The Mirena IUD has been associated with serious side effects, including Mirena uterine perforations, which can have long-lasting and devastating impacts on a woman’s reproductive health. In addition to uterine perforations, other Mirena complications can include device migration, infections and scarring, intestinal obstructions, and organ damage. These Mirena side effects often require surgical intervention, and can endanger a woman’s fertility and even her life. Women who have already filed a Mirena lawsuit allege they were never adequately warned of the potential for serious Mirena IUD problems.

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has already warned Bayer, the maker of Mirena, for its misleading marketing of the device. The Mirena FDA warning letter specifically stated one of the company’s promotions downplayed Mirena side effects. If you or a woman you love suffered a Mirena uterine perforation or other complication, you may be eligible to file a Mirena IUD side effect lawsuit seeking compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.

Mirena Uterine Perforations

Uterine perforations may be one of the most common Mirena side effects suffered by users of the IUD. A Mirena uterine perforation can occur upon placement of the device, or if the IUD migrates from its original placement and punctures the uterine wall. It is important for Mirena uterine perforations to be treated as quickly as possible, as such injuries can result in hemorrhage or sepsis. Signs and symptoms of a Mirena uterine perforation may include:

  • Heavy bleeding
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fever

Women at higher risk for Mirena uterine perforations include those who have had a C-section in the past or who have had any type of abdominal surgery, especially surgery involving the uterus.  Breast feeding women may also be at risk for this serious Mirena side effect. Depending on the extent of damage related to a Mirena uterine perforation, a complete hysterectomy may be required.

Other Mirena Complications

If a Mirena IUD migrates from its original placement, patients may suffer any number of injuries, including adhesions, scarring, and infection. In some instances, the Mirena IUD can even migrate outside of the uterus, where it can puncture other organs or lead to intestinal obstructions. These types of Mirena IUD problems require that a doctor surgically remove the device.

Ectopic pregnancy is another potential Mirena IUD problem. When the IUD moves from its original location, it may no longer prevent pregnancy.  Women who become pregnant while Mirena is still in their body have a higher risk of ectopic pregnancy. An ectopic pregnancy occurs in the fallopian tube, and endangers not only a woman’s fertility, but also her life.

Mirena FDA Warning Letter

In 2009, the FDA issued a warning letter to Bayer after finding that one of its Mirena promotions had made misleading claims about the efficacy and safety of Mirena. According to the Mirena FDA warning letter, a direct marketing program Bayer created with the “Mom Central” social networking site had downplayed the risk of Mirena side effects. The FDA also took issue with Bayer’s claims that using Mirena would improve a woman’s sex life and help her “look and feel better.”

How to File a Mirena Side Effects Lawsuit

If you or a woman you love suffered a Mirena uterine perforation or other Mirena complications, you could be eligible to pursue a Mirena side effect lawsuit. By filing a Mirena IUD side effect lawsuit, you may be able to obtain compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering that resulted from your Mirena problems. Call the lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP at (877) 779-1414. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding the legal process for filing a Mirena side effect lawsuit.

Published October 17, 2012 by