Recent lawsuits allege that Mirena birth control medication can cause women to suffer serious, unexpected complications. The lawsuits allege that Mirena can perforate the uterus and spontaneously dislodge and migrate to other parts of the body, resulting in damage to the surrounding organs, pain, infection, internal scarring, and in some cases surgery required to remove the IUD.
Mirena is a small intrauterine device made of flexible plastic that can prevent pregnancy for at least five years by continuously releasing levonorgestrel, a second generation synthetic progestogen. Introduced in the United States in 2000, Mirena is recommended for use by women who have had at least one child.
According to the FDA, more than 47,000 serious injuries have been reported where Mirena was identified as the primary suspect. Thousands have reported hospitalization as a result of these injuries. As these reports are voluntarily made to the FDA, they do not include the many more injuries that might have gone unreported.
As a result, women who have suffered serious complications after using Mirena are filing lawsuits seeking compensation from Bayer, the manufacturers of the Mirena IUD, for allegedly failing in its responsibility to disclose to women the risks associated with its products.