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Mirena IUD Side Effects

Uterus Perforation, Device Migration, Device Expulsion and More

Mirena, an intrauterine device (IUD) that slowly releases the hormone levonorgestrel in order to prevent pregnancy, has been linked to some serious side effects. These range from abdominal pain all the way to perforation of the uterine wall by the device if it shifts out of place in the body. Because these adverse events can cause serious and even life-threatening complications, it is important to seek medical attention if you have been implanted with a Mirena IUD and are having problems. Once you see your doctor, you may also wish to consider whether to discuss your legal options with an attorney. You may be entitled to financial compensation for the injuries you have experienced, and a Mirena IUD attorney experienced in pharmaceutical litigation may be able to provide insight to get you started in the right direction.

Every patient is different, and as such it is difficult to say who may experience serious problems with Mirena and who may use the device with little incident. We have gathered some information on the reported side effects in order to shed some light on the subject.

Adverse Events, Inc. is a company that analyses and categorizes information in the Food and Drug Administration's Adverse Events Reporting System (FAERS) database. It provides extremely helpful information about Mirena IUD side effects. According to the Adverse Events website:

From 11/01/1997 to 06/30/2012, there have been 45,697 reports of a serious adverse event where MIRENA was identified as the primary suspect drug causing that event. During that time period, the top three adverse events reported in cases where MIRENA was identified as the primary suspect drug were: Device Expulsion, Device Dislocation and Vaginal Haemorrhage.

In addition to the three primary side effects, the following adverse events were reported, in order of most reports to least reports:

  • Medical device complication
  • Abdominal pain
  • Amenorrhoea (absence of menstrual period)
  • Pregnancy with contraceptive device
  • Procedural pain
  • Abdominal lower pain
  • Genital hemorrhage (heavy bleeding)

Some other side effects associated with Mirena include abscesses, infection and perforation of the uterine wall. Any of these may require immediate medical attention to prevent further complications and even permanent damage, such as infertility if the uterus is compromised.

Have you experienced Mirena side effects? Contact an attorney at our firm.

For a drug to be approved for use in the U.S. by the FDA, it must undergo testing and research. These help the FDA determine whether the benefits the drug presents are enough to outweigh the potential risks it carries. Some of the adverse events associated with Mirena are so severe as to make one consider whether the benefits outweigh the risks. If a Mirena IUD migrates, or moves, in a patient's body, it can actually perforate the uterine wall. In addition to bleeding and infection, this places a patient at risk of suffering permanent damage to the uterus, which could lead to infertility or the need for a complete hysterectomy (surgical removal of the uterus).

If you or someone you know has experienced serious side effects and you believe that Mirena is to blame, call our firm. Napoli Bern Ripka Shkolnik, LLP represents patients across the country who have experienced Mirena IUD side effects and injuries. We are prepared to discuss your case with you, review your options and help you determine whether you have grounds for a lawsuit. We offer a free initial consultation and represent clients across the United States from our headquarters in New York City and additional offices in Florida, California, New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Long Island and Illinois.