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 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.