Mirena defective IUD
Mirena is a device inserted into the uterus designed to release a synthetic progestogen intended to prevent pregnancies. The device is inserted into the uterus by a healthcare provider and is manufactured to remain in the uterus for five years following insertion.
Mirena was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as an intrauterine device (IUD) in late 2000; by 2009 Mirena was also approved to help control heavy menstrual bleeding. Nearly 2 million women are estimated to use Mirena as an IUD in the United States.
However, this product has recently been the subject of claims against the manufacturer, Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals. Allegedly, evidence has surfaced that Mirena may migrate and perforate a patient’s uterus following installation. After perforation, the device can become lodged in the abdominal cavity or perforate other organs such as the bowel, liver, and spleen. Surgical action is needed to repair and effectively remove the IUD.
Significantly, Mirena allegedly fails to adequately warn consumers that the risk of migration and perforation can occur after the initial insertion time period. Instead, the company appears to mask the fact that perforation can occur at any point during the products 5-year life span.
Further serious health risks have been allegedly connected to Mirena. In certain instances, ectopic pregnancies have allegedly occurred, in which pregnancy occurs outside the uterus. Ectopic pregnancies can result in death, or impair future fertility. According to the FDA, Mirena allegedly has the potential for side effects such as cramping, severe vaginal and pelvic pain, alterations in a user’s menstrual cycle, spotting, heavier or lighter menstrual flow, or a reduction or increase in menstrual cramping.
Certain women have even developed ovarian cysts allegedly as a result of using Mirena. Some cysts may cause serious pain and require surgical removal. Other women have experienced pelvic-inflammatory diseases as a result of germs and bacteria forming in the uterus during insertion. These disease are considered very serious and can be transmitted to partners sexually. Although most can be treated with antibiotics and removal of the IUD device, some women may need a hysterectomy to remove the uterus; in rare cases diseases from the implantation of Mirena may even possibly lead to death.
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