Ohio mom Melinda Nichols wanted to try a new form of birth control in 2007, so she opted to get an intrauterine device (IUD.)
She didn’t realize it’d stay with her for the next decade.
A few weeks after undergoing the insertion procedure, the mom returned for a checkup. That’s when the doctor said they couldn’t find the semi-permanent birth control.
Nichols told the New York Post her doctor simply said, “It fell out.”
The mom insisted that she didn’t see the IUD leave her body and was told it could have been easy to miss.
She opted to go with another method of birth control and carried on with her life. But Nichols said she always noticed something off:
“I would get this weird pain in my side.You don’t go to the doctor just because you have a weird pain every once in a while.”
In November, the 40-year-old mom injured her back at work and went to the doctor to get an x-ray. They informed her that her IUD had, in fact, not fallen out at all.
Instead, it was now located in her abdomen.
It’s been in me 11 years. The doctors told me it fell out
Doctors told Nichols that the IUD had punctured her cervix and migrated, which can happen if the doctor inserting it is inexperienced.
It is extremely rare and occurs in “1–2 per 1,000 IUD insertions,” according to the Comprehensive Women’s Health Center.
Nichols was amazed the birth control device had been in her body for so long. She said:
“I had no clue. It was in me for almost 11 years.”
Now, she’s warning others to ask questions if they may doubt what their doctor is saying. Nichols said:
“Make sure that if you have something like this that you check it. If they say it fell out, you make sure they know it fell out!”
She has since had the IUD removed via surgery.