Bayer’s popular Mirena intrauterine device (IUD) has been linked to serious, potentially life-threatening health complications including organ perforation, ectopic pregnancy, idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) and more.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one suffered uterine perforation after being implanted with the Mirena IUD, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer and our lawyers can help.
First approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in 2000, Mirena is a small, t-shaped device that works by releasing a low dose of levonorgestrel (a so-called ‘third generation’ synthetic progestin) directly into the uterus. Like other similar contraceptive devices, the levonorgestrel contained in Mirena is designed to prevent pregnancy by thinning the line of the uterus, thereby blocking sperm from reaching and fertilizing the egg, and by thickening the cervical mucus to prevent sperm from entering the womb. Mirena is typically recommended to women who have had at least one child, and can remain in place for up to five years. In 2009, the device was approved to control heavy menstrual bleeding in women who prefer IUDs as their method of birth control, the first time the FDA has ever approved such a device for this purpose.
In a number of recipients, Mirena has been found to have the ability to puncture the uterus or embed itself in the uterine wall. When this occurs, it can cause extensive internal scarring, infection, or damage to other organs, and may result in the need for surgery. If the perforation goes undetected, the Mirena IUD may migrate through the intra-abdominal cavity, causing intestinal perforations or obstruction, abscesses or adhesions.
There have also been numerous reports of partial or complete expulsion of the Mirena IUD. This complication has been found to occur most often in younger women implanted with the device, and among those who have had no children or women who have had Mirena inserted immediately after childbirth or abortion. As a result, recipients may suffer serious scarring that may jeopardize their future ability to conceive, and in severe cases, resulting infections may be life-threatening and result in death from Mirena.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one suffered uterine perforation after being implanted with the Mirena IUD, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer and our lawyers can help. Please contact Jamie Sheller Esq. for a free consultation at 1 800 883 2299.