According to warnings from the Food and Drug Administration and Health Canada, women who use an intrauterine device (IUD) known as Mirena may be at risk of developing serious and potentially life-altering complications. The FDA has also warned that women who become pregnant while using Mirena may suffer side effects from this device that could lead to a miscarriage or other complications to their pregnancy.
Mirena is a hormonal IUD which releases levonorgestrel (a synthetic form of the hormone progestin) into the body in order to help prevent pregnancy. After the Mirena IUD is placed in uterus by a physician, it can remain in place and continue to help prevent pregnancy for up to five years.
Mirena Side Effects Warnings
In June 2010, Health Canada issued a warning about the risk of uterine perforation for patients who are using Mirena. Patients who experience a perforation of the uterine wall caused by Mirena may also develop other serious complications, including infectors or adhesions resulting from the perforation or from the migration of the IUD. In some cases, Mirena may also cause perforations to other organs or blood vessels.
In some cases, the Mirena IUD may become embedded in the uterine wall. The device may also migrate outside of the uterus, requiring surgery in order to remove it from the body. Women may also experience other complications from Mirena that could require treatment through a hysterectomy (removal of the uterus).
Women who become pregnant while using Mirena may develop serious complications that can place their pregnancy at risk. According to the FDA’s Mirena warning label, about half of all pregnancies that occur while a woman is taking Mirena are ectopic pregnancies in which the embryo or fetus is located outside the uterus. Mirena users who become pregnant may also be at risk of suffering a miscarriage or of developing complications that could permanently prevent them from having children.
Other potential side effects of Mirena may include:
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- Erosion of the uterus, vagina, or nearby tissues
Lawsuits Filed Against Mirena IUD Manufacturer
Women who have experienced Mirena side effects or pregnancy complications may be eligible to file a lawsuit and seek compensations for their injuries. A warning letter sent by the FDA in December 2009 to Bayer, the manufacturer of Mirena, accused the company of misleading patients about the dangers associated with Mirena and of using deceptive advertising techniques in order to side step the health risks of the device.
If you or a loved one have suffered complications from Mirena, you may qualify to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the IUD. For a free legal consultation, contact the lawyers at the law firm of Heygood, Orr & Pearson by calling toll-free at 1-877-446-9001, or by filling out the free case evaluation form located on this page.