Lawsuits are being filed in Canada and the U.S. against the maker of an increasingly popular contraceptive, alleging that women haven’t been properly warned about rare but potentially serious risks associated with the intrauterine device.
This outlines exactly why I’m so passionate about family planning. Bayer keeps getting in trouble for not putting on the packaging that these very rare side effects like the IUD moving or adhesions occurring are possible. In my opinion a lot of the fault is on improper training of doctors as well as just doctors not having enough time to fully prepare patients and take the time they need. If doctors were more educated on various forms of contraception and kept their knowledge up to date, if they could sit down and have an in-depth conversation with patients about their options and the possible side effects and explain everything, and if doctors were trained better on IUD insertion and took their time to get it placed correctly and scheduled a follow up appointment and expressed the importance of a follow up appointment to make sure it is in correctly these things wouldn’t happen. I really see a need for trained family planning counselors who make this their only priority