Paragard Lawsuit 2022 - The Arm Breaks Upon Removal (2023)

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AParagard lawsuit is a claim for monetary compensation by women injured when the arm of their Paragard IUD T 380A broke off and embedded in their uterine cavity.

Plaintiffs allege that Teva Pharmaceuticals and the Cooper Companies:

  1. made a defective contraceptive device and
  2. failed to warn patients and physicians about the substantial risk of the device breaking upon removal (“explant”) – despite the IUD being marketed as simple to remove.

Records indicate that the manufacturers failed to conduct stability testing on the arms of the device before marketing and distributing it. Proper stability testing might have revealed the design defect and permitted for it to be fixed.

Shouse Law Group is representingParagard IUD victims from across the United States. We are bringing legal actions against Teva and Cooper to recover the following financial compensation for our clients:

  • medical bills (including fertility treatments),
  • lost earnings, and
  • pain and suffering.

This litigation is not a class action. Each of our client’s lawsuits is a separate cause of action. But to speed up the settlement process, the claims are joining together into multidistrict litigation (MDL).

Potential cases are ones where the arm of the device fractures when physicians or medical assistants attempt to remove it. The arm gets embedded in the uterus or cervix. Patients then need invasive procedures to locate and retrieve the missing piece, such as a:

  • Hysteroscopy
  • Laparoscopy
  • Laparotomy (similar to a Caesarean section), or
  • Hysterectomy (which may be necessary after a uterine rupture)

The time window in which to file a claim is only one or two years in some states. So consult with an attorney as soon as possible.

In this article, ourParagard IUD lawyersdiscuss:

  • 1. What are the grounds for a Paragard IUD lawsuit?
  • 2. What injuries does the Paragard T 380A cause?
  • 3. Is this a class action or individual claims?
  • 4. Where are the Paragard lawsuits being filed?
  • 5. Has the Paragard T 380A been recalled?
  • 6. Have there been any settlements yet?
  • 7. Who makes the Paragard IUD?
  • 8. What should Paragard victims do?

Paragard Lawsuit 2022 - The Arm Breaks Upon Removal (1)

The arms of the Paragard copper T 380A may fracture during removal.

(Video) Paragard IUD Lawsuits (2022)

1. What are the grounds for a Paragard IUD lawsuit?

Based on the current 2022 litigation, there are our claims that victims are pursuing:

  1. The IUD had adefective design,
  2. The IUD had amanufacturing defect,
  3. The IUD’slabelingfailed to warnabout its risks, and/or
  4. Teva and Cooper were negligent.

1.1 Defective design

Understrict liability/ product liability standards, a pharmaceutical company is legally responsible for injuries if:

  1. The product’s design posed a foreseeable risk, and
  2. The product was made and utilized as it was designed to be

Like other IUDs on the market, the Paragard IUD T 380A prevents pregnancy. But unlike other IUDs on the market, the Paragard IUD T 380A has arms that stick out at a straight 90-degree angle from the center cylinder. Arguably, Teva and Cooper should have foreseen that this would increase the risk of one or both arms breaking off, especially during explant. Had the design been better, the device might remain intact.

Typical evidence of design defects includes the original IUDschematics and expert witness testimony. (Note that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulates Paragard as a drug instead of a medical device.)

1.2 Manufacturing defect

Understrict liability standards, a pharmaceutical company is legally responsible for injuries from defective products if:

  • The product had a defect when it left the manufacturer’s possession; and
  • This defect substantially contributed to the plaintiff’s injuries

Perhaps Teva’s and Cooper’s poor construction caused the IUD’s arms to turn brittle even if the original design was good. Typical evidence of manufacturing defectsare:

  • Testimony from the workers who constructed the device,
  • Internal memos and communications, and
  • Forensic analysis of the defective IUD itself

1.3 Improper labeling/ failure to warn

Pharmaceutical manufacturersare required to:

  • Warn healthcare providers of non-obvious hazards that the product may cause; and
  • Inform doctors how to avoid these dangers

