Experts are advocating more long-term methods of birth control for women, such as the Mirena IUD and other intrauterine or contraceptive implant devices. But while some long-term birth control methods may be more effective at preventing pregnancies, devices like the Mirena IUD can also cause serious side effects such as uterine perforations, inflammation, bleeding and infection. Victims of these side effects are filing Mirena IUD lawsuits to seek compensation for their injuries.

But the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) seem to take little consideration of potential Mirena IUD complications in their recommendation for long-acting reversible contraception (LARC). In a committee opinion released early October, the ACOG stated that “these contraceptives have the highest rates of satisfaction and continuation of all reversible contraceptives.”

In 2002, approximately 2.4 percent of women used an IUD as contraception. Today, that number has increased to 8.5 percent. In the Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania, use of the IUD also jumped. Ten years ago, three women asked for an IUD. Today, the number has grown to 760.

IUDs are inserted into a women’s uterus through a quick surgical procedure and can prevent pregnancy from five to ten years. Its popularity is likely to increase if its cost barrier comes down—which also means an increase in the number of women who suffer from disturbing side effects.

The Mirena IUD can migrate from its original placement, causing uterine perforations and infections that can affect fertility. The Mirena IUD will no longer prevent pregnancy when it migrates. About half of the women who become pregnant while using Mirena experience an ectopic pregnancy, which occurs in the fallopian tube and can be a serious danger to a woman’s fertility.

A doctor must locate and surgically remove a displaced Mirena IUD device. Further complications can easily arise.

Women who suffered from uterine perforations, bleeding, inflammation, ectopic pregnancy and other Mirena side effects are filing lawsuits against Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, the device’s manufacturer to seek compensation for their expenses and injuries. The Mirena IUD lawsuit alleges that the company failed to warn women about its potential risks. Over a dozen Mirena IUD lawsuits are currently pending in New Jersey Superior Courts. Learn more by calling 1-877-779-1414.

Published December 6, 2012 by