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Who should not use the Paragard IUD?



You should not use Paragard if you:

  • Might be pregnant
  • Have an abnormally shaped uterus
  • Have a pelvic infection called pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), or have current behavior that puts you at high risk of PID
  • Have had an infection in your uterus after a pregnancy or an abortion in the past 3 months
  • Get infections easily
  • Have an infection in your cervix
  • Have cancer of the uterus or cervix
  • Have unexplained bleeding from your vagina
  • Have a previously placed IUD that has not been removed
  • Have Wilson’s disease
  • Are allergic to any component of Paragard

Before having Paragard placed, tell your healthcare provider if you have any of the conditions listed above, a slow heart beat, dizziness, seizures, recently had a baby or if you are breastfeeding, have AIDS, HIV, or any other sexually transmitted infection.

  • 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