Millions of American women use an intrauterine device (IUD) as their primary birth control method. Numerous women have now filed lawsuits, alleging the Mirena® IUD has caused serious side effects and injuries, including:
- Perforation or obstruction of the intestines
- Perforation of the uterus or cervix
- Embedment in the uterine wall
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- Ectopic or intrauterine pregnancy
- Pelvic pain
- Ovarian cysts
- Irregular spotting or bleeding
- Amenorrhea (cessation of menstrual periods)
- Painful menstruation
- Breast tenderness
The Mirena IUD is inserted into the uterus through the vagina and prevents pregnancy by releasing a low dose of levonorgestrel (a synthetic progestin hormone) directly into the uterus. The device can stay in place for up to five years. Mirena was approved as a contraceptive by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in 2000, and is only recommended for women who have already had at least one child. In 2009, the FDA additionally approved Mirena's to treat heavy menstrual bleeding.
In January 2010, the FDA sent a warning letter to Bayer stating that the direct to consumer ads overstated the efficacy of Mirena, presented unsubstantiated claims, minimized the risks and included false or misleading presentations.
Between November 1997 and June 2012, more than 45,000 adverse event reports were filed with the FDA regarding the Mirena IUD. Numerous lawsuits have been filed to date and it is expected that they will be consolidated into an MDL in the near future. Showard Law Firm will be filing Mirena lawsuits directly in the MDL.
If you or a loved one has suffered any of the above Mirena IUD side effects or injuries, you may be eligible to file a Mirena lawsuit seeking compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. Contact Showard Law Firm now for a free consultation.
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