Mirena® intrauterine device (IUD) is a form of birth control, used by millions of American women. Mirena IUD can be very effective. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration1 (FDA) reports that of 100 women using the device, only 1 percent or less will become pregnant. The device is not, however, without risks. Complications and injuries arising primarily from the Mirena IUD are leading to class action lawsuits.
How Mirena IUD prevents pregnancy
Mirena IUD2 is a flexible, T-shaped plastic device, which a health-care professional inserts into a woman’s uterus. Once placed, the device releases small daily amounts of a hormone. This hormone causes the cervical mucus to thicken, which prevents sperm from fertilizing an egg. Additionally, the hormone may cause the lining of the uterus to thin, which may prevent ovulation. These reactions greatly reduce the likelihood of pregnancy. Mirena IUD can be used for up to five years. Once removed, the woman is still able to become pregnant. There are no permanent effects on sterility.
Potential complications and injuries from Mirena IUD use
Between Jan. 11, 1997, and Aug. 27, 2012, the FDA received nearly 50,000 reports of serious adverse events,3 where the primary cause was Mirena IUD use. These events included:
- Device expulsion (which can often lead to corrective surgery)
- Device dislocation
- Vaginal hemorrhage
- Abdominal pain
- Amenorrhea (which causes problems with the menstrual cycle)
- Pregnancy (which is very dangerous when the device is fitted)
- Genital hemorrhage
Many women suffering injuries as a result of Mirena IUD use are enlisting the aid of law firms to help file a class action lawsuit.
Grounds for filing a Mirena IUD lawsuit
A number of women have already filed Mirena IUD lawsuits.4 Women have filed class action lawsuits against the manufacturer of Mirena IUD, Bayer Pharmaceuticals. These lawsuits accuse the manufacturer of misleading marketing, and misrepresenting the benefits of Mirena IUD. Some lawsuits go as far as to claim that Bayer engaged in purposefully deceptive marketing. Victims also allege that Bayer failed to warn consumers about the dangerous potential side effects of Mirena IUD, including device dislocation and expulsion. Many patients believe that Bayer failed to offer adequate warnings of the potential hazards of using the device.
How an attorney can help you file a lawsuit
A competent attorney can increase your chances of success, in the event that you decide to file a class action lawsuit. He or she will first establish with you the grounds for a case, outlining the evidence that you may need to provide and examining your medical reports for substantiating information. A trained attorney will then be able to guide you through each step of the process. An attorney will also be able to explain any state limits that may exist for filing a lawsuit. The statute of limitations applies to the maximum period of time in which you may file a lawsuit, from the point that you first become aware of any symptoms. Given these (and other) restrictions it is vital that you contact an attorney as soon as possible. Act promptly to ensure that you receive any compensation that may be appropriate for the pain, suffering and financial losses that you may incur.