Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C. | August 12, 2020 | Products Liability
Millions of women rely on birth control methods for family planning. There are several types of birth control available in the United States, including intrauterine devices (IUDs). A popular IUD used by many women is the Mirena IUD.
However, the Mirena IUD has been linked to a serious side effect known as the Mirena Crash. The company and even some physicians attempt to downplay the effects of the Mirena Crash. However, for women who suffer from this side effect, the Mirena Crash is real and can cause debilitating conditions.
What is an Intrauterine Device?
Intrauterine devices or IUDs are inserted into a woman’s uterus to prevent birth control. They are small plastic devices that resemble the letter “T” with two small strings. A physician inserts the IUD into the woman’s uterus during an outpatient procedure in the physician’s office.
IUDs are long-term, reversible methods of birth control. They are one of the most effective forms of birth control currently available. There are several types of IUDs approved for use in the U.S., including copper IUDs and hormonal IUDs.
Mirena IUDs are hormonal IUDs. The device releases hormones to aid in making the device more effective as a birth control option.
What is the Mirena Crash?
The Mirena Crash is the name given to the group of symptoms some women experience after the Mirena IUD is removed. Women have reported a variety of symptoms that range from mild to debilitating. The symptoms may last a few weeks to several months or longer.
Some of the Mirena Crash symptoms reported by women include:
- Vomiting or nausea
- Hair loss
- Painful intercourse
- Unexplained weight gain
- Breast tenderness
- Decreased sex drive
- Lack of interest in normal activities
- Depression, anxiety, mood swings, irritability, or suicidal thoughts
- Difficulty maintaining relationships because of emotional side effects
- Stomach pain
The women who suffer severe symptoms of the Mirena Crash may miss time from work and have difficulty performing activities of daily living. If you experience any adverse symptoms after the removal of a Mirena IUD, see your doctor immediately. Your doctor can diagnose any problems and help you develop a treatment plan to deal with the side effects of the Mirena Crash.
What Causes the Mirena Crash?
The Mirena IUD releases a synthetic hormone (levonorgestrel) when it is in place. After the IUD is removed, it forces the body to begin production of the hormone progesterone again. However, it could take some time for the body to respond and begin producing adequate levels of progesterone.
The sudden changes in hormones could be a factor in causing symptoms related to the Mirena Crash. If the body is slow in resuming the production of progesterone, the resulting hormonal balance could also be a factor. Hormonal imbalances can result in numerous side effects and symptoms that can last for a long while.
Mirena IUDs Subject to Numerous Lawsuits
The Mirena IUD has been associated with numerous adverse reactions and side effects. Numerous lawsuits have been against Bayer, Mirena’s manufacturer. The lawsuits claim that women have suffered injuries, damages, and losses from the use of the Mirena IUD.
Some of the risks and side effects associated with the Mirena IUD include, but might not be limited to:
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Irregular bleeding
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
- Intrauterine pregnancy
- Breast cancer
- Ovarian cysts
Companies are required to provide adequate warnings of potential risks and side effects of using a drug or medical device. However, providing warnings does not absolve a company from all liability for injuries caused by a medical device. If a woman is injured or harmed from the use of the Mirena IUD, she may be entitled to compensation for her damages.
Filing a Lawsuit for Mirena Crash or Other Mirena IUD Injuries
If you have developed symptoms of the Mirena Crash or developed other conditions after using the Mirena IUD, you can talk to a product liability lawyer or defective medical device attorney about your options for seeking compensation for your injuries and damages. Depending on the facts of your case, you could be entitled to compensation for your:
- Medical expenses and costs
- Lost income, wages, and benefits
- Emotional distress, including depression, anxiety, and PTSD
- Mental anguish
- Physical pain and suffering
- Permanent impairments
However, the time to file a Mirena claim is limited. It would be best if you acted quickly to protect your legal rights. Most Mirena attorneys offer free consultations so that you can get the information you need to help you decide what you should do to protect your right to fair compensation.