Why Are Women Who Have Used Mirena Hiring A Lawyer

by Terry Bryant

Many women who have undergone treatment with Mirena have hired a lawyer to help them attain compensation after the device caused major complications.  This birth control intrauterine device (IUD) is considered one of the most effective and popular forms of birth control since its creation.  However, several adverse case reports arising from patient use have demonstrated the severe damage this device can cause.  In August 2012, the IUD’s manufacturer, Bayer, was already facing more than 20 claims from women who were harmed by the product.  Soon after, Bayer requested that all litigation be confined to a single court because the company expected many more lawsuits in the future.  Dozens of cases later, it appears Bayer knew that its IUD would come under heavy scrutiny.

This IUD is implanted in the patient’s uterus and is intended to remain there for several years.  While in place, the device slowly releases a synthetic hormone known as levonorgestrel.  This synthetic hormone replicates the effects of the hormone progestin and prevents pregnancy in several ways. It thickens the mucus on the cervical wall, alters body chemistry in the uterus to reduce sperm survivability, and thins the uterine wall.  This makes it more difficult for a fertilized egg to implant in the uterus.  Together, these make the device 99 percent effective for up to five years.  However, after receiving Mirena, an injury lawyer may be needed if the device produces major health concerns.

Bayer was chastised by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) twice for its marketing associated with the device.  In March 2009, the FDA sent a letter to Bayer concerning the manner in which the device was marketed online. Several sponsored links advertising the IUD neglected to reveal risk information associated with the device, which is against the law.  People who saw the advertisement were not informed of even the most common side effects associated with the IUD. In 2009, the FDA sent another letter to Bayer regarding a promotional video filmed for the IUD.  In the video, Bayer claimed that the device could help patients “look and feel great.”  Because this is an unproven claim and does not address what the IUD actually does, the FDA stated that the video overstated the effectiveness of the device.

Aside from the marketing issues, many women who have used Mirena have hired a lawyer after the IUD caused extreme side effects.  Among these side effects are debilitating abdominal pain, dangerous infections, migration of the device, and uterine perforation.  Device migration and uterine perforation are particularly dangerous events that can cause permanent scarring or even life-threatening damage to other organs.  For example, a claim on December 4, 2012 was filed by a woman who claimed the device migrated from its implantation spot, punched through her uterus and required surgery to be taken out.  On November 25, 2013, a woman in Pennsylvania filed a claim after the IUD slipped through her uterus and settled in her abdomen.  As of August 2013, the FDA has recorded more than 70,000 cases of patients suffering complications due to the device, including thousands of cases of device migration.

Resolving these complications often requires expensive, thorough medical intervention.  Attaining the compensation for this treatment can be difficult without the help of a legal professional experienced in these types of cases, so patients harmed by this IUD should consider speaking to an injury attorney immediately.