Hormonal coils are a highly effective form of contraceptive used by many women in the UK, but what are the risks and what can you do if you think you have been injured by a hormonal coil?
What is the Intrauterine System (IUS)?
The Intrauterine System (also known as a hormonal coil) is a T-shaped contraceptive device, which is inserted into the uterus. Once inserted, the device releases a progestogen hormone into the womb. This is similar to the natural hormone progesterone that's produced in a woman's ovaries, which thickens the mucus from the cervix and makes it harder for sperm to reach the egg.
Well-known brands of IUS include Mirena and Jaydess.
Hormonal coils are often used by those women who are unable to use combined contraception, including the pill.
Hormonal Coil Injuries
The risks of fitting an IUS are rare but include damage to the womb, pelvic infections and rejection of the IUS. Information on the risks should be provided to you by your GP prior to any procedure taking place.
Unfortunately, we have seen many cases of women who have suffered injuries related to insertion of a hormonal coil. These have included instances of damage to the womb and heavy bleeding caused by perforating the cervix and pelvic infections. Pelvic infections are known to occur in the first 20 days after the insertion of a hormonal coil.
It can sometimes take up to six months after a hormonal coil has been fitted for the complications to materialise.
An internal examination should be recommended to ensure there are no existing infections prior to a hormonal coil being inserted.
In more extreme cases of medical negligence, the disinfectant has been incorrectly place inside a patients’ vagina when the procedure took place.
What Can You do if You Think You Have Been Injured by a Hormonal Coil?
The first step is to seek medical attention urgently.
You should seek medical attention from your GP or medical clinic if, following the insertion of an IUS, you:
- suffer pain in your lower abdomen
- experience a high temperature
- experience strong-smelling discharge
If you continue to suffer with symptoms relating to a hormonal coil injury, or any other injury may have been the result of poor care provided to you by your doctor then you may wish to explore the possibility of pursuing a claim for clinical negligence.
Ian Cohen is practice group leader and a medical negligence lawyer at Slater and Gordon in Liverpool.
Manpreet Singh is a clinical negligence solicitor in the London offices of Slater and Gordon.
The clinical negligence solicitors at Slater and Gordon specialise in claims against the NHS, GPs, private doctors and hospitals arising out of medical negligence.
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