Millions of women in Wichita, Kansas, and across the United States use some form of contraception or birth control to avoid pregnancy. According to a 2018 fact sheet released by sexual health research organization, The Guttmacher Institute, more than 99% of U.S. women of reproductive age (15-44) who are sexually active have used at least one contraceptive method. Additionally, they report that the intrauterine device (IUD) is the fourth most commonly used contraceptive method in the U.S. as of 2014.
A gynecologist inserts an IUD into the uterus where it releases synthetic hormones that thicken the mucus of the cervix to block sperm from reaching an egg. Additionally, the hormone thins the lining of the uterus, making it more difficult for a fertilized egg to implant itself there. IUDs are a popular contraception choice because they can be applied once every few years, they have no systemic metabolic side effects, and they require no additional preparation before intercourse.
While IUDs may seem like the ideal form of birth control, IUDs also come with some serious risks. In fact, complications due to the improper insertion of the Mirena IUD have resulted in the rise of medical malpractice cases associated with the device.
IUD medical malpractice can occur in many different ways. A gynecologist may fail to warn a patient about the potential dangers of the procedure. They may improperly insert the device. They may be unable to locate or remove the IUD. Or they insert a second IUD before the first is removed.
This kind of negligence can result in many painful, possibly life-altering maladies and injuries including:
- Ovarian cysts
- Severe internal bleeding
- Uterine perforation
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- Unwanted pregnancy
If you believe you’ve been the victim of IUD malpractice, contact Prochaska, Howell & Prochaska LLC to set up a consultation. Our experienced Wichita, Kansas, medical malpractice attorneys and dedicated staff will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.