Women have a particularly tough time of it in the fields of medical devices and pharmaceuticals. It seems that products and drugs directed toward women are disproportionately dangerous.
We've seen many in the past few years: Yaz/Yasmin, Beyaz, vaginal mesh, hormone therapy, and NuvaRing, to name a few. The latest defective device to the realm of birth control is the Mirena IUD. IUDs have had a dubious past. Ever since the Dalkon Shield, which caused miscarriage, sepsis, infection, and death among users, it's natural to be skeptical of the devices.
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But, Bayer came along with their snazzy marketing campaigns, and the successfully wooed over 2 million women in the U.S. (15 million women across the globe). The device is a small, flexible T-shaped piece of plastic. Bayer admits that it doesn't exactly know how it works, which is almost always a red flag.
Insertion of a Mirena starts sterilizing the vagina and cervix by using a speculum with an antiseptic solution. Then, the health care provider aligns the cervical canal and uterine cavity. The inserting doctor will then sound or measure the uterus to determine how far the Mirena should be inserted.
The theory is that the device, which is inserted into the uterus for up to five years, prevents pregnancy by releasing a steady stream of levonorgestrel (a hormone). It may thicken cervical mucus to prevent movement of sperm, and it may thin the lining of the uterus. The problem with Mirena, as countless women have discovered, is that the small "flexible" device can puncture the uterus, which could lead to bleeding, inflammation, and infection. The IUD may need to be surgically removed and, in severe cases, the uterus could be at risk and a hysterectomy required. Some women experience Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID).
Long-term consequences can include infertility, ectopic pregnancy, permanent pelvic pain, and abscesses. Bayer has a terrible track record with other birth control, like Yaz and Beyaz. It's amazing that they continue to put out products that are poorly studied, relying instead of releasing their products to the market to find out what problems could develop.
They are putting millions of women at risk where there no risk is necessary - there are many other methods of birth control that are safe and effective. These "lifestyle" drugs and devices should be better researched.
Bayer may be able to defend some of these cases by blaming the doctor if the problems occur right after insertion. If the IUD becomes embedded in the uterus -- or worse, another adjacent organ -- the problem could be the poor insertion by the doctor. So some of these claims may be medical malpractice claims.Contacting a Mirena Injury Lawyer
If you used Mirena and experienced complications, including surgical removal, infection, or Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) and want to inquire as to whether you have a lawsuit, contact our Mirena defect lawyers at 1.800.553.8082, or send us an online request for more information.For More Information
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