A Pennsylvania woman has filed a lawsuit against Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals claiming that the company’s Mirena intrauterine device (IUD) caused her serious injuries.
In 2010, the then-29-year-old woman was implanted with the Mirena IUD to prevent pregnancy. Shortly after the procedure, she began suffering from severe abdominal discomfort, headaches, diarrhea, nausea, severe mood swings and overall feelings of fever and sickness. She had no reason to believe there was a problem with her IUD until she received a positive pregnancy test. She went to the doctor to have the device removed. At the time, the doctor couldn’t locate the device and believed it to have been expulsed.
A year later, however, an abdominal x-ray showed that the birth control system was still in her body. It had perforated through her uterus and migrated to another part of her body. She had to undergo surgery to have the IUD removed.
“Although Plaintiff followed all instructions accompanying Mirena and used the product as directed, after implant of Mirena plaintiff suffered serious and life-threatening side effects and injuries, including but not limited to extreme lower torso pain, medical therapy, surgical removal of Mirena and hospitalization, continuing treatment, and medical monitoring,” the complaint states.
The woman’s lawsuit claims that she suffered from permanent bodily impairment, mental anguish and diminished enjoyment of life as a result of the Mirena IUD.
The lawsuit claims that the device was defectively designed and that Bayer was negligent and failed to adequately warn about the serious risks associated with the Mirena IUD.