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When Mirena was introduced to the U.S market in 2000, it was often promoted through Mirena parties. Bayer, the maker of Mirena, worked with the social networking site Mom Central. Mom Central volunteers would host parties in their home or a restaurant. A nurse practitioner would introduce Mirena and read a script which included phrases such as "reconnect with ourselves and our partners" and "more likely to be more intimate."

The Mirena IUD is a piece of flexible plastic less than one-and-a-half inches long. Unlike other IUDs, Mirena contains the artificial hormone levonorgestrel, a form of progestin. It is a very low dose, so there are few hormonal side-effects. However, there is just enough of the hormone to make Mirena very effective at preventing pregnancy.

The T-shaped device must be inserted by a doctor. Once inserted, the Mirena IUD can be left in place for up to five years. It can be removed at any time.

The Tupperware model of selling birth control gave the impression that Mirena had few risks. In fact, the nurse practitioners rarely mentioned side-effects. Because Mirena seemed convenient, effective and safe, more than two million women chose to use the Mirena IUD.

The parties ended in 2009 when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent a warning letter to Bayer saying that the script was misleading. In fact, Mirena does have serious side-effects. As of June 2013, the USDA has received more than 70,000 complaints about the device.

The most serious side effect of Mirena is ectopic pregnancy and Mirena pregnancy. An ectopic pregnancy occurs when a fertilized egg grows outside the uterus. These pregnancies are not viable and can be life-threatening to the mother. A Mirena pregnancy is a pregnancy that occurs while the IUD device is in place. The IUD must be removed in order to avoid harm to the fetus.

Other adverse events reported included migration of the device, vaginal perforation, uterine injury, pelvic inflammatory disease, internal scarring, and heavy vaginal bleeding. In about half of the reports, the IUD became dislocated and caused injury to the uterus, vagina, or other internal organs. Many women reported sterility as a result of their injuries.

If you suffered a serious injury as a result of using Mirena, you may be eligible to join an Illinois pharmaceutical injury lawsuit against Bayer. For more information, contact the Bloomington Mirena injury attorneys at Hupy and Abraham by calling 866-532-4800. Schedule a free consultation to learn about your rights.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham
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