A report published this month in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology talks about a pregnant woman who had to get a Mirena IUD surgically removed from her body when she was three months pregnant. She actually didn’t know the device was still in her because an ultrasound procedure had failed to detect it and she thought it had fallen out.
Instead, the intrauterine device had migrated elsewhere in her body where it resided there for years. Fortunately, the removal procedure went well. However, Mirena IUD removal from a woman who is pregnant does have its risks, including possible pregnancy loss.
If you or someone you love suffered serious health complications from an IUD, please contact our Mirena injury lawyers today to request your free case evaluation. Altman & Altman, LLP represents clients with defective medical device cases against manufacturers. Mirena is made by Bayer.
While there are serious risks involving removing a Mirena IUD from women that are pregnant, leaving the device in could lead to other complications, including:
• Septic abortion: A miscarriage involving serious uterine infection • Preterm labor • Organ injury • Infection • Adhesion formation • Sepsis • Premature delivery • Congenital anomalies in the baby • Pelvic inflammatory disease • Tubal damage • Death
The Mirena device is an intrauterine contraception that is supposed to provide birth control for up to five years. This small, t-shaped plastic product needs to be inserted in a woman’s body by a trained health care professional. Approved by the US Food and Drug Administration, Mirena is recommended for women who have already had one child and for women who experiencing heavy menstrual bleeding and want to use an intrauterine device as their birth control method.
Unfortunately, serious side effects have been linked to this contraception that can involve the device migrating from where it was originally placed to elsewhere in the body or perforation of/embedment in the uterus. Should the device move out of the uterine cavity, scarring could result, which can make a woman infertile. In some cases, a woman may have to undergo a hysterectomy to repair the damage caused to her body. Other serious side effects from a Mirena IUD may include abscesses, vaginal erosion, membrane inflammation, and intestinal injuries.
In 2010, the FDA sent a warning letter to Bayer about the manufacturer’s live consumer-directed program that involves representatives going to the homes of consumers to talk about Mirena. The federal agency warned that during what it considered misleading presentations, representatives were overstating Mirena’s efficacy while minimizing its risks.
You should know that failure to warn about a medical device’s risks can be grounds for a defective medical device lawsuit. It is important that you work with an experienced Mirena IUD law firm.
FDA Approves Additional Use for IUD Mirena to Treat Heavy Menstrual Bleeding in IUD Users, FDA, October 1, 2009
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