Women who use the copper IUD ParaGard for birth control may be at risk of serious and potentially deadly side effects. These complications can occur either while the device is being used, or if the IUD breaks into pieces while it is being removed from the body.
Dozens of lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturers of ParaGard by women who experienced serious or permanent side effects from the copper IUD. If you or a loved one were injured after using the ParaGard IUD, you may be eligible to take legal action and receive compensation for your injuries and medical costs.
➢ What is ParaGard?
ParaGard (known officially as Paragard T 380 A) is an intrauterine device (IUD) that is designed to prevent pregnancy for up to 10 years after it is inserted. Like other brands of IUDs, ParaGard is a T-shaped plastic device that is inserted into the uterus by a health care professional.
After 10 years, or when a woman wishes to become pregnant, ParaGard is removed by gently pulling on a monofilament string attached to the device with forceps. The T-shaped arms of the device are supposed to fold upwards as it is removed, causing minimal side effects.
Unlike other IUDs, which contain the hormone progestin, ParaGard uses copper wires that are coiled around the device to prevent pregnancy. These copper wires produce an inflammatory reaction that is toxic to both sperm and eggs, which is 99% effective at stopping fertilization.
ParaGard was originally manufactured by Teva Pharmaceuticals. It is the only copper IUD approved by the FDA in the United States.
➢ Serious Side Effects Linked to ParaGard
Thousands of women who were implanted with ParaGard have experienced serious and potentially deadly side effects caused by the copper IUD.
In some cases, pieces of the device can break off, either when the device is being removed, or while it is still in use. When this occurs, doctors may be forced to perform a hysteroscopy or other invasive surgery in order to retrieve the broken pieces and prevent additional injuries.
For some patients, doctors may be unable to locate and retrieve the broken pieces of the copper IUD. When this occurs, these broken pieces can become embedded in the walls of the uterus or travel to other areas of the body. This can cause serious and potentially fatal side effects, including:
- Severe pain
- Organ perforation
- Other organ damage
Patients who experience severe damage to their uterus caused by broken pieces of the copper IUD may be forced to undergo a hysterectomy (surgery to remove the uterus).
The FDA has received more than 40,000 reports of patients with complications caused by ParaGard, including more than 15,000 cases involving serious complications and at least 15 deaths.
➢ Other Complications from Copper IUDs
Even in cases where ParaGard does not break, the device can still cause serious side effects. Some of the other complications associated with the copper IUD include:
- Migration of the IUD inside the body
- Ectopic pregnancy
- IUD embedded in the uterus
- Inflammation from copper absorbed by the body
- Perforation of the cervix or uterine wall
Many women who use ParaGard for birth control have also reported milder side effects associated with the copper IUD, including:
- Heavy bleeding
- Severe menstrual pain
- Bleeding between their periods
➢ Dozens of ParaGard Copper IUD Lawsuits Have Been Filed
Dozens of women who have experienced severe side effects after being implanted with ParaGard have filed lawsuits against Teva and CooperSurgical, a division of the Cooper Companies, which purchased ParaGard in 2017.
These lawsuits have alleged that ParaGard was defectively designed or defectively manufactured, and that Teva and CooperSurgical were negligent for failing to properly warn doctors and patients about the risk of severe side effects associated with the copper IUD.
In December 2020, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation consolidated more than two dozen of these lawsuits in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the Northern District of Georgia. Unlike a class action lawsuit, all of the claims involved in the Georgia MDL will remain as separate lawsuits. The MDL process helps to streamline the litigation process for plaintiffs in order to speed up settlement negotiations.
All of the lawsuits that were consolidated in the Georgia MDL involved similar allegations against Teva: that ParaGard had a tendency to break when it was being removed, leading to infertility or other serious and painful injuries, which may require surgery to remove broken pieces of the device or repair injuries caused by the copper IUD.
➢ Free Legal Consultation for Women with ParaGard
If you or a loved one were implanted with the ParaGard copper IUD and have experienced complications from the device, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit and receive compensation for your injuries, medical bills, lost wages, and other costs. The first step in taking legal action is to speak with an experienced birth control and product liability attorney to learn more about whether you qualify to file a case.
The attorneys at the law firm of Hissey, Mulderig & Friend have decades of collective experience in lawsuits involving defective birth control products. Our lawyers have represented women in lawsuits involving birth control products such as the Ortho Evra patch, Mirena IUDs, and Yaz and Yasmin birth control pills, as well as numerous other product liability cases.
For a free legal consultation about your case and to find out whether you may qualify to file a lawsuit, contact the law firm of Hissey, Mulderig & Friend by giving us a call toll-free at 1-866-806-8117. If you prefer, you can also contact our office by filling out the free case evaluation form located on the right side of this page.
After we receive your information, a member of our staff will contact you in order to obtain additional information and to schedule your free consultation with an attorney.