Mirena is an intrauterine device used as a form of birth control and is typically implanted for a five year period. Bayer, the manufacturer of Mirena, marketed it as birth control that freed women from worrying about pregnancy for years allowing for more intimacy with their partners. What Bayer failed to mention was the very serious side effects of Mirena.
Mirena has been known to migrate once placed into a woman’s body. As a result of the migration it can puncture internal organs and become embedded in the uterus. This can cause serious injuries including infertility, permanent organ damage and need for emergency surgery to remove the device.
Mirena has also been known to cause vision loss and blindness. These adverse effects are a result of the conditions pseudo tumor cerebri and idiopathic intracranial hypertension, which are caused by levonorgestrel, a hormone found in Mirena. If a woman develops one of these conditions, often it is necessary to perform a spinal tap to relieve the pressure causing the vision loss. If the fluid continues to build up over time, it may be necessary to surgically place a shunt to drain cerebrospinal fluid to relieve the pressure and stop further vision loss.
If you or a loved one used Mirena and developed any of these conditions, you may be entitled to compensation. Please contact our office for a full review of your potential claim.