Mirena® putting women at risk of suffering serious side effects

Women who opt for Mirena® as a contraceptive method are putting themselves at risk of very serious and sometimes life-threatening side effects.

Mirena® is an intrauterine contraceptive that’s implanted in women and is designed to stay in the uterus for up to five years. Regularly, the Mirena® IUD releases the hormone levonorgestrel to prevent pregnancy. The contraceptive device is implanted by a doctor and was touted as an alternative to birth-control pills and other forms of contraception and the makers of the Mirena® device, Bayer, said it was best fitted for active women and busy moms.

A social media campaign entitled “Simple Style” was halted by federal regulators after they determined the claims Bayer was making of the benefits to Mirena® IUD were not backed by any scientific evidence and further, that the campaign and other marketing materials backing Mirena® failed to mention many of the common and more serious side effects to the contraceptive device.

Women who rely on Mirena® are likely to experience acne, weight gain, and breast tenderness but they’re only minor compared to some of the device’s life-threatening side effects.

Federal health regulators have alerted the public to the serious risks Mirena® poses to women, including perforation of the uterine wall or cervix. This can lead to serious internal injuries and require emergency surgery to remove the contraceptive device. Perforation occurs when Mirena® moves from where it was originally implanted.

According to previous reports on this site, about two in every thousand women who have the Mirena® device implanted are likely to suffer from perforation of the device.

The national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP continues to represent victims of Mirena® side effects, especially those who’ve been seriously injured or put at risk of life-threatening side effects from the device. Matt McCauley, Senior Litigation Counsel in in charge of the Mirena Project at Parker Waichman LLP, says “Some women, however, have alleged that Mirena caused a perforation in the uterine wall, ectopic pregnancy, pelvic inflammatory disease and other complications that occur as a result of the of the device moving (migrating) from its original implant location.”

Women who experience a movement of the Mirena® device may also experience an unexpected pregnancy. When the device migrates from its original implant position, it fails to work and will allow women to become pregnant. If a woman becomes pregnant while the Mirena® device is still implanted in their body, it could lead to serious side effects like intrauterine pregnancy, a condition that could cause an ectopic pregnancy. An ectopic pregnancy could put the woman’s life in trouble. During such a pregnancy, the fertilized egg implants outside the uterus.

Earlier this year, according to a press release issued by the firm recently, Parker Waichman filed a lawsuit on behalf of an Indiana woman who had her Mirena® device embed into her uterine wall, requiring her to undergo emergency surgery to have it removed. The lawsuit is filed in New Jersey Superior Court. It is there where Bayer is seeking to have other lawsuits alleging side effects and complications with the Mirena® device led to serious injuries and the need for emergency surgeries.

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