What is Mirena?
Mirena is a T-shaped hormonal intrauterine device (IUD) and is inserted into the uterus by a health care provider. It is designed to prevent pregnancy for up to five years and has a higher rate of effectiveness in comparison to other forms of birth control. In 2009, Mirena was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of heavy menstrual bleeding.
How Does it Work?
Mirena works by releasing small amounts of levonorgestrel, a progestin hormone. This helps to thicken the cervical mucus and prevents sperm from fertilizing or reaching an egg. Mirena can also thin the lining of the uterus and may partially suppress ovulation.
Serious Complications Linked to Mirena
The FDA has received reports from thousands of women who have experienced serious complications from their Mirena IUD. Bleeding, perforation of the uterus, infection, infertility, inflammation and migration through the abdomen are several of the dangerous complications that have been reported. For many of these women, they must endure surgery to repair the injury that occurred or remove the device.
Bayer reports that 1 out of 1,000 women have experienced complications from the Mirena IUD. Some women who have experienced injury as a result of these complications have been seeking the assistance of a lawyer and filing claims for their injuries.
IUD Use Growing
A study conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics has shown that the use of an IUD has increased by more than 700 percent since 1995. It is believed that this increase is caused by the recent popularity of the Mirena IUD, which some fear could cause more women to experience injury or other complications.
The FDA has warned Bayer numerous times about their misleading marketing of the device. It is thought that company representatives emphasized the benefits of using Mirena and failed to warn of the possible side effects associated with the device.
Mirena Lawsuits Filed Against Bayer
More than 45,000 women have experienced complications while using Mirena and reported their experiences to the FDA. Many claim that Bayer did not provide enough education about the possible risks of using Mirena, and it is feared that thousands more have also experienced serious complications.
According to court records, an increasing number of women who have experienced injury as a result of using Mirena have filed lawsuits against Bayer. Although most of these cases have been near the company’s headquarters in New Jersey, it is expected that the case will go to federal court as the number of filed claims continue to increase.
By speaking with a Mirena IUD injury lawyer, you can become informed about the legal process for starting a Mirena claim and learn whether your case qualifies. When choosing a lawyer, you should ensure that they are highly qualified and have previous experience in lawsuits against major drug companies.