The clearest evidence of improper labeling is the Paragard IUDpackaging. What its disclaimer does not say suggests that doctors were not fully informed about the substantial risk of the IUD fracturing during IUD removal and how best to avoid it.3

1.4 Negligence

There are fourelements that plaintiffs must prove in a negligence lawsuit:

  1. The defendant owed a duty of care to the plaintiff;
  2. The defendant breached this duty;
  3. The breach caused the plaintiff’s injury; and
  4. The injury resulted in money damages

Teva and Cooper owe its customers a duty to provide IUD devices that are well-designed and well-made. Arguably, Teva And Cooper breached that duty by providing devices with arms that can fracture. These broken pieces lead to patients enduring invasive procedures and serious injuries. And this may result inmoneydamages, such as:

  • Medical bills,
  • Lost wages,
  • Loss of future earnings, and
  • Pain and suffering

Paragard Lawsuit 2022 - The Arm Breaks Upon Removal (2)

Many women need revision surgery if their IUD breaks.

(Video) Paragard IUD Lawsuits Update

2. What injuries does the Paragard T 380A cause?

If one or both arms of the IUD break off, an invasive procedure may be necessary toretrievethe pieces. A common example is ahysteroscopy, where the doctor inserts an endoscope through the cervix into the uterine cavity.

In more extremecases, the patient may require either a:

  • Laparoscopy,
  • Laparotomy, a C-section type procedure to remove the broken IUD pieces, and/or
  • Hysterectomy, which is the removal of the uterus and causes permanent infertility

And in some cases, doctors areunableto find the pieces at all. These pieces may then becomeembedded in the uterine wall (myometrium) or travel. This could lead to such serious complicationsand adverse events as:

  • Severe menstrual pain, cramping, heavy bleeding, and spotting,
  • Inflammatory reactions (pelvic inflammatory disease),
  • Infection,
  • Organ perforation, uterine rupture, and other organ damage, and/or
  • Infertility

The breakage of the IUD arms typically occurs when the doctor isremovingthe device. But in some women, the arms break off longbeforethe IUD gets explanted.1

3. Is this a class action or individual claims?

Individual lawsuits. But on December 16, 2020, these cases started consolidating into a multi-district litigation (MDL) in the Northern District of Georgia. The name of the MDL is In Re: Paragard IUD Products Liability Litigation. The MDL number is 2974. The presiding judge is Leigh Martin May. As of June 15, 2022, there are 1,192 cases in the Paragard MDL.

MDLs are a legal mechanism for courts to speed up proceedings. Instead of thousands of individual cases working through the court system at once, one judge makes all the pretrialdecisions for all the cases.

Ultimately, the MDL judge lets a few cases reachtrial. These are calledbellwether trials. If and how much the plaintiffs win in these trials will steersettlementnegotiations in all the remaining cases.

Note that MDLs arenotclass actions. Class actionscombineall the cases into one. MDLs allow the cases to remainseparate.2

Paragard Lawsuit 2022 - The Arm Breaks Upon Removal (3)

The FDA has received tens of thousands of adverse case reports by Paragard victims.

4. Where are the Paragard lawsuits being filed?

The Paragard lawsuits across the U.S. are being temporarily joined in the Northern District of Georgia federal court (not state court) as part of multi-district litigation (MDL) number 2974. The official name is In Re: Paragard IUD Products Liability Litigation. MDLs are not class action lawsuits.

Each case in the MDL remains separate. But to promote efficiency, one judge (the Honorable Leigh Martin May) will be making all the pretrial decisions for all of the cases across the board since they involve similar claims.

5. Has the Paragard T 380A been recalled?

As of 2022, Paragard T 380As remain on the marketdespite being a potentially defective medical device. One batch of the birth control device was recalled in 2019 due tosterility issues, not for breakage issues.3

6. Have there been any settlements yet?

No, not forParagard lawsuits. Negotiations usually do not begin until a few cases go to trial. The results of thesebellwether trials serve as the starting point for settlement talks. Bellwethers are expected to begin in 2023.

