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Whether you are someone who has struggled with the side effects of hormonal birth control in the past or you simply prefer to live a hormone-free lifestyle, there are many different reasons why women choose Paragard. The list below may help you determine if Paragard is the right choice for you. If you agree with any these statements, ask your healthcare provider about Paragard at your next visit. Only you and your healthcare provider can determine if Paragard is the right birth control method for you.

Paragard may be right for you if you want birth control that:

Is 100% hormone free

Is over 99% effective

Doesn’t cause hormonal side effects

Is low maintenance and no hassle

Lasts as long as I want, up to 10 years

Is immediately reversible when I decide I want to get pregnant

Clinically proven and FDA-approved safe and effective for over 30 years

Paragard may be the right birth control for you if:

You want a birth control that’s 100% hormone-free

  • You’ve experienced negative side effects from hormonal birth control in the past
  • You want to give your body a break from hormonal birth control after using it for years
  • You’re concerned about potential long-term side effects that hormonal birth control could have on your health, and the possible link between hormonal birth control and increased risk of breast cancer
  • You try to lead hormone-free, “nothing extra” lifestyle. You avoid artificial hormones in your food and prefer to avoid them in your birth control as well
  • You prefer a birth control method that won’t alter your natural menstrual/ovulation cycle
  • You have certain medical conditions or your HCP has told you that you should not take hormonal birth control

You want a birth control that’s highly effective

  • Paragard is over 99% effective—more effective than any other hormone-free birth control method*—and most hormonal methods

You’re busy and want a low-maintenance, no hassle birth control

  • Paragard is a no-hassle birth control. Once in place, it provides continuous pregnancy prevention without the need for a daily birth control routine

You want a birth control that lets you decide how long it lasts

  • Paragard prevents pregnancy for up to 10 years, but can be removed at any time if you decide you want to get pregnant. After removal, your ability to get pregnant will return immediately
  • For women seeking a long-term option, Paragard is a cost-effective, non-permanent, and non-surgical alternative to sterilization
  • Paragard can be used regardless of whether you’ve had a child

You want a birth control that’s been proven over time

  • Paragard is the only IUD that’s been FDA-approved and clinically proven safe and effective for over 30 years

Can New Moms Use Paragard?

  • Paragard can be placed immediately after child birth (postpartum) or during the second postpartum month. Placement immediately after delivery may result in higher risk of expulsion. Talk to your healthcare provider in advance if you would like to schedule a postpartum placement
  • Paragard is immediately reversible upon removal. When you are ready for another child, you can have Paragard removed by your healthcare provider and your ability to get pregnant will return immediately meaning you can start trying to get pregnant right away

Can new moms use Paragard?

Safe for Use in a Wide Range of Women, Including Women with Certain Medical Conditions

Before starting Paragard, you should share your full medical history with your healthcare provider to find out if Paragard is right for you.

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommendations, Paragard may be used with no restriction in over 20 pre-existing characteristics and medical conditions including but not limited to:

  • Breast cancer (family history, current, past and no evidence of current disease for 5 years)
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Headaches including migraines with and without auras and menstrual migraines
  • History of bariatric surgery
  • History of stroke
  • History of high blood pressure during pregnancy
  • Hypertension
  • Inflammatory bowel disease including Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease
  • Ischemic heart disease
  • Liver tumors
  • Lupus
  • Malaria
  • Risk factors for cardiovascular disease including smoking
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Past ectopic pregnancy
  • Thyroid disease
  • Viral hepatitis
  • Valvular heart disease
  • Women with a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30

For full list of conditions visit the CDC Website.

You should NOT use Paragard if you:

  • Might be pregnant
  • Have a uterus that is abnormally shaped inside
  • 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
    abortion in the past 3 months
  • Have cancer of the uterus or cervix
  • Have unexplained bleeding from your vagina
  • Have an infection in your cervix
  • Have Wilson’s disease
  • Are allergic to anything in Paragard
  • Already have an IUD in your uterus
  • Don’t use Paragard if you have a pelvic infection or certain cancers. Less than 1% of users get a serious infection called pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).
  • 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