What is Mirena?

MirenaAccording to the CDC, there are 61 million women in United States who are in their childbearing years (15–44). Of those women, 7.2% are using long-acting reversible contraception methods such as an intrauterine device (IUD) or contraceptive implant. One of the most common IUDs is Mirena. Mirena has been touted as an easy and efficacious means of preventing pregnancy and has gained popularity due to its long-lasting effects and ease of removal.

How does Mirena Work?

Mirena works by releasing small amounts of the hormone levonorgestrel locally into the uterus. Mirena prevents pregnancy in several ways, including by thickening the cervical mucus to prevent sperm from entering the uterus, inhibiting sperm from reaching or fertilizing the egg, and thinning the lining of the uterus

What is the Mirena Litigation About?

Since Mirena came on the market in 2001, the FDA has received about 47,000 reports of problems with it. The more serious of the problems reported include:

  • Perforation or Migration of the IUD: Mirena may become embedded within the wall of the uterus or move to other areas of the body, often resulting in the need for surgical removal of the implant;
  • Pseudotumor Cerebri (PTC) or Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension (IIH) : This condition involves a buildup of fluid on the brain, which may cause damage to the optic nerve, resulting in blindness or visual problems;

Because of these serious side effects, women across the nation have begun to file lawsuits against Bayer, claiming that Mirena is defective and unreasonably dangerous and that Bayer intentionally sold this dangerous product. In particular, the lawsuits claim that Bayer failed to warn about these side effects and knowingly and willfully harmed consumers.

Where Should I Go to Get Help?

If you or a loved one have experienced complications from Mirena, the attorneys at Reich & Binstock are here to help you. Our attorneys have over 30 years of experience and will work with you every step of the way, from your initial consultation through the successful conclusion of your case.