Birth control is a fertile ground for lawsuits, these days. Yaz/Yasmin, Beyaz, and NuvaRing are just some of the birth control medications and devices that are causing injuries to women everywhere.
The newest addition to the dangerous birth control family is the Mirena IUD. Mirena is manufactured by Bayer (which makes Yaz and Beyaz). It is a flexible intrauterine device that is placed into the uterus through the vagina by a healthcare provider. Mirena releases a continuous dose of hormones (levonorgestrel) to prevent pregnancy for up to five years. Bayer’s marketing materials also note that it is effective to treat heavy periods in women who choose intrauterine contraception.
IUDs have been around for a long time. The popular first-generation IUD Dalkon Shield was notorious for its defects, which caused infection, sepsis, miscarriage and even death. There was a groundswell of over 300,000 IUD lawsuits over the Dalkon Shield, which led to millions of dollars in damages against the manufacturer.
So what’s the problem with Mirena? Our investigation into the device shows that it may move and puncture the uterus or become firmly embedded in the uterus. This can cause bleeding and other serious complications. Additionally, the device may cause infertility—a possibility that is bolstered by Bayer’s warning that the device should only be used by patients who already have at least one child.
Our law firm is not handling these cases. This 2019 post explains why.