VanDerGinst Law is currently investigating cases of injury associated with the Mirena IUD. The intrauterine birth control system has been associated with complications such as organ perforation, migration of the device to the outside of the uterus, expulsion of the IUD, and embedment in the uterus.
The Mirena IUD (intrauterine device) was launched in 2000 by Bayer after gaining U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval as a long-term form of birth control. The small, plastic, and T-shaped device disrupts the sperm and egg by being inserted into the uterus along with releasing levonorgestrel, a progestin, which acts to prevent eggs from being released from a woman’s ovaries. In 2009, the FDA approved the device to treat heavy menstrual bleeding in women who used IUDs as their method of birth control. It became the first IUD approved for this indication.
The Mirena IUD has been reported to puncture or perforate the uterus or even become embedded in the uterine wall. These complications could cause a patient to have the device removed through risky surgery, or even leave women with severely painful and devastating side effects.
If the IUD punctures and passes through the uterine wall, then it might travel to other parts of the body, which could cause serious internal injuries, such as:
• Erosion of adjacent areas, such as the vagina
• Embedment in the uterus
• Inflammation of the membrane lining the abdominal cavity (peritonitis)
• Intestinal perforations or obstruction
• Pelvic inflammatory disease
• Perforation of the uterus
The complications from the Mirena IUD have resulted in infections, which could be potentially life-threatening.
Medical providers can safely extract the Mirena IUD, with its arms folding upwards as it is removed. However, in some instances, complications may cause more invasive procedures to remove the device, especially if it has migrated through the uterine wall or become embedded in the wall. The surgery to remove the Mirena IUD may result in permanent complications, which in some cases, could affect a woman’s ability to bear children in the future.
The most serious adverse events reported include ectopic pregnancy; intrauterine pregnancy; group A streptococcal sepsis; pelvic inflammatory disease; embedment of the device in the uterine wall; and perforation of the uterine wall or cervix.
Other, more common side effects include uterine bleeding/spotting at irregular intervals, headache, ovarian cysts, vaginitis, pain during menstruation, pelvic pain, and breast tenderness.
Pharmaceutical companies have a responsibility to adequately warn people of the dangers associated with their drugs or devices. Women who have or have had a Mirena IUD and experienced complications are encouraged to talk with VanDerGinst Law to see if they may have a claim against the manufacturer.
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