If you have suffered serious side effects from using a Mirena intrauterine device, please contact our defective medical device lawyers right away. Approved by the FDA as birth control in 2000, and in 2009 to treat heavy menstrual bleeding, this IUD has been linked to a number of health issues, including intestinal perforation/obstruction, abscesses, infection, pelvic inflammatory disease, uterus perforation, infertility, intrauterine pregnancy, miscarriage, vaginal erosion, ovarian cysts, uterine embedment, vaginitis, ectopic pregnancy, painful periods, group A streptococcal sepsis, breast tenderness, irregular bleeding/spotting, pelvic pain, and vaginal hemorrhage. A Mirena IUD user can also get hurt should the device become dislodged, expelled, dislocated, stuck in/perforate the uterus. It may also end up outside the uterine cavity, where adhesions and scarring can occur.
Bayer Pharma AG, the manufacturer of Yaz and Yasmin birth control pills, makes this birth control product. A plastic device, which is connected to two strings, the Mirena IUD is implanted inside the uterus. It works by slowly releasing the progestogen levonorgestrel and is expected to last five years. This contraception is recommended for moms who have had at least one child. Around 2 million women are currently using Mirena, while over 15 million have used the device since it entered the marketplace.
Three years ago, the FDA sent Bayer a warning letter noting that the medical device maker had overstated the devices’ efficacy while minimizing its risks. Mirena had been marketed to busy moms as a device that not only could help them “look and feel” great but improve partner intimacy. The IUD was even promoted through “Mirena Parties” involving Mom Central community members. The FDA’s letter noted that it had not seen any evidence indicating that Mirena users were getting such benefits and wondered why the script used at these parties did not talk about the serious risks involved.
With so many women now using IUDs-according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics, IUD device use is seven times more now than what it was 10 years ago-this type of contraception cannot afford to come with such serious risks. Yet, according to some sources online, the FDA has already received over 45,000 reports of women experiencing Mirena complications. Over 6% of these women reportedly required surgery and/or hospitalization. Meantime, Bayer wants all the Mirena IUD lawsuits consolidated in New Jersey Superior Court.
At Altman & Altman, LLP, our Mirena IUD attorneys represent women and their families. Your case evaluation with one of our experienced defective medical device lawyers is free and there is no fees for our services unless we recover for you. We are experienced in going after birth control manufacturers whose products have caused users to develop serious injuries or health complications.
Read the FDA’s 2009 Letter (PDF)
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