The attorneys at Morgan and Morgan are investigating claims on behalf of Mirena users who experienced complications after being fitted with the intrauterine contraceptive device (IUD). It has been alleged that women were not fully informed of the device’s risks and side effects, some of which are very serious. Organ perforation is among the side effects reportedly associated with the Mirena. It is believed that the IUD can migrate from its original position after insertion, perforating the uterine wall or lodging itself in the uterus. Mirena may also migrate into the pelvic area, leading to adhesions, scarring or intestinal perforation.
If you or a loved one experienced these side effects after being inserted with Mirena, you may be able to file a claim against the manufacturer for medical bills, pain and suffering and other damages. To find out if you may be entitled to compensation, fill out our free case review today. There is no cost or obligation to have your claim evaluated by Morgan and Morgan.
Mirena Embedded, Perforating Organs
Approximately 2 in 1,000 women who were fitted with Mirena and other IUDs have reported cases of uterine perforation. Should Mirena perforate the uterine wall, it is believed that the device can travel into the abdominal cavity and potentially puncture the bladder or intestines. This may lead to further complications such as:
- Intestinal obstruction
- Organ damage
- Adhesions and internal scarring
When Mirena embeds itself or perforates the uterus, a doctor will have to surgically remove the device. Depending on the extent of damage related to uterine perforation, a complete hysterectomy may be required.
Were Patients Misled About Mirena Complications?
Our attorneys believe that many women who chose Mirena over other means of contraception were misled by the manufacturer. In Dec. 2009, the FDA sent a warning letter to Bayer concerning its “Mirena Parties,” a direct marketing program presented in a consumer’s home or other private setting. A nurse practitioner and representative from social networking site Mom Central, which was working with Bayer, would follow a script, one of which included phrases such as “simple ways to reconnect with ourselves and our partners,” “more likely to be more intimate,” and “look and feel great.”
The FDA’s warning letter states that claims that Mirena, as opposed to other forms of contraception, will increase intimacy, romance and, by implication, emotional satisfaction “misleadingly overstate the proven efficacy of Mirena.” The letter further expresses that the script omitted certain information regarding the potential side effects of Mirena, and minimized these risks by stating that women who choose Mirena will “look and feel great” – a claim that the FDA says there is no evidence to support.
Bayer stopped holding the parties in early 2009, but we believe that many women who selected Mirena as their form of birth control may not have been aware of its serious side effects due to the misleading information presented at these events. In addition to organ perforation and embedment, Mirena has also been linked to infertility, ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, pelvic inflammatory disease and peritonitis.
Filing a Mirena IUD Lawsuit
Our attorneys are currently looking to determine if women who suffered organ perforation or other serious side effects from Mirena can take legal action against Bayer. As of December 2013, 296 lawsuits have been filed by patients seeking compensation for medical bills and other losses incurred as a result of Mirena’s side effects, and more may follow. If you suffered from organ perforation or any other serious side effect after being fitted with Mirena, fill out the form on the right for a free evaluation of your claim.