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What if I was Injured by the Mirena IUD

What if I was injured by the Mirena IUD? You are probably asking this question because you are a woman who was injured by the Mirena IUD, and you are wondering if you should pursue a lawsuit to be compensated for your injury.

The letters IUD stand for “intrauterine device.” An IUD is a small, flexible T-shaped plastic device that is inserted into a woman’s uterus by a health care provider to prevent pregnancy. A plastic string tied to the end of the IUD hangs down through the cervix into the vagina.

The maker of the Mirena IUD is Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals. The Mirena IUD is inserted directly into the uterus and can stay in place for as long as five years.

Approved

The Mirena IUD was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2000 as a contraceptive device. Later, in 2009, the FDA approved the Mirena IUD for treating heavy menstrual bleeding in women who were using an IUD for birth control.

However, also in 2009, the FDA issued a warning to Bayer for overstating the effectiveness of the Mirena IUD. Up until this time, along with other claims, Bayer was saying that the Mirena IUD would help increase libido (sexual desire). On the contrary, the warning letter from the FDA said, “at least 5 percent of Mirena IUD users reported decreased libido in clinical trials.”

Safe

An IUD has been considered to be a safe, long lasting and effective way of preventing pregnancy. However, the Mirena IUD has been associated with uterine perforation and other serious side effects. As of June 30, 2012, the FDA had received 45,697 reports of a serious Mirena IUD side effect.

Bayer Healthcare has suggested that the risk for perforation of the uterus is mainly an issue when the Mirena IUD is inserted into the uterus. However, a number of women have experienced problems where the Mirena IUD perforated their uterus months or even years after it was inserted into their uterus.

Uterine perforation is potentially life-threatening. For this reason, it is extremely important to watch for warning signs and symptoms of uterine perforation. Some of these are:

Chills
Fever
Nausea
Vomiting
Lower abdominal pain
Rapid heartbeat
Rigidity
Bloating
Heavy vaginal bleeding
Inability to find the Mirena IUD string.

There are three other primary complications of the Mirena IUD. They are expulsion of the device, dislocation of the device and vaginal hemorrhage. More than 6% of women who have had bad side effects with the Mirena IUD have had to have hospitalization or surgery.

There are also other side effects of the device. These include:

Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
The device becoming embedded in the uterine wall
Infertility, abscesses, erosion of adjacent areas, such as the vagina
A pregnancy with the device in place (an intrauterine pregnancy)
Group A streptococcal sepsis
Perforation of the cervix or the wall of the uterus.

Again, if you are a woman who has been injured by the Mirena IUD, you should be entitled to compensation for your injury. The wise thing to do is to contact a personal injury attorney and have your case evaluated at no cost or obligation to you.

Article written by James Shugart

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