of place and may have punctured the uterus or other nearby organs.
Symptoms of Mirena Migration
According to MayoClinic, other signs that the IUD may have shifted include severe abdominal pain, cramping, menstrual changes, unexplained infection and unusual bleeding. Those who believe that the device has become displaced should seek a healthcare professional and request an imaging scan to confirm the position of the IUD.
Some plaintiffs allege that doctors searched for the device but were unable to locate it, even with scans. This often occurs when physicians attempt to see the device where it should be, not where it may be due to shifting; in these instances, the device has migrated so far away that physicians don’t think to look.
Physicians maintain that if the Mirena IUD happened to pierce the wall of the uterus, the IUD could potentially travel anywhere inside the abdominal cavity, resulting in serious complications, severe damage and the need for a surgery to remove the device.
The hormone in the Mirena, a synthetic form of progestin, alters the lining in the uterus to prevent attachment of a fertilized egg. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Admistration (FDA), if the Mirena is displaced, the woman is at a greater risk of developing an ecotopic pregnancy, or a pregnancy developing outside of the uterus, sepsis and ovarian cysts.
Have You Been Injured by the Mirena IUD?
If you or someone you love are suffering from heavy bleeding, pain, headaches, dizziness or unexplained infections and you believe it is due to an out of place Mirena device, contact our lawyers at (888) 364-6688 or fill out the form on this page. We will provide you with a free and confidential case evaluation and work with you to determine your eligibility in filing a Mirena IUD lawsuit. We will do everything we can to make sure you are fully compensated for your pain, any loss of income you may have incurred or medical bills for medicines and future surgeries to remove the device.