Mirena Side Effects Lawsuit Alleges Woman Suffered for Years After Ectopic Pregnancy
Mirena IUD side effects lawsuits continue to be filed by young women who claim the contraceptive device caused them to suffer Mirena uterine perforations and other Mirena complications. Most recently, a young woman from Virginia filed a lawsuit claiming she suffered years of pain after her doctor failed to remove a Mirena IUD during surgery to treat an ectopic pregnancy.
While this latest Mirena side effects lawsuit names the plaintiff’s doctor as the defendant, Bayer Healthcare, the maker of the device, is facing a growing number of lawsuits in New Jersey Superior Court alleging the IUD caused serious Mirena complications. Recently, Bayer sought designation of the Mirena IUD lawsuits as a “Mass Tort” for centralized management in Middlesex County.
According to a report from NVDaily.com, a woman from Shenandoah County, Virginia, claims her doctor’s failure to remove the Mirena IUD caused her significant pain and suffering for years. In her lawsuit, the plaintiff says she received the IUD in 2006. In 2007, she became pregnant with what turned out to be an ectopic pregnancy. When her doctor performed a laparoscopy and other procedures to treat the ectopic pregnancy, the IUD was not found.
According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff suffered pain in her left side and abdomen following the procedures. Her doctor treated her for the pain on April 1, April 20, May 11 and May 24, 2007. But rather than ordering any imaging tests that would have revealed that the Mirena IUD had lodged in her abdomen, the doctor advised the plaintiff she was ovulating and suggested she take ibuprofen for her pain. On another occasion, the doctor told her the pain was the result of scar tissue and nothing could be done to relieve it.
Finally on Nov. 20, 2010, the plaintiff went to Winchester Medical Center with more abdominal pain. A CT scan revealed the Mirena IUD “floating in her abdomen.” The device was surgically removed in January 2011, according to NVDaily.com.
Unfortunately, it appears that the plaintiff’s experience may not be unique. A growing number of Mirena IUD lawsuits allege that device migration outside of the uterus is an all-too-common Mirena complication. When a Mirena IUD does migrate, it can cause uterine perforations, and even travel outside of the uterus into the abdomen. This can lead to a number of dangerous Mirena side effects, including infections and scarring, intestinal obstructions, and organ damage. 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.