The most effective hormone-free birth control*

Paragard is >99% Effective

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

 
Over 99% effective
99%-94% effective
72%-88% effective
 
Hormone-Free Paragard
Hormonal IUD
Hormonal Implant
Sterilization
Injection
Pill
Patch
Ring
Diaphragm
Condoms
Cervical Cap
Withdrawal
Sponge
Fertility awareness-based methods
Spermicide
Hormone-Free Paragard
Sterilization
Diaphragm
Condoms
Cervical Cap
Withdrawal
Sponge
Fertility awareness-based methods
Spermicide
Hormone-Free Paragard
Hormonal IUD
Hormonal Implant
Injection
Pill
Patch
Ring

Over 99% effective

99%-94% effective

72%-88% effective

Over 99% effective

72%-88% effective

Over 99% effective

99%-94% effective

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

PARAGARD does not protect against HIV/AIDS or other sexually transmitted infections.

Important Safety Information

  • Paragard must not be used by women who have acute pelvic inflammatory disease (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. Continue reading

Paragard is indicated for intrauterine contraception for up to 10 years.

Important Safety Information

  • Paragard must not be used by women who have acute pelvic inflammatory disease (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.
  • If a woman misses her period, she must be promptly evaluated for pregnancy.
  • Possible serious complications that have been associated with intrauterine contraceptives are PID, embedment, perforation of the uterus, and expulsion.
  • Paragard must not be used by women who are pregnant as this can be life threatening and may result in loss of pregnancy or infertility.
  • The most common side effects of Paragard are bleeding and spotting; for most women, these typically subside after 2 to 3 months.
  • Paragard does not protect against HIV or other sexually transmitted infections (STI).

For full product information, please see the Full Prescribing Information.

References:

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.

*Excluding sterilization.