Mirena and NuvaRing

The Mirena IUD and NuvaRing are both contraceptive devices that have put women at risk for serious medical complications and have also, in certain cases, caused fatalities. If you or a loved one suffered adverse side effects or a family member’s death is related to either of these products, get a legal opinion and find out whether you have grounds to pursue a lawsuit. At Theodoros & Rooth, P.C., our attorneys often handle these types of cases and work diligently to help you recover deserved compensation.

What is Mirena?

Mirena is a brand name for a T-shaped, plastic intrauterine device (IUD) produced by Bayer that women use as a contraceptive. In addition, Mirena releases a synthetic version of progestin into the uterus that prevents conception. The progestin-type hormone thins the uterine lining, which keeps sperm cells from being able to reach the eggs and fertilize them. It also thickens cervical mucus, which can stop sperm from entering the uterus. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Mirena as a contraceptive device for women who had at least one child and for women with excessive menstrual bleeding. Patients could use it for up to five years.

The problem with this device is that there are instances where after physicians inserted the Mirena IUDs, they migrated to other areas of the uterus or outside of the uterus, became embedded in the uterine walls or even perforated (punctured) the uterus. Complications that can arise from these problems include the following:

  • Infertility
  • Infection
  • Child birth defects
  • Intestinal wall obstruction or perforation
  • Bladder perforation
  • Vaginal or uterine wall perforation
  • Organ damage
  • Scarring
  • Death
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Irregular bleeding
  • Loss of menstrual periods

Surgery is often necessary to have the device removed if it becomes embedded or migrated. Surgery may also be required to repair organ damage.

NuvaRing and its potential side effects

NuvaRing is a contraceptive device that is vaginally inserted and contains a hormone dosage that prevents pregnancy. Women sometimes favor it over birth control pills because they insert it once a month and it purportedly has less adverse side affects than the pill.

The device has minor side effects that are annoying but treatable, such as headaches, vaginitis, vaginal discharge and nausea, to name a few. However, the main concern is the risk the device poses for developing blood clots. Blood clots can lead to strokes, heart attacks, deep vein blood clots, pulmonary embolisms (blood clots in the lungs that obstruct breathing) and also death. Deep vein thrombosis (blood clots in deep veins) often occur in the legs. Women have a tendency to develop these clots when inactive or sitting extensively. NuvaRing manufacturer Organon (a Dutch company that merged with Merck & Co.) marketed NuvaRing promoting its low risk. However, the estrogen and progesterone released into the bloodstream have led to serious problems. NuvaRing manufacturers failed to warn consumers and physicians and failed to realistically describe the life-threatening and actual adverse effects.

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