Mirena IUD may increase the risk of pregnancy complications

by Heygood Orr and Pearson

Women who become pregnant while using the hormonal intrauterine device (“IUD”) Mirena may be at risk of serious complications that can jeopardize the lives of both themselves and their babies. The Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning about the dangers of Mirena for pregnant women, underscoring the seriousness of the potential complications that can be caused by the IUD.

According to the FDA’s warning about Mirena, half of all women who become pregnant while using the birth control device will experience an ectopic pregnancy in which the embryo begins to develop outside the uterus. Because of the dangers that this can pose to the life of the mother, ectopic pregnancies cannot be allowed to continue to term. Other pregnancy complications—including miscarriage or premature delivery—can also occur.

Even when an ectopic pregnancy does not occur, pregnant women with a Mirena IUD may still be at risk of other serious complications. Women who experience internal injuries caused by the IUD may be required to undergo surgery in order to repair the damage to their bodies. In some cases, women who become pregnant while using a Mirena IUD may become permanently infertile as a result of complications from the device.

Women who have become pregnant while using a Mirena IUD and experienced complications affecting their own health or that of their babies may be eligible to file a lawsuit and seek compensation for their injuries. Dozens of lawsuits against Bayer Pharmaceuticals—the manufacturer of the hormonal IUD—have already been filed on behalf of women who suffered pregnancy complications or other injuries after using the company’s birth control product.