Paragard Lawsuit Signed Cases
Paragard is an intrauterine device (IUD) that’s designed and sold as a long-term birth control device. It’s a T-shaped plastic frame that’s inserted into the patient’s uterus. Copper wire on the outside of the device creates an inflammatory reaction toxic to sperm and eggs, preventing pregnancy. For many women, it’s also caused injuries and subsequent surgeries because the Paragard broke up and or moved within the body.
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The Paragard IUD, unlike many other IUDs, works without the use of hormones. Premenopausal women of all ages use it. Its copper causes a chemical reaction in a woman’s body that usually prevents fertilization and pregnancies for up to ten years. But the device can also cause severe problems for the user.
It was introduced to the US market in 1988 by GynoPharma. FEI Women’s Health obtained the rights to make and sell it in 2004. That company was bought by Barr Pharmaceuticals. Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. acquired Barr in 2008, and in 2017 it sold the rights to the product to CooperSurgical for $1.1 billion, according to Bloomberg.
Paragard meant to prevent pregnancies for up to ten years
The advertised benefits of the device include:
- There’s no need to interrupt sex for contraception
- It may stay in place for up to 10 years
- It supposedly could be removed at any time
- It can be used while breast-feeding
- Its side effects don’t include as blood clots, which may impact users of hormonal birth control
- It could be used for emergency contraception if inserted within five days after unprotected sex
Paragard use is discouraged in women who have:
- An abnormal uterine, such as having large fibroids that may make its placement or retention more difficult
- A pelvic infection
- Uterine or cervical cancer
- Unexplained vaginal bleeding
- An allergy to any of its components
- A disorder causing too much copper to accumulate in her liver, brain and other vital organs (Wilson’s disease)
Paragard problems and threats to the user’s health
It’s estimated less than 1 percent of Paragard users will get pregnant during its first year of typical use. Those who do get pregnant run a high risk of an ectopic pregnancy. Side effects include bleeding between periods, cramps, severe menstrual pain, and heavy bleeding. Paragard could be expelled from the uterus without being felt by the user.
It can be inserted during a normal menstrual cycle. The procedure is typically done in a medical office, where it’s also normally removed.
Recent lawsuits and studies claim that Paragard, especially the 380 models, can cause severe complications and injuries. It can move through the body and become lodged or embedded in different organs, including the uterus. This can make the Paragard IUD irretrievable, leading to invasive surgeries, including a hysterectomy.
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