Mirena Side Effects Can Include Ectopic Pregnancy
Potential Mirena side effects include ectopic pregnancy, a pregnancy that occurs outside of the uterus, usually in a fallopian tube, than can pose a significant danger to a woman’s fertility, and even her life. While the Mirena IUD is effective at preventing pregnancy, when a pregnancy does occur, there is a far greater risk it will be ectopic.
About half of all pregnancies that occur in women who use the Mirena IUD are ectopic pregnancies. The risk increases significantly if the MIrena IUD migrates from its original placement, as it will no longer prevent pregnancy. Because the consequences of a Mirena ectopic pregnancy are so severe, it is vital that women who use the IUD recognize the symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy, including:
- Vaginal bleeding, which may be light.
- Abdominal (belly) pain or pelvic pain, usually 6 to 8 weeks after a missed period.
- Symptoms that accompany a normal pregnancy, including missed period, nausea, breast tenderness.
- Dizziness or fainting.
- Signs of shock.
- Shoulder Pain resulting from internal bleeding into the abdomen under the diaphragm.
An ectopic pregnancy cannot survive, and poses a threat to the woman’s life. If an ectopic pregnancy is allowed to continue, the inevitable rupture and bleeding can be fatal. If the pregnancy is detected before it has caused bleeding, a woman can be administered a drug called methotrexate to terminate the pregnancy. This treatment can avoid the need for surgery. However, when bleeding has already occurred, or if the woman is exhibiting severe symptoms or high hCG levels, it’s likely surgery will be needed. In cases where the ectopic pregnancy has ruptured, emergency surgery is a necessity.
Ectopic pregnancies are just one of several side effects being cited in a growing number of Mirena IUD lawsuits. Claims also allege that the IUD has caused women to suffer uterine perforations, bleeding, inflammation, infection and other Mirena complications. Plaintiffs further claim that Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, the maker of Mirena, concealed its serious risks and failed to provide users with adequate warnings about Mirena side effects. More than a dozen Mirena IUD lawsuits are already pending in New Jersey Superior Courts, and Bayer is seeking to have the claims consolidated in a single proceeding in Middlesex County.
If you or a woman you love suffered Mirena complications, including uterine perforations or ectopic pregnancy, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering. To learn more about Mirena IUD lawsuits, please contact the attorneys at Bernstein Liebhard LLP today by call 1-877-779-1414 today.