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Paragard® T380

What is Paragard®

ParaGard® Intrauterine Contraceptive (IUC) is a different kind of birth control. But it’s one of the most effective kinds available. It’s even more effective than the Pill. But, unlike the Pill (and patch, ring, and shots), it’s hormone-free. So it’s great for women who prefer not to use hormones or can’t for health reasons.

It’s also virtually hassle-free. No more daily or weekly routines, just a simple monthly self-check. So it’s great for the busy woman who’s got a lot going on.


ParaGard® is a different kind of birth control. It’s virtually hassle-free. There are no refills or routines to remember – just a simple monthlyself-check.

Once it’s inserted, it starts working immediately. And keeps working as long as you need it to – whether it’s 2 years, 5 years, or even up to 10 years. Plus, ParaGard® gives you the flexibility to change your mind. Just have it removed whenever you and your healthcare professional choose.

How effective is Paragard®

ParaGard® is 99.4% effective.

How does Paragard® work

Ideas about how ParaGard® works include preventing sperm from reaching the egg and preventing the egg from attaching (implanting) in the uterus. ParaGard® starts to work immediately. ParaGard® does not alter your body’s natural menstrual cycle.

ParaGard® is effective for up 10 years

ParaGard® is effective for up to 10 years, but gives you the flexibility to change your mind. You can use it for 2 years, 5 years – however long you and your healthcare professional choose.

Does ParaGard® protect against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)

No. Only condoms protect against STDs

Will I feel ParaGard® inside my uterus

No. ParaGard® is designed to fit comfortably inside your uterus. You shouldn’t even know it’s there unless you do a self-check.

Is it okay to have copper in my body

Copper is an essential trace mineral that is naturally present in your body and found in such foods as shellfish, whole grains, nuts and leafy greens. In fact, the tiny amount of copper that ParaGard® releases each day is less than the amount contained in the average daily diet. The copper in ParaGard® doesn’t raise the overall level of copper already present.

If you are allergic to copper, however, or if you have a rare condition called Wilson’s disease, which is related to copper intolerance, you shouldn’t use ParaGard®.

Will my periods change

Because ParaGard® doesn’t contain hormones, your body will be free to cycle naturally

Some women may have heavier and longer periods for a while; some may have spotting between periods. These side effects usually lessen after a few months. However, if your menstrual flow is severe or prolonged, call your healthcare professional. You should also call your healthcare professional if you miss a period.

What if I decide to become pregnant

Simply ask your healthcare professional to remove ParaGard®. Most women who have used ParaGard® can later become pregnant at the same rate as those who have never used birth control. Once it’s removed, its contraceptive effect is reversed.

However, uncommonly, complications have occurred that may impact future fertility. This is rare, but ask your healthcare professional what this may mean for you.

Is it possible to get pregnant with ParaGard® in place

ParaGard® is 99.4% effective; however, in rare cases, women become pregnant while using ParaGard®. If you miss your menstrual period, or if you suspect you are pregnant, see your healthcare professional right away.

What risks are associated with ParaGard®

The most common side effects of ParaGard® are heavier and longer periods for a few months after placement; some women have spotting between periods. For most women, this typically subsides after a few months. If you ever miss a period, call your healthcare professional without delay as you might be pregnant.

Some possible serious complications that have been associated with intrauterine contraceptives, including ParaGard®, are PID, perforation of the uterus, and expulsion (where the contraceptive falls completely or partially out of the uterus).

Who shouldn’t use ParaGard®

  • 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 (e.g. because you are having sex with several men, or your partner is having sex with other women)
  • 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 (a disorder in how the body handles copper)
  • Are allergic to anything in ParaGard®
  • Already have an intrauterine contraceptive in your uterus

For more information please visit www.paragard.com

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