Birth Control Drug & Product Recalls and Lawsuits

When you or a loved one is injured by someone else’s negligence, you deserve compensation to get on the path to restoring financial, physical, and emotional well-being.

The Mirena intrauterine device, or IUD, is a birth control device that releases small amounts of the hormone progestin after being placed in the uterus. Bayer, the maker of Mirena, has aggressively marketed its product as both a perfect birth control option for active women and also an anti-menstruation device.

Millions of women have been implanted with a Mirena IUD. However, it has recently become clear that the Mirena IUD can be dangerous to women, with serious, potentially devastating side effects.

If you’ve been hurt by your Mirena IUD, the defective products lawyers at McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, P.A., can help you pursue justice for your injuries. Consultations are free, and you can call us toll-free at 888-353-5513.

The Side Effects of the Mirena IUD

Since the FDA approved the Mirena in 2000, Bayer has been beset by lawsuits from personal injury lawyers representing women who have been hurt by their Mirena IUDs.

Side effects of the Mirena IUD can include:

  • Uterine bleeding
  • Cramping
  • Uterine perforations
  • Cervical perforation
  • Missed periods
  • Embedding in the uterine wall
  • Severe pain

In particularly difficult cases, women have had to undergo surgery to get their dangerous Mirena IUDs removed.

Mirena IUD Extra-Uterine Migration Cases

Mirena is an IUD (intra-uterine device) that was approved by the FDA in 2000. Manufactured by Bayer, Mirena is intended to prevent unwanted pregnancies for up to five years following implantation. To date, more than two million women have received Mirena IUDs.

Mirena is shaped like a T with two “strings” that hang outside of the uterus. These strings serve the dual purpose of helping ensure proper placement and, when it’s time, device removal. Migration occurs when the IUD slips out of its ideal placement. Often “lost strings” is the first warning sign of migration. Sadly, once Mirena IUD migrates, it can lead to serious and life-threatening complications such as uterine perforation and migration into the abdominal cavity.

If you or someone you love is suffering the consequences of Mirena IUD migration, you need an aggressive injury lawyer on your side. The Mirena lawyers at McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, P.A., have years of experience handling dangerous drug lawsuits and can take swift action to ensure you are provided with the compensation you deserve.

Bayer failed to properly advise consumers of the potential dangers of Mirena, making them liable for any damages that this device causes. However, as with all defective product lawsuits, only an attorney with sufficient experience can hold this powerful corporation accountable and ensure you are provided the full compensation you are due.

The Mirena injury attorneys at our firm are prepared to take your case as far as necessary to help ensure you are provided everything thing you need to recover from the damages this product has caused.

If you or a loved one has sustained an injury from Mirena IUD, please contact McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, P.A., to schedule a free case evaluation today. Our injury attorneys serve victims of dangerous and defective medical devices in Camden, Columbia, Lexington, Sumter, Orangeburg, Aiken, Newberry, and surrounding areas of South Carolina.


In the past, when women decided they would rather not have children, the only permanent solution was tubal ligation surgery. The Essure birth control device was designed as a permanent birth control solution that doesn’t require invasive surgical procedures. However, a significant number of patients using the device have experienced severe product defects that have affected their quality of life.

If you or a loved one have experienced any negative life-changing symptoms after having an Essure permanent birth control device placed inside them, you may be able to sue the manufacturers of the device. Contact the defective product attorneys at McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates at (888) 353-5513 for a free case review.

Procedure and Side Effects

Essure birth control devices are inserted into the fallopian tubes with a catheter, in a 10-minute procedure that does not require general anesthetic or surgery. The device is similar in shape to a conical spring, and blocks the passage of ova through the fallopian tubes.

Soon after the device was introduced, women who underwent the procedure began complaining of serious side effects. These included:

  • Chronic pain
  • Bleeding
  • Bloating
  • Punctured organs
  • Fainting
  • Weight gain
  • Symptoms of autoimmune disease
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Suicidal thoughts

Additionally, over 600 women have reported getting pregnant after the device was inserted, and Essure devices have been linked to several reported deaths. Recent studies from the British Medical Journal have found that Essure devices are no more effective than surgery, but are ten times more likely to require a secondary procedure. The FDA recently chose to review the device’s safety as reports of harmful side effects grew.


NuvaRing is a popular and effective form of birth control that has recently come under intense scrutiny. Many deaths and serious illnesses have been associated with this dangerous drug. The serious side effects of NuvaRing are caused by the combination of hormones that make the drug effective. The hormones in NuvaRing are estrogen, desogestrel, and progestin.

NuvaRing is available by prescription and is a flexible ring made out of plastic. It releases estrogen and progestin over the course of three weeks. The ring is removed for seven days and then a new ring is inserted.

Using NuvaRing properly will help prevent pregnancy, but may also cause the onset of many side effects. NuvaRing contains desogestrel that makes NuvaRing a third-generation contraceptive. Contraceptives that contain desogestrel may increase the risk of blood clots by up to 2.4 times the risk of second-generation contraceptives.

NuvaRing Side Effects

  1. Blood clots in the lungs and legs
  2. Pulmonary embolism
  3. Vein thrombosis
  4. Stroke
  5. Heart attacks
  6. Dizziness
  7. Changes in appetite
  8. Changes in weight
  9. Headaches
  10. Hair loss
  11. Nervousness
  12. Vaginal spotting or breakthrough bleeding

The side effects of NuvaRing can cause serious and permanent damage to organs or result in amputation of limbs or even death. Side effects may cause the patient to lose time at work and suffer high medical bills or long periods of rehabilitation.

Defendants in the NuvaRing Lawsuit

NuvaRing was originally manufactured by Organon in the Netherlands and was distributed in the United States by Organon USA. Organon was then bought by Schering-Plough that then was acquired by Merck. Because the company’s name has changed several times, the following defendants have been named in the lawsuit:

  1. Organon Biosciences, NV
  2. Organon USA, Inc.
  3. Organon Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc.
  4. Organon International, Inc.
  5. Akzo Nobel NV
  6. Schering-Plough Corp.

Lawyers in the NuvaRing lawsuit charge the defendants with concealing information about the risks and side effects of NuvaRing and with not properly disclosing information about the injuries and illnesses possibly associated with the drug.