Mirena IUD Injuries & Side Effects
Patients who choose a Mirena IUD do so for many reasons. Some are finished having children, or want to delay or prevent pregnancy. Others seek relief from severe menstrual symptoms or other reproduction-related difficulties.
When a Mirena IUD works properly, it may alleviate a patient’s concerns about reproduction or other medical issues for up to five years. When the IUD does not work properly, fails, or interacts badly with a patient’s other medical conditions, serious side effects can result. If you’ve been injured by the side effects of Mirena IUD use and want to know more about your legal rights, contact the Mirena IUD attorneys at Farah & Farah.
Common Mirena IUD Side Effects
Some side effects of Mirena IUD use are more common than others. For instance, many Mirena patients may experience side effects like:
- irregular spotting or bleeding;
- ovarian cysts;
- painful menstruation;
- pelvic pain; and/or
- breast tenderness.
These side effects may occur without leading to more serious conditions, or they may occur alongside or be caused by a more serious condition also caused by Mirena IUD use. Serious Mirena side effects may include:
- ectopic pregnancy;
- intrauterine pregnancy;
- streptococcal sepsis;
- pelvic inflammatory disease (PID); or
- embedding or perforation of the uterine wall by the device.
Some of these serious side effects are more likely in patients with certain medical histories, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). For instance, patients who have recently been pregnant, who are lactating, or who have unusual uterine anatomy, like a retroverted uterus, are more likely to experience uterine perforation than patients who do not have these conditions.
Mirena and Cancer
Mirena IUD use has also been linked to the development of several reproductive cancers, although research is still ongoing to establish the strength of the connection. However, patients who have had Mirena IUDs may be at a higher risk for cancer in the ovaries, uterus, cervix, or endometrium. Cancer of nearby body structures like the rectum, colon, gastric systems, or bladder may also be more likely. Finally, there may be an increased risk of breast cancer or thyroid cancer.
Mirena and Birth Defects
Although the Mirena IUD is intended to prevent pregnancy, some patients have experienced either an ectopic or intrauterine pregnancy while using a Mirena IUD. In an “ectopic” pregnancy, the developing zygote attaches to the wall of the Fallopian tube rather than the lining of the uterus. Unless the zygote is removed, an ectopic pregnancy will prove fatal.
In an “intrauterine” pregnancy, the developing zygote implants normally in the lining of the uterus, but it shares the uterus with the Mirena IUD. While these pregnancies can be carried to term, the IUD must be removed to prevent damage to the developing fetus, and serious birth defects can result even after the IUD is removed.
Mirena IUD Side Effects Attorneys Helping You Understanding Your Legal Rights
Mirena IUD side effects can have lasting consequences. If you’ve been injured by a Mirena IUD, you have certain legal rights. The Mirena IUD side effect lawyers at Farah & Farah can help you understand your legal options and choose the best course of action for yourself and your family. For a free and confidential consultation, contact us today at 855-797-9899.