More Women Opt for IUDs in British Columbia; Mirena Lawsuits Continue to Be Filed in the U.S.
Looking for a contraceptive? You can Google one, but it’ll cost you. As Mirena lawsuit filings continue to rise in federal and state courts in the U.S., a publication in British Columbia reports that more and more younger women are not only choosing IUDs over the Pill as their method of birth control, and are weighing the pros and cons online.
One Vancouver woman quoted in The Globe and Mail said she conducted her Internet search after deciding she “wanted something reliable but not stressful to use and [that] didn’t have all the side effects of the pill.”
This 21-year old, who did not want her last name included in the Dec. 16 report, isn’t the only one opting for an intrauterine birth control implant over more traditional methods, though. One IUD distributor said his sales in the area have more than doubled since 2011, two years after a study in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology showed 2.3 percent of women in Canada as using them. The 2009 research also indicated that 15 percent of women who were sexually active did not use contraception.
The numbers are shifting, however. The medical director at Vancouver’s Willow Women’s Clinic said she often recommends IUDs to women there, and it’s paying off. Over the past three years, IUD insertions have increased by 34 percent.
“I work very hard to increase the number of IUDs used in B.C. and in Canada,” she said.
Mirena Complications Infrequent, Globe and Mail Reports
As a selling point, The Globe and Mail reports that IUDs like Mirena have fewer risks than those marketed in the past, including a one in 1,000 chance for uterine perforations, and a similar likelihood that a patient may experience pelvic infection within the first three weeks of insertion. But what about the rising number of Mirena IUD lawsuits in the U.S.? Court records from December indicate that exactly 300 claims alleging not only uterine perforation and pelvic infection, but also ectopic pregnancy, vaginal scarring and other complications stemming from spontaneous migration of the IUD, have been filed in a multicounty litigation established in New Jersey’s Bergen County Superior Court.
A Case List update from the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) showed a total of 296 cases alleging Mirena complications pending in a federal proceeding. There, plaintiffs similarly claim that Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Inc. failed to adequately warn women about the potential for their IUDs to cause side effects after insertion.
This past summer, 7 Action News released information from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s adverse event report database that showed approximately 70,000 complaints associated with the Mirena IUD since its U.S. approval in 2000.
Contact an Attorney to File a Mirena Lawsuit
Call the lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP today to start the process of filing a claim against the manufacturer of the Mirena IUD at (877) 779-1414.