The manufacturer of the Mirena IUD lists a number of common side effects that may occur when using the device, including:
- Missed menstrual periods
- Change in bleeding or irregular periods
- Discomfort during placement of the device
- Expulsion of the device after placement
- Prolonged or heavy bleeding
- Depressed mood
Unfortunately, there have been a number of other more serious side effects reported by users of the Mirena IUD. In fact, over 45,000 “adverse events” related to the use of the Mirena IUD have been reported to the FDA since the device was introduced in 2000.
Some of the more commonly reported serious side effects of the Mirena IUD include:
- Embedment/migration — After the Mirena IUD is inserted into the uterus, it is supposed to stay in the same place until intentionally removed. However, it can migrate to another part of the body where it can become embedded. Along with exposing the user to an unintended pregnancy, it can also cause serious injuries and may require surgery to remove.
- Perforation — If the Mirena IUD migrates after implantation, it could perforate the uterine wall or another vital internal organ. This can cause life-threatening bleeding and/or hemorrhaging.
- Expulsion – A woman’s body can reject the device and expel it, which may cause extreme pain, permanent scarring or additional injuries.
- Infection — A life-threatening infection, known as sepsis, can occur immediately after the device is inserted. If not caught in time, this infection can be fatal.
- Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) — Another potentially fatal infection, known as PID, is caused by inflammation of the uterus, fallopian tubes or ovaries. Along with being a serious health risk, PID can lead to permanent infertility.
- Ectopic pregnancy — A normal pregnancy occurs and develops inside the womb. Sometimes, however, a pregnancy can occur outside the womb. This creates a very serious, potentially life-threatening situation for the woman. The risk of ectopic pregnancy appears to increase when a Mirena IUD is used to prevent pregnancy.
- Ovarian cysts — Fluid that collects inside an ovary is referred to as an ovarian cyst. While these are not usually serious or life-threatening, they can be painful and can require surgery to remove.
- Infertility – Along with the health risks that many of the Mirena IUD side effects expose a user to, some of the side effects also lead to permanent infertility.
Suffering Complications from Using a Mirena IUD? Our Lawyers Can Help
If you are a Mirena IUD user, and you have suffered negative side-effects or complications as a result, you could have a right to compensation for the out-of-pocket expenses and the trauma you have endured. Because each woman’s experience with the Mirena IUD is unique, the only way to determine what legal options you have is to consult with a South Carolina Mirena IUD attorney.
For over 40 years, Joye Law Firm has served clients throughout South Carolina. You can count on our South Carolina Mirena IUD lawyers to give you a full and fair evaluation of your claim. Call Joye Law Firm at (888) 324-3100 or use our online contact form. There is no charge for the consultation and claim review.