Millions of women in the U.S. have favored the use of Mirena IUD for their birth control needs. If you’re among this lot, it is important that you recognize the possible side effects and potential complications that have emerged due to the use of Mirena.
It is also essential to understand that if you’ve sustained an injury following the use of Mirena IUD, you might qualify to file a Los Angeles Mirena IUD lawsuit to pursue compensation for the physical injuries and emotional distress that you might have gone through.
To verify whether you qualify for compensation, reach out to us at Dalimonte Rueb Stoller and let us help you evaluate your legal options. You can call our Los Angeles class-action lawyers at 833.44.DRLAW, or you can choose to fill out our convenient contact form. We offer you a free consultation and claim review, so you have nothing to lose.
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What is Mirena IUD?
The Mirena IUD is a small-sized, T-shaped device manufactured by Bayer. The device is designed to be inserted in the uterus to release progestin in the form of levonorgestrel gradually. This hormone serves the purpose of thickening the cervical mucus and thinning of the uterus lining. In turn, this would prevent the sperm from interacting with the egg hence suppressing ovulation partially.
In 2000, the FDA approved the use of Mirena for birth control. Later, it would also approve the use of Mirena by women who experienced heavy menstrual bleeding. This device was seen as a viable alternative to birth control drugs, particularly for busy mothers who easily forget to take their pill.
There are two different types of IUDs. One type is copper-based and doesn’t contain any hormones. The other type is a plastic one and contains hormones that are supposed to be released over time. Mirena is the second type and releases levonorgestrel. Therefore, it is designed to prevent pregnancies among women and be used for up to five years. It is the most common type of IUD in the U.S. today.
Over two million women in the U.S use the Mirena IUD, and most of them have used it since its approval in 2000. Since this time, there have been about 70,000 official complaints reporting the severe side effects of the use of devices and drugs. These complaints have been made to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the U.S.A.
Bayer pharmaceuticals has faced many lawsuits that have been filed by customers who claim that the firm didn’t provide adequate information nor a clear warning about the potential dangers of the device. In the lawsuits, complainants claim that the firm didn’t inform anyone on the possible dangers, and they were inadequately stated or hidden from the users. This way, customers didn’t know that the device was defective and dangerous.
When Was The First Mirena IUD Lawsuit Filed?
The FDA noticed that on the 20th of November, 2012, more than 45,000 official complaints concerning the Mirena IUD had been recorded. The device was approved for use in 2000 and has since become a popular form of birth control. Nevertheless, a shocking number of users have reported having suffered various side effects in recent years. These side effects include excessive vaginal bleeding and shift of position of the device.
The initial lawsuit against the device was filed by an Ohio woman in April 2012. The woman has to go through a hysteroscopy to dislodge the device after it shifted from its initial position. Since then, more users filed legal complaints throughout the country. The legal process is fast developing, and Mirena IUD attorneys recently petitioned to have all the federal cases consolidated into one.
What Are The Possible Risks Associated With Mirena?
As per post-market reports, some of the side effects of the device could be severe. Users of this device could be at risk of any of the following:
- Perforation of the uterine wall
- Shifting of position by the device
- Ovarian cyst
- Irregular bleeding
- Embedment along the uterine wall
- Pseudotumor Cerebri (PTC), which can cause blurred vision, dizziness, permanent blindness, buzzing in the ears, headaches, and severe migraines.
For most users, the removal of the device has necessitated complicated surgeries. In a publication in 2011, two cases involved the shifting of the position of the device, as indicated in the Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons. One of the cases involved a device that had shifted position to a woman’s abdomen, and the other had shifted close to the diaphragm. In both instances, there was a need for surgery to remove the device.
You Can Get Help at Dalimonte Rueb Stoller
Women in Los Angeles, CA, who have sustained injuries following the use of the Mirena IUD may get help by consulting our class action lawyers at Dalimonte Rueb Stoller. Most users who file a complaint against Bayer for failing to inform users adequately about the health risks don’t know where to seek help.
In August 2012, Bayer requested to have the cases in New Jersey centralized in Middlesex county, but the Supreme court in New Jersey repudiated this request. Mirena lawyers have also indicated that having all the Federal cases in one location would be beneficial.
If you or a close person to you have suffered injuries following Mirena’s use, reach out to our Los Angeles mass tort firm today by calling us via 833.44.DRLAW. We will schedule a free initial consultation as we begin the process of helping you get your much-deserved compensation.