An unidentified woman has been awarded more than £100,000 in medical negligence compensation, after her uterus was perforated by a poorly fitted contraceptive coil.
The case is one of many highlighted in a recent study conducted by the Medical Defence Union (MDU), which shows an increase in compensation claims brought by women against GP’s, after suffering complications following the insertion of an intrauterine device or IUD.
The Guardian newspaper is reporting that the union, which represents medical professionals accused of negligence, studied ninety eight claims involving the IUD device during the years 2002 to 2011.
Thirty nine of these were due to women suffering a uterine perforation, while a further sixteen were caused by GP’s failing to remove an IUD before inserting another.
Twelve of the cases resulted in unwanted pregnancies, while nine family doctors failed to realise the patient was already expecting, removing the IUD during pregnancy can increase the risk of miscarriage.
With a reported 127,000 women a year opting for this method of contraceptive, the number of claims made against GP’s is relatively small, however the MDU does plan to provide doctors with additional information on fitting IUD’s to help prevent further incidents.