Intra-uterine devices (IUDs) have a variety of benefits over other forms of birth control—such as eliminating the need to interrupt sex to obtain contraception–and they can be used for up to five years at a time, including while breast feeding. In 2000 the FDA approved the Mirena IUD made by Bayer. The Mirena IUD is considerably different than traditional IUDs because it is the only IUD approved by the FDA that also provides a hormone-delivery system.
Once the T-shaped Mirena is inserted into the uterus, it begins to release the hormone progestin that creates thick mucus in the cervix that serves as a barrier preventing sperm from reaching and fertilizing an egg–while simultaneously thinning out the uterine lining to prevent ovulation.
In 2009 the Department of Health and Human Services Division of Drug Marketing, Advertising, and Communications (DDMAC) cited Bayer for making false, misleading, and unsubstantiated claims about the device in their advertisements and promotional material while failing to mention its risks.
Unfortunately many women have experienced horrifying side effects from their use of the Mirena IUD including the following:
- Perforation of the uterus.
- Perforation of the cervix.
- Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).
- Ovarian cysts.
- Embedment of the Mirena into the uterine wall.
- Irregular bleeding.
- Movement of the IUD up into the abdominal cavity.
- Pregnancies both intrauterine and ectopic (outside the uterus).
- Pregnancy loss.
- Permanent loss of fertility.
As a result of the numerous adverse reactions and injuries sustained by women who have used the Mirena IUD, a number of defective product liability and personal injury claims have been filed across the country against Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Inc. The Mirena lawsuits allege that Bayer was negligent in the design of the Mirena and failed to warn the public adequately about its defective and dangerous condition.
Spencer Aronfeld and the lawyers at Aronfeld Trial Lawyers are very passionate about women’s health issues and protecting the legal rights of women who have been injured by callous companies who value their profit over the safety of consumers. It appears from our initial investigation of these claims that Bayer failed to provide consumers with all of the information it had regarding the risks of using these IUDs.
We are currently investigating a number of Mirena claims, and we are offering a free law suit consultation to any victim of the Mirena IUD birth control device. If you believe that you have been implanted with the Mirena IUD, please consult with your physician immediately and contact our firm for a Free Case Evaluation by calling Toll Free 866-597-4529 or 305-441-0440.
To read more about this topic, visit our blog: Florida Injury Lawyer Blog – The Case Against Mirena