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Mirena Side Effects

Over the past 10 years, the intrauterine device (IUD) has become an increasingly popular alternative to birth control pills. Mirena, FDA-approved in 2000, has helped lead this trend.  The device can be worn for up to 5 years, and has the best prevention rate of all IUDs.

However, The FDA cannot ignore the serious complications. So far, more than 47,000 women have reported suffering Mirena side effects. The most common among these are device expulsion, device movement and vaginal hemorrhage.

Authored by Gloria Mayer

In many cases, these severe Mirena side effects require patients to have surgery to remove the devices. Some cases have resulted in infertility or uterine perforation. Bayer faces liability because the company did not properly warn women of these risks.

If you or a loved one suffered complications from a Mirena device – and required removal of the device -- it is important to learn about your legal options. Contact us today to speak with a lawyer.

Women were thrilled with the Mirena device when it was first released. The small, plastic T-shaped device is implanted into the uterus by a healthcare professional. Mirena can prevent pregnancy for up to 5 years, with an effective rate higher than most other forms of birth control.

Mirena works by releasing 14-20 mcg per day of the progestin hormone levonorgestrel. This regular hormone delivery thins the uterus lining and thickens cervical mucus to block sperm. Mirena has also been FDA-approved to treat heavy menstrual bleeding.

However, women using this device have suffered these side effects:

  • Devices embedded in uterine wall
  • Uterine wall perforation
  • Infection
  • Pelvic Inflammation
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Irregular bleeding
  • Migration of the IUD into other organs
  • Pregnancies and miscarriages

In fact, the FDA has reprimanded Bayer multiple times for failing to disclose these risks. And yet, Mirena was marketed to busy moms as a device that would help with intimacy. They were told they would “look and feel great.” No one discussed the serious Mirena side effects. While Bayer finally discontinued this marketing practice, by that time the device had leaped in popularity.

If you have been affected by Mirena side effects, it is your right to seek legal counsel about a claim. A lawyer can explain the legal process, and advise you whether your case qualifies. You will also learn how long you have to take action.

In selecting a lawyer, make sure you find someone with experience fighting large drug companies. The DrugNews Resource Center recommends only defective drug law firms that have previously handled Mirena lawsuits.

For more information on Mirena IUD -- the side effects, warnings and legal action -- contact us today. If you want to speak with a lawyer, the consultation is free. We are available 24 hours a day to provide help.

 

Last Modified: Monday, March 10, 2014