Mirena is a contraceptive device designed to be inserted into the uterus by a physician, where it stays implanted for up to five years. Approved by the FDA in 2000, Mirena quickly gained popularity as a contraceptive device due to the convenience of not being forced to think about daily or even monthly contraceptives, as well as the quick return to baseline fertility after the Mirena device is removed. Today, approximately 8.5% of American women use the device. You may recall Mirena television ads claiming that ideal candidates for Mirena have already had at least one child.
As it turn out, there may be a very good reason for that disclaimer. Since its approval in 2000, the FDA has received over 45,000 reports of adverse effects of the device including vaginal bleeding, dislocation of the device and uterine perforation. When this occurs, the Mirena device can rip through the uterine wall and escape into different parts of the body, requiring surgery to remove the dangerous device. Additionally the tearing in the womb can increase the risks of miscarriage, should the women become pregnant following removal of the device.
In addition to these serious side effects, the Mirena device can also cause ectopic pregnancy – a dangerous condition wherein the fetus attaches and grows outside of the uterus. This condition is life-threatening for the mother and requires removal of the fetus in order for the woman to survive. Additionally, because the fetus cannot survive the procedure, ectopic pregnancies cause severe emotional pain and suffering to the mother due to the debilitating loss of the child.
Women across the country who have suffered from these serious side effects of Mirena have filed lawsuits against Bayer, the drug’s manufacturer, claiming that Bayer knowingly made sold a defective product, and that Bayer knew of the side effects associated with Mirena but failed to properly warn women of those dangers. Interestingly, Mirena is not the only birth control device for which Bayer is coming under fire. Bayer also produces the popular, and dangerous, contraceptive Yaz- which can cause life threatening blood clots, gallbladder disease, and cardiac embolism.
If you or someone you know has suffered vaginal bleeding, uterine tearing, or ectopic pregnancy following the use of the Mirena device, you may be entitled to recover for your injuries. Please contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at Dolman Law Group, for a free consultation and case evaluation. 727-451-6900.