An IUD that works differently

Mechanism of Action

Paragard is made mostly of soft, flexible plastic and copper

Unique mechanism: one simple active ingredient to prevent pregnancy, and no hormones

Made mostly of soft, flexible plastic and copper

Copper enhances contraceptive efficacy by

Not actual size.*

  • interfering with sperm transport and fertilization
  • possibly preventing implantation

Is not known to affect ovulation, so patients can start trying to get pregnant the same day it is removed

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.