How Can Women File a Lawsuit For Mirena IUD Implant Problems?

The Mirena IUD (intra-Uterine Device) was once one of the most popular forms of long-term contraception in the U.S., providing an attractive alternative to birth control medication.  Approved for use by the FDA in 2000, the device was implanted in hundreds of thousands of women, as it was believed to be completely safe.  Since the start of its widespread use, though, it has become clear that the implant can cause severe, even life-threatening complications in women.

What is the Mirena IUD, and how is it intended to work?

A doctor implants this device in the uterus, where it slowly releases hormones that prevent pregnancy.  The hormone used is typically levonorgestrel, a synthetic progestogen hormone that is effective at eliminating the chances of pregnancy.

When implanted correctly, the device produces several contraceptive effects.  This includes thickening the mucus in the cervix, suppressing the presence of the endometrium, inhibiting the sperm’s ability to penetrate the egg, and inhibiting ovulation in some women.  Together, these effects make the device more than 99 percent effective at preventing pregnancy.

What are some complications associated with the Mirena IUD?

The presence of the implant can increase the chances of an ectopic pregnancy forming, a life-threatening medical emergency that can cause serious damage before it is detected.  The device can also cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), a serious health concern, or may migrate from its placement area. Migration is particularly dangerous, as the implant can puncture through the uterine wall, and move to another part of the body which may lead to further complications such as infection, organ damage, and internal scarring.  In some cases, if the implant moves through the uterine wall, it may also permanently affect a woman’s chances to have a child in the future.

Have any lawsuits been filed by women who have received the implant?

The manufacturer of the device, Bayer, has been chastised by the FDA for its use of deceptive marketing.  According to lawsuit allegations, Bayer failed to adequately warn women about the risks of using the Mirena IUD. The FDA sent a warning letter to Bayer in 2009 stating that its marketing made false claims, including that the implant would make women look and feel better.  In fact, the device can cause weight gain, breast pain, back pain, and acne.

Most lawsuits filed against Bayer in regards to the Mirena IUD cite the company’s deceptive marketing and serious complications resulting from its use.  For example, a 24-year-old woman filed a case against Bayer after the implant moved from her uterus into her abdomen causing severe pain.  As a result, the victim was forced to undergo a second surgery to remove the device. Another victim, filed a case against the company after the device migrated from the uterus and moved near her liver.  After the device was removed, she got pregnant but suffered a miscarriage.  Her doctors believe she may be infertile now due to the implant migration.

Any woman who has received the device and has suffered from serious side effects should contact a drug injury lawyer and review their options.