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Side Effects to Report

Some side effects of ParaGard are potentially serious and should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. These include but are not limited to:
 
  • Signs of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), such as:
 
    • Prolonged or heavy vaginal bleeding
    • Unusual vaginal discharge
    • