People who need birth control want to use not only the most effective but also the best and safest method that is available out there. A lot of people come across Mirena Intra-Uterine Device (IUD) when they are looking for birth control. IUD is a device that is inserted by your OB/GYN into your uterus. It works by thickening a woman’s cervical mucus, thereby preventing the union of the sperm cell with the egg cell. In some cases, Mirena IUD may also prevent the egg from leaving the woman’s ovary. Statistics show that only 1 of 100 women will get pregnant if they use Mirena IUD. This has become a popular option for many women, but the question is, is it really safe?
Bayer, its manufacturer, claims that the product is safe. Mirena has been marketed as a way “busy moms” can simplify their lifestyle. Bayer created “Mirena Parties” through a social networking site called “Mom Central”, linking together members of the Mom Central committee. A Mom Central representative and a nurse practitioner used misleading phrases like “look and feel great,” “simple ways to reconnect with ourselves and our partners,” and “more likely to be more intimate.”
Bayer mentions some side effects, which include weight gain, acne, cramps, pain, headaches, breast tenderness and mood changes. However, they don’t mention one of the most dangerous side effects, which is the risk of uterine perforation. Uterine perforation is a potential complication of all intrauterine procedures and may be associated with injury to surrounding blood vessels or viscera. Uterine perforations and associated complications that are not diagnosed at the time of the procedure can result in hemorrhage or sepsis. Moreover, there are many perforations that are not recognized or confirmed, so it is likely that uterine perforation happens at a higher rate than what’s been reported.
There have also been reports of other serious side effects such as:
- major depression
- pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
- embedment of the device in the uterine wall
- ectopic pregnancy
- intrauterine pregnancy (pregnancy while the IUD was in place)
- ovarian cysts
- extreme abdominal pain
- changes in bleeding
In some instances, women may experience days of deep depression, bloating, continuous bleeding and/or clotting after removing Mirena IUD from their system. This withdrawal effect is so common in women after stopping the drug that they termed it the “Mirena crash”.
If you or a loved one has been injured by Mirena IUD, you need to talk to a dangerous drugs attorney because the last thing that you need to worry about is dealing with legal issues involved. d’Oliveira & Associates works with some of the leading dangerous drug lawyers in handling Mirena IUD lawsuits. Our legal team makes sure that your rights are protected and that your best interests are served. Contact the law offices of d’Oliveira & Associates at 1-800-992-6878 to talk to a dangerous drugs attorney and see if you have a claim or fill out a contact form for a free legal consultation.
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