Mirena lawsuits claim that Bayer, the Mirena manufacturer, failed to warn women that the device had the risk of spontaneous migration. Instead, Bayer warned that migration could only occur with Mirena uterine perforation upon insertion of the IUD. In other words, Bayer is trying to blame the physician. For many women who may never be able to have children again after the Mirena was removed, Bayer’s explanation just adds insult to injury.
Susan says she is more fortunate than some women who don’t have any children. She had three normal pregnancies and three healthy children. After her third, she had the Mirena inserted but it had to be taken out after two years due to severe pelvic pain and cramping. “I recently got pregnant and had a horrible miscarriage. This was the first time I ever saw so much blood, and I endured so much pain, but the mental anguish is ongoing,” she says.
Jackie, age 37, doesn’t have children. She had the Mirena inserted a year ago to help with heavy menstruation. She endured continual heavy bleeding, cramping and clotting, but her gynecologist said that was normal and to give it some time. “Last month I couldn’t take it anymore and booked an emergency appointment to have it removed,” says Jackie. “My doctor couldn't find the Mirena so he sent me for an ultrasound - they found the IUD in my uterus but hidden behind a huge fibroid.”
The Mirena had not perforated her uterus, but it had caused irreparable damage.
A few days later Jackie’s gynecologist phoned - with the worst news. “He told me the fibroid was so huge that I would need a hysterectomy,” says Jackie, crying. “I asked him if this happened because of the IUD but he was cagey and wouldn’t come right out and say so, but he didn’t say no either. I believe he is worried about a medical malpractice suit but I’m not blaming him. He said there could be a lot of reasons, but the only way to get this Mirena out of my uterus is to have an abdominal hysterectomy to remove my uterus and cervix.
“My surgery is scheduled for next month but I am trying to get a second opinion. Meanwhile, I’ve booked time off work - thankfully, my boss understands and I have a job to come back to. Although I have health insurance that covers most of the surgery, I won’t have an income for almost two months; that is when I made inquiries about a Mirena lawsuit.”