Morgan Gaynor | December 30, 2020 | Product Liability
Manufactured by pharmaceutical giant Bayer, Mirena is a hormonal intrauterine device, also known as an IUD, that is prescribed to women who have heavy periods or who are looking for a long-term form of birth control. The T-shaped device is implanted into the woman’s uterus where it secretes a synthetic hormone, levonorgestrel, that can prevent pregnancy for up to five years.
While Bayer and the doctors who prescribe Mirena claim it is safe, there are a number of risks women who use Mirena face.
Some of those risks include:
- IUD Movement: the IUD can actually become displaced reducing its effectiveness and potentially puncturing or harming your uterus or other internal organs.
- General Ineffectiveness: It has been found that around 1% of women who have an IUD like Mirena can still become pregnant.
- Mirena Crash: A significant number of women have reported what has come to be known as the Mirena Crash after having the IUD removed.
Of all three of these issues, the Mirena Crash can be especially troubling given how common it is and how severe it can be. Read on to learn more about the symptoms of the Mirena Crash and what you can do if you experience a severe case after having your IUD removed.
Symptoms of the Mirena Crash
When a woman has an IUD implanted in her uterus, the introduction of the synthetic hormone can cause the body to stop producing the natural version of that hormone on its own. After the IUD is removed, it can take a significant period of time for the body to restart hormone production, resulting in a hormonal imbalance.
This imbalance can last anywhere from a few days to several months or longer. During that time, women have reported experiencing what has come to be known as the Mirena Crash.
Common symptoms of the Mirena Crash include:
- Extreme, debilitating emotional mood swings
- Vomiting, nausea, and a general lethargy
- Breast tenderness
- Painful sex and an overall decrease in sex drive
- Relational difficulties
- Suicidal thoughts
While not all of these symptoms are life-threatening, all of them are painful and the anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts brought on by the Mirena Crash are a particular cause for concern. If you have recently removed an IUD and are dealing with any of the above symptoms, it is important you reach out to your physician as soon as possible.
Unfortunately, many doctors have denied the existence of the Mirena Crash and often choose to recite what Bayer has told them. In extreme cases or if symptoms persist, you may also want to consider taking legal action against Bayer, your physician, or both.
Other Complications Associated with Mirena
As noted above, Mirena is not 100 percent effective. Women who have become pregnant while having an IUD in their uterus are at a greater risk of having an ectopic pregnancy. There are also threats to the baby such as miscarriage and birth defects. If you do become pregnant, it is advised you remove the IUD as soon as possible to reduce the risk of any further complications.
What You Should Do if You Have Experienced the Mirena Crash
Know that you are not alone. Countless women have endured the Mirena Crash. Also know that even if your case is not life-threatening, your pain is real. For that reason, it might be a wise course of action to contact a qualified personal injury lawyer who has experience handling claims involving defective medical devices like the Mirena IUD.
A good lawyer will be able to examine your case and help you determine whether or not there is the possibility of legal action. If your case has caused you to incur significant medical costs, miss work, or endure pain and suffering, there is the potential you could be eligible to recover damages.
Your experience has no doubt been traumatic. Let a skilled personal injury lawyer take up your cause and help you get the compensation you deserve.