Mirena┬« IUD Side Effects
Intrauterine devices (IUDs) have become a popular form of birth control for women. However, use of some IUDs are not without risk. Over 45,000 accounts of complications linked to Mirena┬« IUD have been reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Mirena┬« IUD side effects can potentially be very dangerous and can result in serious complications, hospitalization, and in rare cases, death.
Serious side effects and medical complications that can potentially occur from Mirena┬« IUD use include:
- Embedment - This occurs when Mirena┬« becomes embedded in the uterine tissue (when this happens, the device should be removed, which can be hard to do, and therefore Mirena┬« sometimes has to be removed surgically.
- Perforation - Mirena┬« might perforate the wall of the uterus or cervix when the health care provider is inserting it. When this happens the device has to be taken out and surgery may be needed to do so. If this is not done promptly, Mirena can cause adhesions, peritonitis (inflammation of the lining of the abdominal cavity and the covering of most of the abdominal organs), perforation of the intestines, obstruction of the intestines, and the erosion of nearby tissue.
- Expulsion -Mirena┬« may be partially or completely expelled, increasing the chances of pregnancy.
- Breast cancer - Women who currently have or have in the past had breast cancer should not use Mirena┬«.
- Ectopic pregnancy - This is a pregnancy that occurs outside the womb. It is life-threatening to the mother and fatal to the fetus. It may prevent pregnancy in the future.
- Dislocation of Mirena┬«
- Ovarian cysts
- Infection with Group A streptococcus - This is a rare but serious complication.
- Pelvic inflammatory disease - This usually occurs within the first 20 days after the device is inserted.
- Irregular bleeding and cessation of menstrual periods
- Angioedema - Rapid swelling of deep layers of tissue.
- Migration of the device
- Vaginal hemorrhage
The side effects listed above account for many of the problems that have led to lawsuits against the device manufacturers. Injured IUD users may be eligible to file a Mirena┬« lawsuit to compensate for the pain and suffering, medical care and potentially permanent medical problems.
Mirena┬« And Pregnancy
Women who become pregnant with Mirena┬« IUD in place are at serious risk of losing the pregnancy. Mirena┬« must be immediately removed by the patient's health care provider should pregnancy be confirmed.
The following may occur if the pregnancy continues with the IUD in place:
- Septic abortion (this would be loss of the fetus in the presence of infection that might lead to shock and death)
- Dangerous infection
- Premature labor
- Premature delivery
The patient should tell her doctor immediately if any of the following side effect symptoms occur:
- Feeling like a flu is coming on
- Abdominal cramps
- Vaginal discharge
Speak With A Mirena┬« Lawyer
If you used Mirena┬« IUD for birth control and suffered serious injuries, you may be entitled to financial compensation through filing a lawsuit. Contact us today to discuss your case with a Mirena┬« lawyer.