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Can An IUD Break?

Modern technology has come a long way in helping to prevent pregnancies in women and couples that don’t necessarily want children just yet, or ever. The IUD has been in existence for decades, though not much is known about this birth control device and a common question that women find themselves asking is if an IUD can break, and if so, what happens to it?

IUDs have been known to break during the medical removal procedure. The brand Paragard has been under fire since 2021 for having over 3000 reports of broken IUDs during the removal process. If an IUD breaks while still inside the uterus, serious health risks can occur.

IUDs are designed to not break while inside your body, but out of the five IUD brands available, Paragard IUD has been known to break inside a woman’s uterus upon removal of the birth control device. IUDs have their advantages and their disadvantages; we’ll lay it all out for you right here so that you can see whether this is the right contraceptive method for you. Keep reading below to find out more.

What Exactly Is An IUD?

An IUD is an Intrauterine device (IUD) that is placed inside a woman’s uterus to prevent pregnancy. The device is a small t-shaped piece of plastic or copper and is typically the size of a quarter, as described by kidshealth.org, and is one of many available contraceptive methods for women.

The insertion procedure is handled by a medical professional (doctor, nurse, gynecologist, etc.) and is said to be an uncomfortable and sometimes painful procedure.

The insertion can have some minor side effects, but the long-term effects are, in short, designed to keep sperm cells away from your eggs so that you cannot fall pregnant.

While the IUD isn’t the most popular form of birth control it has become increasingly popular in the 21st century for some of its advantages over other forms of contraception:

  • Fewer than 1 out of 100 couples fall pregnant while using an IUD
  • IUDs are designed to last anywhere between 3 and 12 years
  • Hormonal IUDs can counteract the typical pains from period cramps and menstrual cycles
  • Both non-hormonal and hormonal devices are available
  • IUDs don’t affect your fertility chances so you can fall pregnant when you have it removed

Unfortunately, in recent years it has come to light that not all IUDs can be relied upon for their safety and there are some health risks involved with having an IUD inserted into your body.

Are there Health Risks Involved with a Broken IUD?

If you have recently found out that you have a broken IUD, you should know that there are health risks and side effects that come from an IUD breaking while still in your uterus.

If an IUD breaks while still inside the body, it is most likely that there will be broken pieces of the IUD left in your uterus. They can become extremely painful if embedded in the uterine wall and cause life-threatening infections.

While IUDs are designed so that they cannot break inside your body, news, and reports in 2021 came to light that over 3,200 women had reported breakages of their Paragard IUDs upon their removal process.

Unfortunately, 2000 of these women have suffered severe health consequences because of the breakage while still in their bodies.

Aside from Paragard, the other brands of IUD are:

  • Mirena
  • Kyleena
  • Liletta
  • Skyla

All brands of IUDs have side effects upon insertion, but the only brand known to break is the Paragard. Though reports have come from the break happening while being removed from the uterus, not beforehand.

If you have been using Paragard, keep reading on to Personal Injury Lawsuits for further details about your situation.

As well as breakages being a possible side effect of an IUD, multiple other disadvantages come with using an IUD as your choice of contraception.

Here are some cons of using an IUD:

  • It doesn’t hurt forever if inserted correctly, but the insertion process can be painful
  • IUDs don’t protect again sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
  • Hormonal IUDs like Mirena can cause excessive mood swings
  • Migraines, nausea, stomach pains
  • Pain during sex
  • Backaches and irregular periods are common
  • IUDs can become dislodged in the uterine wall or fall out which can cause unexpected pregnancies and
  • Ectopic pregnancy

Although not every story ends with the above side effects, many of them do and it’s essential for your health and your future to know what common side effects you too could suffer if choosing to use an IUD.

Your doctor should discuss all these medical diagnoses with you before going ahead with the procedure so that you can assess the cons for yourself. If you don’t feel comfortable with the above possible effects on your health, you should seek a second opinion and notify your doctor of your concerns.

If you have the IUD inserted and you experience any of the above abnormalities, seek your doctor’s advice right away. Don’t settle for a remark about “mood swings” and “it’s not the IUD it’s you” because it could be an underlying health issue caused by the IUD. 

Injuries from Broken IUDs

Although you don’t want to hear that a broken IUD can have serious side effects, women need to understand what sort of health injuries they’re risking when using an IUD and especially any injuries they can incur if their IUD is broken upon removal, with pieces left inside their uterus.

Here are the injuries that many women have sustained from having their Paragard IUD broken while still in their uterus:

  • Pelvic infection
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Regular vaginal bleeding between periods
  • Strange vaginal discharge
  • Acute and chronic lower abdominal pain
  • Organ perforation
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
  • Infertility

Most women take a form of birth control until they are ready to have a child, unfortunately in the case of a broken IUD while still in the uterus, some of the reported injuries were damage to the reproductive organs which in turn caused these women to become infertile.

This can be a traumatic loss for some women and couples if they were planning on starting a family eventually.

The damages are caused when the IUD breaks while still in the uterus and the doctors can’t effectively remove the IUD without the patient having to undergo a medical procedure. Medical procedures can be costly, and physically and emotionally painful.

Personal Injury IUD Lawsuits

The company responsible for the Paragard IUD breakage incidents, Teva Pharmaceuticals, had been aware of the flaw in their design since 2013 but failed to take responsibility or make any actions towards fixing the error.

When Teva did add a brief warning to their labeling for the Paragard IUD, they were already aware of at least 2,500 incidents of breakages. Because of Teva’s lack of duty of care to their consumers and their 6-year delay in responding to any breakage claims, women across the US are suing Teva Pharmaceuticals for “selling a defective and unsafe product and failing to warn users about its risks”.

If you or anyone you know has been using Paragard IUD as a means of contraception, I would highly recommend seeking medical advice on whether to continue using this brand or if you should switch to another, safer, means of birth control.

On another scale, if you or anyone you know has been using Paragard IUD and has had a similar incident with an IUD breakage that has caused you personal injury and harm, you can seek advice from a lawyer or attorney if you want to take the matter further. No one will judge you, and women will thank you.

There are multiple steps you can take if you want to pursue a personal injury claim against the pharmaceutical company Teva for providing an unsafe product that has caused you ill effect:

  1. Prove your claim with medical records
  2. If your Paragard IUD was inserted before 2019 it is likely the device never came with a warning label, if you have the packaging and labels, find them, and keep them
  3. Prove that you have suffered damages with medical records and bills and doctors’ statements
  4. Hire a lawyer to look at the evidence you have conjured and seek their advice to pursue your injury lawsuit

You can also seek advice from an attorney if you feel that the health professional who inserted your IUD did a poor job through negligence, the device was faulty, or your IUD has failed you in any way.

IUD Alert is a safe space for women to learn more about IUDs and read stories as well as share their own stories with their IUD experiences. You can also report any IUD problems you have experienced here too.

Conclusion

When a company markets something as completely safe, they have a duty to see that claim through. Unfortunately, regarding the Paragard IUD, this was not the case and common breakages upon removal of the birth control device have caused multiple women serious injuries that will take some time for them to recover from. Know your rights and seek help.

Although Paragard is under fire for its faulty contraception, other brands of IUD have not had any known reports of breakages while still inside the body. Before choosing your optimal means of birth control you should always do your research and seek medical advice.  

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