Mirena is a hormonal intrauterine device, or IUD, that first went on sale in the U.S. in 2000. This IUD is a small, soft and flexible T-shaped frame that is placed inside the body by a medical professional, where it can continue to help prevent pregnancy for up to five years.
Mirena uses a synthetic version of the hormone progestin known as levonorgestrel, but at only about 10% of the dose contained in birth control pills. The hormones that are released into the body by Mirena help to thicken the cervical mucus and prevent sperm from being able to fertilize an egg. Mirena may also prevent ovulation from occurring during the menstrual cycle for some women.
Women who choose to use the Mirena IUD for contraception must visit a health care professional in order to have the device placed in the body. At this appointment, the health care professional performs an examination to determine the location of the uterus and an instrument is used to determine uterine length before the placement of the Mirena IUD. Usually, the total visit lasts about 30 minutes.
Although all methods of birth control have some side effects, health officials in the U.S. and Canada have warned about the high number and seriousness of specific complications faced by women who elect to use Mirena.
Some Mirena patients have experienced a perforation of the uterus caused by the T-shaped frame of the IUD. In some cases, women may be forced to undergo a hysterectomy (surgical removal of the uterus) as a result of the injuries caused by Mirena.
Other patients have experienced a migration of the device within their bodies, requiring them to undergo surgery in order to have it removed. Other side effects associated with the use of Mirena include infection, pelvic inflammatory disease, adhesion, and damage to other organs or blood vessels.
Women who become pregnant while using Mirena may develop other serious complications that can put their own health or that of their baby at risk. According to FDA warnings, about half of all pregnancies that occur among Mirena users are ectopic pregnancies in which the fetus develops outside of the uterus. An ectopic pregnancy can be extremely hazardous to the life of the mother. Mirena users who become pregnant may also be at risk of a miscarriage or of suffering internal injuries that may prevent them from being able to have a baby in the future.
If you or a loved one used a Mirena IUD and developed a serious complication from the device—including uterine perforation, pregnancy complications, or injuries requiring surgical repair—you may be eligible to file a case and seek compensation for your injuries. For a free legal consultation and to find out more about filing a Mirena lawsuit, contact the attorneys at Heygood, Orr & Pearson by calling toll-free at 1-877-446-9001, or by filling out the free case evaluation form located on this page.