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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 or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Paragard is a hormone-free IUD (intrauterine device) that prevents pregnancy for up to 10 years using copper.


  • 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,