Paragard Removal Lawyer in Houston, TX
If You Have Been Injured by a Paragard IUD, Our Attorneys May Be Able to Help You
Paragard is a popular intrauterine birth control device, or IUD. While the Paragard device has been successful for many women over time, in recent years, several users have detailed complications related to the product’s removal process. Recent reports indicate that the copper IUD may move or break after being implanted, potentially resulting in organ perforation requiring added surgery.
If you or someone you know has been injured while using this IUD, make sure to call a Paragard removal attorney in Houston. At Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs, our skilled legal team have been representing clients in product liability and dangerous drug lawsuits for years. Our skilled lawyers are committed to providing personalized legal representation, and working to achieve the ideal results in and out of the courtroom. Contact us today to schedule a consultation, and let our award-winning attorneys start fighting for you.
What to Know About the Paragard IUD
Paragard is manufactured by Teva Pharmaceuticals, who first got the drug approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) back in 1984. Like most IUDs, Paragard is designed to provide long-term contraception for women who, for one reason or another, do not want to take birth control pills. The Paragard device is made to look like a plastic T with copper wire around it. The device works by producing an inflammation in the uterus that blocks sperm and eggs, thus stopping any potential pregnancies. According to Paragard’s own claims, the product works for up to 10 years, is 99% effective, and is the only IUD that is entirely hormone-free.
Common side effects of using Paragard include a longer, heavier period with spotting in between flows. While this is supposed to stop after a woman uses Paragard for two to three months, patients are urged to contact their doctor if they continue to experience longer periods after this time.
While Paragard’s own website states that the product may be difficult to take out “because it is stuck in the uterus” and that “Surgery may sometimes be needed to remove Paragard,” more serious medical problems have become tied to the IUD in recent years. According to the FDA’s Medical Product Safety Network, one woman who had been using Paragard for eight-and-a-half years went to the doctor to have her IUD taken out, only to find that the copper coil around the base of the T-shaped device was missing. Other reports have indicated that if the device perforates the wall of the uterus, complications such as infection, scarring, or damage to other organs may occur, requiring surgery.
Removing the Paragard device is normally a simple procedure that requires no anesthesia. However, if this procedure is not done correctly, the patient’s uterus may be damaged, forcing them to go through surgery or even, under extreme circumstances, a total hysterectomy.
In the rare case that a pregnancy does occur while the Paragard IUD is in place, the woman will be at an increased risk for an ectopic pregnancy—i.e. a pregnancy that occurs outside the uterus. Ectopic pregnancies are medical emergencies that often require surgery, and in the worst instances, may cause internal bleeding, infertility, or even death.
The main list of Paragard-related injuries includes:
- Organ damage
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Puncturing of the uterus
- Device breakage leading to surgery
- Missing copper wire, leading to inflammation and injury
- Missing device
- The IUD becoming stuck
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