Mirena, a small, T-shaped device, was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2000 as a long-term contraceptive. It is inserted into the uterus and can remain for up to five years, releasing the hormone levonorgestrel. In 2009 the device was approved for the treatment of heavy menstrual bleeding in addition to its use as a contraceptive.
Mirena complaints include organ damage, bleeding and infections.
The FDA has received thousands of complaints of serious side effects and injuries from the use of the Mirena IUD. Among the reported side effects are:
- IUD expulsion
- IUD migration
- Heavy bleeding
- Uterus perforation
- Embedment into the uterine wall
- Ovarian cysts
- Pregnancies resulting in miscarriage
Migration, in which Mirena moves out of the uterus to other parts of the body, can be very dangerous, sometimes leading to ruptured organs.
Lawsuits allege that manufacturer downplayed risks
Bayer, the manufacturer of the Mirena device, aggressively marketed the Mirena through “Mirena Parties” hosted in homes and other private settings. The device was presented to participants as a way to help “busy moms” with intimacy and make them “look and feel great.”
The FDA warned Bayer that the scripts used by organizers of Mirena parties made misleading claims. The warning said the scripts “clearly indicate that the use of Mirena instead of other means of contraception will result in increased levels of intimacy, romance, and by implication, emotional satisfaction. These claims misleadingly overstate the proven efficacy of Mirena.”
Women who attended these “parties” and then used Mirena for its claimed convenience may not have known of its very serious side effects.
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