Mirena IUD’s Can Cause Severe Side Effects

by Terry Bryant

Long term birth control products are always a risk, but the Mirena IUDs can cause severe complications that may result in eventual organ failure or infertility. The device works by thickening the mucus layer in the uterus, which makes it impossible for a fertilized egg to attach to the uterine wall. The chemicals used to accomplish this, however, may result in some serious side effects, and coupled with the long term nature of the product, this can spell serious risk.

The problem with the Mirena IUDs is how the chemicals in the device also break down the uterine wall somewhat, thinning it to also help prevent the fertilized egg from taking. In some cases, the wall of the uterus may be perforated, which is rather dangerous.  Symptoms of this perforation include abdominal pain and bleeding, so it can be difficult to locate it, and because some of perforations develop slowly, it may cause a lot of damage before being detected. The real threat occurs when the chemicals leech out of the uterus and affect other organs. This can cause organ failure in extreme cases, and internal bleeding in many others.

In addition, the FDA sent out a warning letter in 2009 stating that Bayer, the manufacturer, misrepresented the benefits and side effects of the product. With all of this, anyone who has received the device and suffered uterine perforations has a strong case for restitution, and there are mass tort suits being filed that a drug injury lawyer can help with. An ally like this is a major help while navigating through the legal process and will be able to advise their client each step of the way.  An expert personal injury attorney should be contacted as soon as the diagnosis has been made.