Intrauterine devices (IUD) used to prevent pregnancy have had a tragic history in the United States dating back to the 1970s. Defective models such as the “Shield” led to illness, ectopic pregnancy and even death in nearly 200,000 women since the birth control devices were introduced.
Today, birth control devices such as the Mirena IUD are among the more popular forms of birth control in the U.S. Despite their popularity, patients have still complained of side effects similar to those that surfaced in the ‘70s. Mirena IUD side effects include ectopic pregnancy, infertility, pelvic inflammatory disease, device migration and organ perforation.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has received tens of thousands of Mirena IUD complaints from women who suffered injuries from the birth control device. Bayer Pharmaceuticals, the device’s manufacturer, currently faces thousands of Mirena lawsuits alleging the IUD is defective.