Need-to-Know Guide to Mirena IUD Injuries

There have been warnings from health experts that the Mirena Intrauterine Device (IUD)  can cause serious injuries to the reproductive organs of women. The number of lawsuits regarding the devices has increased 29% in less than a month. The FDA has advised patients that the IUD can cause a perforation of reproductive organs during the implantation process.

A study from the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons warns that the IUDs from Mirena can become dislodged, causing a perforation to the uterine wall after being placed. In addition, the FDA has received over 70,000 reports of side effects, and at least 6,000 of those involved the device becoming dislocated or the uterus being perforated.

The Mirena IUD releases a small amount of progesterone each day to prevent pregnancy. This affects only the uterus instead of the entire body as with birth control pills. If there are no complications, the device can last as long as five years.

The Mirena website is filled with warnings about using the IUD, listing serious side effects such as pelvic inflammatory disease, sepsis, embedment, and perforation. Some of the possible common side effects include discomfort during placement (which includes dizziness, bleeding, or cramping), and expulsion, where the IUD comes out by itself.

Other serious complications can include missed menstrual periods, changes in bleeding, pelvic, and/or abdominal pain and cysts on the ovaries. Some women complain of a headache or migraine, acne, depression, and heavy or lengthy menstrual bleeding. Other users complain of vaginal discharge, breast pain or tenderness, nausea, nervousness, inflammation of the cervix, vulva, or vagina, back pain, weight increase, decreased sex drive, pain during intercourse, anemia, unusual hair growth or loss, skin irritations, bloating, swelling, and expulsion.

So many patients have suffered Mirena IUD injuries that the numerous lawsuits have been consolidated to a special litigation court in New York. The judge overseeing the litigations has ordered all parties to select test cases by April 4, 2014.