Nearly 10 percent of the American women who use contraception choose a long-term method like the intrauterine device (IUD). This form of birth control prevents pregnancy for several years through hormone emissions. The IUD can be a convenient alternative to oral contraceptives, which must be taken on a daily basis.
The IUD is a safe birth control method for most women. However, one device has recently come under fire for its dangerous side effects. Marketed as the Mirena IUD, this contraceptive device is manufactured by Bayer Pharmaceuticals. Many women have filed a Mirena lawsuit for damages due to false claims and misleading marketing by Bayer.
How Does an IUD Work?
An IUD is a t-shaped plastic device that is implanted into the uterus to prevent pregnancy. Intrauterine devices work by disrupting sperm movement so they cannot join an egg. The Mirena IUD may also prevent an egg from leaving an ovary. Additional pregnancy prevention comes in the form of progestin, a hormone that thickens cervical mucus to further block sperm from reaching an egg.
How Effective is an IUD?
Effectiveness is an important concern for women as they choose a contraceptive method. An intrauterine device is one of the most effective forms of birth control. Less than one woman in 100 will get pregnant each year if they use the Mirena IUD. However, unlike barrier methods, this form of contraception will not prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
The Benefits of an IUD
Intrauterine devices are the least expensive, long-term form of birth control available today. They may improve a couple’s sex life since there is nothing to interrupt intercourse in order to prevent pregnancy. Many women describe a feeling of freedom and spontaneity with the IUD.
The Mirena IUD may reduce menstrual cramps and lessen menstrual flow. It is safe to use during breastfeeding. Most women can become pregnant quickly after their IUD is removed.
Problems With the Mirena IUD
Unfortunately, the Mirena IUD can cause serious medical complications, and many women have filed a Mirena lawsuit because of IUD-related health problems. Some women have experienced life-threatening ectopic pregnancy, a type of pregnancy that occurs outside of the uterus. Others have suffered a serious condition called pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).
Some women have experienced uterine perforations due to device migration. Others have suffered damage to internal organs because their Mirena IUD migrated into the intestinal cavity causing abscesses, intestinal perforation and peritonitis.
The FDA and the Mirena IUD
Bayer Pharmaceuticals has experienced many problems with the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In 2009, the FDA found the company in violation of the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic (FD&C) Act. The government agency warned Bayer about its false claims and misleading presentations regarding the Mirena IUD. It also warned the company about omitting information about potential complications.
Women have filed a Mirena lawsuit for different reasons. Some have accused Bayer Pharmaceuticals of false claims, misleading marketing and failure to disclose the potential dangerous side effects of the Mirena IUD. Others have filed a lawsuit for financial compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering due to a defective device.
Women who have experienced serious Mirena complications such as device migration and uterine perforations may be eligible to file a claim against Bayer. An experienced attorney can provide legal advice, including how to manage the lawsuit process and what to expect as a settlement.
Authored By: Andrea Taylor. Andrea specializes in writing about women’s health.