(Video) ParaGard Lawsuit | Copper IUD

Certainly, lawyers for Paragard IUD victims are pursuing thehighestsettlementpossible. No dollar amount can make up for injuries to a woman’s reproductivehealth.

MDLs typically resolve with a global settlement with the defendant making one big payout that the plaintiffs divide between them depending on the severity of their injuries. Plaintiffs are expected to fall within one of three tiers:

Tier 1 plaintiffs are expected to receive in the low hundreds of thousands. Tier 2 plaintiffs would receive in the mid tens of thousands. And Tier 3 plaintiffs would receive in the low tens of thousands. But this is still purely speculative at this point.

7. Who makes the Paragard IUD?

Teva Pharmaceuticals makes the Paragard T 380A. (Recently, Teva sold the Paragard brand form of birth control to Cooper Companies – CooperSurgical – for $1.1 billion.)

TheFDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved the Paragard IUD in 1984. Since 1994, the Paragard IUD has beenapproved for up to 10 years of use. (Many doctors claim it is safe for up to 12 years. And during the pandemic, many women were forced to keep their IUDs in for longer than 10 years if they were unable to get an appointment or were too scared to break lockdown.)

The Paragard T 380 A is 100%hormone-free and is inserted through a thin tube during a regular office visit with a gynecologist. It is made of polyethylene that is wrapped in copper wire with two monofilament strands at the bottom. The copper coil essentially causes a spermicide effect, and it has a more than 99% effectiveness rate at preventing fertilization. It also works as emergency contraception if implanted within five days after unprotected sex.

The copper IUDParagard is touted as being better than Bayer’s Mirena IUD, a levonorgestrel long-term birth control device that can cause pseudotumor cerebri (PTC). But Paragard’s device breakage issues – which carry increased risks of serious side effects – arguably far outweigh any benefits. Both devices have problems.4

8. What should Paragard victims do?

Firstly, women with broken Paragard IUDs should mitigate their damages by continuing to seek medical care. Physicians will discuss their options for how to minimize further injuries.

Then, Paragard victims are invited to contact Shouse Law Group to discuss moving forward with a lawsuit. We manage the entire investigation, litigation, and negotiation process so our clients can focus on healing and getting on with their lives and families. And we fight not only to reimburse victims for medical expenses and time away from work. The biggest ticket item we pursue a settlement for is emotional trauma (“pain and suffering”).

Paragard victims agonize over what will happen next and whether they will be able to get pregnant again and have a healthy pregnancy. This stress of uncertainty takes an immeasurable toll physically and mentally. So we fight to compensate victims financially to the fullest extent under the law.

Are you a Paragard IUD victim? Contact us for help…

Have you or a loved one beeninjured by copper intrauterine device Paragard T 380A? Please contact our mass tort attorneys for a free case evaluation and to discuss your legal options 24/7. Call or fill out the form on this page, and our Paragard lawyers will contact you about joining the 2022 lawsuit.

Our law firm is devoted to pursuing the largest settlement possible for you. Our free case review will determine whether you have a viable Paragard lawsuit against the device manufacturer. Our personal injury lawyers gather your medical records. And we take no payment unless we win your case.

