Mirena Complications

Published on June 23, 2013 by Laurie Villanueva

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mirena complicationsHave you suffered from Mirena complications that put your health, and maybe even your life, at risk? You are not alone. According to statistics from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), more than 59,200 complaints regarding Mirena problems have been logged by the agency since 2004. While many of these reports involved minor issues, like acne and migraines, thousands of Mirena reports also detailed serious injuries, including uterine perforations and device migration.

Women who suffered serious Mirena complications may want to consider filing a product liability lawsuit against Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals to obtain compensation for the financial, physical and emotional damages they’ve suffered. At Bernstein Liebhard LLP, our attorneys are already working with other women who have experienced problems with Mirena, and understand the sensitive issues involved in these cases. If you would like to explore the legal options available to you for a Mirena lawsuit; please contact our firm today.

Mirena Problems Trigger Growing Litigation

According to a report aired on ABC15 in May 2013, the Mirena IUD is used by some 2 million women, and appears to be growing in popularity. In addition to providing women with a seemingly convenient way to prevent pregnancy, Mirena also has the added benefit of lessening a heavy period. Not surprisingly, among women who have used the IUD without experiencing Mirena complications, the device has a lot of fans. Unfortunately, using Mirena has not turned out as well for many others.

Court records indicate that dozens of personal injury lawsuits alleging serious Mirena complications are now pending in state and federal courts. These lawsuits allege that Bayer downplayed the risks associated with Mirena, and failed to provide adequate warnings about the possibility of spontaneous device migration. They assert that the Mirena label only warns that migration can occur immediately after insertion, not months or even years after the IUD was correctly placed in the uterus.

When Mirena migrates, it can perforate the uterus, and may even make its way outside of the uterus, where it can damage other organs and tissue. A dislocated IUD will no longer prevent pregnancy, and there is an increased risk that conception could result in a potentially life-threatening ectopic pregnancy. According to plaintiffs, migration of the IUD has resulted in a number of serious and painful Mirena complications, including:

  • Abscesses
  • Embedment in the uterine wall
  • Uterine perforations
  • Infertility
  • Infection
  • Intestinal perforations or obstruction
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
  • Ectopic Pregnancy

When a woman experiences any of the above Mirena problems, she may need to undergo surgery to have the IUD located and removed. Some women have even been forced to undergo a hysterectomy due to Mirena complications that were so serious, their lives were placed in jeopardy.

Has Bayer Been Upfront About Potential Mirena Complications?

In 2009, the FDA took Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals to task for the way it marketed Mirena. In a Warning Letter issued to the company, the FDA said that it had found an in-home promotional campaign to be misleading in that it overstated the benefits associated with the IUD and downplayed the risk of potentially serious Mirena complications. In the letter, the FDA said it was not aware of any clinical evidence that supported some of Bayer’s claims about Mirena, in particular that use of the IUD would make a woman “look and feel great” and improve her sex life.

Start the Process of Filing a Mirena Lawsuit

If you suffered serious Mirena complications, you probably have a lot of questions, and the idea of seeking compensation through a lawsuit might seem overwhelming. Fortunately, the attorneys at Bernstein Liebhard LLP are ready to help you now, and can evaluate your potential claim for free. To find out more, simply give our Firm a call today at .