Complications With IUDS
When dealing with birth control products that are meant to be active for a long period of time, there can always be serious complications, and this is the case with the Mirena IUDs. This device is inserted into the uterus, and slowly releases chemicals that thicken the mucus in the uterus and make it impossible for a fertilized egg to attach to the wall of the organ. This comes with some side effects, however, and its long active period makes the device downright dangerous in some cases.
The major side effect of the Mirena IUDs is that it thins the wall of the uterus, which also helps to keep a fertilized egg from attaching. The problem with this is that it can cause small perforations in some areas, which can lead to catastrophic results. Symptoms of this disorder are presented as abdominal pain, major changes in blood flow from the uterus, scarring or infection. In many cases, the perforations form extremely slowly, so it can take a long time to detect them. During this lag between the insidious onset of symptoms and discovery of the problem, multiple organs may be affected and widespread damage may be caused.
This is because the active chemicals in the Mirena IUDs escapes through these perforations and affect other parts of the body. They can thin out other tissues and encourage internal bleeding which may even result in organ failure. Uterine perforations are common enough to be a constant source of worry, as somewhere between 1 in 1,000 and 1 in 10,000 women will be affected by them. This may not seem like a lot, but given the number of patients currently living with the device, there are many women who do not yet realize they are at major risk of severe complications. The only way to detect the problem is through examination by a doctor, so it can be masked for quite a while.
Most of the time, the cause of these complications stems from the device moving around in the uterus, and this is a common phenomenon recognized by doctors who implant the Mirena IUDs. Anyone who has received it or will receive it would do well to ask her doctor about whether or not they are at particular risk for this issue.
In addition to these severe complications, the pharmaceutical company responsible for the Mirena IUDs, Bayer, was cited by the Food and Drug Administration in 2009 for how it handled marketing of the product. The FDA claimed in a warning letter that Bayer had understated the side effects and complications stemming from use of the device and overstated the efficacy of its benefits. It would be no surprise, then, that there has been poor communication on the part of Bayer when it comes to alerting its clients. As a result, there are many suits being filed against the manufacturer, including mass tort cases.
Any woman who has received the device and has suffered from uterine perforations should contact a drug injury lawyer and review their options. An expert personal injury attorney familiar with the product and experienced in these kinds of suits will be able to steer a client through the rough process of getting restitution. Many suits have been filed successfully already, so it is possible for those who suffered as a result of this product to get compensation for their injuries.