Mirena IUD Information Center
The Mirena intrauterine (IUD) birth control device is marketed as a long-acting, reversible contraceptive that allows women the freedom of not having to worry about getting pregnant for a five to 10 year period of time. Perhaps the most attractive aspect of using Mirena is that it eliminates the need for a woman to think about her birth control method on a daily basis, and allowing for spontaneous intimacy with her partner. The Mirena IUD has become one of the most popular contraceptive methods worldwide.
Unfortunately, despite its popularity, Mirena carries with it some alarming risks which can cause very serious side effects. Many women who bought into Mirena’s slick marketing campaign have been injured by the IUD, leading some to file lawsuits against Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturer of Mirena.
Mirena Use Can Cause Serious Side Effects
More than 160 million women use an IUD as their chosen method of birth control. It is touted as being ideal for women who already have one or more children, and who have no immediate plans to further expand their families. The device is inserted by a doctor into the uterus, creating a physical barrier to prevent conception. Mirena contains a synthetic hormone, levenorgestrel, which also helps regulate the menstrual cycle, resulting in shorter, lighter periods for many women. Mirena can, however, injure women by migrating out of the uterus and embedding itself into another pelvic organ. It can perforate the uterine wall, requiring surgery to repair the damage. Additionally, the device carries with it risks of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, ovarian cysts, and the possibility of spontaneous expulsion of the device through the vagina. Moreover, some women might experience hormonal side effects such as mood swings, depression, breast tenderness, acne and severe cramping.
FDA Warned Bayer About Mirena
When Mirena was first introduced to American women, the marketing campaign utilized by Bayer involved asking women to attend Mirena “parties,” which were gatherings hosted by nurse practitioners and paid marketing representatives who encouraged women to use the device by touting its benefits, and failing to disclose its risks. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued strong warnings to the company, ordering it to stop using language that described Mirena as something that would allow women to “look and feel great,” and not providing the necessary information about side effects that would have encouraged women to make informed decisions about which method of birth control was right for them.
Since the warnings were issued, the FDA has received thousands of complaints about Mirena from women who experienced excessive bleeding, device expulsion and migration, and other injuries caused by the device. In some of the worst cases, Mirena has caused permanent infertility and death.
Legal Action Has Been Taken
Women who have suffered serious injuries from Mirena have chosen to protect their rights as consumers by filing lawsuits against Bayer seeking financial compensation for their injuries, medical bills, pain and suffering, and other hardships. There are a number of cases pending in courts nationwide, as well as a large group of lawsuits that are awaiting consolidation in New Jersey Superior Court in Middlesex County, where Bayer’s HealthCare division is located.