Reports of Mirena IUD Complications on the Rise; Lawsuits Allege Lax Warnings

 
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Product Liability

The popular Mirena intrauterine device (IUD) has been linked with migration and a growing number of reports of complications; an increasing number of lawsuits allege that the potentially defective medical device suffers from design flaws and that manufacturer Bayer did not provide adequate warning of the Mirena IUD’s risks.

The Mirena IUD was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2000; it is a slow-release birth control device that is inserted by a physician and intended to deliver progestin levonorgestrel for a span of five years. But an increasing number of reports indicate that the device is prone to traveling once inside the body, which can result in symptoms including:

  • Severe abdominal pain and cramping
  • Uterine perforations and bleeding
  • Cervical perforations

In some cases, the strings on the device have constricted organs. When the Mirena IUD migrates and side-effects occur, surgical removal of the device is often necessary. The FDA has logged tens of thousands of complaints associated with the Mirena IUD, but the birth control device remains on the market.