The most effective hormone-free birth control1*

Paragard® IUS is >99% Effective1

Percentage of women who will not become pregnant within 1 year (typical use)

Hormone Free

Paragard IUD

Sterilization

Hormonal

Implant

IUD

Hormone Free

None

Hormonal

Injection

Pill

Patch

Ring

Hormone Free

Diaphragm

Gel2

Condom

Withdrawal

Sponge

Spermicide

Fertility Awareness-Based Methods

Hormonal

None

Hormone Free

No Birth Control Method

Hormonal

None

Important Safety Information

  • Paragard must not be used by women who had a post-pregnancy or post-abortion uterine infection in the past 3 months; have cancer of the uterus or cervix; acute pelvic inflammatory disease (PID); an infection of the cervix; an allergy to any component (including copper); or Wilson’s disease. Continue reading

Indication

Paragard is a copper-containing IUS (intrauterine system) indicated for the prevention of pregnancy for up to 10 years.

Important Safety Information

  • Paragard must not be used by women who had a post-pregnancy or post-abortion uterine infection in the past 3 months; have cancer of the uterus or cervix; acute pelvic inflammatory disease (PID); an infection of the cervix; an allergy to any component (including copper); or Wilson's disease.
  • If a woman misses her period, she must be promptly evaluated for ectopic pregnancy.
  • Possible serious complications that have been associated with IUSs are PID, embedment, perforation of the uterus, and expulsion.
  • Paragard must not be used by pregnant women as this can be life threatening and may result in loss of pregnancy or infertility.
  • Menstrual cycles may become heavier and longer with intermenstrual spotting. Bleeding may be heavier than usual at first.
  • Paragard does not protect against HIV or STIs.

Please see accompanying Full Prescribing Information.

References:
1. Trussel J. Contraceptive failure in the United States. Contraception 2011;838397-404.

2. Lactic acid, citric acid, and potassium bitartrate vaginal gel Full Prescribing Information, 2020.

*Excluding sterilization

†Among typical couples who initiate use of a method (not necessarily for the first time), the percentage who will not experience an accidental pregnancy during the first year if they do not stop use for any other reason.