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Legal References

  1. During implant, some patients experience nausea or dizziness. Potential side effects of the Paragard – even if it does not break – include dysmenorrhea, dyspareunia, backaches, anemia, and vaginitis. In extreme cases, people can experience sepsis. The monofilament fibers could also retract, which may require alligator forceps or cervical dilation to be used to remove the device. The official Paragard website says, “If you cannot find the threads in the vagina, check that Paragard is still in the uterus. The threads can retract into the uterus or break, or Paragard can break, perforate the uterus, or be expelled. Gentle probing of the cavity, x-ray, or sonography may be required to locate Paragard.” Paragard prescribing information. There is no evidence of Paragard IUDs causing copper toxicity, but it could exacerbate Wilson’s Disease. Krishnamurthy Prema, M.D., M.N.A.M.S., Baru Anantha Rama LakshmiM.B., B.S., D.G.O., Soma Babu M.Sc., Ph.D., Serum Copper in Long-Term Users of Copper Intrauterine Devices, Fertility and Sterility, Volume 34, Issue 1 (July 1980, pp. 32-35). Carlos M. Fernandez, MD; Marie A. Cabiya, MD; Elliot M. Levine, MD; Kemoria Granberry, MD; Stephen Locher, MD, The “Broken” IUD: Its Detection and Clinical Management, Open Journal of Clinical & Medical Case Reports, ISSN 2379-1039, Volume 1 (2015) Issue 9. About 3.8 million women use IUDs in the United States. Contraceptive Use in the United States, Guttmacher Institute, (April 2020). Salvatore Giovannie Vitale, In-office hysteroscopic removal of retained or fragmented intrauterine device without anesthesia: a cross-sectional analysis of an international survey, Updates in Surgery (February 5, 2022)(“Copper T IUDs are reported to be the most commonly found retained or fragmented inside the uterine cavity.”).
  2. In September 2020, plaintiffs originally requested in its motion to transfer that the MDL be in the Central District of California with Judge John Kronstadt since there were four Paragard cases there. Plaintiffs alternatively suggested the MDL be in the Western District of Missouri with Judge Stephen Bough. On December 4th at a JPML (Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation) hearing, one plaintiff’s attorney argued that the presiding judge should be a female who has experience with litigation involving products for women-hence the decision to consolidate in Georgia. See Transfer Order. Meanwhile, Teva opposed the MDL being formed, and they suggested alternative locations including the Southern District of New York, the Southern District of California, or the Middle District of Florida. One of the original people who sued Teva was Stephanie Ideus, who needed surgery after broken pieces of the IUD became embedded. Some of the original individual lawsuits include Arias v. Teva Pharmaceuticals and Heather Brown v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA; Weddle v. Teva Pharmaceuticals in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas (PCCP).
  3. Pending Recalls,Pending recalls for the April 30, 2014 Enforcement Report, FDA. Note that women who get pregnant with the Paragard implanted risk ectopic pregnancy.
  4. Paragard website (official site). Note that the Mirena lawsuits against Bayer are out of New York: The 4,600 claims were resolved for $12.2 million. Other hormone-based IUDs include Skyla, Kyleena, and Liletta. See also Joce Sterman, Alex Brauer and Andrea Nejman, Exclusive: 3,000+ women report a popular IUD broke in their body, causing complications, ABC-13 WHAM (March 18, 2021). See also Paragard IUD Injuries Lead to Lawsuits Across the U.S., Legal Examiner (March 30, 2001).

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FAQs

What happens if paragard breaks during removal? ›

There have also been reports of the ParaGard arms breaking off before removal. Regardless of how the breakage occurs, once it has happened, the arm fragments remain inside the uterus. They may become embedded in the uterine wall. Removing the broken pieces can be painful, invasive, and even life-altering.

Can IUD break during removal? ›

Paragard Removal. Paragard removal is an outpatient procedure and typically takes a few minutes in a health care provider's office. Common removal side effects are mild and include cramping and light bleeding. Rarely, the IUD may break upon removal, requiring surgery.

How common is paragard breakage? ›

At least 3,290 women have reported Paragard breakage. 2,000 of those cases are listed as serious in the FDA database. Breakage is the fifth most common adverse reaction reported when it comes to Paragard.

Is there a recall on Paragard IUD? ›

Paragard has not been recalled, but that does not mean it did not cause you harm. If you were injured by a Paragard IUD, you have rights, including the right to file a lawsuit against those responsible for your suffering. You may be able to collect various forms of compensation if your case is successful.

What happens if your IUD breaks inside you? ›

A Broken IUD May Pose Serious Health Risks

The development of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), a condition that may result in its own set of health consequences. Expulsion, or the IUD becoming dislodged and expelled from the uterus. Perforation of the uterus, which may also lead to significant health consequences.

