Manufactured and marketed by Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Mirena is an intrauterine device (IUD) designed to provide contraceptive protection for up to five years. Unfortunately, since it was first approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in 2000, Mirena has been repeatedly linked to a number of adverse health complications, the most widely-reported of which are perforation of and/or imbedment into the uterus. The Mirena Lawyers at Schmidt & Clark, LLP, are currently accepting potential lawsuits on behalf of women injured by Mirena side effects.
Free Mirena Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been injured by Mirena, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.
How Does Mirena Work?
A physician inserts the Mirena IUD by stretching the loop into a linear form and pushing it through a plastic tube into the uterus via the cervical opening. The device has a number of tiny nylon threads which hang down through the cervical opening into the vagina. The physician is thus able to see if the IUD is in its proper place by checking for the presence of these threads. If a Mirena user wishes to become pregnant, the device must be removed by a doctor. After the baby is born, the IUD may be repositioned in the uterus until another pregnancy is desired. Although Mirena has proven to be considerably effective at preventing pregnancy, it is not fool proof and has been reported to fail. In addition to its potential to fail in this capacity, Mirena has also recently been linked to a large number of severe, potentially life-threatening side effects.
Mirena Side Effects
A number of women who have been implanted with the Mirena IUD have suffered serious and even debilitating health complications. The device has been found to have the ability to migrate from the implant site and perforate the uterus or imbed itself into the womb. In both cases, emergency surgery must be conducted to remove the IUD. Mirena may also travel outside the uterine cavity and cause adhesions or scarring that can lead to infertility. Depending on the severity of the damage caused, affected women may require a complete hysterectomy, and in the most severe cases, complications may result in death.
In all, the Mirena IUD has been linked to the following serious side effects:
- Embedment in the uterus
- Erosion of adjacent areas such as the vagina
- Inflammation of the membrane that lines the abdominal cavity and internal organs (Peritonitis)
- Intestinal perforations or obstruction
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
- Perforation of the uterus
Mirena Uterine Perforation Lawsuits
A growing number of Mirena lawsuits are being filed in courthouses around the country on behalf of former users who have suffered spontaneous perforation of their uterine lining or uterine wall. These claims allege that Bayer introduced Mirena into the market with wanton and reckless disregard for the public’s safety. It is alleged that Bayer knew about Mirena’s risks and actively promoted the IUD, despite the company’s failure to test or otherwise determine the safety of the device. The lawsuits also accuse Bayer of defectively designing a product that has the ability to spontaneously perforate the uterine wall and cause permanent side effects, which result in medical bills, lost work, as well as immeasurable pain and suffering to unsuspecting patients around the country.
Do I Have a Mirena Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Mirena lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury lawsuits in all 50 states.
Free Mirena Lawsuit Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one has been injured by Mirena, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.