What is a ParaGard IUD and How Does It Work?

The ParaGard® Intrauterine Copper Contraceptive is a small, T-shaped intrauterine device (IUD) used to prevent pregnancy for up to ten years. Unlike other IUDs that use hormone progestin to prevent pregnancy, the ParaGard IUD is a non-hormonal IUD that releases copper to prevent fertilization.

Manufactured by Cooper Surgical, Inc., the ParaGard IUD is was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1984 and made available in the United States in 1988. According to the device’s prescribing information, proports a pregnancy rate of less than 1 pregnancy per 100 women each year.

The ParaGard IUD effectiveness as a contraceptive works as copper is continuously released into the uterine cavity. According to the manufacturer’s prescribing information, the copper in the ParaGard IUD interferes with sperm movement, egg fertilization and potentially prevents implantation.

ParaGard IUD Broken T-Arm Injury

Due to an increase in the use of IUDs to prevent unwanted pregnancy, some health care professionals and doctors have begun to see an increase in the risks associated with the devices. In some instances, a ParaGard IUD may be difficult to remove because it is stuck in the uterus, or it may become embedded in the uterus. Injuries associated with, but not limited to, a broken T-arm potentially include impaired fertility and painful removal surgeries.

When these situations arise, surgery may be needed to remove the broken or embedded device. Types of surgical procedures used to retrieve the devices include hysteroscopy, laparotomy and in some cases, a complete hysterectomy. Risks associated with these types of surgeries may include infection, bleeding, PID, tearing of the uterus or damage to the cervix, and complications from fluid or gas used in the procedure.

How a Paragard IUD Lawsuit Attorney Can Help

Medical device makers have a duty to provide safe products. If there are risks of harm associated with their devices, they also must provide adequate warnings. If a device maker fails to fulfill this duty, it could be held liable in lawsuits for injuries that may result.

Women injured by a defective Paragard IUD may be eligible to recover money for:

  • Medical Expenses
  • Lost Wages
  • Pain and Suffering

The families of those killed may be eligible to recover money for funeral expenses and the pain that comes with losing a loved one.