PARAGARD (intrauterine copper contraceptive)

How PARAGARD Works

PARAGARD is a copper-releasing device that is placed in your uterus to prevent pregnancy for up to 10 years.

The copper in PARAGARD enhances its effectiveness. It interferes with sperm movement, egg fertilization, and possibly prevents implantation.

Because PARAGARD is hormone free, you should keep your menstrual cycle. And if you decide you’re ready for a baby, you can start trying to get pregnant the same day PARAGARD is removed by your healthcare professional.

Do not use PARAGARD if you have a pelvic infection, get infections easily or have certain cancers. Less than 1% of users get a serious infection called pelvic inflammatory disease.

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Based on percentage of women experiencing an unintended pregnancy during the first year of typical use of contraception: United States.
With spermicide.
60% effective for women who have had a baby.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends long-acting reversible contraceptives, or LARCs, as a highly effective way to help prevent pregnancy in appropriate patients. PARAGARD is a LARC.

PARAGARD is over 99% effective and completely hormone free. It helps prevent pregnancy for up to 10 years, but your healthcare professional can remove it at any time.

PARAGARD has been FDA approved for over 30 years and has been used by millions of women.

Although uncommon, pregnancy while using PARAGARD can be life threatening and may result in loss of pregnancy or fertility.

PARAGARD does not protect against HIV/AIDS or sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

What is PARAGARD (intrauterine copper contraceptive)?

PARAGARD is a copper-releasing device that is placed in your uterus to prevent pregnancy for up to 10 years.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

Do not use PARAGARD if you have a pelvic infection, get infections easily or have certain cancers. Less than 1% of users get a serious infection called pelvic inflammatory disease. If you have persistent pelvic or stomach pain, or if PARAGARD comes out, tell your healthcare professional. If it comes out, use back-up birth control. Occasionally, PARAGARD may attach to or in rare cases may go through the uterine wall and may also cause other problems. In some cases, surgical removal may be necessary. Although uncommon, pregnancy while using PARAGARD can be life threatening and may result in loss of pregnancy or fertility. Bleeding or spotting may increase at first but should decrease in 2 to 3 months. PARAGARD does not protect against HIV/AIDS or sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

Available by prescription only.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA at www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

For important risk and use information about PARAGARD, please see the full Prescribing Information.

Nothing on this website should be construed as giving advice or making a recommendation, and it should not be relied on as the basis for any decision or action. It is important that you rely only on the advice of a healthcare professional to advise you on your specific situation.

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

Do not use PARAGARD if you have a pelvic infection, get infections easily or have certain cancers. Less than 1% of users get a serious infection called pelvic inflammatory disease. If you have persistent pelvic or stomach pain, or if PARAGARD comes out, tell your healthcare professional. If it comes out, use back-up birth control. Occasionally, PARAGARD may attach to or in rare cases may go through the uterine wall and may also cause other problems. continue reading

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