When choosing an intrauterine device (IUD) as your form of birth control, you rely on manufacturers to provide safe, dependable products, and to be forthcoming about the severity of potential risks. However, thousands of women and health professionals have reported severe complications, including at least 15 deaths to the FDA, allegedly caused by Paragard®.
Motley Rice birth control defect lawyers are investigating the safety and potential harms caused by the intrauterine contraceptive device Paragard®, manufactured by CooperSurgical.
Contact an attorney
If you or a loved one underwent the Paragard birth control procedure and experienced severe complications, you may have a claim. Complete this form or call 1.800.768.4026 for more information and to discuss your potential claim.
Motley Rice has extensive experience litigating for women who have suffered serious injuries and adverse effects related to birth control, including medical attorney Fidelma Fitzpatrick’s role as lead counsel of the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee for more than 32,000 Essure® cases coordinated in California state court.
Paragard is a T-shaped, hormone-free, device made of flexible plastic with a thin layer of copper that serves as the device’s active ingredient by preventing sperm from reaching the egg and fertilizing it. The device is placed inside the uterus to prevent pregnancy. It is removable, and can last up to 10 years, according to the manufacturer. However, severe complications can occur, particularly if the device migrates or falls out, or pierces the uterine wall.
Potential Paragard Side Effects
The FDA first approved Paragard in 1984. The FDA approved revisions for Paragard’s prescribing label in 2005, expanding the type of recommended patients from women in monogamous relationships with at least one child, to women in all stages of reproductive life from age 16 to menopausal.
Women and their medical providers have made more than 40,000 reports to the FDA alleging adverse reactions during the more than 30 years since Paragard has been on the market in the U.S. These allegations include more than 15,500 serious complications and at least 15 deaths, according to publicly available data in the FDA Adverse Events Reporting System (FAERS) database. The agency received 7,273 reports in 2019 alone, according to FAERS.
Severe Paragard complications may include:
- IUD breakage upon removal
- IUD expulsion or falling out of the uterus
- IUD migration
- Ectopic pregnancy
- The IUD embedding in the uterus
- Infection and/or abscess
- Inflammation caused by copper left in the body
- Perforation of the uterine wall or cervix
- Scarring and damage to other organs
Our experience with medical device litigation
Our attorneys have experience representing women alleging harm by defective medical devices, including being co-lead counsel for the Mirena® IUD multidistrict litigation, lead counsel for coordinated cases involving permanent birth control device Essure®, and serving on the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee for Nuvaring® multidistrict litigation. Read more on our birth control litigation experience.