Amber had the Mirena inserted in 2013 and she had it removed about a year later. “During that year my periods were irregular and sex always hurt. Even afterward it felt like something was cutting me,” says Amber. “One night after we had sex, bright red blood was pouring down my leg, like someone had taken a knife to me. My boyfriend drove me to the hospital while I was keeled over in agony.”
Amber had x-rays and an ultrasound. The ER doctor decided it was best to remove the IUD immediately. “The Mirena wire was still visible so I didn’t need surgery but removing it hurt so much,” she says. (One attorney told Amber that they are only filing Mirena lawsuits that involve surgical removal of the device, but a piece of the Mirena was embedded into tissue and cut even more when it was removed - Amber now thinks that she should have had a surgical procedure.)
“Even though I was on pain meds, I was screaming in pain,” she says.“After they removed the Mirena I was in the hospital for about nine hours. They packed some kind of liquid to help my blood clot heal, and I went home with a prescription for more pain meds and antibiotics.”
The next four months were miserable for Amber. She had severe cramping and bleeding and had to take time off work. Early this year she had a miscarriage - she was trying to get pregnant. “I was about six weeks along and started bleeding so I went to hospital and they confirmed,” Amber says. The ER doctors told her they can’t be certain but the miscarriage might have something to do with the damage caused by the Mirena.
“I am okay now but it was really upsetting,” Amber explains. “I had two normal pregnancies - and two healthy kids - and was never told I would have a problem carrying a baby to full term. It takes a toll on you both physically and emotionally: I got very depressed.”
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When Amber found out that Mirena can cause so many complications and possibly to blame for her miscarriage, she had mixed emotions: she was angry and sad and disappointed that Mirena is still “out there.”
“I just read that a 22-year-old needs a hysterectomy after the Mirena perforated her uterus because she can’t get it removed without causing further damage,” Amber says. “From reading online I discovered that there are so many women who had a Mirena and are now unable to carry a child full term. This birth control device was supposed to keep us from unwanted pregnancies until we were ready, but now some women will never be able to have that choice. Perhaps the only recourse left is a Mirena lawsuit.”