Multiple means have been created over the years to give women the ability to prevent pregnancy. Of these, a popular one is the intrauterine device (IUD), having an effective rate of nearly 100%. Its popularity has greatly increased over the past 20 years. Finding a spot near the top of the popularity list is the Paragard IUD (models Tcu380A, T380A, and T380) manufactured by Teva Pharmaceuticals.
Paragard was first approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1984. In the early days of IUD use, the devices were not recommended for women who had never given birth to a child. That restriction was removed, however, and women of all ages use the device whether they have or have not birthed children.
The increase in the number of women using IUD devices has been followed by an increase in the number of reports of unexpected side effects and complications. Women have encountered problems with their IUDs migrating inside their bodies or breaking. Additionally, parts of the IUD have unknowingly been left in women’s bodies after the devices broke apart while being removed. Such occurrences can lead to perforation of organs and the need for surgery.