Many women who are sexually active but do not wish to get pregnant turn to IUD devices like the Mirena IUD as a means of birth control. While IUD devices are often effective at preventing pregnancy, there have been reports that some might be dangerous. Not surprisingly, many women ask, “Is Mirena IUD safe?” Read on for more information about the device. And if you suffer injuries because of the device, call Cordisco & Saile LLC at 215-642-2335.
What is a Mirena IUD?
A Mirena IUD is a type of intrauterine contraceptive device. The device is small, plastic and T-shaped. A trained healthcare professional will place it within a woman’s uterus. The point of the Mirena IUD is to provide birth control that is continuous – a woman does not have to worry about forgetting to take a pill when using the Mirena IUD.
Additionally, the Mirena IUD can be used for up to five years without replacement. The Mirena IUD works by releasing the hormone known as levonorgestrel directly into a woman’s uterus.
Possible Mirena Side Effects
The side effects of Mirena are numerous. According to a prescription guide about the drug, the following are potential side effects of a Mirena IUD.
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
- Life-threatening infection
- Perforation (the IUD becoming embedded in the walls of the Uterus)
- Bleeding, dizziness or pain after Mirena placement
- Expulsion (the IUD exiting on its own)
- Missed menstrual periods
- Changes in bleeding
- Ovarian cysts
The manufacturer’s prescription guide also announces that the symptoms above are not a “complete list of the possible side effects with Mirena.”
Is a Mirena IUD dangerous for women who use it?
The side effects and complications of Mirena listed above can be dangerous. A NewsNet5 investigative report in 2013 found the FDA received more than 70,000 complaints about the device since 2000. Women have reported device dislocations (nearly 5,000 since 2008), abdominal pain (nearly 4,000), uterine perforations (more than 1,300) and more.
In fact, one patient even had the device migrate into her rib cage; another had the device lacerate her liver; and yet another had to have an appendectomy and hysterectomy to remove an embedded Mirena IUD.
Bayer Pharmaceuticals May Be Liable for Damages Related to Mirena IUDs
The drug manufacturer, Bayer Pharmaceuticals, makes the Mirena IUD. Lawsuits may hold the manufacturer liable for injuries the device caused. In some cases, a doctor may be liable for negligent prescription or insertion of the device. Talk to a lawyer about the circumstances under which the drug manufacturer, a doctor or another party may be liable for damages related to use of the device.
Under Pennsylvania law, you have two years to file a product liability case against a manufacturer. Medical malpractice law also sets the statute of limitations at two years from the date of the negligence. So get started filing your claim as soon as possible – set up a consultation with an attorney.
Call Cordisco & Saile LLC for Help if a Mirena IUD Injured You
Make sure you hire a lawyer who is familiar with product liability law, particularly as it pertains to medical devices. At Cordisco & Saile LLC, our attorneys are prepared to fight to make sure that you get a fair settlement so you recover compensation for your injuries.
If you believe that you have a case against the drug manufacturer or another party and deserve compensation for damages, call us to set up a free case consultation at 215-642-2335. You also can fill out our online contact form to schedule your appointment.