Mirena IUD Lawsuit Attorneys
The experienced personal injury attorneys of Pittman, Dutton & Hellums are dedicated to protecting women in Alabama and nationwide who were harmed by the Mirena intrauterine device (IUD). For over 25 years, we have provided legal representation to clients who were injured by defective pharmaceutical drugs and medical devices.
The Mirena Intrauterine Device
The Mirena IUD is a small, T-shaped contraceptive inserted into the uterus by health care providers. It provides birth control protection by releasing a synthetic hormone, levonorgestrel, into the uterus. Low doses of the hormone thin the uterine lining, preventing attachment of a fertilized egg. Approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2000, Mirena was prescribed to treat heavy menstrual bleeding and provide long-term contraception. The IUD could remain in the uterus for up to five years, providing a preferable means of birth control to many women.
FDA Warns Bayer about Mirena Marketing
Bayer, the manufacturer of Mirena, previously launched a comprehensive marketing campaign targeting “busy moms.” Employing both a social networking site and live marketing, Bayer organized “Mirena Parties” that could be held at consumer homes or restaurants. Many parties were hosted by members of “Mom Central” communities formed through the social networking site. At these gatherings, Bayer representatives and nurse practitioners marketed Mirena as a means to “simplify” a hectic lifestyle, increase intimacy with partners, and “look and feel great.”
In 2009, the FDA warned Bayer that making such claims was misleading. There was no proof that using Mirena over other contraceptives would result in greater romance or emotional well-being. No evidence supported the claim that Mirena users “looked and felt great” or enjoyed a more simplified lifestyle. The statement that Mirena was more convenient because it did not require compliance with any “daily, weekly, or monthly routine” was also deceptive. Bayer emphasized that Mirena was proven effective while diminishing its risks and side effects.
Safety Warning: Mirena May Cause Injury
Many Mirena users have reported serious injuries and side effects. These may include:
- Birth defects
- Ovarian cysts
- Abscess, sepsis
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Migration to cervix
- Endometrial cancer
- Painful menstruation
- Adhesion to uterine wall
- Vaginal erosion, vaginitis
- Spotting, bleeding, headaches
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
- Internal scarring, infertility
- Abdominal inflammation
- Intestinal obstruction
- Perforation of the uterine wall
Surgical Removal and Life-Changing Damage
Once implanted, there is no guarantee that Mirena will remain in place. The device may have embedded itself inside or migrated outside of the uterine cavity. This can damage internal organs and cause debilitating, sometimes life-threatening, side effects. If the Mirena IUD perforates or passes through the uterine wall, it has to be located and surgically removed through a laparoscopic procedure (abdominal surgery). Depending on the extent of damage caused by the IUD, the operation may require a hysterectomy or the complete removal of reproductive organs. Women who have undergone surgery or suffered adverse health problems linked to Mirena may be entitled to compensation.