Mirena IUD Birth Control
Our Attorneys Explain How Migration May Cause Serious Damage to Organs, Require Surgery
Are you one of the over 2 million women in the U.S. who have used Mirena® intrauterine devices (also known as IUDs) for birth control? Mirena is one of the most common IUDs currently on the market.
Unfortunately, some women have experienced serious medical complications due to their Mirena IUD and are now filing lawsuits against the manufacturer for failing to warn the public about potential dangers.
What Mirena Packaging Doesn’t Tell You – Risk of Migration and Perforation
Mirena’s packaging does warn females about the potential for various side effects, but some women have experienced serious and potentially fatal medical complications not listed on the packaging.
Mirena IUDs can migrate to other parts of the body, sometimes puncturing or perforating the abdomen and causing damage to major organs. They also can become embedded in other parts of the body and result in infections that can be life-threatening. Women who experience these complications need surgery to remove the IUD, and often suffer permanent damage to their bodies.
Symptoms of Mirena IUD Migration and Severe Complications
If you are experiencing any of the following, you may be a victim of Mirena IUD migration or other severe complications associated with your Mirena IUD. You should see a doctor right away if you have:
- Abdominal or pelvic pain — often severe
- Bloody urine
- Heavy spotting or bleeding
- Recurring urinary tract infections (UTIs)
If you are unable to locate the strings, the Mirena IUD may have moved as well, and you should see a doctor as soon as you can.
Side Effects Associated With Mirena IUDs
The Food and Drug Administration approved the Mirena intrauterine device in 2000. Physicians implant the device into the uterus within the first 7 days of menstruation. The device then releases levonorgestrel, a synthetic progestin, directly into the uterus. A woman who doesn’t experience any issues can have the same IUD for up to 5 years.
Females who have suffered serious medical complications reported the following side effects associated with Mirena IUDs:
- Perforation of the lining of the uterus – if the healthcare provider didn’t insert the IUD correctly
- Perforation of the lining of the cervix – if the healthcare provider didn’t insert the IUD correctly
- The IUD becomes embedded in the wall of the uterus
- Severe pain associated with implantation of the Mirena IUD
- Pregnancy (with Mirena in place)
- Movement of the IUD to other areas in the body, such as the abdomen (migration)
- Pregnancy that occurs outside of the uterus (ectopic pregnancy) – can be life-threatening to the mother and the baby won’t survive
- Group A streptococcal sepsis – a potentially fatal illness caused by bacteria or other germs
- Pelvic inflammatory disease – an infection in a female reproductive organ that can cause infertility, ectopic pregnancy, and chronic pain
- Ovarian cysts
- Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
Patients who received a Mirena IUD and are experiencing fever, pain, chills, cramping, or bleeding should see their doctor right away. Many women use birth control, such as the Mirena IUD, but the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends it to females who have had at least one child.
Think You Might Have a Case? Learn Your Legal Rights Today
It can be traumatizing to learn that a device you thought was safe caused infertility. No woman should be forced to live with chronic pain or die because of unsafe birth control.
If you suffered serious complications while using a Mirena IUD, our experienced attorneys can help. Call 1-866-9-4EDGAR (1-866-943-3427), or fill out the form at the top right of this webpage to get started with a free legal evaluation. We’ll answer your questions and help you determine whether we think you have a case. Our phones answer 24/7, so contact us any time.