What happens if my IUD is imbedded? ›

An IUD that is deeply embedded will have to be removed by ob/gyn using hysteroscopy or laparoscopy depending on the positioning. A translocated IUD will have to be removed by ob/gyn using laporoscopy.

Which IUD has been recalled? ›

This April, a batch of ParaGard T 380A Intrauterine Copper Contraceptive devices were recalled due to a lack of assurance of sterility, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

When was Paragard FDA approved? ›

Marketed under the brand name ParaGard by Teva Women's Health Pharmaceuticals, the copper IUD was approved by the FDA in 1984 and has been available in the US since 1988.

Is Paragard FDA approved? ›

Yes. Paragard has been FDA approved in the USA for over 30 years.

Is the Paragard lawsuit real? ›

Paragard lawsuits are being filed because women who used the IUD device allege that a design defect resulted in the device breaking upon removal. Plaintiffs allege many complications associated with the design defect, including the need for surgical removal as well as perforation of the uterus and cervix.

Can copper IUD cause copper toxicity? ›

There's no clear evidence that copper IUDs significantly increase the risk of copper toxicity in the blood, unless you already have a condition that affects your liver's ability to process copper. However, there may be other side effects when using a copper IUD.

How do they remove an imbedded IUD? ›

For most women, the removal of an IUD is a simple procedure performed in a doctor's office. To remove the IUD, your doctor will grasp the threads of the IUD with ring forceps. In most cases, the arms of the IUD will collapse upward, and the device will slide out.

Can Paragard cause copper toxicity? ›

Copper toxicity builds up slowly in the body. Many women usually display side effects up to 6 months after insertion, some even years after. Paragard patients experiencing below symptoms of copper toxicity should seek medical attention immediately: Headaches or fever.

Can you sue for IUD perforation Paragard? ›

If you were implanted with a Paragard IUD and subsequently suffered injuries related to the Paragard IUD, you may be eligible for a Paragard IUD lawsuit. Qualifying injuries include: Injuries from the device fracturing or splintering during removal. Uterus perforation.

Is Paraguard IUD safe? ›

Paragard is generally safe and well tolerated, but it isn't without side effects. Most common side effects are minor and serious side effects are rare. According to Cooper Surgical, Paragard is the only IUD that has been clinically proven safe for over 30 years.

Can you lose weight on Paragard? ›

Because Paragard does not contain hormones, you are not likely to gain or lose weight as a result of using it, notes the Paragard website. If you are trying to lose weight, Paragard use will not interfere with this.

Can copper IUD break? ›

In addition to the high cost of these surgeries, being forced to undergo this additional medical procedure can put women at risk of additional side effects. In severe cases, the broken pieces of the copper IUD can cause organ damage or perforate the body's internal organs.

How do I know if my paragard is embedded? ›

Signs Your IUD Is Out of Place
  1. You can't feel the strings. ...
  2. Your strings are shorter or longer than usual. ...
  3. You feel the IUD itself. ...
  4. Your partner feels the IUD. ...
  5. You feel pain. ...
  6. You have heavy or abnormal bleeding. ...
  7. You have severe cramping, abnormal discharge, or fever.
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How do you know if your IUD has perforated my uterus? ›

IUD Perforation Symptoms
  • Severe or sudden pelvic or abdominal pain.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Bruised or swollen abdomen.
  • Pregnancy.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Fever and chills.
  • Fast heart beat.
  • Irregular periods or uncommonly heavy menstrual cycle.

How common is IUD displacement? ›

The rates of IUD expulsion fall somewhere between . 05% and 8%. There are a few different factors that can affect the possibility of expulsion, like your age and pregnancy history, how long it's been since the IUD was inserted, and even how well your health care provider inserted the IUD in the first place.

Can you sue for a misplaced IUD? ›

If you have experienced injuries as a result of a malfunctioning Mirena IUD—including perforation of the uterus resulting from the IUD becoming displaced after implantation—then you may be eligible to seek compensation by filing a Mirena IUD lawsuit.

