A recent study published in the medical journal, Contraception, researchers found that breastfeeding may increase the risk of injury from the Mirena Intrauterine Device (IUD), which has been the subject of Mirena IUD lawsuits based on allegations that the device can perforate the uterine wall and cause sever injuries to women.
If you or a loved one have suffered complications from a Mirena IUD, contact Attorney Group today for a free, no-obligation consultation. We can answer questions you may have about filing a Mirena IUD lawsuit, and we can connect you with an experienced attorney who can further assist you with your claim.
Risks of Mirena IUDs in Mothers
An IUD is a contraceptive device placed in the uterus by a healthcare provider and designed to prevent pregnancy for up to five years. The device prevents the sperm from reaching the egg for fertilization, and makes it difficult for an egg to implant in the uterus. Mirena is not designed to prevent an egg from being released from the ovary although this does occur in some women (http://www.mirena-us.com/about-mirena/how-mirena-works.php). Problems with the Mirena IUD are ongoing, prompting many women to file Mirena IUD lawsuits.
Additionally, more than 60,000 women from six European countries who were implanted with either Mirena or copper IUD devices were studied by researchers from the ZEG-Berlin Center for Epidemiology and Health Research. According to the study, more women suffered uterine perforation from Mirena than those who used copper IUDs. The study found that 77 percent of women who suffered a uterine perforation while using Mirena had breastfed their children previously. Breastfeeding may increase the risk of perforation as it causes the body to release oxytocin, which causes the uterus to contract.
Dangers of Uterine Perforation
If a woman suffers uterine perforation as a result of the Mirena IUD, the device must be removed and the doctor often must perform a laproscopic procedure to determine the extent of the damage. The doctor may be required to repair the uterus. In some cases, women have suffered damage to other organs due to the migration of the device, and those injuries may require additional surgeries. Additionally, there is the risk of infection from the damaged organs that may require extensive antibiotic treatment. Since 2000, more than 70,000 adverse events related to Mirena have been reported to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Mirena IUD Lawsuits
Some of the women who reported these events have filed a Mirena IUD lawsuit as well. At least 5,000 cases reported migration of the device since 2008 while 1,322 said they suffered uterine perforation from the device. Bayer is currently facing many Mirena IUD lawsuits due to complications with the device that include uterine perforation. Despite evidence to the contrary, Bayer claims that movement of the device only occurs shortly after implantation, and that error in placing the IUD may have caused the alleged injuries. The study only surveyed women whose devices had been implanted within the last 12 months. However, many women who have filed a Mirena IUD lawsuit claim the device migrated years after implantation. Some of the women alleged they were severely injured due to the movement of the device.
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If you or a loved one was implanted with a Mirena IUD that has migrated, punctured the uterus or caused other injury, or if a loved one has died of injuries sustained due to the migration of the device, contact Attorney Group today to learn more. At no out-of-pocket cost to you, we can answer your questions and connect you with an affiliated attorney who can file a lawsuit on your behalf. You could eligible to seek compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more.