Mirena Side Effects May be Life Threatening
The Mirena contraceptive device’s adverse side effects are resulting in multiple lawsuits. There have been thousands of reports of negative side effects associated with Mirena, including device expulsion or dislocation and vaginal bleeding.
Mirena is an intrauterine device (IUD) device for women seeking a simple method of birth control. It consists of a T-shaped plastic frame housing a reservoir containing the contraceptive hormone levonorgestrel.
Since its release, Mirena has demonstrated serious side effects, including:
- Perforation of the uterus
- Migration outside the uterine cavity
- Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
- Hospitalization and surgery for removal and repair
- Unwanted pregnancy
- Internal bleeding
Mirena’s other side effects include scarring that can cause infertility, ovarian cysts, group A streptococcal sepsis, headaches and menstrual pain.
Mirena Lawsuits Filed Across the Nation
Bayer HealthCare offered Mirena as a simple hassle-free method of birth control that was effective for five years after its insertion. Because of Mirena’s side effects, by the end of 2012, there were at least 19 U.S. lawsuits pending, alleging product defects and personal injuries. Plaintiffs are claiming, among other things, that Mirena didn’t work as promised, and that Bayer understated the inherent risks involved. In particular, Bayer failed to warn how Mirena can migrate from the uterus and enter the abdomen or perforate other organs.
Thousands of Adverse Mirena Effects Reported
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Mirena in 2000, the first such hormonal IUD to be marketed in the United States. Since then, more than 2 million U.S. women have had it implanted (15 million women worldwide); these women primarily are aged 25-39, and have already had one child. The Guttmacher Institute, a New York-based health rights organization, claims that the proportion of women relying on IUDs and other long-term reversible contraceptive techniques climbed to 7.7 percent in 2009. That is up from 2 percent in 2002.
Since Mirena’s introduction, it has been connected with 45,700 reports of serious adverse events—primarily device expulsion and dislocation and vaginal hemorrhage. In January 2010, the FDA warned Bayer Healthcare about giving misleading information in Mirena advertising.
The FDA claims Mirena is responsible for one ectopic pregnancy per 1000 users annually. Other research indicates up to 60 percent of Mirena patients cease using the device after five years, claiming it causes unscheduled bleeding and pain. Healthcare professionals also point out that the contraceptive levonorgestrel has an undetermined affect on nursing children.
If you or a loved one has been harmed by Mirena or another medical device, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact a medical device lawyer today for a free legal consultation, and see if a lawsuit is appropriate. Sokolove Law is an experienced dangerous drug and medical device law firm with attorneys ready to help you obtain the compensation you deserve.