PARAGARD (intrauterine copper contraceptive)

What to Expect

What can you expect after you and your
healthcare professional decide on PARAGARD?

PARAGARD provides birth control that is over 99% effective
and 100% hormone free!

DAILY ROUTINES or refill hassles
MONTHLY STRING CHECK
APPOINTMENTS (to get started) — one for placement, and one about a month after placement to make sure PARAGARD is in the right place* *Depending on your experience, additional appointments may be necessary to ensure PARAGARD is in the correct position.

Placement is nonsurgical and is done by your healthcare professional during a routine office visit.

You may feel dizzy, nauseous, or faint. Your healthcare professional may ask you to lie down for a while and to get up slowly. You may also feel some pinching or cramping during the procedure.

Talk with your healthcare professional about what you may need before and immediately following your appointment.

PARAGARD generally takes minutes to place.

Once PARAGARD is placed by your healthcare professional you shouldn’t be able to feel it. You can still use tampons. It fits securely in your uterus, so your partner shouldn’t feel anything during sex, either.

Make sure to do the monthly string check as shown by your healthcare professional.

You may have heavier, longer periods and spotting between periods. Most of these side effects diminish after 2 to 3 months. However, if your period continues to be heavy or long, or if spotting continues, contact your healthcare professional.

About 1 month after PARAGARD is placed you will have a follow-up appointment with your healthcare professional.

If you have any concerns that PARAGARD has moved, you can no longer feel the strings, or if the strings feel shorter or longer than before, make an appointment with your healthcare professional as soon as possible and use backup birth control.

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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