Organ perforation is a rare but serious side effect of the Mirena intrauterine contraceptive device (IUD). This side effect can occur if Mirena perforates the uterus, migrates into the abdomen, and causes damage to the intestines. Intestinal perforations can be life-threatening. Many women require surgery to remove Mirena and cure complications of intestinal damage.
What is Mirena?
Mirena is a contraceptive implant called an IUD (intra-uterine device) which was created by Bayer. Once Mirena is implanted in a woman’s uterus, it releases the hormone levonorgestrel, which reduces the risk of fertilization and pregnancy by thickening cervical mucous and thinning the lining of the uterus. Mirena is very effective at preventing pregnancy — more than 99% of women do not get pregnant while they have Mirena implanted, for up to five years.
Mirena and Organ Perforation
Organ perforation is a potential complication of the Mirena IUD. It can occur if Mirena perforates the uterus and migrates into the abdominal cavity. In about 15% of cases where Mirena migrates into the abdomen, it causes a complication such as hemorrhage, tissue damage, adhesions, scarring, intestinal obstruction, or organ perforations.
Mirena and Intestinal Perforation
An intestinal perforation is a life-threatening medical emergency that occurs when there is a hole in the intestines. A perforation may allow the contents of the intestines to leak into the abdominal cavity, which can cause a serious infection called peritonitis. Abscesses may form in the intestines. Infection can also cause sepsis, which is an infection in the entire body. Treatment of an intestinal perforation usually involves surgery.
Symptoms of an intestinal perforation:
- Blood in stool
- Changes in bowel habits
- Severe abdominal pain
Case Studies of Mirena and Organ Perforation
This study, published in December 2010, describes the case report of a woman who suffered an intestinal perforation due to an IUD:
- According to the case report, 42-year-old woman reported vague lower abdominal pain for the last three months. She had an IUD implanted five years earlier. An abdominal X-ray revealed that the IUD had penetrated into her descending colon. Surgeons tried to remove it via colonoscopy, but failed, and had to remove it surgically.
Mirena Side Effects
If your Mirena IUD perforated your uterus, migrated into your abdomen, and caused organ damage or an intestinal perforation, you may be entitled to compensation if you file a Mirena lawsuit. Contact a lawyer at The Clark Firm, LLP today for more information.
Serious side effects of Mirena include:
- Organ damage
- Uterine perforation
- Migration of Mirena into the abdominal cavity
- Intestinal perforations and obstructions
- Pelvic or abdominal pain
- Need for surgery to remove Mirena
- And more