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
Hormone-Free Paragard
Hormonal IUD
Hormonal IUD
Hormonal Implant
Hormonal Implant
Sterilization
Sterilization
Injection
Injection
Pill
Pill
Patch
Patch
Ring
Ring
Diaphragm
Diaphragm
Condoms
Condoms
Cervical Cap
Cervical Cap
Withdrawl
Withdrawal
Sponge
Sponge
Fertility awareness based methods
Fertility awareness-based methods
Spermicide
Spermicide
Paragard IUD
Hormone-Free Paragard
Sterilization
Sterilization
Diaphragm
Diaphragm
Condoms
Condoms
Cervical Cap
Cervical Cap
Withdrawl
Withdrawal
Sponge
Sponge
Fertility awareness-based methods
Fertility awareness-based methods
Spermicide
Spermicide
Paragard IUD
Hormone-Free Paragard
Hormonal IUD
Hormonal IUD
Hormonal Implant
Hormonal Implant
Injection
Injection
Pill
Pill
Patch
Patch
Ring
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 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:

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.