A New York woman has brought a lawsuit against Bayer Pharmaceuticals, alleging that its Mirena intrauterine device (IUD) caused her ectopic pregnancy. The woman asked her doctor to implant the IUD in 2009. In 2011, she discovered that the IUD had migrated away from her uterus and toward the colon. Furthermore, the woman had become pregnant, and the fetus was developing outside of her uterus.
Surgeons had to remove the woman's IUD, ovary, fallopian tube and the fetus. The plaintiff now has permanent damage and faces thousands of dollars in medical bills.
She is not alone. Mirena has been shown to cause increased risk of ectopic pregnancy when compared with women taking other forms of birth control. Ectopic pregnancy occurs when the egg implants in the fallopian tube, cervix, ovaries or abdomen. Most ectopic pregnancies cause miscarriages and can lead to dangerous hemorrhaging.