Safety concerns are now being raised about the Mirena IUD, including complications such as organ perforation, migration of the device to outside the uterus, expulsion of the IUD, and embedment in the uterus. Women who have experienced problems with their Mirena IUD are encouraged to speak with an attorney as they may be entitled to compensation.
The Mirena IUD, or intrauterine system, was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2000 for temporary (5-year) pregnancy prevention. In 2009, the FDA expanded the indication to include the treatment of heavy menstrual bleeding in women who use IUDs as their method of birth control. This was the first intrauterine device approved by the FDA for this indication.
The Mirena IUD is a small, flexible device inserted into the uterus that delivers the hormone levonorgestrel. The device is made by Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals.
Since the device was approved, the most serious adverse reactions reported in patients using Mirena for any indication include ectopic pregnancy; intrauterine pregnancy; group A streptococcal sepsis; pelvic inflammatory disease; embedment of the device in the uterine wall; and perforation of the uterine wall or cervix. Other, more common side effects include uterine bleeding/spotting at irregular intervals, headache, ovarian cysts, vaginitis, pain during menstruation, pelvic pain, and breast tenderness.
If you have had a Mirena IUD and have experienced any complications, you should see your health care provider. Oftentimes pharmaceutical companies fail to adequately warn consumers of the risks associated with medical devices. You may also want to talk with an attorney as you may have a claim against the manufacturer.
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