The Mirena IUD was the preferred form of birth control for millions of women in the United States, but in recent years it has come to light that there are some unwanted side-effects and complications that can occur as a result of using this IUD.
If you are someone who has suffered side-effects, injury, or complications following the use of the Mirena IUD then you may be entitled to file a Phoenix Mirena IUD lawsuit because of the physical injury, emotional effects, and suffering that you have faced.
If you would like to know if you are entitled to compensation, call Rueb Stoller Daniel on 1-866-CALL-RSD to discuss your options or use our contact form to book a consultation. Our San Diego mass tort lawyers will review your injury claim for free and advise you on your best course of action.
What Issues Have Been Reported With Mirena IUDs?
The Mirena IUD is a form of birth control made by Bayer. This small device is shaped like the letter T and is infused with levonorgestrel, a form of progestin. When the IUD is inserted into the uterus it will gradually release the hormone, thickening the cervical mucus and causing the lining of the uterus to become thinner, preventing sperm from being able to impregnate the egg. It also partially suppresses the ovulation process.
The FDA approved the use of the Mirena IUD for birth control in 2000, and later also approved it for women who suffer from heavy periods. Bayer marketed the device at women who did not want to have to worry about remembering to take birth control pills on time.
There are two different types of IUD. The older variety of copper-based IUD does not contain any hormones. The plastic variety releases hormones, and in the case of the Mirena IUD that hormone is levonorgestrel. The IUD is designed to prevent the user from becoming pregnant, and it is supposed to be effective for up to five years. The Mirena IUD is the most common type of IUD used in the United States today.
There are more than two million women using the Mirena IUD in the United States alone, and there have been around 70,000 complaints made to the FDA about the dangerous side effects that some women have experienced.
Bayer Pharmaceuticals has had numerous lawsuits filed against it since the FDA approved the use of the Mirena IUD. The lawsuits allege that there is not enough information made available to users about the potential dangers of the device and that the company has either understated or hidden the dangers. They also allege that the IUD is dangerous and defective.
Have Lawsuits Been Filed For Mirena IUD Complications?
On November 20th, 2012 the FDA noted that as of June of that year they had seen more than 45,000 complaints relating to the Mirena IUD. The product was approved for use in 2000 and became a popular form of birth control. However, the FDA states that a large number of women have experienced side effects such as excessive vaginal bleeding and the dislocation of the device.
The first woman to file a lawsuit relating to the Mirena IUD was an Ohio woman who made a claim in April 2012 after having to undergo a hysteroscopy to remove the IUD after it became dislocated and implanted itself in the wrong place. Since 2012, many more women in the United States have filed lawsuits, and litigation has reached the point where lawyers are petitioning to consolidate the federal cases into a single court.
What Side Effects Can the Mirena IUD Have?
Post-market reports about the Mirena IUD list a number of side-effects, some of which are quite serious. Women who use the device could be at an increased risk of the following issues:
- The IUD migrating into other areas of the body
- Perforation of the uterine wall
- Ovarian cysts
- Irregular bleeding
- The IUD embedding itself into the uterine wall
- Pseudotumor Cerebri (which may lead to migraines, headaches, tinnitus, and loss of vision)
Some women have required surgery in order to have the device removed. The Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons reported two cases in 2011 one of which saw the IUD migrate to the woman’s abdomen, and the other having the device migrate until it was close to the diaphragm. In both cases, the IUD needed to be removed surgically.
Rueb Stoller Daniel Can Help Your Phoenix Mirena IUD Lawsuit
If you have been injured through the use of a Mirena IUD, call the Class Action attorney team at Rueb Stoller Daniel for a free consultation. Many women have experienced injury due to the use of this device, but do not know where to turn for legal advice or to start with a claim.
Reub Stoller Daniel’s class action attorneys are ready to help women in Phoenix who would like to make a claim against Bayer and Mirena. Call us at 1-866-CALL-RSD for advice. We want to help you get the compensation that you are entitled to. Contact our Phoenix mass tort law firm today to arrange a free consultation.