New York Magazine Article Fails to Mention Mounting Mirena Lawsuits, Touts “IUD Evangelism”

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Some women who have chosen the Mirena IUD as their first-line choice of birth control do so with an evangelistic fervor, according to a recent article on NYMag.com. Oddly though, the editorial does not mention any of the women who have filed Mirena lawsuits after allegedly experiencing IUD migration, uterine perforations and other side effects suggested to be caused by the device.

IUD Evangelism and Mirena

IUDs like Mirena are now being used by 10 percent of women who use birth control, which represents a sharp increase over the past ten years, the article stated. The article touts IUDs as “the birth control that converts.”

The opening paragraph states: “You can’t tell a woman’s method of birth control by looking at her, but you’ll know if she’s using an IUD, or intrauterine device, because she won’t be able to shut up about it. My friends who have IUDs, not known to recommend so much as a hairdresser, extol the virtues of the device with the unsolicited but contagious conviction of the Avon lady. The difference is they’re not making a commission.”

The author then references several conversations she has had with women who praised the IUD with enthusiasm. “Women who have IUDs seem eager to defend them and argue in favor of switching to them,” said one of the interviewees. In her unscientific survey, the author estimates that a vocal IUD enthusiast can convert two women a year to use Mirena or another IUD as their form of birth control. The growing popularity of Mirena and other IUDs may receive credit for this phenomenon.

Mirena Lawsuits

However, what this article fails to mention is the mounting number of Mirena IUD lawsuits that are being filed by women across the U.S. who claim to have suffered injuries that endangered their fertility, and possibly, even their lives. Back in August, Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, the maker of Mirena, said there were at least 16 Mirena lawsuits pending in New Jersey Superior Courts. What’s more, Bayer may be expecting many more lawsuits to be filed, as the company recently petitioned the New Jersey Supreme Court to centralize all Mirena proceedings in Middlesex County.

Several of the Mirena IUD lawsuits against Bayer allege the manufacturer downplayed the drug’s potential to cause serious side effects, which include IUD migration that can occur longer after the device is implanted.

If that happens, Mirena users may suffer this long list of potential complications stemming from the IUD if it is not located and removed immediately:

  • Infertility
  • Abscesses
  • Erosion of nearby tissue
  • Intestinal perforations or obstruction
  • Inflammation of the membrane that  the abdominal cavity and internal organs (Peritonitis)
  • Uterine perforation
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
  • Embedment in the uterine wall
  • Ectopic pregnancy

Mirena lawsuits also point out that Bayer received a U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) warning letter in 2009 for overstating the efficacy of Mirena and minimizing its potential side effects in a marketing program for the IUD.  The NYMag.com fails to mention that incident as well.

While many women who use Mirena undoubtedly love the device for its convenience and have been fortunate to not experience any side effects with their IUD, it is imperative that women considering Mirena understand the risks they could face. Information about these risks is unfortunately nowhere to be found in the one-sided view depicted in the NYMag.com article.

Considering a Mirena IUD Lawsuit? Contact Us Today.

If you were injured by Mirena, contact your doctor immediately for treatment. Should you decide to pursue a Mirena IUD lawsuit, it is imperative that you also keep track of any medical appointments and times absent from work you incurred as a result of your injury. You should also ask for copies of your medical records. Bernstein Liebhard LLP is offering free and confidential legal consultations to Mirena victims. Contact one of our attorneys today to learn more about your legal options by submitting the free case evaluation form on this page or calling 1-888-364-6688.

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