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More than 99% of women aged 15-44 who have ever had sexual intercourse have used at least one contraceptive method, according to The Guttmacher Institute.
A study conducted by Planned Parenthood found that IUD’s and implants now represent the third most commonly used category of reversible contraceptives among women 25-44, after the pill (19 percent) and condom (13 percent).
The Paragard IUD birth control device (T 380, T 380A, Tcu380A) is manufactured by Teva Pharmaceuticals. Approved by the FDA in 1984, Paragard is a medical product designed to provide long-term birth control, up to ten years, and is an alternative to the traditional method of birth control pills.
The non-hormonal, intra-uterine t-shaped device is made of a plastic base with a copper wire wrapped around it. Advertised as the only IUD without hormones, the manufacturer claims it is 99% effective at preventing pregnancy by producing an inflammatory reaction in the uterus which is toxic and interferes with sperm. The device must be implanted and removed by a doctor.
Birth control devices have been in the news more and more lately, and not for their remarkable effects. Instead, birth control devices are causing much more harm than good with the danger of increased risks. The Teva Paragard IUD is one of those devices causing damaging side effects.
There are two types of birth control devices currently on the market – copper and plastic devices.
Upon removal of the device, there are a number of issues that can occur that can seriously injure the woman which include fracture, break, or breaking during the removal process. During removal, pieces may break off or fracture, which will require additional surgery that is more extensive and painful. In extreme cases, a hysterectomy could be required because of the damage Paragard caused.
There are other complications that can occur, though. On the Paragard website, the manufacturers admit that the device may be difficult to remove because “it is stuck in the uterus” and surgery may be required for removal.
There are also reports of the device perforating the uterus, particularly after first receiving the device.
If a pregnancy does occur while the device is implanted, there is a risk of an ectopic pregnancy. According to the Mayo Clinic, “an ectopic pregnancy occurs when a fertilized egg implants and grows outside the main cavity of the uterus.” This type of pregnancy most often occurs in a fallopian tube, but cannot develop as normal. If left untreated, it can cause life-threatening bleeding in the mother. If you currently have the Paragard IUD and you believe you may be pregnant, it is important you immediately seek medical care.
When a manufacturer such as Teva Pharmaceuticals fails to warn women of the risks of a medical device, and those women suffer injuries, the manufacturer can be held responsible. At TorHoerman Law, our focus is to help those injured through no fault of their own – women like you deserve compensation for injuries suffered. Medical bills, pain and suffering, and even wages lost due to pain caused by the device should not be your burden.
Call our office today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation regarding IUD lawsuits. Our firm works on a contingency basis meaning you do not pay unless we win.
"Contraceptive Use in the United States." Guttmacher Institute, Guttmacher Center for Population Research Innovation and Dissemination, 26 July 2018, www.guttmacher.org/fact-sheet/contraceptive-use-united-states
Fernández, Carlos Manuel, et al. "The "Broken" IUD: Its Detection and Clinical Management." Semantic Scholar, Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, 1 Jan. 1970, www.semanticscholar.org/paper/The-%E2%80%9C-Broken-%E2%80%9D-IUD-%3A-Its-Detection-and-Clinical-Fern%C3%A1ndez-Cabiya/10d26552962cbc4a1362b3fe086e164524b3154e
Korber, Patricia E, and Bram H Goldstein. "The Management of a Patient with a Fragmented Intrauterine Device Embedded within the Cervical Canal." PubMed.gov, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Jan. 2019, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30138610
Nadgir, Anagha, et al. "Intrauterine Fragmentation of Gyne T380®: an Uncommon Complication." BMJ Sexual and Reproductive Health, British Medical Journal Publishing Group, 1 July 2004, srh.bmj.com/content/30/3/175
"New Study Finds Women's Health Providers Use IUDs More Than Any Other Method of Birth Control." Planned Parenthood, 23 Feb. 2015, www.plannedparenthood.org/about-us/newsroom/press-releases/new-study-finds-womens-health-providers-use-iuds-more-than-any-other-method-of-birth-control
Wilson, Susan, et al. "Controversies in Family Planning: How to Manage a Fractured IUD." PubMed.gov, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Nov. 2013, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24028753
Paragard is a copper IUD birth control designed to provide long-term birth control, but women have reported that when removed, parts of the device break causing extreme injury. In order to remove the broken parts, a more extensive, more painful removal process must be conducted.
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