Women implanted with ParaGard copper intrauterine devices (IUD) have filed lawsuits alleging that the ParaGard IUDs break during removal surgery.

Breakage of the ParaGard can cause significant complications, including the need for additional invasive surgical procedures.

Reports indicate that since 2010, the US Food and Drug Administration has received more than 1,600 adverse event reports of Paragard IUDs breaking.

Paragard Copper IUD Litigation Update

On November 17, 2021, the Hon. Leigh Martin May entered an order denying Defendants’ motion to dismiss the lawsuits filed in the Paragard MDL. The lawsuits, brought by hundreds of women, seek to hold Defendants responsible for the injuries caused by broken Paragard IUDs. This is an important ruling in the litigation because it allows these lawsuits to move forward. Click here to read the order.


If you were implanted with a ParaGard IUD and the IUD broke, either while the copper IUD was implanted or when your doctor attempted to remove the ParaGard, you may have a legal claim. If you would like more information about your legal options, please give us a call at 800.887.8029 or fill out our free case review below. All consultations are free and confidential.

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The ParaGard IUD is a small, T-shaped device that is placed in the uterus to provide protection against pregnancy. The device was manufactured by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries until 2017; it is now manufactured by CooperSurgical. The manufacturers of the copper IUD promote it as a hormone-free alternative option for women who may have experienced side effects when using hormonal birth control. Instead of using hormones as the active agent, the Paragard device is made from polyethylene (plastic) that is in the shape of a “T” and wrapped in copper. The copper acts as the ingredient that prevents pregnancies. According to the product’s label, ParaGard IUDs are indicated for intrauterine contraception for up to 10 years.


Women across the country who were implanted with ParaGard IUD’s have filed individual lawsuits alleging that the ParaGard IUDs are defective and can break when the device is removed. Women who experience breakage of the IUD may suffer from any of the following complications:

  • Piece of the IUD becomes embedded in the uterus
  • Invasive surgeries to remove the broken IUD
  • Hysteroscopy and Hysterectomy procedures
  • Perforation of the uterus
  • Migration of the broken piece of the IUD
  • Infections
  • Reproductive health concerns

Reports indicate that more than 1,600 complaints of ParaGard breakage have been reported to the FDA since 2010. Women who have filed individual lawsuits after experiencing breakage of their copper IUDs allege that the ParaGard IUDs are defectively designed, and that the manufacturer failed to warn women and their doctors that the ParaGard nonhormonal IUD may break during removal.


If you were implanted with a ParaGard copper IUD that broke and caused complications, you may be entitled to compensation. Complete the free case review form or call 800.887.8029 for a free and confidential consultation.