Has Your Mirena IUD Moved?
Gregg Hollander | February 9, 2024 | Medical Malpractice
Mirena is one of four hormonal IUDs currently approved by the FDA. It is recommended for use as a contraceptive and to help treat heavy menstrual bleeding. The Mirena IUD is considered generally safe, but complications can be painful and severe. One of the most serious complications is the possibility of the IUD moving.
If migration happens, the Mirena IUD could puncture the uterus or travel to and damage other organs in the abdomen. As of 2018, over 2,700 women have sued Bayer, the maker of Mirena, over migration damages. Many more are still seeking to file lawsuits for claims involving organ perforation and intracranial hypertension.
Signs Your Mirena IUD Has Migrated
Although the pain caused by uterine or organ perforation is severe, it is possible to be unaware that the contraception device has moved until damage has already occurred.
Follow-up examinations are recommended after the Mirena IUD has been implanted to check the device’s position. However, many women don’t realize they can check the position of the IUD themselves.
Guide strings connected to the IUD protrude through the cervix and into the vaginal canal. The guide strings allow a healthcare professional to locate and remove the device as needed. If the strings are not in position, the Mirena IUD may have migrated out of position.
Other warning signs that a Mirena IUD is out of place include:
- Your partner can feel the IUD during sex
- Unusual vaginal discharge
- Cramping or bleeding in between periods
- You can feel the plastic portion of the IUD
If you suspect your IUD has moved positions, contact your healthcare provider immediately. Do not try to remove or reposition the IUD yourself. Your doctor will conduct a thorough exam and review your options if the IUD is out of place.
Potential Complications Caused By the Mirena IUD
In addition to uterine and organ perforation, the Mirena IUD has been linked to at least two other serious health risks.
Mirena IUD and Cancer
Limited research suggests that hormone-related products like the Mirena IUD could increase the risk for certain types of cancer. A California class-action lawsuit claims that Bayer did not update cancer warnings for the IUD until after lawsuits had already been filed.
Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
Idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) is a condition with the same symptoms as a brain tumor. IIH can cause ringing in the ears, headaches, and pain in the neck or shoulders. Double vision, temporary blindness, and other vision problems can occur. Advanced IIH can also cause cognitive dysfunction.
The Mirena IUD Lawsuits
Bayer Pharmaceuticals has been sued over claims that the company did not provide adequate warning about the risks associated with Mirena (product liability) and the use of deceptive advertising practices.
A multidistrict lawsuit (MDL) was filed in New Jersey. That suit concluded in 2021. Two more MDLs were created in New York, and a class action lawsuit was filed in California. Those suits are ongoing.
If you believe you qualify to file a lawsuit against Bayer Pharmaceuticals due to damage caused by the Mirena IUD, contact a personal injury lawyer. If problems with your IUD were caused by improper insertion, that may be a medical malpractice issue. In either case, you may be entitled to compensation.
Learn If You Qualify For a Mirena IUD Lawsuit
To qualify to file a lawsuit, you must confirm that your medical complications are directly related to the Mirena IUD. Schedule a medical exam to rule out additional factors and begin any necessary medical care.
If you have suffered a uterine perforation, cancer, or IIH, you may be eligible to join pending lawsuits or file a claim. A personal injury lawyer can review your case.
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