Did My Mirena IUD Cause Bacterial Vaginosis?

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is an unpleasant condition caused by an imbalance of good and bad bacteria in the vagina. Symptoms may include itching, burning, abnormal whitish or grayish discharge, an unpleasant odor and pain during or after sex. Bacterial vaginosis can be caused from new or multiple sex partners, douching, antibiotics and insertion of an intrauterine device and more. Although bacterial vaginosis is not usually considered a sexually transmitted disease it doubles the risk of developing one.

Bacterial vaginosis is often treated as a yeast infection with limited positive results. Antibiotics have worked in many cases but that does not prevent the disease from recurring in the future. One in every three women may develop BV at least once in their lives. It is the leading cause for women to seek medical care for feminine issues.

Since the FDA approved the use of the Mirena IUD in 2000 as a contraceptive device, there have been increasing numbers of complaints by women who developed severe signs of bacterial vaginosis. It was in 2012, when a study [1] was published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, that showed the BV rate was 37% for IUD users compared to 19.8 percent for women using other birth control methods; almost double the risk.

When a foreign object is implanted into the body, the body tries to expel the object by producing good bacteria. This excess bacteria turns bad after a period of time. Many women who had the Mirena IUD inserted have developed bacterial vaginosis months or even years later. Many doctors did not see a connection between BV and the Mirena and treated the symptoms without eliminating the cause. After long suffering, thousands of women had the device removed and the symptoms disappeared shortly after.

Other Serious Complications

Bacteria vaginosis is just one of the detrimental effects associated with the use of the Mirena IUD. Lawsuits have been filed by thousands of women across the US against Bayer Healthcare, the maker of the Mirena because of Bayer’s negligence to properly warn the public and medical providers against the possible side effects of the device:

These side effects include:

  • Migration of the device outside of the uterus
  • Perforation of internal organs after the migration of the device
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Abnormal Bleeding
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
  • Pseudotumor Cerebri

Any woman who has suffered from any of the detrimental effects of the Mirena IUD may be entitled to compensation in a lawsuit against Bayer Pharmaceuticals for pain and suffering, medical bills, and lost income. Many lawsuits have been grouped together in both State and Federal courts to test the waters for future cases. If you suffered from the insertion or required surgery to have the Mirena removed you must act quickly to file your case as the statutes of limitation apply, which vary widely from state to state.

Dolman Law Group

Dolman Law Group is a defective medical device law firm who is representing women is litigation concerning the Mirena IUD. If you would like a free, confidential consultation with a defective device lawyer, reach out to Dolman Law Group today. Please do not wait as the window to file is closing quickly. Call us today at (727) 853-6275.

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[1] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22337109