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Paragard IUD Lawsuit

Paragard IUD lawsuits have been filed over complications of the birth control device, including:

  • Death
  • IUD breakage upon removal
  • Perforation of the uterus
  • Movement of the IUD known as IUD migration
  • IUD embedding into uterus
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Infection or abscess
  • Scarring or damage to other organs
  • Hysterectomy
  • Inflammation caused by copper in the body

Over 37,000 complications of Paragard IUD, including 15 deaths, have been reported to the FDA. Paragard is a tiny T-shaped plastic device wrapped with copper inserted into a woman’s uterus to prevent pregnancy. A nurse or doctor can insert this IUD during an office visit where it can remain in the body for up to 10 years. Copper wire coiled around the T-shaped plastic prevents pregnancy by stopping the sperm from reaching and fertilizing the egg.

Cases have been consolidated before Judge Leigh Martin May in Paragard IUD MDL .There are no trials to date due to the global pandemic.

History and Complications of Paragard IUD

If you’ve been hurt by a Paragard IUD, you may have a claim and be eligible for financial compensation for your injury. Call our experienced attorneys at 800-814-4540 or email carolyn@carolynstclair.com

In 1984, Paragard IUD was approved by the FDA for insertion in women with at least one child and in a stable, mutually monogamous relationship.

In 2005, the FDA expanded its approval for women age 16 and older in all stages of reproductive life.

Over 15,0000 cases reported to the FDA are considered  to be of a serious nature. The device can migrate and pierce the uterine wall resulting in death, device expulsion, dislocation, uterine disorder, pelvic pain, device breakage, vaginal hemorrhage, menorrhagia (severe blood loss), ovarian cysts, uterine rupture.

In 2019, over 7000 cases were reported, the highest of any year.

While you’re using ParaGard IUD, contact your health care provider immediately if you have:
  • Signs or symptoms of pregnancy
  • Unusually heavy vaginal bleeding
  • Foul vaginal discharge
  • Worsening pelvic pain
  • Severe abdominal pain or tenderness
  • Unexplained fever
  • Possible exposure to an STI

If your symptoms are life threatening, call 911 or go to the emergency room immediately.

Contact an Experienced Medical Legal Attorney 

If you or a loved one has used a Paragard IUD and experienced any of the complications, please contact our attorneys for a free case evaluation. Time is of the essence as clinics destroy medical records after a certain time and legal claims have statutes of limitations in each state.

When medical device manufacturers fail to warn women of the risks associated with products like the Paragard IUD, and those women are injured, the manufacturer can be held responsible. Teva and CooperSurgical are the makers of Paragard.

If you or a loved one has been hurt from a Paragard IUD, please call 1-800-814-4540 to speak confidentially to one of our attorneys. You may also chat on our website or fill out our contact form. You may be eligible for financial compensation and we want to help you.

What Compensation Will I Receive?

With a valid claim, damages may include lost wages, medical costs, physical disability, pain and suffering, loss of consortium and enjoyment of life.

FAQs – Specific to IUDs

What Is An IUD?

An IUD is a tiny device that’s inserted deep into the uterus to prevent pregnancy. It’s long-term, reversible, and one of the most effective birth control methods out there.  However, there are serious complications and risks with IUDs.

What does IUD stand for?

IUD stands for Intrauterine Device (basically: a device inside the uterus). It’s a small piece of flexible plastic shaped like a T. Sometimes it’s called an IUC — intrauterine contraception.

What are the types of IUDs?

There are 5 different brands of IUDs that are FDA approved for use in the United States: Paragard, Mirena, Kyleena, Liletta, and Skyla.

These IUDs are divided into 2 types: copper IUDs (Paragard) and hormonal IUDs (Mirena, Kyleena, Liletta, and Skyla).

The Paragard IUD doesn’t have hormones. It’s wrapped in a tiny bit of copper, and it claims to protect ladies from pregnancy for up to 12 years.

The Mirena, Kyleena, Liletta, and Skyla IUDs use the hormone progestin to prevent pregnancy. Progestin is very similar to the hormone progesterone that our bodies make naturally. Mirena works for up to 7 years. Kyleena works for up to 5 years. Liletta works for up to 7 years. Skyla works for up to 3 years.

How do IUDs work?

Both copper IUDs and hormonal IUDs prevent pregnancy by changing the way sperm cells move so they can’t get to an egg. If sperm can’t make it to an egg, pregnancy can’t happen.

The Paragard IUD uses copper to prevent pregnancy. Sperm doesn’t like copper, so the Paragard IUD makes it almost impossible for sperm to get to that egg.

The hormones in the Mirena, Kyleena, Liletta, and Skyla IUDs prevent pregnancy in two ways: 1) they thicken the mucus that lives on the cervix, which blocks and traps the sperm, and 2) the hormones also sometimes stop eggs from leaving the ovaries (called ovulation), which means there’s no egg for a sperm to fertilize. No egg, no pregnancy.

How are IUDs inserted? 

The nurse or doctor will place both legs in the stirrups on the table, then insert a speculum into the vagina.  Then, a special inserter containing the IUD will be placed through the vagina, into the opening of the cervix and into the uterus. The process usually takes less than fifteen minutes.

Contact Us for a Free Consultation

If you or a loved one has been hurt from a Paragard IUD, please call 1-800-814-4540 to speak confidentially to one of our attorneys. You may also chat on our website or fill out our contact form. You may be eligible for financial compensation and we want to help you.

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