Noble McIntyre on July 30, 2013
What type of birth control you use is a very personal decision. There are lots of factors to take into consideration, not least of which are your thoughts regarding whether you may decide to have children in the future. Mirena is a popular form of IUD (intrauterine device) birth control, used by two million women, that has long been lauded as a safe and effective method of family planning, but some say the risks outweigh the benefits. As a hormonal IUD, Mirena eliminates the hassle of having to take a daily birth control pill, and it is expected to be effective for five years. Doctors have said that it’s an excellent choice, especially for women who have already had children but who are still within their child-bearing years.
However, thousands of women have lodged complaints against Bayer, the device’s manufacturer, because they claim to have experienced serious complications. The most common complication appears to be device dislocation, wherein the IUD separates from the top of the uterine cavity and is able to migrate elsewhere in the body outside of the uterus. When this happens, the device needs to be surgically removed. One woman reported that the device was “floating around in [her] abdomen”, and another reported that it had traveled as far as her rib cage. A related claim alleges that the device perforated the user’s uterus, and yet another patient had to have an appendectomy, hysterectomy and stomach tissue removal after the IUD became embedded in her uterus. Some women claim to have lasting effects from the IUD that are affecting them long after the device was removed. If a woman does become pregnant while using Mirena, she could experience pregnancy loss, birth defects in the fetus or a permanent loss of fertility.
Mirena’s side-effects can include abscesses, infertility, decreased libido, pelvic inflammatory disease and other issues. While Bayer maintains that the product is safe, and that all drugs have side-effects, there are numerous class action and other lawsuits pending against the company. In addition, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning regarding Mirena and the manufacturer’s overstatement of efficacy. It suggests that the company led physicians to believe that the product is less risky than actually is the case.
At McIntyre Law, we care about your health, and we know that it’s of utmost importance to you, as well. Your choice of family planning methods is one to make with your medical provider and your partner, but if something unexpected occurs, we can help. We are currently representing patients in Mirena and other drug lawsuits and can determine whether you’re eligible for a class action if you’ve been negatively affected by this or another drug or medical product. Call us any time; we’re here to help.