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The Hidden Cost of Contraception: Unveiling the Truth Behind Paragard

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Paragard, one of the leading copper IUDs in the USA, has become a symbol of contraceptive freedom for many women. It offers a viable alternative to daily pills or invasive procedures because of its long-term efficacy and low maintenance. 

Yet, as technology progresses and consumer awareness grows, uncertainties surrounding the safety of IUDs keep surfacing. Concerns, including extended pain post-implantation, complications during removal, and heightened bleeding, are prompting inquiries into the well-being of women’s reproductive health.

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Whether you are exploring Paragard for the first time or have already used it, this blog post is for you. Join us as we highlight the issues behind the apparent convenience, revealing the diverse aspects of Paragard’s story.

Freedom from the Daily Grind: The Enduring Appeal of Paragard

Sold under the brand ParaGard by Teva Women’s Health Pharmaceuticals, the copper IUD gained FDA approval in 1984 and has been accessible in the United States since 1988.  As of now, 10.4% of women aged 15–49 are utilizing long-acting reversible contraception, such as intrauterine devices or contraceptive implants.

Unlike the recurring commitment required by oral contraceptives or the irreversible nature of sterilization, Paragard offers a unique appeal: long-lasting, low-maintenance prevention of undesired pregnancies. This unique mixture strikes a chord with American women, like you, who are looking for contraceptive measures that grant them empowerment and freedom.

The key strength of Paragard lies in its powerful efficacy. A one-time, in-office insertion provides up to 12 years of continuous protection with a 99.2% success rate during the first year and reaching an astounding level of 99.8% throughout its entire lifetime.

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This major difference from user-dependent methods such as pills and patches, which have higher failure rates, puts Paragard in a favorable position. In addition to providing reliable protection, it also frees you from the anxieties and risks that come with contraceptive lapses.

Beyond its efficacy, Paragard stands out for its minimal user responsibility. Once implanted, it eliminates the daily task of remembering and taking pills or the monthly ritual of ring insertion and extraction.

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Also, Paragard has been found to cause minimal hormonal issues. This appeals to women who are seeking contraception without potential side effects like mood swings, irregular weight changes, or breast softness.

It also offers future flexibility to accommodate a woman’s wish to bear kid(s). In contrast to permanent sterilization procedures, Paragard remains reversible.

If necessary, the device can be extracted, enabling women to restore their natural fertility and plan for pregnancy at their preferred time. This characteristic can be especially important for younger women who desire extended protection while keeping the door open for future motherhood.

Navigating the Complexities and Potential Downsides of Paragard

While Paragard has revolutionized the landscape of reproductive health for numerous women, its lure is by no means without a dark side.

Many women have claimed that the device has a design fault and that there have been instances of it breaking down during its extraction. If you or someone you’re acquainted with has experienced health issues due to using the Paragard IUD, you have the right to initiate a Paragard lawsuit.

These claims against a device that was FDA-approved and is widely available in the market demand transparent conversations and well-informed choices. This segment will shed light on three such concerns:

Copper Toxicity: A Double-Edged Sword?

The central issue with the use of this device is its copper composition. Copper repels sperm and its presence in the IUD creates a toxic environment where these cells cannot thrive. 

Multiple research studies have indicated that the copper from the IUD gets released as ions into the uterus. A theory suggests that during menstruation, these ions enter the bloodstream, a notion backed by the observation of allergic episodes coinciding with menstrual bleeding.

However, the incidence of severe allergies, due to the release of copper in the blood, has not been widely reported. More research is being carried out in this domain as only minimal evidence suggests negative health outcomes.

Even though the data is inconclusive, it is your discretion whether to use Paragard or not.  Moreover, you should be extremely careful and informed in your decision if you have pre-existing disorders.

For instance, if you are suffering from a genetic condition called Wilson’s disease, where your body is unable to flush out extra copper, you need to be extra cautious while using Paragard. 

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease: A Looming Threat?

Some studies suggest a possible link between Paragard and pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) that impacts reproductive organs. This domain is still under comprehensive research. However, it has been found that the overall risk of infection is reduced after the first three months. 

It is very important to remember that PID can also occur without the use of Paragard; here, the main cause of the disease is sexually transmitted infections.

Continuous communication with healthcare professionals regarding a sexual history along with keeping up regular gynecological examinations is essential to proactive risk reductions.

Device Migration: A Journey Unforeseen?

Women have been using Paragard for years now. So, it is known that the implant process is tried and tested and has a high success rate. 

But, there have been cases where the implanted device has moved. The chances of this happening are higher in the initial few months. An intrauterine device (IUD) might shift under the following circumstances:

  • You experience vigorous uterine contractions during your menstrual period.
  • Your uterine cavity is small.
  • Your uterus has a noticeable tilt.

As per TorHoerman Law, those impacted may have to undergo invasive procedures like hysteroscopy to remove the shattered fragments within the uterus. Additionally, there is a risk of these pieces migrating to other parts of the body.

It is crucial to discuss these risks with your healthcare provider before proceeding with the implant.

The Intangible Toll: Emotions and Finances

Although the physical risks posed by Paragard are severe, you cannot overlook the toll they can take on your mental health. Implanting a foreign medical device in your body is not child’s play. 

You are bound to be concerned about risks like copper toxicity or device migration. Imagine your mental ordeal if you start questioning every twinge, every ache, wondering if it’s just another harmless pain or something more.

Moreover, IUD implants are not always cost-effective. Even after getting the implant, you need to be ready for unforeseen medical costs. Complications or corrective surgeries can be expensive. Procedures like pelvic ultrasounds or even removal and reinsertion can affect your budget.

However, it’s important to note that you are not alone in this journey. Online forums like Scarleteen can be invaluable to put your mind at rest about your Paragard experience, both medically and emotionally.

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Krishna Mali
Krishna Mali
Founder, CEO & Group Editor of TechGraph.
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