Can I use Paragard if I have certain issues or medical conditions?

Before starting Paragard, you should share your full medical history with your healthcare provider to find out if Paragard is right for you.

According to CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommendations, Paragard may be used with no restriction in over 20 pre-existing characteristics and medical conditions including but not limited to:

  • Breast cancer (family history, current, past and no evidence of current disease for 5 years)
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Headaches including migraines with and without auras and menstrual migraines
  • History of bariatric surgery
  • History of stroke
  • History of high blood pressure during pregnancy
  • Hypertension
  • Inflammatory bowel disease including Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease
  • Ischemic heart disease
  • Liver tumors
  • Lupus
  • Malaria
  • Risk factors for cardiovascular disease including smoking
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Past ectopic pregnancy
  • Thyroid disease
  • Viral hepatitis
  • Valvular heart disease
  • Women with a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30

For full list of conditions visit the CDC Website.

  • Don’t use Paragard if you have a pelvic infection or certain cancers. Less than 1% of users get a serious infection called pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).
  • If you miss a period, have persistent abdominal pain or if Paragard comes out, tell your healthcare provider (HCP). If it comes out, use back-up birth control. Continue reading