The intrauterine contraceptive device (IUD) Mirena has been linked to debilitating and painful injuries in women, sometimes requiring emergency surgery.
The device is associated with the following dangers:
- Perforation of the uterus or cervix
- Device migration
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- Ectopic pregnancy
The FDA has received more than 45,000 reports of complications from users of Mirena. Injuries caused by Mirena can not only be very painful and require surgery to correct; they can also lead to increased difficulty in becoming pregnant even after the contraceptive device is removed.
Mirena Can Lodge in Fallopian Tubes
Mirena was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2000, and it is implanted for up to five years in the uterus as a contraceptive and to prevent excessive menstrual bleeding. It releases the progestin levonorgestrel and is manufactured by Bayer.
Mirena can pose a serious danger if the device migrates to another part of the reproductive system. When this happens, it most commonly lodges in the fallopian tube, where it can cause debilitating pain and require emergency surgery to remove.
If pregnancy does occur in Mirena users, there is a roughly 50% chance the pregnancy will be ectopic, meaning the fetus develops outside the uterus, typically in one of the fallopian tubes. Not only are ectopic pregnancies generally not viable, but they also pose potentially life-threatening complications to the woman.
Mirena Can Cause Pseudotumor Cerebri
Pseudotumor Cerebi (PTC) is a false tumor in the brain. It happens when cerebrospinal fluid increases and puts pressure on the brain and eyes. Left untreated, you can go blind. Symptoms may include:
- Severe headaches
- Dizziness or vertigo
- Tinnitus, hearing “whooshing” sounds or heartbeat sounds
- Tunnel vision, blurry vision, or double vision
Numerous women have filed lawsuits against Bayer to seek compensation for the physical, emotional and financial burdens caused by Mirena. If you or someone you love has been harmed after Mirena was inserted, compensation may be available for medical costs and lost wages, as well as the pain and suffering you and your family endured. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your legal options.