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Can I use Paragard 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 cardio vascular disease including smoking.

  • 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