“We were thinking about having another child but I don’t know if that is going to happen now,” says Brandi. She isn’t alone. LawyersandSettlements recently interviewed a Canadian woman who blames Mirena for infertility and infection…
“About a year after I had the Mirena inserted I went back to my gynecologist for a pap test and she couldn’t find the string that is attached to the IUD,” says Brandi. “She told me that sometimes the strings are cut short and normal so there was no need to worry, but the next time I went back for my yearly pap test she couldn’t find the string again. This time I had an ultrasound to see where it was. She couldn’t find it on the ultrasound either.”
Brandi had several more ultrasounds and x-rays. During this time she was experiencing terrible cramps and backaches, but she thought this was normal because she’d had the Mirena years ago and had the same side effects. But one night wasn’t normal.
“I was lying in bed and had horrible abdominal pains - I had never felt anything like this before,” Brandi explains. “I went to the bathroom and it hurt so bad I fell off the toilet and passed out! I woke up on the bathroom floor. I went back to my gynecologist a few days later and explained what happened. I had an x-ray and it still wasn’t showing up. I had another x-ray and they thought they saw it but couldn’t be sure, so it was hit and miss. She decided to do surgery to find it.
“My gynecologist explained that she would try to find it through my vagina first, and if that didn’t work, I would have a laproscoptomy. When I woke from the surgery, she told me that the Mirena was found in the fatty tissue outside the uterus; it had perforated my uterus and then gotten stuck in this tissue.
“My doctors won’t go so far as to tell me that I will never have kids after this Mirena uterine perforation. I had to stay home for a week, I had to pay the doctor bills and my husband had to take his vacation at that time in order to be home and look after our son. I’m not the type of person to sue but I would like to be compensated for my medical bills at least. I certainly don’t want to get my doctor involved, she is wonderful. I don’t blame her, I blame Bayer, the maker of Mirena.”
According to Andrew Weil, M.D., perforations usually close up on their own, but in some cases they can cause bleeding or damage to other internal organs. If so, surgery may be required.
On his website, Dr. Sholes-Douglas, an obstetrician/gynecologist and fellow at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, says that “A uterine perforation presents no risk of uterine rupture during pregnancy or any other threat to your health.” She didn’t mention whether or not it affects fertility.
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According to the JPML, more than 40 Mirena lawsuits all claim that the Mirena IUD migrated away from its original position in the uterus and led to uterine perforations and other serious Mirena complications. As well, plaintiffs allege that Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals failed to provide adequate warnings regarding the risk of device migration and related side effects.