Our Chicago personal injury lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm are currently evaluating potential Mirena IUD lawsuits, as sales of the popular birth control method continue to spike nationwide. Serious Mirena side effects have been associated with the device, including pelvic inflammatory disease and perforations. These painful injuries have affected woman across the country and even led to Mirena deaths.
Shockingly, USA Today is reporting that despite the serious potential for harm, Mirena IUD sales are on the rise. IUD (intrauterine devices) and similar long-acting contraceptives are being used by more and more women every day. Although just over 2% of women in the United States used these devices a decade ago, now more than 8.5% of women use an IUD or hormonal arm implant device.
These numbers are expected to grow even more over the next couple of years, based on a new federal healthcare law. Insurers will be covering the costs for all contraceptive methods, including Mirena IUDs. Without such large out-of-pocket costs (that could range anywhere from $500 to twice that amount), more women and young adults are expected to purchase these devices.
Long-term birth control methods are the most popular options that women choose when cost is not a factor. One study out of St. Louis, Missouri, found that 75% of more than 9,000 women surveyed chose implants and IUD devices. Accordingly, abortions and teen pregnancy rates also dropped in that area, compared to rates nationally.
The problem is that many of these women who use Mirena devices are not properly informed about the serious health risks. Moreover, a lot of doctors have not been trained on the proper methods to insert and remove the devices. Women across the country are experiencing severe and traumatic side effects as a result.
Mirena is tiny plastic device shaped like a T that prevents pregnancy by releasing a hormone known as levonorgesterel into the uterus. The FDA approved the hormonal IUD back in 2000, but issued a warning letter to the manufacturer in 2009. Government officials warned that Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals overstated the benefits of Mirena and did not adequately disclose the risks of the device. It also falsely claimed to improve women’s sex lives and help them look better.
Women who use Mirena as a birth control method may experience a number
of side effects, including peritonitis, pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic
pregnancy, intrauterine pregnancy, perforation of the cervix or uterine
wall, and serious infections. Women may also experience infertility as
a result of long-term Mirena use, because the device is said to thin the
lining of the uterus and stop fertilization of the eggs.
Lawsuits have been filed by Mirena users nationwide by women who suffered uterine perforations, device migration, and other severe injuries. These lawsuits seek damages for pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages, and other types of compensation.
Our Mirena IUD lawyers will continue to advocate on behalf of injured Mirena users, offering free consultations to anyone who believes they are suffering a Mirena injury. Some women have required painful surgeries to remove the device, because it can embed in the uterus or move outside the uterus and cause perforations. Other women have required a hysterectomy or suffered fatal complications. As more and more women purchase and use Mirena IUD devices, even more potentially life-threatening side effects are expected.