What Is the Mirena IUD?
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If you have been looking for birth control, you might have been offered Mirena as an option. Mirena is an intrauterine device, called an IUD, that has progestogen. It is classified as a reversible, long-acting contraceptive, and many people use it because it is one of the most effective forms of birth control available on the market today. This kind of hormonal intrauterine device is not the same as the IUD with copper.
How Long Does It Last?
Mirena can last up to seven years in the body, but five years is the average length of time it can be used. The failure rate of this hormonal IUD is .2 percent, and over five years the failure rate is .7 percent. The rates are similar to those of tubal sterilization, but you can reverse the effects of the IUD.
What Are the Negative Effects of Mirena?
There are a number of side effects with this device. On average, you may have irregular periods or spotting between periods for three to six months; it can cause back pain or cramping after insertion, and you could have discomfort during implantation. However, these aren’t the side effects that are most troubling. Some of the alleged effects that have been injuring women include:
- Uterine perforation from the device traveling through the body
- Scarring from damage during insertion or due to the device moving
- Ectopic pregnancies when the device fails
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
- Embedment into the uterine wall
- Intestinal perforations or obstructions
What Happens If These Side Effects Occur?
You could end up in a life-threatening situation if some of these side effects occur. Some side effects, like the traveling of the Mirena device, could lead you to needing serious surgeries or a hysterectomy. Perforation side effects may occur as often as one per 1,000 placements; the infection that follows could lead to infertility.
Have There Been Many Complications?
Unfortunately, between 1997 and 2012, around 45,000 complication reports about the Mirena IUD were filed with the FDA by women who had it inserted. Most common seems to be the perforation from migration of the unit; it can lead to serious problems such as:
- Damage to the intestines, bowel, bladder, or other organs
- A need for a hysterectomy
- Intestional obstruction
- Sepsis, a potentially life-threatening illness
What Can I Do If I’ve Had These Side Effects?
First, you should seek medical attention. Many of these IUD side effectscan be serious, and if you can no longer find the IUD’s string, it may have traveled in your body and out of position. Next, you may want to consider reporting your injury to the FDA and seek legal help.
In the beginning of 2013, the lawsuits against the Mirena device have made progress in the federal courts. The number of federally-filed claims have risen above 50, according to the courts, and now they are pending in federal litigation in the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of New York.
Mirena IUD claims were consolidated in April, 2013, by the U.S. Judicial Panel, which is a step closer to having them heard in court.
What Do I Do Now?
If you’re interested in seeking legal advice, you may want to consider your option for seeking compensation from Bayer, the producer of this IUD. If you’ve suffered injuries from the device, you may be able to have the company pay for the time you’ve missed from work, your pain and suffering, and your surgeries, if you had any. There is no reason that you should have to pay for another business’s mistake.