What is the Mirena Crash and How is it Affecting Women?
Attorney Brian White | April 28, 2020 | product defects
Mirena is a form of birth control. It is an intrauterine device (IUD) that uses hormones to prevent pregnancy. Mirena must be inserted into the uterus by a physician.
Hormonal IUDs are effective in preventing pregnancy. However, IUDs have risks. Numerous lawsuits have been filed against Bayer, the manufacture of Mirena, claiming that the device has caused injuries and damages.
The Mirena Crash is one of the most recent adverse reactions to the IUD being reported by numerous women. The condition can be debilitating for some women. Even though Bayer and some physicians ignore the symptoms of Mirena Crash, women continue to report experiencing the adverse effects for months after the IUD is removed.
How Does the Mirena Crash Happen?
The Mirena Crash is the term used to describe the adverse effects many women experience when they have the IUD removed.
When a doctor removes the IUD, the women’s body must begin producing progesterone again. Because the woman’s body had become dependent on the IUD’s release of the synthetic hormone levonorgestrel, her body may take some time to begin producing progesterone again. The result is a hormonal imbalance.
The hormonal imbalance disrupts the body’s normal functions, which cause a variety of symptoms. These symptoms can range from mild to severe, depending on the woman. The Mirena Crash can last from a few days to several months.
What are the Symptoms of the Mirena Crash?
For some women, the symptoms of Mirena Crash can interfere with their daily activities. When symptoms are severe or persistent, a woman may be unable to work. The symptoms of Mirena Crash include neurological, physical, and psychological side effects.
Some of the common symptoms reported by women who experience Mirena Crash include:
- Fatigue or lethargy
- Vomiting, nausea, and stomach pain
- Depression, anxiety, mood swings, irritability, suicidal thoughts, and lack of interest in usual activities
- Difficulty maintaining work performance or personal relationships because of emotional side effects
- Breast tenderness
- Painful sex and decreased sex drive
- Unexplained weight gain
- Hair loss
In many cases, the side effects of Mirena Crash subside when the body corrects the hormonal balance by producing progesterone. Until that occurs, some women use over-the-counter medications to treat side effects. It can also be helpful to get plenty of rest, remain active, eat a healthy diet, and maintain relationships with family and friends.
Other Complications and Adverse Conditions Caused by Mirena
For many years, women claimed in lawsuits against Bayer that Mirena has caused severe harm and damages. There are many known risks associated with Mirena.
Warnings to patients include risk of:
- Ectopic pregnancy;
- Intrauterine pregnancy;
- PID (Pelvic Inflammatory Disease);
- Irregular bleeding;
- Ovarian cysts;
- Breast cancer; and,
The FDA has received 102,199 reports of adverse events involving Mirena since 2000, including 146 cases involving death and 43,479 cases labeled as serious events.
Even though Bayer shares the above risks with patients, that fact does not relieve the company from all liability for injury claims. Medical device lawyers have helped thousands of women file product liability lawsuits against Bayer for negligence and wrongdoing that caused the women great pain, harm, and damages.
Mirena Lawsuits Against Bayer
Many of the lawsuits allege that the UID perforated the uterus and migrated to other areas of the body. The UID damaged organs and caused life-threatening conditions. The lawsuits against Bayer allege that the company has produced, marketed, and sold a dangerous medical device.
Additionally, the lawsuits allege that Bayer used deceptive advertising to conceal the risks associated with the IUD while exaggerating the effectiveness and safety of Mirena. In some cases, medical providers are named in Mirena lawsuits if the providers share in the liability for the harm because providers failed in their duty of care owed to the patient.
What Should You do if a Mirena IUD Caused Your Injury?
If you have suffered harm after the use of Mirena, including experiencing the Mirena Crash after removal of the IUD, you should consult with a Mirena attorney. These cases are very complicated. It can be challenging to determine who is responsible for the harm you suffered.
Talk to your doctor about your treatment options and what you need to do to protect your health. Make sure that your doctor documents the problems caused by the Mirena device. If your doctor denies that you are suffering from Mirena Crash or complications from the use of Mirena, seek a second opinion if you need immediate care.
Your attorney can provide additional guidance and support as you begin the process of holding Bayer responsible for the injuries, pain, and suffering you have endured because of a defective medical product.