The small, plastic T-shaped Mirena device is implanted into the uterus by a healthcare professional and can prevent pregnancy for up to 5 years, with an effective rate higher than most other forms of birth control.
Mirena works by releasing 14-20 mcg per day of the progestin hormone levonorgestrel, which thins the uterus lining and thickens cervical mucus to block sperm. Mirena was also approved by the FDA in 2009 to treat heavy menstrual bleeding.
Unfortunately, thousands of women have reported serious complications to the FDA from their Mirena devices. These include perforation of the uterus, infection, bleeding, inflammation, infertility and migration throughout the abdomen. In many cases, patients must undergo surgery to remove the device or repair injury.
According to Bayer, as many as 1 out of 1,000 women may experience such complications. Lawyers have begun helping those affected by Mirena side effects file claims for their injuries.
If you or a loved one suffered any Mirena side effects that required removal of the device, it is important to learn about your legal options. Contact us today to speak with a lawyer.
While hormonal IUD contraceptives have been on the market for decades, earlier versions with lifespans of only 1 year were far less popular.
A recent study by the National Center for Health Statistics showed IUD use has now increased more than 700% since 1995. Much of this increase is attributed to the popularity of Mirena devices, which experts fear could signal more injuries.
In fact, the FDA has reprimanded Bayer several times over their misleading marketing of Mirena. Through organized and scripted “Mom Central” parties, women were told by company representatives and nurses that the device would help with intimacy and make them “look and feel great,” while they failed to disclose side effect risks.
So far, more than 45,000 women have reported serious complications to the FDA while using Mirena. Critics have charged that Bayer did not do enough to warn women of these dangers, and thousands more may have been affected.
Court records show a growing number of lawsuits have been filed against Bayer by women injured using Mirena. While most of these have been filed in New Jersey, near the company’s headquarters, experts predict the cases may eventually be consolidated into a federal court as the number of claims increases.
A lawyer can explain the current legal process for a Mirena claim, as well as whether your case qualifies and how long you have to take action.
Before you choose a lawyer, make sure they are qualified for this type of lawsuit and have experience fighting large drug companies. The DrugRisk Resource Center only recommends law firms that specialize in medical device injuries and have handled hundreds of claims.
For more information on the side effects, warnings and legal action related to the Mirena IUD, or to speak with a lawyer, contact us today. We are available 24 hours a day to provide help.