Hundreds of women have filed lawsuits alleging injuries caused by Paragard IUD (intrauterine device). If you are currently using Paragard, here are the answers to some questions you might have regarding the safety of the device:
What are the side effects of Paragard?
Some of the most severe side effects associated with Paragard use include ectopic pregnancy, sepsis, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), embedment, perforation of the uterine wall, and full or partial expulsion of the IUD. Paragard can lead to a number of minor and more serious side effects, including:
- Extended menstrual flow
- Menstrual spotting
- Pain and cramps
Can Paragard Cause copper toxicity?
Some in the medical community believe that the levels of copper contained in Paragard are not sufficient to cause toxicity; however, it could worsen a rare condition called Wilson’s disease, which affects copper elimination from the body. Copper toxicity, though rare, can occur in other situations unrelated to the Paragard IUD.
What are the risk factors for complications with Paragard use?
Although many women will not have problems with Paragard, those with certain conditions may be more at risk for developing serious complications. These conditions include:
- Blood clots in deep veins or lungs
- PID in the last year
- Diabetes or severe anemia
- Issues with blood that doesn’t clot
- Two or more sexually-transmitted diseases within the past two years.
- Ovarian cancer
- History of tubal infection
- Uncontrolled cervical or vaginal infection
- Uterus position far forward or backward in the pelvis
- History of infertility
Those who use Paragard are also at a higher risk for sexually transmitted infections at the time of IUD insertion.
I was injured by Paragard: What to do next
If your injury is related to your use of the Paragard IUD, you should speak to a personal injury attorney experienced with medical device litigation and consider filing a lawsuit to recover monetary damages. Dozens of Paragard lawsuits have been consolidated and are currently pending in multidistrict litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.
Childers, Schlueter & Smith can look at the details of your potential claim, free of charge. Give us a call today to discuss your potential case at 404-419-9500