Can I sue paragard for getting pregnant? ›

If you were implanted with the Paragard intrauterine device and then went on to suffer severe cramping, irregular periods, unrelenting backache, partial or complete expulsion, pregnancy, inflammation, hysterectomy and infection, you may be able to file a Paragard class action lawsuit.

Can paragard cause scarring? ›

The side effects can include scar tissue buildup, ectopic pregnancy, discomfort during intercourse, cramping, spotting, painful insertion, expulsion, infection, and pelvic inflammatory disease.

Should I remove my copper IUD? ›

As an IUD is a form of birth control, the person should remove it if they want to become pregnant. An IUD also has a limited lifespan. Copper-based IUDs prevent pregnancy for up to 12 years after insertion. They should be removed from the uterus after this time.

How long is Paragard FDA approved for? ›

1 According to the FDA-approved product labeling (PI): ParaGard® is indicated for intrauterine contraception for up to 10 years.

Who owns Paragard? ›

01, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Cooper Companies, Inc. (NYSE:COO) today announced it has completed its previously announced purchase of the assets and global rights and business of the PARAGARD® Intrauterine Device (IUD) from Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., for a purchase price of approximately $1.1 billion .

Can ParaGard make you gain weight? ›

Nope! The copper IUD (Paragard) doesn't cause weight gain. Because the copper IUD is hormone-free, it doesn't have many side effects at all. Some people do have heavier, longer periods and more cramping, especially for the first few months.

How long has ParaGard been around? ›

The popular and effective T-shaped IUD gets implanted in the uterus and is approved to stay there as long as 10 years. It is considered the only non-hormonal form of birth control, instead using copper to prevent pregnancy. Approved by the FDA in 1984, Paragard has been on the market since 1988.

Can ParaGard cause internal bleeding? ›

You are not protected from pregnancy if Paragard is expelled. Changes in Bleeding: You may have heavier and longer periods with spotting in between. Sometimes the bleeding is heavier than usual at first. Call your healthcare provider if the bleeding remains heavier or longer and spotting continues.

Why is paragard being sued? ›

A Paragard IUD lawsuit was filed in state court against Teva Pharmaceuticals after a Florida woman had issues with the device. Within a year of device implantation, she began to experience severe complications, needing surgery to remove the device after it migrated out of her uterus and became embedded in her colon.

What IUD has a lawsuit? ›

Mirena Lawsuits. Mirena lawsuits accuse Bayer Pharmaceuticals of hiding side effects and making a defective intrauterine uterine device (IUD). Women blame the birth control device for organ perforation, dislodging from the uterus and causing pressure buildup in the skull.

Why is copper toxic to sperm? ›

Copper ions are associated with an inflammatory response in the uterus, meaning sperm cannot reach the egg to fertilize it and create an embryo. Researchers also postulate that copper ions act on the cervical mucus at the opening of the uterus to create a spermicidal, or sperm killing, effect.

What are the signs of copper toxicity? ›

Copper toxicity can lead to various symptoms , including:
  • stomach pain.
  • nausea and vomiting.
  • diarrhea.
  • blue- or green-colored stool.
  • dark, sticky stool containing blood.
  • headache.
  • dizziness.
  • fatigue.
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Can the copper coil affect mental health? ›

Unlike hormonal IUDs, copper IUDs don't contain any progestin or other hormones. They haven't been linked to a higher risk of depression.

How do you get copper out of your body? ›

Normally, your liver gets rid of extra copper by sending it out in bile. Bile is the digestive juice your liver makes. It carries toxins and waste out of your body through your GI tract (gastrointestinal tract).

Will the emergency room remove my IUD? ›

Objectives. Intrauterine device (IUD) removal occasionally occurs in the emergency department (ED) setting.

Is IUD perforation an emergency? ›

Complete perforation, although unlikely, is very life threatening and must be addressed emergently. Less severe and more frequently seen complications include malpositioned IUDs that are not perforating the myometrium, dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, and normal pregnancy.

