Women in West Virginia have a wide range of choices when it comes to methods of birth control. At no other time in human history have there been so many available options. Consumers place a great deal of trust in the manufacturers who research, develop and produce the products used for family planning needs. However, one recent report suggest that thousands of women may have suffered negative repercussions after using one popular form of birth control, leaving many to wonder if the product is a defective medical device.

The Mirena intrauterine device (IUD) is the birth control method of choice for many American women. The IUD is placed at the top of a woman’s uterine cavity, and can remain in place for as long as five years. Women who use the product are drawn to this choice in part because there is no advance planning required; once in place, the IUD is effective at preventing unwanted pregnancy until it is removed by a gynecologist.

However, there have been multiple complaints lodged against Bayer, the manufacturer behind Mirena. Since 2000, there have been close to 70,000 complaints made about the product. Since 2008, as many as 1,322 women have stated that they were subjected to uterine perforations caused by the device. There have been documented cases of the device piercing through the uterus and migrating to other areas of the abdomen. In some cases, surgery was required to remove the device.

No fewer than 50 lawsuits have been filed in federal court against Bayer in relation to problems brought on by use of the Mirena IUD. For women who are currently using Mirena for their birth control needs, it is important that they understand the risk that the device could perforate the uterus, leading to a wide range of complications. Women in West Virginia who have experienced pain, unwanted pregnancy or complications while using Mirena should make every effort to determine their rights under the law as they pertain to defective medical device litigation.

Source: kshb.com, “Thousands of women complain about dangerous complications from Mirena IUD birth control,” June 18, 2013