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Mirena IUD Issues

A doctor holds a Mirena IUD contraceptive device

Thousands of women across the country may be at risk of suffering serious injuries from the Mirena IUD birth control device, news reports and information from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration indicate.

According to a June 18, 2013 investigative report by Ohio ABC News affiliate WEWS-TV, the FDA has received 70,072 complaints involving the Mirena IUD since the device was approved by the FDA for use as a contraceptive in 2000.

The complaints, obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, include more than 4,000 reports of suspected “device dislocation,” the station reported. An FDA spokesperson told WEWS-TV that this could mean:

  • Embedment of the device in the uterus
  • Movement of the device from its placement at the top of the uterine cavity
  • Migration of the device outside of the uterus.

If you or a loved one has suffered these or other side effects after using the Mirena IUD, it’s important to contact a lawyer to learn about your legal rights and your options.

The attorneys of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., are available to speak with you. Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., is based in Chicago, Illinois but handles Mirena cases from anywhere around the country. We can review the facts of your case and help you to determine whether you may be eligible for compensation for your losses. Contact us today to schedule a free and confidential consultation.

Problems with the Mirena IUD / IUS

The FDA describes Mirena as a “small, flexible hormone-releasing device inserted into the uterus to prevent pregnancy.” It is an intrauterine device, or IUD, but it has also been described as an intrauterine system, or IUS.

The hormone released by the Mirena device is synthetic progestin levonorgestrel. This prevents sperm from fertilizing the egg or stops a fertilized egg from attaching to the uterine wall.

Mirena has been recommended for women who have had one child, the FDA reports.

In addition to its use as a contraceptive, the FDA approved the Mirena IUD/IUS for use in treating women with heavy menstrual bleeding who use intrauterine contraception.

At the time that the FDA approved Mirena for this additional use in 2009, the FDA noted that the most serious adverse reactions reported in women using the device included:

  • Ectopic pregnancy (fertilized egg grows outside the uterus),
  • Intrauterine pregnancy (pregnancy with Mirena in place),
  • Group A streptococcal sepsis,
  • Infection called pelvic inflammatory disease,
  • Embedment of the device in the uterine wall, and
  • Perforation of the uterine wall or cervix.

According to documents obtained by WEWS-TV, the FDA had received 59,073 “adverse event” reports involving Mirena between April 2008 and April 2013 alone. In addition to the side effects listed above, these adverse events included:

  • Abdominal pain,
  • Device expulsion,
  • Vaginal hemorrhaging, and
  • Genital pain.

In the past, the FDA has accused the manufacturer of Mirena, Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Inc., of failing to communicate proper risk information about the device in a number of promotional materials.

Contact a Lawyer for Help with Your Mirena IUD Injury Claim

If you believe that you or a loved one has suffered adverse side effects from using the Mirena IUD, including migration of the device, it is crucial to seek advice and representation from a product liability lawyer with experience handling complex litigation in state and federal courts.

Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., has the skill, experience and resources to handle a comprehensive investigation of your case and to guide you through your options for seeking compensation.

Our firm has recovered more than $900 million in verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients, including 195 cases with awards of $1 million or more. Our firm’s equity partners have been ranked by our legal peers to be among the top five percent of attorneys in Illinois.

To schedule a free and confidential review of your case, call us today or use our online form.