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What is the Paragard IUD made of?



The plastic “T” frame of Paragard is made of polyethylene and barium sulfate. The frame is wrapped with a thin layer of copper around the arms and stem. Two thin monofilament polyethylene threads are attached to the bottom. Paragard is not made with natural rubber latex.

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  • 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