Almost 62% of women in the United States use some form of birth control. While most forms of birth control are usually safe, some makers–in their rush to get their products to market–neglect adequate testing and/or leave medical warnings off labels, putting potential users at unnecessary risk. The Mirena lawsuits being filed against Bayer are seeking to shed light on a problem that has had severe consequences for many women.
A growing number of lawsuits are being filed by women who received a Mirena implant, claiming that Bayer Healthcare, maker of the device, failed to adequately warn them about the associated health risks. The Mirena intrauterine device (IUD) is a long-term birth control device that releases a synthetic progestin called levonorgestrel, which has been linked to increased risk of pseudotumor cerebri (PTC).
The Mirena® intrauterine device (IUD) is a T-shaped birth control product meant to be inserted into the uterus for up to five years at a time. The product prevents pregnancy by slowly releasing a hormone that helps prevent egg fertilization by thickening the cervical mucus while also thinning the uterine lining and partially suppressing ovulation. Mirena also is approved to treat heavy menstrual bleeding.
Side effects that can result from a Mirena Psuedotumor can include:
Bayer states that perforation of the uterus also may cause the device to be ineffective in preventing pregnancy. Surgical procedures, such as a hysterectomy or laparoscopic surgery, may be necessary to remove the IUD after a perforation injury. In some cases, pseudotumors caused by Mirena may require surgery or spinal tap procedures to correct.
Mirena is linked to severe health issues related to pseudotumors — or false brain tumors—and uterine perforation, where the IUD perforates the wall of the uterus. These perforations can occur when the device erodes the wall of the uterus or shifts location spontaneously.
According to literature provided by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, severe lower abdominal pain and abnormal bleeding may be warning signs of a perforation. Other perforation injuries are often discovered during check-up visits.
While perforation may be detected at the time of insertion, some perforations lack symptoms and may not be detected for a long period of time. Delayed detection of a uterine perforation can result in Mirena migrating to other parts of the body, which can cause internal damage and other severe injuries. In some cases, surgery is needed to retrieve the IUD from a patient.
Pseudotumor cerebri (PTC) –which means “false brain tumor”– is a medical condition that occurs when there is too much cerebrospinal fluid inside the skull, increasing pressure on the brain and optic nerve. The condition, also known as idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH), produces symptoms that mimic a growing brain tumor, including chronic migraines and blindness.
If you or a loved one were a victim of a defective medical device or a dangerous drug side effect, start your consultation now by contacting the Mulligan Law Firm. Time is limited, so contact us today. Let us help you get the compensation you deserve.