What is the problem with Paragard IUD?

Designed to be easily reversible, unfortunately the Paragard hormone-free IUD has caused serious issues for women upon removal.  Patients and physicians are learning the IUD arm(s) may easily break while attempting to retrieve and remove the device.  The IUD arm may become lost in the body, requiring scans or other imaging to locate the device fragments.  In serious cases, a hysterectomy or other surgical procedure may be required to fully remove the device and/or its broken arm(s).

Risks of arm breakage with Paragard include:

  • Uterine rupture or perforation
  • Permanent fertility loss
  • Laparotomy
  • Need for c-section in delivery
  • Hysterectomy or Hysteroscopy
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Need for fragment removal within the body