The only form of contraception that is 100 percent effective in preventing pregnancy is abstaining from sex. With all other contraceptive measures there is a risk of pregnancy occurring, although in most the risk is quite small. The Mirena IUD is an effective form of birth control proving in studies to be 99 percent effective.
The Mirena is vaginally inserted into the uterus by a physician. It works by releasing the hormone levonorgestral which causes a thickening of the mucous on uterine walls, inhibiting the travel of sperm. The device is used by women who have previously given birth and has a usage life of up to five years.
The Risk of Ectopic Pregnancy
The Mirena IUD has a risk of side effects including pelvic inflammatory disease which may occur within the first few weeks of insertion. Also there is a chance of the device migrating and puncturing the uterine wall, damaging other internal organs. When these conditions occur the device is also less effective against preventing pregnancy. Even with the device properly in place there have been cases of pregnancy occurring. Fifty percent of these pregnancies are ectopic, or take place outside of the uterus, almost always in the fallopian tubes. These tubal pregnancies leave the woman at risk of having the fallopian tube removed if not diagnosed and treated early.
If symptoms such as sharp or stabbing intermittent pain in the abdomen, pelvis or even the shoulder or neck occur medical attention must be sought immediately. Also if there is abnormal bleeding, weakness, dizziness or fainting or gastrointestinal discomfort.
Treating Ectopic Pregnancy
Ectopic pregnancies are treated in several different ways, all of which require terminating the pregnancy. The earlier the diagnosis is made, the greater the chances of saving the fallopian tube. In the early stages of pregnancy a non-surgical treatment can be employed where methotrexate is given which allows the body to absorb the pregnancy tissue, saving the fallopian tube. Other cases may require laparoscopic or conventional surgery. If the fallopian tube has ruptured it will need to be removed. The chances of becoming pregnant again after full recovery from an ectopic pregnancy are about 60 percent.
Becoming pregnant while on the Mirena IUD is not common but it does occur. When it does, the outcome is often traumatic. Thousands of lawsuits are being filed nationwide against Bayer Healthcare, the maker of the Mirena IUD, for not disclosing the dangers of complications resulting from the use of the Mirena IUD. These include migration of the device into the abdominal cavity, ectopic pregnancy and pseudotumor cerebri, a condition which mimics a brain tumor. Test cases are being heard in both federal and state courts early this year.
An attorney specializing in defective drugs and medical devices should be contacted in the following cases related to the insertion of the Mirena IUD:
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Perforation of the uterus
- Migration of the device
- Required surgical removal of the device
- Pelvic Inflammatory disease
- Pseudotumor cerebri
Lawsuits are being handled at this time on an individual basis. There has been no class action filed with the courts to date. If you have suffered due to the use of the Mirena IUD you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, loss of income and pain and suffering.
Dolman Law Group is currently seeking women who are interested in joining thousands of others in litigation against the pharmaceutical giant Bayer Healthcare. If you have suffered due to the use of the Mirena IUD, contact an defective drug attorney at Dolman Law Group for a free evaluation of your case.
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