If you had an ectopic pregnancy because Mirena spontaneously migrated out of position, perforated your uterus, and failed to protect you against pregnancy, you may be entitled to compensation if you file a lawsuit. Ectopic pregnancy is a life-threatening complication of Mirena. It may require surgery or cause permanent infertility.
Mirena and Ectopic Pregnancy
Mirena is a contraceptive device that is inserted directly into the uterus, where it prevents pregnancy for up to five years. Unfortunately, in rare cases, Mirena can migrate spontaneously, perforate the uterus, and fail to protect against pregnancy — including ectopic pregnancy. If the Mirena migrates outside the uterus may need to be surgically removed. If you have suffered this complication, you are not alone.
A Mirena IUD that has migrated outside the uterus may fail to protect a woman against pregnancy. If pregnancy occurs, there is a 50% chance the pregnancy will be ectopic (outside the uterus).
If pregnancy occurs while Mirena is implanted, Mirena should be removed. Removal of Mirena can result in loss of pregnancy. It be very difficult to remove Mirena if it has migrated, perforated the uterus, or become embedded in the uterus. In these cases, surgery may be necessary to remove Mirena.
What is an ectopic pregnancy?
An ectopic pregnancy is a pregnancy that occurs outside the uterus. The pregnancy is life-threatening for the mother, and the fetus cannot survive to birth. Normally in reproduction, the egg is produced by the ovaries, fertilized in the fallopian tubes, and implanted in the womb. Ectopic pregnancy occurs when the fertilized egg grows in the fallopian tubes (a “tubal pregnancy”) — or in rare cases, the cervix, ovary, or stomach area.
One serious complication is a rupture in the area where the ectopic pregnancy is occurring. If a rupture occurs, surgery is necessary to save the mother’s life. Rupture can lead to severe internal bleeding, organ damage, and shock.
About 1/3 of women who have an ectopic pregnancy are able to have a child later. However, in some cases, surgical treatment involves removing the fallopian tubes. Infertility is another very serious complication of ectopic pregnancy.
Side Effects of Mirena
Some of the most serious side effects associated with Mirena occur when the device spontaneously migrates, perforates the uterus, and requires surgical removal. If this happens, ectopic pregnancy can also occur. Bayer is facing lawsuits from dozens of women who have been injured by Mirena. If you have suffered this serious complication, you may qualify for a lawsuit.
Serious side effects of Mirena include:
- Migration of the device in the uterus
- Perforation of the uterus
- Perforation of the intestines
- Intestinal obstruction
- Abdominal pain
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
- Ectopic pregnancy
- And more