The Mirena Intrauterine Uterine Device (IUD) is a popular choice of birth control, but in the past few years, an alarming number of women have been suffering from serious side effects such as excessive vaginal bleeding and device dislocation.
The Mirena IUD is a Bayer Pharmaceuticals product, and many lawsuits have been filed against them for hiding the side effects of the defective product. Women say that it has damaged organs, caused uterine perforation, and pseudotumor cerebri, an abnormal fluid build-up in the skull. For many women, this has led to a diminished quality of life and life-long complications.
If you have suffered as a result of a Mirena IUD, then you should seek help from an experienced personal injury lawyer, such as those found at The Law Place. At our law firm, we boast over 75 years of combined experience dealing with cases like yours in Florida. Contact us today on 941-444-4444!
What Is the Mirena IUD?
Manufactured by Bayer Pharmaceuticals, the Mirena IUD is a small, T-shaped device that is inserted into the uterus. The device then gradually releases a hormone called levonorgestrel. This synthetic or progestin hormone thickens the cervical mucus and thins the lining of the uterine wall, which prevents sperm from reaching the eggs and partially suppresses ovulation.
The Food and Drug Association (FDA) approved the Mirena IUD as a form of birth control in 2000 and later approved it for women suffering from heavy periods. Because the procedure of implanting this birth control is intrusive, it was marketing to moms, especially busy moms who don’t want the hassle or responsibility of taking a pill at the same time every day.
Despite thousands of complaints, the Mirena is still being offered to women across the United States. A Bayer clinical trial is testing how effective and safe Mirena is after five years and is due to finish in 2021. Many people are unsatisfied with this and believe that the device should be taken off the market altogether.
What Are the Potential Mirena Side Effects?
Mirena’s side effects can be very serious. Some of the side effects include:
- Migration of the device into other organs.
- A pregnancy that results in miscarriage.
- Ectopic pregnancy.
- Embedment in the uterine wall.
- Uterine wall perforation.
- Ovarian cysts.
- Irregular bleeding.
- Pseudotumor Cerebri (PTC) which can lead to permanent blindness, dizziness, blurred vision, ringing in ears, and migraines.
These complications have resulted in many people undergoing complicated surgeries to remove the devices—especially where the device has migrated. A 2011 article published in the Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons reported one case where the device was removed from a patient’s abdomen and another from the diaphragm.
Examples of Mirena Cases
Here are some examples of lawsuits brought against Bayer.
Johnson V. Bayer
Desaree Nicole Lee Johnson filed a lawsuit against Bayer after the Mirena device moved, cutting into her uterus. After having it surgically removed, she became pregnant, but it ended in a miscarriage, and she could now be infertile. Bayer was accused of knowingly releasing an unsafe and defective product.
Everett-Carey V. Bayer
Katrina Everett-Carey was diagnosed with pseudotumor cerebri, shortly after receiving Mirena. She experienced migraines and blurred vision. She filed a lawsuit against Bayer, arguing that they failed to properly test Mirena before placing it on the market.
Williams V. Bayer
Melody Williams suffered abdominal cramps after receiving Mirena. She underwent surgery to remove the device, which was at first unsuccessful. In her second surgery, doctors found that the device had migrated to her right fallopian tube. Williams suffered pain, infection, and had to undergo many procedures. She filed a lawsuit against Bayer for negligence and fraud, claiming that they had failed to adequately warn consumers about the risks.
Women Want Bayer to Pay
Women who filed Mirena lawsuits accuse Bayer of knowingly causing them harm, and they want compensation for lost wages, medical expenses, and pain and suffering.
Women have been left with a lower quality of life and a future of infertility and high-risk pregnancies. Many have been left with life-long complications.
Mirena contained unreasonably dangerous design defects and was not safe for its intended use. The risks were far outweighing the benefits. Despite this, Bayer mispresented the risks as uncommon and hid the degree of harm that they could cause from both women and their doctors. Bayer used deceptive marketing to target mothers who were made to believe that the device was convenient and safe.
The Law Place
Women who have suffered as a result of the Mirena IUD should contact a personal injury attorney. Big pharmaceutical companies owe a duty of care to people who use their products. It is essential that patients can feel confident and safe in their doctor’s recommendations, and when pharmaceutical companies try to hide or minimize statements from people who are suffering as a result of their products, they cause unnecessary suffering. It is important that you, as the victim, receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries and fight for justice. When you hold large pharmaceutical companies accountable, you are also protecting others from the same fate.
Contact The Law Place for a free consultation. You can call us at any time of day, and we will give you free, impartial, and no-obligation advice. Seek advice from experienced Mirena IUD attorneys who will tell you what your options are, and if you decide not to continue with your case, then no problem. Call us now for a free consultation on 941-444-4444.