The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Mirena IUD for sale on the market in 2000. Subsequently, Bayer deceptively marketed the device. The company advertised to “busy moms” that Mirena would simplify their life and improve their sexual relationships. Additionally, the company hosted “Mirena Parties” to promote the device. However, the FDA determined that Bayer overstated that device’s benefits while understating its risks. Specifically, the FDA has received more than 45,000 reports of adverse Mirena IUD side effects and a large number of these report severe side effects.
Perforation and Embedment
Perforation of the uterine wall can occur during insertion or migration of Mirena IUD. Perforation occurs when the device punctures the bladder, intestines, or bowel. Additionally, Mirena IUD can become embedded in the uterine wall. This Embedment occurs when the device migrates from the position it is inserted. This renders the device useless and may require surgery in order to remove it.
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
Pelvic inflammatory disease occurs when bacteria moves from the vagina to the uterus, fallopian tubes, or other parts of the body. This creates an infection, which causes an inflammation of these organs. As this disease progresses it creates scar tissue and can eventually cause infertility. Pelvic inflammatory disease is usually associated with certain sexually transmitted diseases but it is also a side effect of Mirena IUD in some cases.
Between 2 and 10 percent of all women implanted with an IUD will spontaneously expel the device within the first year. Additionally, a woman who has expelled one IUD has a 30 percent of expelling subsequent IUDs. Expulsion is more common in women who have never been pregnant, women who received Mirena shortly after pregnancy or abortion, and women who have heavy periods.
Dangerous Pregnancy Complications
The Journal of Perinatal Medicine completed a study on women who became pregnant despite using an IUD. It found that women who become pregnant while using an IUD have an increased risk in bleeding, miscarriage, and life-threatening complications such as ectopic pregnancy or tubal pregnancy. The study followed 196 women who became pregnant while inserted with an IUD. Fifty six percent of women in the test group had a premature baby. Miscarriages occurred in 16 percent of women. Five percent of the pregnancies implanted ectopically outside the uterus. Finally, women implanted with IUDs were three times more likely to have a placenta abruption.
Do You Have a Mirena IUD Claim?
If you believe that you or one of your loved ones have been injured by the Mirena IUD, you may want to speak with a personal injury attorney regarding a potential claim. A medical device lawyer familiar with new developments in the investigation of the Mirena IUD may be able to help you make important personal and legal decisions. d’Oliveira & Associates is working with some of the leading Mirena IUD lawyers in the country who are handling these cases.
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