Complications from Mirena IUD’s; More Than Just Birth Control

There are many different forms of birth control out there on the market today, and many are promoted as safe and effective contraceptive methods, including the Intrauterine Device (IUD). An IUD is a small plastic device shaped like a T that is either enclosed in copper or lined with hormones and used as a form of contraception. The device is implanted into the uterus by a doctor and is designed to remain in place for approximately five to 10 years, depending on the type. 

The Mirena IUD

The Mirena IUD is the hormonal alternative to the copper IUD. Copper is inherently toxic for sperm and when implanted into the uterus, it forces the uterus to produce fluid that kills sperm. The Mirena IUD differs in that it does not use copper to kill the sperm, but instead it releases a hormone called levonorgestrel. This hormone makes the mucus within the cervix very thick and sticky, disallowing sperm to travel through the uterus.

The Mirena IUD is commonly promoted as one of the safest and most effective forms of birth control, however, there are many risks associated with using the Mirena IUD that may make patients think twice before allowing doctors to insert the device. These risks have caused a frenzy in the legal community and a slew of lawsuits to be filed against medical providers and manufacturers of the Mirena IUD by personal injury law firms around the country for failing to properly warn patients.

Mirena IUD Complications

The risks and dangers of inserting a IUD into the body can be rather catastrophic and, in some instances, have the potential to yield some permanent negative effects on the body.

Although a rarity among Mirena IUD users, there is a chance that the IUD will become lodged in or puncture the uterus. Once this happens, the IUD can become embedded in the uterine wall and require invasive surgery to be removed. This puncture and the subsequently required and inherently dangerous surgery to remove the IUD can cause serious reproductive complications.

In scenarios where the Mirena IUD punctures the uterus, it is possible that the IUD will move out of the uterus and migrate to other parts of the body, causing internal injuries that can lead to infection, intestinal obstruction and abscesses.

The manufacturers and marketers of the Mirena IUD failed to do their homework before aggressively marketing the IUD in the United States. As a result, millions of women have had complications and have contacted lawyers specializing in personal injury law to fight for their rights. If you or a loved one has used the Mirena IUD as a form of contraception, you need to consult a Charlotte law firm specializing in personal injury law immediately. Contact Campbell & Associates today for a free consultation with one of our experienced North Carolina injury attorneys.