IUD Causing Harm?
IUD causing Harm? Women using intrauterine devices (IUDs) may be at increased risk for producing autoantibodies related to the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to research published in 2014.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disease that causes pain, stiffness, swelling and limitation in the motion and function of multiple joints. Though joints are the principal body parts affected by RA, inflammation can develop in other organs as well. The researchers found that women who were currently using an IUD had a statistically significantly increased risk for anti-CCP positivity.
Women are not warned of this when being offered IUDs. This needs to change. The narrative about medical devices for women and the complication rates needs to be addressed.
There needs to be a full discussion about the risks and complications of medical devices for women to make an informed choice. Almost all contraceptive choices are designed for women. They disrupt hormones and cause multiple side effects,
The T-shaped plastic frame that’s inserted into the uterus has a copper wire coiled around the device that produces an inflammatory reaction that is toxic to sperm and eggs (ova), preventing pregnancy. During insertion women may experience dizziness, fainting, nausea, low blood pressure or a slower than normal heart rate. The IUD can perforate the uterine wall or cervix.
It should not be used if you have uterine abnormalities — such as large fibroids, have had e a pelvic infection, such as pelvic inflammatory disease, in cases of uterine or cervical cancer, have unexplained vaginal bleeding or are allergic to allergic to any component such as copper or have a disorder that causes too much copper to accumulate in the liver, brain and other vital organs (Wilson’s disease).
Yet even with all these quite awful side effects women can still get pregnant with this device. If you do conceive you’re at high risk of an ectopic pregnancy — when the fertilized egg implants outside the uterus, usually in a fallopian tube.
It also causes bleeding between periods, cramps and severe menstrual pain and heavy bleeding.
We know that there is a link between inflammation and cancer of the womb or vagina and this device is specifically designed to create inflammation to prevent pregnancy. Research has so far concluded that IUD per se does not increase the risk of cancer.
Paragard isn’t the first IUD to make headlines for lawsuits. Thousands of women filed lawsuits against Bayer claiming the Mirena IUD migrated from the uterus and perforated organs. These women required surgery to treat complications. The drug company ended up paying $12.2 million to settle 4,600 claims.
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