Mirena is the brand-name of a type of birth control device known as a hormonal intrauterine contraceptive device, or IUD. If you are using Mirena, or have used it, you should know about side effects which have affected many women who have used Mirena IUDs. Mirena is a plastic T-shaped device that releases a type of progestin which causes the user’s cervical mucus to thicken. This thickened mucus stops sperm from ever reaching an egg, and thus prevents fertilization. Additionally, the device thins the uterus’ lining and partially suppresses ovulation. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) first approved Mirena in 2000.The Side Effects of Mirena IUD
Mirena IUDs can cause a number of side effects which can be severe and extremely debilitating. These side effects may include:
- Intestinal perforations or obstruction
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
- Ovarian cysts
- Uterine abscess
- Irregular spotting or bleeding
- Amenorrhea (cessation of menstrual periods)
- Painful menstruation
- Migraine headaches
- Infections / sepsis
- Ectopic Pregnancy
- Migration of the IUD (either spontaneously or due to improper insertion)
- Erosion of the IUD
- Uterus perforation (or embedment in the uterus)
The risks posed by these side effects can be painful, severe and cause irreversible harm. Some Mirena users have become pregnant with the device still in place. Some of these pregnancies have been ectopic pregnancies, which are pregnancies that occur outside the uterus, in areas such as the cervix, ovaries or the fallopian tubes. With an ectopic pregnancy, the consequences may be particularly dire. In these cases, the fetus cannot survive, and the ectopic pregnancy may destroy the woman’s future fertility. In the most severe instances, these pregnancies may threaten the life of the mother. Uterine perforations may be extremely painful, often requires emergency surgery to address, and may lead to infertility, infection or sepsis.If You or a Loved has Experienced Problems With the Mirena IUD, Grimes Teich Anderson Would Like to Talk to You
If you are using or have used the Mirena IUD, and have suffered one or more of the side effects discussed here, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries as well as for medical bills and lost wages. According to lawsuits already filed in these cases, Bayer either knew of the unreasonably high risks of device migration, uterine perforation and other problems, or should have known about these problems, yet failed to take the appropriate measures to deal with these side effects.
We at Grimes Teich Anderson understand that the sort of injuries caused by Mirena, especially those related to a woman’s reproductive organs and sexual functioning, can be extremely upsetting and embarrassing, but you should not let that prevent you from speaking up for your rights. We understand the sensitivity of these issues, and are here to assist you.
The product liability attorneys at Grimes Teich Anderson have years of experience handling complex, sensitive cases. If you are a Mirena user and a resident of North Carolina or South Carolina, we are ready to discuss your circumstances and assist you in determining your options.
We have offices conveniently located in Greenville and Gaffney in South Carolina as well as in Asheville, Rutherfordton, Waynesville, Franklin and Spruce Pine, North Carolina. If you have been injured by using Mirena, contact Grimes Teich Anderson toll-free at 800.533.6845, or fill out our online confidential case evaluation form, for a free case evaluation.