PARAGARD is indicated for intrauterine contraception for up to 10 years.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
- PARAGARD does not protect against HIV/AIDS or other sexually transmitted infections (STI).
- PARAGARD must not be used by women who are pregnant or may be pregnant as this can be life threatening and may result in loss of pregnancy or fertility.
- PARAGARD must not be used by women who have acute pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) or current behavior suggesting a high risk of PID; have had a postpregnancy or postabortion uterine infection in the past 3 months; have cancer of the uterus or cervix; have an infection of the cervix; have an allergy to any component; or have Wilson’s disease.
- The most common side effects of PARAGARD are heavier and longer periods and spotting between periods; for most women, these typically subside after 2 to 3 months.
- If a woman misses her period, she must be promptly evaluated for pregnancy.
- Some possible serious complications that have been associated with intrauterine contraceptives, including PARAGARD, are PID, embedment, perforation of the uterus, and expulsion.
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