How much does it cost to have an IUD surgically removed? ›

On MDsave, the cost of an IUD Removal ranges from $108 to $472. Those on high deductible health plans or without insurance can save when they buy their procedure upfront through MDsave.

Can copper IUD break? ›

In addition to the high cost of these surgeries, being forced to undergo this additional medical procedure can put women at risk of additional side effects. In severe cases, the broken pieces of the copper IUD can cause organ damage or perforate the body's internal organs.

How do they remove an imbedded IUD? ›

For most women, the removal of an IUD is a simple procedure performed in a doctor's office. To remove the IUD, your doctor will grasp the threads of the IUD with ring forceps. In most cases, the arms of the IUD will collapse upward, and the device will slide out.

How do they remove the Paragard IUD? ›

Paragard removal is done by a healthcare provider during a routine office visit and typically takes a few minutes. To remove Paragard, your healthcare provider will use an instrument to grasp the exposed threads of Paragard and pull downward to remove Paragard.

Does IUD expulsion hurt? ›

If your IUD has become partially dislodged or expelled completely, you may feel pain or discomfort. Other symptoms associated with expulsion include: severe cramping. heavy or abnormal bleeding.

Which IUD has been recalled? ›

This April, a batch of ParaGard T 380A Intrauterine Copper Contraceptive devices were recalled due to a lack of assurance of sterility, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Can ParaGard cause copper toxicity? ›

Copper toxicity builds up slowly in the body. Many women usually display side effects up to 6 months after insertion, some even years after. Paragard patients experiencing below symptoms of copper toxicity should seek medical attention immediately: Headaches or fever.

When was ParaGard FDA approved? ›

Marketed under the brand name ParaGard by Teva Women's Health Pharmaceuticals, the copper IUD was approved by the FDA in 1984 and has been available in the US since 1988.

Will the emergency room remove my IUD? ›

Objectives. Intrauterine device (IUD) removal occasionally occurs in the emergency department (ED) setting.

What happens if IUD Cannot be removed? ›

If your IUD is left in your uterus past the expiration date, the most serious danger would be infection. Serious infections can cause infertility. The other risk is that an expired IUD will not be an effective birth control method.

Is IUD perforation an emergency? ›

Complete perforation, although unlikely, is very life threatening and must be addressed emergently. Less severe and more frequently seen complications include malpositioned IUDs that are not perforating the myometrium, dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, and normal pregnancy.

How do I know if I have copper toxicity from IUD? ›

Symptoms of copper toxicity

Copper levels are proven to increase in the body after IUD insertion. While copper is an essential trace element, excess copper in the body can create symptoms such as fatigue, nausea, depression, irritability, cravings, mood swings, brain fog, among many others.

What happens to your body after copper IUD removal? ›

You should feel completely normal after getting your IUD taken out. You may have some light bleeding after IUD removal, and some slight cramping during and right after removal. Any side effects that you may have had while you were on the IUD will eventually go away after your IUD is out.

Is Paragard removal painful? ›

Some women experience discomfort during removal; however, the procedure generally takes minutes. In some cases, Paragard may be hard to remove because it is stuck in the uterus. Surgery may sometimes be needed to remove Paragard.

How rare is IUD expulsion? ›

The rates of IUD expulsion fall somewhere between . 05% and 8%. There are a few different factors that can affect the possibility of expulsion, like your age and pregnancy history, how long it's been since the IUD was inserted, and even how well your health care provider inserted the IUD in the first place.

What does a displaced IUD feel like? ›

Spotting and bleeding are common after you get an IUD, but heavy or abnormal bleeding could mean it's in the wrong spot. “Heavy vaginal bleeding may accompany a uterine perforation,” Nwegbo-Banks says. You have severe cramping, abnormal discharge, or fever. These are other signs that your IUD has moved.

Why did my body expel my IUD? ›

“The cause of IUD expulsion is not exactly known,” Dr. Ragonetti-Zabell tells SELF. “But it is likely just related to the physical aspects of a foreign object in the body. So abnormal uterine cavities, a slightly open cervix, or poor provider technique can contribute.”

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