First approved for use by the FDA in 2000, the Mirena IUD has become an increasingly popular form of long-term contraception. The IUD is a flexible T-shaped plastic device that is inserted into the uterus by a physician or other healthcare provider.
The Mirena IUD begins to release the hormone levonorgestrel, which works to prevent fertilization by thinning the lining of the uterus to make it difficult for an embryo to implant and grow. In some women, the device may prevent ovulation from taking place.
Side effects of Mirena include amenorrhea, intermenstrual bleeding and spotting, abdominal pain, pelvic pain, ovarian cysts, headache, migraines, acne, depression, and mood swings. One particularly troubling side effect being reported is the potential for the Mirena may become embedded into the wall of the uterus, even causing perforations. There are reports of the IUD migrating outside the uterus through a hole of its own making, resulting in scarring, infection, and even damage to other organs.
Lawsuits have been filed accusing Bayer of misleading marketing, producing a defective product, and failing to reveal the dangerous side effects of the device, such as spontaneous migration of the device and perforation of the uterus. Please contact the law office of Swartz & Swartz, P.C. or Call (617) 742-1900 or for clients in greater Massachusetts, New England, or other states across the U.S., call toll-free at 1-800-545-3732.