PARAGARD (intrauterine copper contraceptive)

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Important Safety Information
Prescribing Information

PARAGARD is over 99% effective and 100%
hormone free
It helps prevent pregnancy for up to 10 years, but your healthcare professional can remove it at any time
As soon as PARAGARD is removed by your healthcare professional, you can try to get pregnant the same day
PARAGARD can be used whether or not you have had a child
FDA approved for over 30 years and used by millions of women

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

Who might use PARAGARD?

You might choose PARAGARD if you:

  • Need birth control that is very effective
  • Need birth control that stops working when you stop using it
  • Need birth control that is easy to use

Speak with your healthcare professional to see if PARAGARD is right for you.

Who should not use PARAGARD?

You should not use PARAGARD if you:

  • Might be pregnant
  • Have a uterus that is abnormally shaped inside
  • Have a pelvic infection called pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) or have current behavior that puts you at high risk of PID (for example, because you are having sex with several men, or your partner is having sex with other women)
  • Have had an infection in your uterus after a pregnancy or abortion in the past 3 months
  • Have cancer of the uterus or cervix
  • Have unexplained bleeding from your vagina
  • Have an infection in your cervix
  • Have Wilson’s disease (a disorder in how the body handles copper)
  • Are allergic to anything in PARAGARD
  • Already have an intrauterine contraceptive in your uterus

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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