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Serious Risks Associated with Copper IUDs

Class Action Litigation Over Paragard IUDs

The Paragard Intrauterine Device (IUD) was designed to be implanted inside a woman’s uterus to prevent pregnancy. The device is T-shaped, made from flexible plastic, and is wrapped up in copper wire. The device’s marketing claims a 90 percent effective rate in preventing pregnancy with a lifespan of up to ten years.

Serious complications and injuries have been linked with the Paragard IUD. Some of the more common side effects following insertion may include:
  • Severe menstrual pain
  • Back pain, stomach pain, cramps
  • Spotting or bleeding between periods
  • Longer and heavier menstrual periods

These devices can also cause an infection within the uterus called pelvic inflammatory disease, most often within the first 20 days after insertion. The disease is treatable with antibiotics but may result in other types of threatening conditions like chronic pelvic pain, ectopic pregnancy, infertility, or even death in some cases.

Women who use copper intrauterine devices such as Paragard are much more likely to experience the device being expelled compared to other kinds of IUDs. Partial or full expulsion may require surgery to remove the device, which would render the birth control device ineffective.

Some of the other dangers that are associated with removing the Paragard include the following:
  • Potential uterus removal or hysterectomy
  • Scarring inside of the uterus
  • Injury and inflammation from copper left inside the body
  • Device breaking during surgery
  • Migration or movement of the device, which leads to organ damage
  • Perforated uterine wall
  • Device embedded inside the uterus
Unfortunately, medcial devices can sometimes be unsafe which sometimes leads to class action lawsuits against the manufacturers.  At Rusty Messer & Associates, we handle class action prescription drug and medical device cases in conjunction with other law firms that specialize in this type of complex litigation. 

 

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