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“I want this Mirena IUD out, over and done with.”

“I want this Mirena IUD out, over and done with.” December 30, 2017. By Jane Mundy.

Toronto, ON. Nickey followed her doctor’s orders, and the Mirena manufacturer’s orders: five years after the IUD was implanted, she made an appointment to have it removed. But it wasn’t that easy. Next month will be the fourth, and she hopes final, attempt to have all of the birth control device removed from her uterus.

“On the first attempt, my OB/gyn couldn’t find the string so he sent me to another specialist where I had an ultrasound to see where exactly this Mirena was,” says Nickey. “He found the Mirena in my uterus—where it was supposed to be—but when he tried to remove it, the metal piece broke.”

Next up, Nickey had to undergo a general anesthetic, but her doctor told her during the follow-up appointment that the Mirena had perforated her uterus. “He told me that a Da Vinci surgical robot was supposed to have been used in this procedure but it wasn’t available that day,” Nickey says. he didn’t tell Nickey when and how her uterus was perforated by the Mirena. “He is definitely going to use the robot next month to retrieve this broken piece— it will be the fourth attempt to have this Mirena entirely removed.”

A study published by the International Journal of Women’s Health concluded that IUD perforation, “is a rare but serious complication of IUD use”. If a device perforates the uterine wall, it can continue to migrate elsewhere in the body and extensive surgery may be necessary to repair the damage. Nickey is 33 years old and the mother of a 10-year-old boy. She wants to have another child, so this complication is extremely worrisome.

Given the number of lawsuits filed against the manufacturer, Bayer Healthcare, alleging permanent injuries and trauma due to complications that necessitated surgical removal, IUD perforation is not so rare. (The study was conducted in 2014). Between 2000 and 2013, the FDA had received 70,072 complaints about the Mirena IUD, according to a report by
7 Action News investigators. (Here is the FDA’s adverse event reporting system, called FAERS.)

“Since the first surgery to have the Mirena removed I have had such heavy bleeding that I needed to take iron pills and often found myself shaking,” says Nickey. “As well, I had a lot of pain after the surgery—I’m not looking forward to the surgery on January 24th. And it’s a one-hour drive to the hospital. Who is paying for my time?

“If I knew what I know now about Mirena, I would never have gotten this IUD. I’m weighing my options about other kinds of birth control but before that, I have to get my body back to normal. And I am concerned that I have damage to my uterus because I want more kids one day. My doctor knows I want more kids and he has given me options if it cannot be removed. If push comes to shove, he mentioned hysterectomy. Emotionally and physically, this IUD has taken a lot out of me…I just want it out.”

If the Mirena has perforated the uterine wall, robotic surgery or laparoscopic surgery is necessary. A number of women who have undergone surgery to have the device removed have charged Bayer with manufacturing a defective product. They seek damages to cover medical expenses, lost wages, and ongoing care needs, and to compensate them for pain and suffering. Sadly, many women have also undergone hysterectomies.
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Lawsuit Alleges Hormone Coated Mirena IUD Can Lead to Blindness

Lawsuit Alleges Hormone Coated Mirena IUD Can Lead to Blindness November 9, 2017. By Brenda Craig.
Oakland, CA: The next twelve months will be critical for Mirena IUS (Intrauterine System) contraceptive plaintiffs currently engaged in a Multi-District Litigation lawsuit against Bayer alleging the hormone coated device leads to an intracranial condition with the potential to cause permanent blindness in some users.
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Mirena IUD Lawsuit Alleges Grievous Mirena IUD Side Effects

Mirena IUD Lawsuit Alleges Grievous Mirena IUD Side Effects November 5, 2017. By Gordon Gibb.
New York, NY: A Mirena side effects lawsuit filed late last month accuses the manufacturer of the popular IUD of not doing enough to warn consumers about the potential for pseudotumor cerebri, or PTC, associated with the long-term birth control device. According to Court records the plaintiff has suffered from vision problems and a build-up of fluid since acquiring the device.
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New Jersey Woman Files Mirena Lawsuit Alleging Blurred Vision

New Jersey Woman Files Mirena Lawsuit Alleging Blurred Vision September 4, 2017. By Gordon Gibb.
Newark, NJ: The majority of Mirena birth control side effects lawsuits are associated with device migration and various injuries stemming from the intra-uterine birth control device having drifted away from its original insertion point. Reported incidences of Mirena uterine perforation have included reports of uterine perforation when the device is initially inserted or at some point in the future after the device has been in service for some time.
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Why Mirena IUD implants are on the Rise

Why Mirena IUD implants are on the Rise August 7, 2017. By Jane Mundy.
Washington, DC: The number of women who have suffered Mirena IUD complications is unknown. Some women can associate problems such as cramping and infection to the birth control device because Bayer has listed such side effects on its label. But others may have developed more serious, unexplained problems.
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Pregnant with Mirena IUD

Pregnant with Mirena IUD July 1, 2017. By Jane Mundy.
Fort Mitchell, AL:The Mirena IUD for birth control has been in the news recently, albeit under bizarre circumstances. One mom in Alabama posted on Facebook a photo of her newborn holding the IUD that was meant to prevent his appearance. A woman in the UK was implanted with Mirena when she was unknowingly pregnant—sadly the baby was stillborn.
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Mirena MDL Over?

Mirena MDL Over? August 23, 2016. By Jane Mundy.
New York, NY: Although a federal judge said there was no way for Mirena IUD lawsuits in the multidistrict litigation (MDL) to continue after she earlier barred plaintiffs’ expert testimony, the women plan to appeal the case to the Second Circuit.
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Two Mirena Migrations and “Mirena Crash”

Two Mirena Migrations and “Mirena Crash” July 26, 2016. By Jane Mundy.
Sacramento, CA: Crisha considers herself fortunate. Although the Mirena IUD was embedded in her uterine wall and she required surgery to remove it, “I never had any pain and my doctor assured me that everything is fine.” she says. Rebecca, on the other hand, suffered severe Mirena complications.
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Can Mirena Plaintiffs Win without Expert Witnesses?

Can Mirena Plaintiffs Win without Expert Witnesses? June 24, 2016. By Jane Mundy.
Dallas, TX: Expert witness testimonies for plaintiffs in the Mirena IUD Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) have been blocked but Bayer’s clinical and causation experts stay, said Judge Cathy Seibel.
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More Mirena Complications

More Mirena Complications May 28, 2016. By Jane Mundy.
Miami, FL: After more than 45,000 adverse event reports, thousands of lawsuits have been filed against the maker of the Mirena IUD for a number of health complications. Three lawsuits in the last month alone allege the IUD caused intracranial hypertension, also known as pseudotumor cerebri; uterine perforations; ectopic pregnancies; miscarriage and more…
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