Not including the risk for women to suffer infection, intestinal perforations, abscesses and other Mirena IUD side effects stemming from use of the birth control device, a new study revealed that bleeding and spotting experienced by some patients within the first three months of implantation may not be alleviated by medication.

Mirena Side Effects

The research, published online April 5th, 2013 in Obstetrics & Gynecology, found that neither the administration of tranexamic acid (500 mg/day) nor mefenamic acid (500 mg/day) relieved patients of spotting and/or bleeding during the first 90 days of using the contraceptive. The drugs, which are commonly used to treat heavy menstrual bleeding and pain, were only able to reduce the number of bleeding days by six and three.  The original reason for the study, which screened 204 women, was to identify a 25 percent reduction in bleeding and spotting days within three months.

Although 85 percent of women contained in the study reported an overall satisfaction with the Mirena IUD, it is noteworthy to add that the research was financially supported by Mirena’s manufacturer, Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals Inc.

This may be why the article fails to highlight the potential for Mirena IUD side effects, aside from bleeding and spotting, to stem from use of the birth control device. The following injuries have been named in adverse event reports filed with The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA):

  • Abscesses
  • Embedment in the uterine wall
  • Uterine perforations
  • Infertility
  • Infection
  • Intestinal perforations or obstruction
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
  • Ectopic Pregnancy

Mirena IUD Lawsuits

These side effects have since been named in a growing litigation of Mirena lawsuits. Just a few days after this study was published in Obstetrics & Gynecology, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) issued a Transfer Order that consolidated all federally-filed claims to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. These Mirena IUD lawsuits allege that the IUD spontaneously migrated from its point of initial insertion in the uterus, and caused a host of uterine perforations and injuries. Plaintiffs also claim the manufacturer failed to warn about the risk for spontaneous migration of the device. According to the Order issued April 8th, more than 40 claims against Bayer have been filed in 17 jurisdictions in the U.S. (In re: Mirena IUD Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2434 (JPML)

How to File a Mirena Lawsuit

If you experienced one or more of the above Mirena IUD side effects, you may be eligible to file a claim against the manufacturer. Contact an attorney at Bernstein Liebhard LLP to find out more about your legal rights at (877) 779-1414.

Published April 15, 2013 by