Several side effects may help clue women who receive a Mirena intrauterine device (IUD) to the device’s failure. The birth control device contains an artificial hormone, lasts up to 5 years after insertion and has been linked to several severe complications.
Early Mirena side effects reported by women include clumpy hair loss, weight gain, fatigue and painful intercourse. These and other side effects could indicate the device’s improper function or migration throughout the body, which can cause tissue damage, internal bleeding, severe discomfort and ectopic pregnancy.
More than 70,000 women have filed Mirena side effects complaints to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration documenting various Mirena complications. Manufacturer Bayer Pharmaceuticals is facing thousands of Mirena lawsuits alleging that the company failed to warn patients about the severe risks associated with the Mirena IUD.