By Susan Barfield /
August 3, 2023

What you need to know about Paragard IUD

What is a ParaGard IUD?

Paragard IUD is an intrauterine device (IUD) that was designed to provide long-term birth control for up to 12 years. Paragard IUD is unique among IUDs as it does not use artificial hormones, but instead uses copper which creates an inflammatory reaction in the uterus acting as a spermicide, helping to prevent fertilization of the egg. Paragard is manufactured by Teva Pharmaceuticals and was approved for use by the FDA in 1984. Doctors insert the device through the cervical opening in a process that typically takes only a few minutes during an office visit.

Severe Complications Linked to Paragard

Due to defective design, the arms of the T-shaped Paragard IUD can break off and migrate inside the uterus causing severe damage to organs and internal tissue. Many women have experienced device arm breakage during the removal process which creates medical complications and can result in a second, more painful and complicated removal procedure. In the most severe cases, a hysterectomy may be required.

Although Paragard is highly effective at preventing pregnancy, if pregnancy does occur, the patient faces an increased risk of ectopic pregnancy. An ectopic pregnancy has serious complications for both the fetus and the mother and must be treated immediately. Ectopic pregnancy is the leading cause of maternal death in the early stages of pregnancy.

According to FDA reports Paragard is linked to complications and injuries that include the following:

  • IUD device embedded in the uterus
  • Migration or arm breakage of the device causing perforation and tissue damage
  • Breakage during removal procedure so parts of the device are left behind
  • Inflammation from copper residue
  • Uterine and organ damage
  • Infection
  • Scaring
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Complications with sexual activity and reproduction after removal

Allegations Against Teva Pharmaceuticals

Numerous lawsuits have already been filed against Paragard manufacturer, Teva Pharmaceuticals, claiming Teva failed to warn patients about significant risks and potential complications leaving women vulnerable and their doctors uninformed.

You May Have a Claim Against Teva Pharma

If you have suffered injured related to Paragard IUD, you may qualify to join a mass action lawsuit that has been filed against Teva Pharmaceuticals. Case Works is not a law firm, but we work with some of the best attorneys in the nation and can get you connected with one of them to evaluate your case. Click the link below to get in touch with us.