Mirena, a popular intrauterine device or IUD, causes an increased risk of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) in women. Yet, some patients were not aware of this danger before having the IUD inserted. As a result, women suffering from Mirena PID side effects have filed lawsuits against the device’s maker.
Mirena PID Side Effects
According to information provided by Mirena manufacturer Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals posted on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s website, women face the highest risk of suffering from PID side effects shortly after insertion. The IUD maker said PID can cause tubal damage, which can lead to other serious side effects such as infertility, a hysterectomy or death. Women with PID often experience symptoms including abdominal or pelvic pain, chills, fever and prolonged heavy bleeding.
Bayer also said women who chose to have the IUD inserted should be informed about the device and its risk for PID. However, some women say they are made aware of the IUD complications.
A 27-year-old Tampa resident sued Bayer because she said she was not properly warned of the Mirena side effects. Angela White said she experienced severe cramping and pain a few months after having an IUD inserted in 2006. Doctors diagnosed her with PID and ovarian cysts.
FDA Hears of Thousands of IUD Complications
White isn’t alone in her pain and suffering. An investigative report this summer by Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ found thousands of women have complained of complications from the IUD. Since 2000, the FDA has received 70,072 complaints about the Mirena IUD, the source reported, which included 3,774 complaints about abdominal pain and 1,322 complaints of the IUD perforating the woman’s uterus.
More than 220 cases against the IUD maker have been filed in federal and state courts, according to WXYZ. If you are interested in finding out if you may have a claim, take our free Mirena case review today.