Hormone-free intrauterine devices (IUDs) like Paragard are a popular alternative to traditional hormonal birth control methods. However, these medical devices have also been linked to adverse side effects and complications. For instance, Paragard must be implanted and removed by a medical professional and pieces of the device can break off or fracture after the device is implanted or during the removal process, which can be painful and dangerous and may require additional surgery or possibly even a hysterectomy. Women have also reported problems stemming from the body’s reaction to the copper in the birth control device and problems with the IUD itself that may result in devastating injuries. Dozens of Paragard IUD lawsuits currently pending against Teva and Cooper allege that the companies failed to warn about the possibility of the copper birth control product causing serious complications requiring removal of the device and/or fracturing or breaking during removal. If you or someone you love has suffered a serious injury that you believe is related to a Paragard copper IUD, you may be eligible for a Paragard IUD injury lawsuit. Contact our consumer advocates at the Consumer Justice Foundation today to explore your possible compensation options.
July 2014 – A report submitted to the FDA’s Medical Product Safety Network describes a patient who went to a clinic to seek removal of her Paragard IUD, which had been in place for 6.5 years. When the device was removed, it was missing both arms. A sonogram showed that both arms were embedded in the uterine tissue and a hysteroscopy was required to remove the broken fragments.
July 2014 – A hospital reports four cases where Paragard IUD devices fractured during removal. According to the FDA report, three of the four devices were well under their expected lifespan. The report also notes that “Hospital’s incidents represent a large increase in reporting for this device.”
January 2015 – A woman has her Paragard IUD removed due to cramping. Upon removal, it is discovered that both of the implant’s arms are missing.
January 2015 – A Paragard IUD removed from a patient’s body has the copper coils intact on the arms of the IUD, but the copper coil is missing from the IUD stem.
February 2015 – A report submitted to the FDA’s Medical Product Safety Network details a case in which a Paragard IUD removed from a patient’s uterus after 8.5 years is missing the copper coil from the stem of the device.
July 2019 – The FDA sends a cease-and-desist letter to CooperSurgical, a unit of Cooper Companies, regarding a Paragard IUD television ad, which the agency says “makes false or misleading representations about the risks associated with ParaGard.”
September 2020 – According to the FDA’s Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS) database, there have been a total of 37,389 adverse events reported in connection with the Paragard IUD, including 15,754 “serious” cases and 15 deaths.
February 2006 – A randomized controlled trial published in the journal Human Reproduction indicates that about 10% to 13% of IUD users will have their IUD removed because of bleeding during the first year of use.
February 2007 – A review of published articles comparing IUD performance among parous women (women who have given birth) versus nulliparous women (women who have never given birth) using copper IUDs finds that nulliparous women had higher rates of expulsion and removals due to pain and bleeding.
May 2010 – The journal Contraception publishes a study concluding that “Side effects from the copper IUD can be troubling for both user and clinician. Some problems improve over time while others do not.”
August 2014 – Users of hormonal and non-hormonal contraceptive methods, including copper IUDs, gained a significant amount of weight over a treatment period of up to ten years in a study published in The European Journal of Contraception & Reproductive Health Care.
October 2015 – A review published in the Open Journal of Clinical & Medical Case Reports indicates that while “the safe and effective use of IUD contraception has been demonstrated in the United States, the possibility of its breakage should be recognized by clinicians.”
March 2017 – The American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology publishes a study comparing the Paragard IUD and Mirena IUD, an intrauterine device containing the hormone levonorgestrel. According to the study findings, 10.2% of women using Paragard experienced expulsion (migration of the IUD to another part of the body or total expulsion from the body), compared to 4.9% of Mirena users. The researchers also note that during the first year of use, 1.6% of Paragard users became pregnant, compared to 0.1% of Mirena users.
June 2017 – In a randomized study comparing the Paragard IUD to VeraCept, a new copper IUD currently being studied in the U.S., researchers found that VeraCept provided a similar level of contraceptive efficacy compared to Paragard but with less pain at insertion, fewer IUD expulsions and increased total continuation.
October 2020 – Research published in the Journal of Health Sciences and Medicine suggests that women using a copper IUD like Paragard may face an increased risk of pelvic inflammatory disease.
More than 200 million women worldwide use the Paragard copper IUD. Unfortunately, the increase in the number of women choosing IUDs over other methods of birth control has resulted in a surge of reports of unexpected complications and side effects associated with the IUD devices. When choosing the method of birth control that works best for them, women rely on drug and device manufacturers to provide safe and effective products and to be forthright about the potential risks of their products. However, thousands of patients and medical professionals nationwide have reported severe side effects allegedly caused by Paragard IUD, including at least 15 deaths. Paragard IUD lawsuits against Teva and Cooper allege the following:
For more than 30 years, Paragard IUD has been used by women across the country who have been made to believe that the device is safer and more effective than other IUDs and hormonal birth control methods. Unfortunately, many women implanted with the Paragard IUD are unaware of the potential side effects of the birth control device, which have not been properly disclosed to the public or the medical community. If you or a member of your family experienced complications allegedly caused by the defective design or manufacturing of the Paragard IUD, you may have grounds to file a product liability lawsuit against Teva and Cooper Companies, seeking financial compensation for chronic pain, medical bills, lost wages, emotional trauma, loss of reproductive health, loss of enjoyment of life and other damages. Our consumer advocates at the Consumer Justice Foundation are committed to protecting the rights of consumers harmed by defective medical products and we can help put you in touch with an experienced Paragard IUD injury attorney who can review your case and determine whether you may be eligible for compensation.