An IUD, which stands for intrauterine device, is a form of long-lasting and reversible birth control that is more than 99 percent effective in preventing pregnancy. Over the past two decades, IUDs have exploded in popularity with women opting to have the devices inserted in their uterus. One of the most popular types of IUDs is called ParaGard.
ParaGard was first approved for use in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration in 1984. Since then, the FDA has expanded the use of ParaGard to include more women, such as those who have never had children.
As more and more women are opting to get an IUD like ParaGard, the number of reports of unexpected side effects and complications have grown. Learn more about how ParaGard is different than Mirena, its side effects, and why lawyers are investigating lawsuits.