The Mirena IUD (intrauterine device) is a long-term birth control method manufactured by Bayer Pharmaceuticals that is implanted directly into the patient’s uterus. The T-shaped device contains chemicals that may help to prevent pregnancy, and the procedure is completely reversible, making this form of birth control highly popular in recent years. However, patients should be aware of the possible complications associated with Mirena IUDs when choosing the ideal contraceptive method for their lifestyle.
How a Mirena IUD Works
It is still unclear exactly how Mirena prevents pregnancy, but it may be attributed to a thickening of the cervical mucus, a thinning of the uterus lining, and sperm inhibition. During the implantation procedure, the physician places the polyethylene plastic device into the uterus by using a sterile cylindrical inserter. The T-shaped arms then anchor themselves within the uterus and the physician trims the string based upon the patient’s cervical length. Mirena IUDs contain 52mg of levonorgestrel within their steroid reservoir, and the chemical is slowly released over time. The Mirena can last for up to 5 years before needing to be replaced.
Mirena IUD Complications
Though the Mirena IUD may help to prevent unwanted pregnancy for many women, it can also cause a number of side effects and medical complications in others, including:
Pelvic inflammatory disease
Some women may also experience pain or discomfort in the event that the device moves out of the uterus and migrates to other regions of the body, such as the abdomen. In certain cases, this may require corrective surgeries to remove the device and/or repair any damage it has caused.
Patients who have received a Mirena IUD and experience serious complications or side effects may be eligible for compensation. Speaking with a qualified attorney can help them determine if they may be entitled to lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, or other expenses that are the result of a faulty Mirena IUD.