What Are the Side Effects Associated with the Mirena IUD?

The Mirena IUD is a popular birth control device used by more than 15 million women around the world. It consists of a small, T-shaped device that gets inserted into the uterus and gradually releases hormones in order to prevent pregnancy for up to 5 years. While Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has marketed the device as one of the most effective forms of contraception available, these marketing efforts have neglected to warn users of many of the dangers associated with the Mirena IUD.

Common side effects and complications associated with the Mirena IUD include:

  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Perforation of the uterus
  • Infection
  • Device migration
  • Device expulsion
  • Internal hemorrhaging
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Breast cancer
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Septic abortions
  • Embedment of the device in the uterine wall
  • Death

In 2009, the FDA sent a warning letter to Bayer regarding their deceptive marketing campaign for the Mirena IUD. In particular, the FDA was highly critical of the “Mirena Parties” sponsored by Bayer. In these events, which were held at a consumer’s home, a nurse practitioner and representative from the social networking site Mom Central would follow a script provided by Bayer. This script touted the Mirena IUD as “a simple way to reconnect with ourselves and our partners,” “more likely to be more intimate,” and “look and feel great.”

In the letter, the FDA states that these claims mislead consumers regarding the effectiveness of Mirena IUD. In addition, the letter criticizes Bayer for omitting important information about Mirena side effects from these scripts. While Bayer discontinued these “Mirena Parties” after receiving the FDA letter, many women had already started using the device due to the information they received when these parties were a primary marketing tool for Mirena.

If you have been injured after using the Mirena IUD, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your damages. Currently, there are numerous Mirena lawsuits underway, and many of them have been consolidated into multidistrict litigation in New York. The dangerous drug attorneys at Golomb Legalhave extensive experience holding pharmaceutical companies accountable for the damages caused by their products. We will fight aggressively to help you recover the compensation you deserve.