Is the Paragard IUD Safe?
In the wake of an FDA warning and the consolidation of Paragard lawsuits into multi-district litigation (MDL), many women and their doctors are asking, “Is the Paragard IUD safe?” Paragard — one of the nation’s most popular intrauterine birth control devices — may be dangerous, potentially causing serious injury when removed, or if it breaks inside the uterus.
In this article, we’ll detail safety concerns surrounding the Paragard copper IUD, and share what women affected can do to seek justice for Paragard injuries.
IMPORTANT: If you’ve been implanted with a Paragard IUD and suffered injury due to a broken Paragard or Paragard removal surgery, you may be entitled to compensation and we would love to help you seek justice if we can. Please call 1-800-525-7111 to speak with an experienced Paragard lawsuit lawyer concerning your potential claim.
What is a Paragard IUD?
Paragard is a brand of a copper intrauterine birth control device approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1984. It is the only non-hormonal IUD approved by the FDA in the United States.
The Paragard IUD is a T-shaped plastic device that is wrapped in a copper coil, which causes an inflammatory response in the uterus that is toxic to eggs and sperm, preventing pregnancy. Paragard is a popular alternative to prescription birth control medication.
Paragard is currently manufactured by The Cooper Companies after the brand was sold in 2017 by Teva Pharmaceuticals. According to the manufacturer, Paragard IUDs are 99% effective at preventing pregnancy.
Is Paragard Dangerous?
Unfortunately, reports indicate that the Paragard IUD is not safe and may result in serious injuries, particularly when removed.
Recent Paragard lawsuits allege that manufacturers were aware of serious risks associated with broken Paragard IUDs and removal surgery, and failed to notify consumers. They also allege that these manufacturers continued to market a medical device that was known to be defective and have serious design flaws.
Teva Pharmaceuticals denies any wrongdoing concerning the Paragard copper IUD.
Serious injuries have been reported associated with Paragard removal. In particular, the Paragard IUD may break during removal, leaving broken pieces in the uterus. Broken Paragard IUDs can cause serious problems, complications and injuries, including:
- “Stuck” Paragard pieces in the uterus
- Uterus perforation (tearing)
- IUD migration (unintended movement)
- Copper wire left behind after surgery (potentially causing toxicity and inflammation)
- Organ damage
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Brain injury (see below)
If you or a loved one have suffered any of these injuries potentially due to Paragard, you may be entitled to compensation — please call 1-800-525-7111 today for a FREE consultation.
There is no obligation and you won’t pay any attorney fees unless we win your case and you receive financial compensation.
Please call 1-800-525-7111 today and let’s review your potential Paragard injury claim. You may qualify for a Paragard lawsuit and be entitled to compensation.
Those who have been implanted with the Paragard device and are asking, “Is the Paragard IUD safe?” should consider talking with their doctor about potential safety risks. Paragard devices may cause serious injury when the IUD breaks or upon removal.
Brain Injury Potentially Due to Paragard
A 2015 study and other scientific research suggests a potential link between copper IUDs like Paragard and a serious brain injury called pseudotumor cerebri (PTC). PTC is sometimes called “intracranial hypertension.”
PTC occurs when pressure inside the skull increases for no apparent reason.
PTC can result in optic nerve swelling, which can potentially lead to vision loss.
Symptoms of PTC include:
- Vision loss or blindness
- Nausea, vomiting and dizziness (vertigo)
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
- Back, shoulder, or neck pain
- Unexpected flashes of light in the field of vision
If you’ve experienced symptoms of PTC or an injury possibly due to a Paragard IUD, contact your doctor immediately.
Paragard Injury Risk: The Bottom Line
To be clear, reports indicate there is a serious risk of injury associated with Paragard. So if you’re asking, “Is the Paragard IUD safe?”, the answer is that it may not be. Broken Paragard IUDs can present serious complications and require surgery for removal.
If you’ve been injured due to a broken Paragard IUD or removal surgery, you may qualify for a Paragard lawsuit — call 1-800-525-7111 today for a FREE, no-obligation consultation.
There are no upfront costs and you won’t pay any attorney fees unless we win your case and you receive compensation.
Please call 1-800-525-7111 and let’s review your claim.
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–Linda B., Riddle & Brantley client
Paragard Lawsuit Attorneys at Riddle & Brantley
Since 1985, the defective medical device attorneys at Riddle & Brantley have been holding negligent manufacturers accountable for dangerous devices. We believe Justice Counts and are committed to fighting for justice for women who have been injured potentially due to Paragard devices.
Don’t wait — Paragard lawsuits have been consolidated into multi-district litigation and now is the time to have your claim investigated in anticipation of a potential settlement.
Please call 1-800-525-7111 today and let an experienced Paragard lawyer review your claim. The consultation is free and you won’t pay any attorney fees unless we recover compensation for you.
Justice Counts and we would love to help you if we can.