I remember the first time I saw a commercial for Mirena IUD (Intrauterine Device). I was watching television with my husband. Being a young working woman in my mid-twenties with no plans to have children in the near future, my first reaction should have been “Great, a more permanent form of birth control!” Instead, upon hearing the Mirena side effects, I commented to my husband, “Now, that’s a lawsuit waiting to happen.”
To my dismay, my prediction came true. A number of women have filed suit in New Jersey against Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturer of Mirena seeking compensation for injuries that were allegedly caused by Mirena side effects.
Mirena commercials warn that the IUD may perforate the uterus during insertion and become lodged in the intra-abdominal space. It can also perforate the bowel, liver, spleen, bladder, and other abdominal organs. However, there is no stated risk of perforation after the device has been successfully inserted. These lawsuits prove this is not the case.
Reports are being received of Mirena migration into the uterus years after the IUD was implanted.
These lawsuits will no doubt continue to grow. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received thousands of adverse event reports regarding Mirena injuries.