Dozens of lawsuits have been filed by women who were severely injured when their Paragard IUD broke during the removal process.
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UPDATE: With 200 Lawsuits Filed, Investigation Finds 3,200+ Reports of Paragard Breakage
In August 2021, an investigation by KATV.com, an ABC News affiliate in Los Angeles, found more than 3,290 reports of Paragard IUDs breaking during the removal procedure because they were embedded in a woman’s body. At least 2,000 reports were classified as “serious.” The manufacturer is currently facing over 200 lawsuits from women who say they were never warned about the risk, despite the company quietly updating the label on Paragard in 2009 to include breakage during the removal procedure.
What is Paragard?
Paragard® (Copper IUD) is a non-hormonal birth control device that is implanted in the uterus, where it uses copper to prevent pregnancy.
Paragard looks like a plastic, T-shaped device with a copper wire coiled around it. The copper causes inflammation that is toxic to sperm and eggs. It reduces the risk of pregnancy for up to 10 years.
Severe Side Effects of Paragard IUDs
- IUD breaking upon removal
- IUD falling out of the uterus
- IUD migration or travel to other parts of the body
- Ectopic pregnancy
- IUD embedded in the uterus
- Inflammation or allergic reaction to copper
- Perforation of the uterus or cervix
- Organ damage
- Death due to any injury listed above
Paragard Can Break During Removal Procedure
Paragard is supposed to be easy to remove. Unfortunately, dozens of lawsuits have been filed by women who suffered painful injuries after their Paragard IUD broke during the removal process, or beforehand.
Young Women May Never Have Children
Tragically, many victims are young women who wanted an easily-removable type of birth control so they could have children later. Instead, when they tried to have Paragard removed, it broke and they required a total hysterectomy, ending their dreams of having children.
You May Need Surgery to Remove Broken IUDs
Paragard IUDs that break during the removal procedure can cause severe internal injuries, which may require a total hysterectomy or an invasive surgery to remove the fractured pieces of the IUD. In some cases, women who wanted to get pregnant were left with injuries that left them permanently unable to have children in the future.
How Many Women Have Been Injured?
Since 2010, the FDA has received more than 1,600 reports of Paragard IUDs breaking during removal, with more than 700 of those incidents resulting in “serious health problems,” according to lawsuits.
What is the Risk?
Doctors may be unable to find the broken pieces of a Paragard IUD. This is because the pieces can travel or become completely embedded in the uterine wall. This could lead to complications like:
- Severe menstrual pain
- Heavy bleeding
- Irregular spotting
- Inflammation (Pelvic Inflammatory Disease)
- Organ perforation / organ damage
Lawsuits claim that Teva Pharmaceuticals did not supply doctors with adequate instructions on how to safely remove Paragard IUDs. For example, doctors can avoid breaking the IUD’s T-shaped arms off by gripping both of the arms of the IUD during the explant procedure.
Lawsuits also accuse Teva Pharmaceuticals and CooperSurgical Ind. of failing to adequately warn women — especially young women who wanted to get pregnant — that they may need a hysterectomy surgery to remove the broken parts of an IUD that got stuck in their uterus.
Can I Join a Class Action?
Dozens of Paragard lawsuits have been filed nationwide, but not as part of a class action. Instead, these lawsuits could potentially join a Multi-District Litigation (MDL).
MDLs are not a class action because each lawsuit remains independent. Class actions combine all of the cases into one lawsuit.
Like a class action, MDLs help the courts speed up proceedings by having one judge make all the pretrial decisions. This is much faster than having thousands of individual lawsuits work through the court system, or risk wildly inconsistent rulings in cases in different courts.
How Can a Lawsuit Help Me?
Women who file a Paragard lawsuit may be eligible to seek financial compensation, such as:
- Money damages
- Payments for hospital bills
- Fertility treatments
- Lost earnings
- Pain and suffering
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