New York 3/28/2014 10:18:23 PM
News / Law

Postpartum Women At Higher Risk for Mirena IUD Complications, Lawsuits Allege is alerting women that lawsuits have been filed against Bayer alleging that its contraceptive Mirena can put women at risk for serious injuries. According to these lawsuits, postpartum women may be at the highest risk for having the device perforate surrounding organs, which can lead to infections, scars, adhesions and hemorrhages. While the information insert for the Mirena intrauterine device (IUD) notes that postpartum women may reduce this risk by waiting until six weeks after delivery to insert the contraceptive, studies have shown that even after this recommended time frame women can still experience organ perforation.

Hundreds of women have filed lawsuits against Bayer alleging that the company failed to adequately warn women that the Mirena IUD could embed itself in the uterus, travel from its original position or perforate surrounding organs. According to the plaintiffs, certain groups of women may be at an increased risk for Mirena-related complications, including women who have had C-sections or other cervical surgeries. Additionally, women who are lactating or are in the postpartum period may be at an increased risk for organ perforation, lawsuits allege.

Although the Mirena information packet warns postpartum women that they may be at an increased risk for organ perforation, the packet claims that if women wait a minimum of six weeks after giving birth to be fitted with the device, they may be able reduce the risk of organ perforation. Studies have shown, though, that women who were fitted with Mirena beyond that time frame still suffered from an increased rate of organ perforation. Out of every 1000 Mirena IUD insertions, nearly three women suffered from organ perforation, according to a study published in 2006. Furthermore, researchers concluded that Mirena “insertion in lactating women, even beyond 6 weeks after delivery, was shown to be an important risk factor.”

More than 400 Mirena IUD lawsuits are currently pending in federal court before the Honorable Judge Cathy Seibel, according to the most recent report from the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. While these lawsuits have been consolidated to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, there is still time for Mirena victims to join this growing litigation.

If you or a loved one used Mirena and suffered from serious side effects, you may be able to file a lawsuit seeking compensation for your injuries. If you have questions about your legal rights or would like help filing a lawsuit, visit today and fill out our free case review form.


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