Manufactured by Bayer, Mirena is an intrauterine device (IUD) used as birth control system. The Mirena IUD is made of pliable plastic and is shaped like a T. Mirena contains the synthetic hormone levonogestrel. Bayer received approval for the Mirena IUD from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2000.
In a study published in Contraception in 2006, researchers examined the perforation rate of levonogestrel intrauterine devices, such as the Mirena IUD. The researchers found that approximately 2.6 patients out of 1,000 experienced uterine perforation. They also noticed that the risk of uterine perforation was greater in women who had recently delivered a child.
For patients who have received a Mirena IUD, it may not be immediately apparent that the IUD has perforated the uterine wall, according to a study published in 2011 by Drug Safety: An International Journal of Medical Toxicology and Drug Experience. The researchers recorded 701 cases in which an intrauterine device had perforated the uterus. Of these cases, less than ten percent were cases in which perforation was immediately detected.
Many patients experienced extreme abdominal pain before discovering that their IUD had perforated their uterine wall. The researchers also noted that any variance in the menstrual cycle is often another signal that the IUD may have perforated the uterus.
Mirena IUD perforation side effects include organ damage and infection.
Quite often, patients must undergo surgery to remove the Mirena IUD if it has perforated the uterine wall, and has migrated to another part of the body.
If you or a loved one was injured after using the Mirena IUD, your Mirena case may be eligible for compensation. Discuss your case and legal options with a Carey Danis & Lowe Mirena attorney. Our St. Louis class action attorneys provide free initial consultations.
Carey Danis & Lowe has many years of experience in handling personal injury and pharmaceutical litigation involving the Mirena IUD. We work closely with our team of medical experts and our clients to develop strong and soundproof cases.
For more information about the Mirena IUD and perforation, and for assistance with filing a Mirena IUD lawsuit, contact Carey Danis & Lowe by phone at 800.721.2519, or by completing a confidential personal injury claim.