Mirena is a type of long-term birth control method known as an intrauterine device or IUD. When a woman chooses to use Mirena, the IUD is inserted vaginally, so that the device may release levonorgesterel progestin birth control hormones directly into the woman’s uterus. Mirena is manufactured by Bayer Pharmaceuticals and is a T-shaped device that uses a lower amount of hormones than oral contraceptive pills. Mirena can remain implanted and effective for up to five years. It has been found, however, that the IUD may move from the site of placement to other parts of the body during that time having potentially harmful effects.
Mirena was approved for use as birth control in December 2000. Mirena is widely used across the United States and the world by over 15 million women. These users were never warned that the Mirena IUD could migrate and cause perforations and other problems in other parts of the body. Mirena has been linked to problems such as:
- Uterine perforation
- Embedment in organs
Harmful Side Effects of Mirena IUD
The Mirena IUD can migrate from its original implantation location and move to other parts of the body, leading to perforation of the uterus. Mirena may also become embedded in other parts of the body, such as the pelvic area, fallopian tubes, bladder or bowel. To correct this embedment, removal surgery is required. Removal of the device as well as affected organs may lead to an unwanted hysterectomy, leaving the woman infertile.
Bayer has failed to warn potential users of Mirena of many of the harmful side effects. The FDA sent a warning letter to Bayer in 2009, stating that a program sponsored by the company “minimizes the risks of using Mirena, and includes false or misleading presentations regarding Mirena.” Since Mirena has gained widespread use in the marketplace, there have been over 25,000 complaints and adverse event reports made to the FDA. Despite these reports and warnings, Mirena is continuously marketed to women as a birth control method and a way to reduce menstrual bleeding.
Mirena Lawsuit Lawyers
Mirena lawsuits have been filed across the nation against Bayer. Fighting against such a large corporation can be intimidating for many, but the lawyers at Raizner Slania are experienced in complex litigation against these large corporations. If you or a loved one has experienced the harmful side effects of Mirena, Raizner Slania can knowledgeably assess your claim and help you obtain the compensation you deserve.