Two Canadian doctors were ordered to pay a patient $60,000 after discovering the intrauterine device (IUD) they thought they removed 20 years after the procedure. Chrystal Tupper had a procedure done in 1986 to remove the birth control device, and after neither doctor found the device, they assumed the other had already removed it.
Tupper said she suffered pain and discomfort for an unknown reason for years before another doctor had discovered in 2006 that the device had migrated. Device migration is one of the more severe IUD side effects.
Birth control devices such as the Mirena IUD have been found to cause severe side effects since their introduction into the market. More than 70,000 Mirena complaints have been filed with the Food and Drug Administration. IUD complications include pain, bleeding, tissue damage due to device migration and ectopic pregnancy.