Rather than have to remember to take a pill every day, many women prefer an intrauterine device (“IUD”). The Mirena IUD is the most prescribed birth control device in the world, used by an estimated 2 million women worldwide. Many of these women, however, have realized that the Mirena IUD has many nasty side effects. These include ectopic pregnancy, uterine rupture, and device migration.
To avoid these risks, an increasing number of Mirena IUD recipients are choosing to have the device removed earlier than intended. Unfortunately, Mirena removing the Mirena IUD is associated with complications of its own. Thousands of women have suffered what is known as the “Mirena crash.” If you think that you have been injured by a Mirena IUD and reside in the South Florida area, call personal injury lawyer Boris Lavent today for a free consultation.
What is the Mirena IUD?
An IUD is a birth control device that is implanted into the uterus. Some IUDs are made of copper and others, like the Mirena, release hormones. The Mirena IUD secretes progesterone, which thickens the cervical mucus. This prevents sperm from entering the body after sex, thereby significantly reducing the chance of unplanned or unexpected pregnancy.
Risks Associated with the Mirena IUD
All medical devices carry some risks. The Mirena IUD is no exception. Women have reported several side effects, several of which are potentially life-threatening.
Mirena IUD complications include, but are not limited to:
Mental health issues, and
Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed against Bayer, the device manufacturer, over concerns that the Mirena IUD causes tumor-like matches and create neurological disorders in women who received the device.
Removing the Mirena IUD Creates a Hormone Imbalance in the Body
Thousands of women have chosen to have their IUD removed in order to sidestep potential side effects associated with the device. However, removing the device is associated with risks of its own. Why? The Mirena IUD releases progesterone into the body. When the implant is in the uterus, the body stops producing progesterone on its own, relying on the hormones given off by the device. When the device is abruptly removed, it creates a significant hormone imbalance in the body. The hormone imbalance is believed to contribute to severe adverse health events, known as the Mirena crash.
The hormone imbalance is believed to be responsible for emotional distress in former Mirena IUD patients. Women who had the IUD removed report increased events of depression, anxiety, uncontrollable emotions, and irritability. In fact, one study revealed that more than one-third of all women who had the Mirena IUD removed prematurely suffered from depressive episodes. Many of these women have struggled with serious behavioral issues, including substance abuse and suicidal thoughts.
Other complications associated with the Mirena crash include:
Loss of interest in life
Pain during sex, and more.
Bayer never warned women that removing their Mirena IUD could lead to these problems.
Product Liability Lawsuit Target Mirena IUD problems
Bayer is adamant that the Mirena IUD is perfectly safe. The company denies that any adverse health events that may have happened to coincide with the removal of the device are related to their popular product. Doctors have apparently toed the same line, relying on the manufacturer statements and assertions.
Women who have experienced the Mirena crash have taken matters into their own hands, filing lawsuits against the manufacturer. In Florida, Bayer and other manufacturers have a duty to make sure that the medical devices they design, manufacturer, and market are safe for patients. If a company knows that a device is defective or that it carries certain risks, it has an obligation to warn doctors and patients. Lawsuits filed against Bayer claim that the company failed to warn patients about the risks associated with the popular birth control device.
If you or someone you love has experienced the Mirena crash, it is important to speak with an experienced Miami personal injury attorney as soon as you can. Your lawyer can help you fight for your rights and recover the compensation you deserve.