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What are the dangerous side effects associated with the Mirena IUD?

Researchers at the University of California in San Francisco surveyed 250 doctors, nurses and midwives about birth control. Half of the doctors believed that the Mirena IUD was safe. The other half believed it was not safe. Many of the doctors believed that Bayer, the maker of Mirena, was influencing doctors to prescribe the IUD by downplaying the side-effects and risks.

At first glance, the Mirena IUD seems to be an ideal form of birth control for busy moms. Mirena contains a low-dose hormone that makes it very effective without the side-effects associated with birth control pills. It is also convenient; once implanted, the Mirena IUD can be left in place for five years. However, Mirena has some serious side-effects, and your doctor may not be aware of the dangers.

Among the most serious risks associated with Mirena are ectopic pregnancy, Mirena pregnancy, organ perforation, internal scarring, and vaginal erosion. Complications are most likely to occur when the IUD becomes dislodged from its position at the top of the uterus and migrates to other parts of the body. The dislodged IUD can damage the uterus or other organs. Sometimes the damage is severe enough to require a hysterectomy.

Other side-effects associated with Mirena include:

  • Breast tenderness
  • Vaginal infection
  • Bleeding or spotting
  • Pelvic pain
  • Menstrual pain
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
  • Intestinal obstruction
  • Perforation of the intestines
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Amenorrhea (lack of menstrual periods)
  • Infertility
  • Miscarriage

Women who suffer serious injury or infertility after using Mirena may be eligible to join an Illinois Mirena injury lawsuit. To learn more about pharmaceutical class action lawsuits in Illinois and how you can join the thousands of women who have already filed claims against Bayer, contact the Bloomington Mirena injury attorneys at Hupy and Abraham at 866-532-4800. Ask to schedule a free consultation.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham