Mirena IUD Lawsuits
Millions of women throughout the world rely on birth control. Roughly 8.5% of women in America choose a reversible, long-term version of an intrauterine device (IUD). This type of device is intended to prevent pregnancy for as long as five years at a time by producing hormones after it has been implanted. This type of contraceptive is preferred by many women who would otherwise struggle to take an oral contraceptive every day.
One very popular version called Mirena IUD has come under scrutiny because of dangerous side effects that are associated with using it. Among the many claims against it, the IUD’s manufacturer, Bayer Pharmaceuticals, is accused of deceptive advertising practices, concealing the risk of a product’s complications and intentionally selling a dangerous product.
What Mirena IUD Is Used For
As we mentioned above, Mirena IUD is a form of implantable birth control that can keep a woman from getting pregnant for as long as five years. It was marketed as being over 99% effective during this time range as well. It works by most likely doing some combination of the following:
- Preventing sperm from reaching or fertilizing the egg
- Thickening the cervix’s mucus to stop sperm from entering the uterus
- Thinning the uterus’ lining
The truth is that no one knows for sure why this IUD works. It’s only that some combination of the three explanations we just gave is the most likely. What we know for sure is that it releases a progestin hormone called levonorgestrel in small amounts into the uterus. The device itself is a T-shaped object made from flexible plastic.
Scrutiny Regarding Mirena IUD
Mirena IUD is far from the only contraceptive that works in this manner. However, since it was approved for use by the FDA in 2000 (it has been used in Europe since 1991), there have been over 45,000 negative incidents reported. Amongst these events, there has been device dislocation, device expulsion, and vaginal hemorrhage.
It appears that, in some women, this IUD can cause serious complications. One especially frightening side-effect is an ectopic pregnancy. This is when the pregnancy happens outside of the uterus. The uterine wall can also become perforated, which is commonly known as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).
The lawsuits targeting Bayer Pharmaceuticals don’t just claim that the contraceptive is defective, though. Instead, they accuse the company of knowing this and proceeding with marketing and selling it anyway. When the company did recognize problems that existed with their products, many suits maintain that Bayer Pharmaceuticals greatly downplayed the extent of the damage or the number of people who had come forward citing problems.
Common Issues Involving the Mirena IUD
Trying to summarize all of the claims against the company regarding the Mirena IUD would be impossible. However, it would probably be helpful to describe a couple of the most common lawsuits that have been brought forward and why.
For example, many women had sued the company because of permanent physical injuries they suffered when it was time to have the IUD removed. When a surgeon-initiated the procedure, they found that the Mirena IUD was no longer there. That’s because it can sometimes migrate outside of the uterus to other parts of the body. This requires a whole new surgical procedure to retrieve it. On top of that, this type of movement usually causes painful side effects too.
In much worse versions of this type of case, the migration may subsequently lead to vaginal bleeding and, if the woman gets pregnant, a miscarriage.
Seek Help from an Experienced Mirena IUD Lawyer
If you believe that this IUD has had a negative impact on your wellbeing, it is essential that you seek help from an experienced attorney who has worked on these cases before.
In the past, huge companies like Bayer often defend themselves by just pointing to an exhaustive list of side effects and claiming this as proof that they told the public about them in advance. On top of that, they have a sizable law team of their own who specialize in this very case.
Of course, if you still have the implant in, and you believe something is wrong, see a doctor first and foremost. Only after that should you begin the quest for an experienced attorney.