About Mirena IUD
Mirena is flexible T-shaped intrauterine contraceptive system (IUD) that is inserted into the uterus to prevent pregnancy. Mirena is recommended for women who have already had a child. The device is implanted into the uterus by a woman's healthcare provider and can last for up to five years. Women who decide they want to get pregnant can have the Mirena removed at any time and can start trying to become pregnant right away.
Mirena has gained popularity because of its convenience and ease. Once it's inserted, the woman doesn't have to do anything, but check once a month to make sure it is still in place. The IUD device slowly releases the hormone levonorgestrel to create an inhospitable environment for conception. It is FDA approved as a birth control method and is the only device that is FDA approved to treat heavy periods.
What You Should Know about Mirena
Before using the Mirena, you should go over all the risks and benefits of an IUD with your doctor. The Mirena should not be used by women who:
- Have a pelvic infection
- Get infections easily
- Have certain cancers
Problems with Mirena include:
- The Mirena presents a small risk for a serious pelvic infection called pelvic inflammatory disease. Anyone with the Mirena should seek medical attention immediately if they experience pain in the pelvis or abdomen.
- If the Mirena attaches itself to the wall of the uterus, it can cause serious complications. Women should schedule a follow-up to see their doctors 4 to 12 weeks after the Mirena is placed to make sure it is in the right position.
- Pregnancy while using the Mirena can result in loss of baby, ectopic pregnancy and other serious complications for both the baby and the mother.
- Some women have developed ovarian cysts while using the Mirena. In most cases, they disappear on their own.
- Women may experience irregular bleeding and spotting, especially in the first few months. In most cases, periods become shorter over time and some go away completely.
Between November 1997 and August 2012, there were nearly 50,000 reports of adverse events associated with the Mirena. The top three adverse events reported by patients have been:
- Device expulsion
- Device dislocation
- Vaginal hemorrhage
For more information about the risks associated with the Mirena, please view our side effects page. While the Mirena has proven to be a successful form of birth control for many women, it has also caused serious complications for many others. If you have suffered from any of the adverse effects associated with the Mirena, you may be entitled to compensation. Our Mirena IUD lawyers are available to review potential claims on behalf of women who have suffered as a result of the device. To find out if you qualify for compensation, contact us today.
*Mirena® (levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system) is a hormone-releasing intrauterine device, manufactured by Bayer. Mirena is a registered trademark of Bayer.