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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.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

  • 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