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Paragard IUD Lawsuit

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IUDs are some of the most effective contraceptive devices on the market. Paragard is no exception. It is 99.9% effective in preventing pregnancy, and works for up to a decade. Despite its effectiveness and relative safety, some women have experienced dangerous side effects after getting Paragard. 

Many of these women are now considering filing Paragard IUD lawsuits against the maker of Paragard, Cooper Surgical. If you experienced some of the rare, yet serious side effects of Paragard, contact a member of our legal team today. You may be entitled to financial compensation. 

Paragard Side Effects

Most women who choose the Paragard IUD for contraception experience minimal side effects with the device. As with all drugs and medical devices, there are possible risks associated with Paragard.

Common side effects of Paragard include:

  • heavier and longer menstrual cycles
  • bleeding between periods
  • pain
  • cramps  

Serious Complications of Paragard

In rare cases, women have experienced serious side effects with Paragard. These potential side effects can be painful and even life-threatening. 

Paragard IUD
Perforation

Paragard has the potential to perforate the uterine wall. This can result in pain and may require surgery to correct. It also makes the device less effective and can result in unintended pregnancy. Perforation usually occurs during insertion and may not be detected right away. It can also occur if the device migrates. Women who are lactating are at increased risk for this potential complication. 

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

IUDs like Paragard are associated with an increased risk of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), a serious complication that can lead to death if not diagnosed and treated promptly. PID is an infection of the female reproductive organs. It can have serious consequences if not treated, including damage to the fallopian tubes leading to ectopic pregnancy or infertility, hysterectomy, sepsis, and even death. 

Symptoms of PID include: 

  • Lower abdominal or pelvic pain
  • Odorous discharge
  • Unexplained bleeding
  • Fever
  • Genital lesions or sores
Expulsion

There is a risk that Paragard may be expelled from the uterus, which makes the IUD less effective and could result in unintended pregnancy. A healthcare provider may need to take x-rays if Paragard is no longer found in the uterus. The IUD must be removed if expulsion occurs. 

About Paragard

Paragard was one of the earliest intrauterine devices (IUD) used for contraception introduced to the market in the United States. It earned US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval in 1984 and was sponsored, at the time, by the Population Council, a nonprofit headquartered in New York City that conducts research to address critical health and development issues for the world’s most vulnerable populations.

Paragard IUD Lawsuit

Paragard is still the only copper IUD on the US market. It is a small, T-shaped device that is inserted into the uterus by a healthcare provider to protect against pregnancy for up to 10 years. It is a non-hormonal device, unlike other IUDs like Mirena. Instead of hormones, Paragard contains a copper coil that interferes with the movement of sperm and prevents sperm from reaching an egg. No fertilized egg means no pregnancy. 

Paragard Lawsuits

Schmidt National Law Group is researching possible lawsuits against Cooper Surgical over the potential risks of the Paragard IUD. If you got the Paragard IUD and experienced serious side effects, such as expulsion, perforation, or pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), give us a call today to speak with a member of our legal team. We will go over your potential case and help answer your questions. Call 800-631-5656 now.

Sources

Paragard initial approval letter
FDA, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Accessed Nov. 21, 2019: https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/nda/pre96/018680_original_approval.pdf
Paragard label
Accessed Nov. 21, 2019: https://hcp.paragard.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2018/09/ParaGard-PI.pdf
Population Council
Accessed Nov. 21, 2019: https://www.popcouncil.org/about