PARAGARD® (intrauterine copper contraceptive)

Ask Her if She Wants a Birth Control That’s Hormone Free


PARAGARD® (intrauterine copper contraceptive) is the only highly effective, reversible birth control that is completely hormone free.¹


  • 100% hormone free
  • 94% patient satisfaction*²
  • Removable whenever she decides§
  • >99% effective for up to 10 years

The copper in PARAGARD enhances contraceptive efficacy by interfering with sperm transport and fertilization, and possibly preventing implantation.

Placement of PARAGARD

The PARAGARD non-hormonal IUD may be placed anytime during your patient’s cycle when you and the patient are reasonably certain she is not pregnant, or after pregnancy. Please see important details, including contraindications.


Removal of PARAGARD

Because it is immediately reversible upon removal§¹, patients can start trying to conceive the same day PARAGARD is removed by a healthcare professional.

Ordering PARAGARD

PARAGARD Access Center offers a comprehensive range of support services and resources for ordering, including direct purchase, patient benefits verification service, fulfillment through our specialty pharmacy, and a solution for patients who choose to self-pay. More information can be found on the PARAGARD® Access Center webpage or by calling 1-877-PARAGARD.

Cost to Patients

PARAGARD may cost $0 for insured patients under the Affordable Care Act.

This may mean:

  • No co-pay
  • Coinsurance costs
  • No deductibles
  • It is important to check with each patient's health insurance plan to determine coverage.

*Data are from the Contraceptive CHOICE Project. The study evaluated 3- and 6-month self-reported bleeding and cramping patterns in 5011 Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptive (LARC) users (n=826, PARAGARD), and the association of these symptoms with method satisfaction. Study participants rated satisfaction with their LARC method as "very satisfied," "somewhat satisfied," or "not satisfied." For the data analyses, "satisfied" and "very satisfied" were grouped together as "satisfied."

§PARAGARD must be removed by a healthcare professional.

¹ Kaneshiro B, Aeby T. Long-term safety, efficacy, and patient acceptability of the intrauterine Copper T‐380A contraceptive device. Int J Womens Health. 2010;2:211-220.

² Diedrich JT, Desai S, Zhao Q, Secura G, Madden T, Peipert JF. Association of short-term bleeding and cramping patterns with long-acting reversible contraceptive method satisfaction. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2015;212(1):50.e1-50.e8.

INDICATION

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

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

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

Click here for the full Prescribing Information for PARAGARD.

CooperSurgical, Inc. US-PAR-1800012 May 2018.
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