Despite Growing Litigation of Mirena Lawsuit Claims, Study Finds Most Women Stick with IUDs
Even as Mirena lawsuit claims filed on behalf of women who were allegedly injured by the IUD continue to mount in courts around the country, a new study has found that the majority of women who try a long-term method of birth control, such as an IUD, generally stick with it. Among other things, the study, which appears in Obstetrics and Gynecology, found that only 7% of women implanted with a Levonorgestrel IUD like Mirena sought to have the device removed within six months of its initial implantation.
The research looked at 9,256 women using contraceptives, including 6,167 who were using an IUD. The IUD with the highest discontinuation rate was Paragard, followed by Mirena, while a device called Implanon had the lowest rate of discontinuation. The most common reason women gave for discontinuing their IUD use was irregular or frequent bleeding.
Mirena IUD Lawsuits Allege Complications Leading to Device Removal
The study did not note how many women might have undergone Mirena removal due to serious complications associated with spontaneous migration of the device. Those alleged injuries, including uterine perforations, uterine embedment, infections, scarring and organ damage, have prompted hundreds of women to file Mirena IUD lawsuits in courts around the country.
According to court documents filed in a multidistrict litigation underway in New Jersey’s Bergen County Superior Court, at least 300 claims have been filed in that proceeding on behalf of alleged victims of Mirena complications. An additional 267 Mirena lawsuits are pending in a federal multidistrict litigation underway in U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York.
All of these lawsuits similarly allege that Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals failed to provide adequate warnings about the potential for the IUD to migrate from its proper position in the uterus following correct placement by a doctor.
Women who suffered Mirena complications that may be related to spontaneous migration of the device could be entitled to compensation for medical bills and other damages related to their injury.