What is it?
Mirena IUD is a T-shaped device that is used to control heavy menstrual bleeding and as a birth control. Mirena IUD is implanted directly into the uterus by a trained healthcare provider and can remain in place for up to five years. It works by releasing synthetic hormones slowly over time. Mirena is manufactured by Bayer and was FDA approved in 2000. As of today, 47,000 patients report adverse effects from use and 6% of them have required hospitalization or surgery. Numerous lawsuits have already been filed against the company because Bayer knew these risks and still intentionally sold and distributed a dangerous product while overstating the benefits of Mirena. They failed to warn of potential side effects, some of them very serious.
Some of the most common side effects:
Mirena IUD can cause pseudotumor cerebri. Pressure on the brain builds due to fluid found in the brain and spine. Diagnosis of this condition often requires a lumbar puncture or spinal tap. It can cause massive migraine-like headaches. There is often pain in the eyes and stiffness in the neck. This can cause ataxia (trouble walking), as well as the sensation of filling dizzy or nauseous to the point of vomiting.
Migration and Perforation:
Mirena can spontaneously migrate in the body from its original position, perforating or embedding in the uterus, the cervix, abdominal cavity, pelvis, bladder, blood vessels or intestines causing damage and infection in nearby organs. Migration can cause scarring and infertility. Depending on severity some may need a hysterectomy. In order to locate the device an ultrasound or x-ray and surgery is needed to correct the damage.
Ectopic Pregnancy/Pregnancy complications:
Mirena can cause miscarriage, premature delivery, and sepsis if used while pregnant. If a woman becomes pregnant while using Mirena, 50% of these pregnancies are ectopic; (pregnancy in which the fetus grows outside the uterus) which can be life threatening to the mother if the pregnancy continues. This can also lead to infertility or the birth of a child with a birth defect.
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
PID can causes infertility from a bacterial infection that damages the female reproductive system.
Cysts, abscesses, and erosion of adjacent areas.
12% of women using Mirena develop ovarian cysts which cause pain and sometimes require surgery.
Have You or a Loved One Been Affected?
If you used Mirena and suffered negative complications you may be entitled to bring suit for exposing you to these side effects. When Bayer failed to warn the public of the hazards, their patients were prevented from taking steps to protect themselves. If this includes yourself or a loved one you may be entitled to file a claim for medical bills, pain and suffering, or lost wages to help relieve the burden of these medical complications. Call the Hershewe Law Firm at 417-999-9999 or contact us for a free consultation to find out if you have a case.
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