The Mirena IUD, designed and manufactured by the pharmaceutical giant Bayer, was supposed to offer women who already had children a safe, simple, long-lasting birth control option. Unfortunately, it has become obvious in recent years that Bayer engaged in misleading advertising about the product. Even worse, thousands of women have reported suffering significant injuries as a result of using the Mirena IUD.
What is the Mirena IUD?
An intra-uterine device is a small, t-shaped unit that is placed in your uterus. It releases a constant, low-level stream of hormones in order to provide birth control.
Mirena, which Bayer bills on its website as “birth control for busy moms,” releases a progestin hormone called levonorgestrel. According to the company, Mirena can last up to five years and is also cleared for the treatment of heavy periods.
An Unsafe Medical Device?
Unfortunately, for all of Bayer's promises it appears that Mirena represents a significant danger to the women using it. Medical device lawyers across the country, including those at Jacoby and Meyers, have handled cases involving Mirena and innocent victims.
Thousands of women have reported suffering complications from their Mirena IUDs, including:
Embedding in the uterine wall
Pelvic inflammatory disease
When the Mirena IUD migrates, it can only be removed with a complicated revision surgery. And it can leave women unable to have children in the future.
While no recall of the Mirena IUD has been issued by the Food and Drug Administration, defective medical device lawyers across the country have pursued lawsuits against Bayer for the complications caused by this device. In April of 2013, suits against Bayer for Mirena filed in federal court were consolidated in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York.
If you've suffered any of the complications listed above after being implanted with a Mirena IUD, you should use our directory look up a dangerous medical device lawyer near you.