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Can I use the Paragard IUD if I’m a smoker?

Paragard does not pose an increased risk in women who smoke cigarettes. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) classifies Paragard as “safe for use with no restriction” in women with risk factors for cardiovascular disease, including smoking.

  • IUDs, including Paragard, have been associated with an increased risk of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). Don’t use Paragard if you have a pelvic infection, certain cancers, a copper allergy, Wilson’s disease, or PID. Continue reading
  • 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