Mirena Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
A Mirena lawsuit was filed in March 2016 in U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey on behalf of Daphne Houck against Bayer. Houck claims she suffered Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension (IIH) (a fluid buildup around the brain that can lead to severe headaches and issues with vision) caused by the Mirena IUD. Her symptoms included blurry vision and temporary loss of vision and headaches after the intrauterine device was implanted.
Houck alleges the Mirena IUD caused the IIH and that Bayer failed to provide warnings to potential users, and the medical community, regarding the potential risk. Further, Houck claims Bayer was aware, or should have been aware, of the risk from the release of the synthetic hormone levongestral, which causes, or contributes to, the development of IIH, a severe brain condition that can lead to permanent blindness.
Courtney in Vancouver says she had the Mirena IUD inserted in July 2014 and just three months later, she was diagnosed with IIH. “I have been dealing with IIH ever since,” she says.
“I believe the Mirena damaged my optic nerve and it has left me with a blind spot in one eye. I’m only 26 years old.”
Mirena uterine perforation
Kathy in Florida says the Mirena perforated her uterine wall. “Before finding this out, I found out I was pregnant. I went to the doctor who told me it was an ectopic pregnancy and it ended in a miscarriage,” Kathy says.
Cindy in South Carolina suffered a perforated uterus. “The Mirena caused the perforation, which resulted in an unplanned pregnancy,” she says. “My baby was born at 26 weeks and now suffers from Cerebral palsy, PVL, development delay, hearing and vision impairment, and more.”
Janet in Alberta had the Mirena embedded in her uterine wall. “Last year I had surgery to have it removed but not before I suffered terrible cramps and pain, and it left me emotionally drained,” she says. “I learned that I also had a cyst on my ovary. Now I miss my period every other month or so and I’m scared that I can’t get pregnant.”
Mirena pregnancy, miscarriage and wrongful death
More than 62,000 complaints have been lodged about pregnancy involving Mirena, Paragard and Skyla between 2010 and 2016. Mirena has more than 45,000 of those complaints. But doctors, manufacturers and the CDC still say the chances of pregnancy with an IUD are rare and report the failure rate as less than one percent.
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Cora in California had the Mirena inserted in 2010 and had it removed four years later. “My doctor told me to wait three months before intercourse and after that there was no reason I couldn’t get pregnant,” she says. “We waited five months and I suffered a miscarriage. And another. I needed a D&C and being pro-life, this procedure was traumatic. I’ve been depressed ever since and feel like time is running out if I want to have children…”
Because there are numerous claims against Mirena, it is difficult to consolidate all the claims into a single case. If more victims of Mirena continue to report similar complaints, however, their cases could be combined into a single class-action suit against Bayer.