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What are the Risks of Mirena IUD Uterine Perforation?

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Although Bayer Healthcare has suggested that the risk of the Mirena IUD perforating the uterus is mainly an issue during insertion, many women have had these injuries develop long after the implanted birth control was put in place.

As a result of the manufacturer’s failure to adequately warn about the risk of uterine perforation with Mirena IUD, thousands of women have filed lawsuits alleging that they suffered severe injury and complications that may have been avoided with earlier detection.

Lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are no longer accepting new cases for Mirena IUD perforation injuries. This page is maintained for informational purposes only.

Mirena IUD Uterine Perforation Risk

The Mirena Intra-Uterine Device (IUD), which is also commonly referred to as Mirena IUS (Intra-Uterine System), is a T-shaped form of birth control that is implanted into the uterus during a doctor’s office visit to prevent pregnancy.

The polyethylene frame contains a steroid reservoir that releases levonorgestrel as a contraceptive and the IUD is designed to remain in place for up to five years.

During insertion of Mirena IUD, the risk of perforation is largely determined by the skill of the physician, with most estimates suggesting that the IUD perforates the uterus in about 1 out of every 1,000 insertions. However, a number of women have experienced problems where the Mirena IUD perforated the uterus months or even years after it was put in place.

Uterine perforation is probably the most serious complication associated with Mirena IUD, which can result in severe pain, debilitating injury and long-term health problems.

If Mirena IUD perforates the uterus it may move out of place and cause damage to internal organs. In many cases it is necessary for the woman to undergo surgery to remove the IUD.

Perforations may be partial or complete. A partial Mirena IUD perforation occurs when only a portion of the device is stuck in the uterine wall. While this can carry substantial risk of infection and other complications with removal, the most serious injuries occur with complete perforation of the Mirena IUD, where the device completely passes into the peritoneal cavity.

A good portion of IUD uterine perforations affect pelvic and abdominal organs in the surrounding area, with intestinal damage one of the most common injuries. The Mirena IUD may also perforate or obstruct the large and small bowel.

Find Out If Compensation for a Mirena IUD Injury

Prompt diagnosis of Mirena IUD perforation is important to reduce the risk of severe complications and long-term injury that may result. According to allegations raised in many Mirena injury lawsuits filed in courts throughout the country, Bayer Healthcare’s failure to adequately warn about the risk of perforations that may develop months or even years later not only prevented women from making an informed decision about whether to have the IUD implanted but delayed the diagnosis of the Mirena problems.

Early symptoms of Mirena IUD perforation may include:

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Heavy Bleeding
  • Nausea, Vomiting, Fever
  • Missing Mirena IUD Strings

If the Mirena IUD has perforated the uterus or migrated out of place, financial compensation was pursued by women nationwide through a product liability lawsuits. However, the Mirena IUD injury lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are no longer accepting new cases. This page is maintained for informational purposes only.

Austin Kirk

Last Updated February 7, 2013
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  • Brittney says:

    I have gone to my doctors 2 time to have my iud removed and the first time was I was told that my strings are gone and they will have to try a different way by taking meds and them numbing my cervic.I went in yesterday and had that done and they tryed getting it out for over 25 mins the wrost pain in my life to just be told I have to have surgery to have it removed. They state it has not moves but that it might have attached itself to my uterus. I need legal advice….

    Posted on October 16, 2013 at 3:48 pm

  • Amber says:

    Hello, I had the Mirena put in 2011. Not even two weeks after I noticed abdominal Pain, Heavy Bleeding, Nausea, Vomiting, & Fever. I was fed up with the device after six months. The doctor asked me to stick it out another few months and the symptoms may get better. I set up another visit because the pain was not tolerable just to find out what was going in to see doctors and the lady’s said they couldn’t find my string. Three appointments later and different doctors digging inside me for a half hour each visit the doctor on McGuire AFB sent me off base to an on doctor due to a Missing Mirena IUD Strings. After the Ob at the next clinic had the midwife dig inside me for a half hour & couldn’t find anything the Ob doctor tried himself then finally got an ultra sound and found it. They had me come in six weeks or so after that appointment for surgery. I have been bleeding with sever cramps ever since. I would not recommend this to anyone. I believe I’ve suffered enough from this device.

    Posted on February 9, 2014 at 7:17 am

  • Tiffany says:

    My iud is embedded in my uturus I will have to have it taken out possible from hysterectomy. So, cheers to me medicare does not cover the removal or hysterectomy. I have MS is I get a infection it could cause me to get real sick

    Posted on October 26, 2015 at 3:08 pm

  • Catherine says:

    I have had the mirena in since 2013. I am suffering from major depression still and have been resistant to treatment. I am wondering if this is because of the mirena. I have not had it checked. I have been having the same headache for about 5 months now. And have experienced some strange bleeding and severe abdominal pain.

    Posted on February 13, 2016 at 11:53 pm

  • Nic says:

    I had a Mirena placed 5 years ago. I have my yearly OB visits and was always told that the strings are visible and device is still in place. I had no pain or bleeding, but when I went into my OB last week to get it removed after 15 minutes and 3 health care providers and an Ultra Sound I was told that the IUD is stuck in my uterus. I now have bleeding, and is now have a schedule surgery to have this device removed. 🙁

    Posted on July 20, 2016 at 4:44 pm

  • Jessica says:

    I had Mirena put in this November to help me with horrible menstrual issues and birth control as well. At my 30 day follow up appointment after a month of constant cramps and spotting I asked them to just remove it. When the midwife tried to remove it she couldn’t because the strings had disappeared, ultra sound showed it was implanted in my uterus and i was told it would need to be surgically removed. Had it taken out via D&C under anistesia 2 days before Christmas. I would never suggest anyone do this nor would I have had I known my result would be this.

    Posted on December 27, 2016 at 8:53 pm

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