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What are the common side effects of the Paragard IUD?

Common side effects of Paragard include:

  • anemia (low red blood cell count)
  • expulsion (complete or partial)
  • pain during sex
  • spotting
  • prolonged periods
  • painful periods
  • vaginal irritation
  • vaginal discharge
  • backache
  • pain and cramping

This is not a complete list of possible side effects with Paragard. For more information, ask your healthcare provider. Tell your healthcare provider about any side effect that bothers you or does not go away.

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.

  • Don’t use Paragard if you are or may be pregnant, have fibroids, a pelvic infection including pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), get infections easily, certain cancers, unexplained bleeding, Wilson’s disease, or a copper allergy. IUDs, including Paragard, have been associated with an increased risk of PID. Continue reading
  • Pregnancy with Paragard is rare but can be life threatening and cause infertility or loss of pregnancy. Continue reading