Thousands of women who have used the Mirena IUD have complained about complications from this potentially dangerous form of birth control. While there is said to be 2 million women currently using this popular contraceptive, how many fully know the extent of the possible complications they may face?
The Mirena IUD was advertised to patients and physicians as a safe and effective way of preventing pregnancy for most healthy women. It is a small, plastic, t-shaped device that can be placed in the upper part of the uterus by your doctor. Once placed, it releases hormones that prevent sperm from fertilizing the egg. The IUD can remain in place for up to five years and is 99 percent effective at preventing pregnancy. Mirena is recommended for women who have already had at least one child.
However, Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, the company that manufactures the Mirena IUD, fails to inform countless of women of the possibility of very serious complications if the device perforates the uterus. Furthermore, “device dislocation” or “spontaneous migration” can also put a woman’s body at great risk. Basically, there is a possibility that the IUD can move after it has been placed. The IUD can move to a different place in the uterus or even tear through the uterus and move to other places like the liver, the omentum, or other organs. Some women have had to undergo surgeries to remove an IUD that had migrated to their intestine, their spine, or their rib cage. These migrations are very dangerous because they require surgeries in order to remove the device and they can cause infections, scar tissue known as adhesions, and infertility. With the possibility of such horrific outcomes we have to wonder if all 2 million women who are currently using this Mirena IUD have been fully warned about all the risks.
When Mirena first became approved in 2000, Bayer advertised the IUD as a perfect carefree solution for a busy woman who has already had a child. According to reports from the Guttmacher Institute, by 2009, 7.5 percent of women who were using some form of birth control had switched to Mirena. In 2009, the amount of women using an IUD as their form of birth control had doubled in a matter of a couple years. However, also by 2009, the FDA warned Bayer, for among other things, minimizing the risks of Mirena. The FDA also reports that since 2008 1,322 women have reported uterine perforations and 4,775 have reported “device dislocation”. After the release and wide spread use of this contraceptive, Bayer has continuously failed to fully warn users that the device could move and become very harmful at any time during those five years.
Along with the side effects caused from the device itself, the Merina IUD also releases hormones inside of the uterus that can cause its own set of separate issues. The drug levonorgestrel is a powerful steroid-based drug. This hormone can cause a list of side effects like migraines, acne, depression, or mood swings.
With at least 50 federal lawsuits already filed against the manufacturer and several more cases under review, do not hesitate to contact Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA if you have any questions. Thousands of women are currently engaged in a battle with Bayer Pharmaceutical and you may be entitled to a recovery. Call us today at (833) 606-DRUG .