Mirena Perforation

Published on June 25, 2013 by Laurie Villanueva

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When the Mirena IUD migrates from its proper placement in the uterus, there is a very real risk that Mirena perforation will occur. While the Mirena label only warns that this side effect may occur upon insertion of the IUD, a growing number of lawsuits allege that women have experienced Mirena perforation long after the device was correctly placed in the uterus.  These claims accuse Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals of downplaying this potentially serious side effect.

Mirena Perforation Symptoms

Data from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) indicates that more than 1,300 reports of Mirena perforation have been received by the agency since 2008. Many Mirena uterine perforations occur suddenly, and with severe symptoms. But the Mirena complication can also progress gradually, after the IUD embeds in the uterine wall and causes the surrounding tissue to erode. In either case, once Mirena perforates the uterus, it may even migrate to other organs and tissue, causing additional damage. It will also no longer work to prevent pregnancy, and increases the likelihood that a woman will develop a life-threatening ectopic pregnancy. Depending on the severity of the damage caused by Mirena, a complete hysterectomy may be required.

Because the consequences are so serious, all women with this IUD should understand the symptoms of Mirena perforation, and report any of the following problems to their healthcare provider immediately:

  • Lower abdominal pain
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Inability to locate the Mirena IUD strings, or the strings seem shorter than usual.
  • Bloating
  • Fever and chills
  • Nausea and vomiting

Mirena perforation is considered a medical emergency. However, some women will experience few, if any symptoms of Mirena perforation, resulting in a delay in treatment that may put their fertility or even their life at risk. If not treated in a timely manner, Mirena uterine perforation can have serious consequence for a woman’s health, including:

  • Infertility
  • Infection and sepsis
  • Damage to other organs outside of the uterus
  • Organ damage
  • Intestinal or bowel obstruction
  • Adhesions and scarring
  • Ectopic pregnancy

Suffered Mirena Perforation? Legal Help is Available

Scores of women have already filed lawsuits seeking compensation for injuries they allegedly sustained due to Mirena perforation. If you or a woman important to you were harmed by Mirena, you should consider filing your own lawsuit in order to obtain compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. To discuss your claim with an experienced attorney at our Firm, please contact Bernstein Liebhard LLP today by calling .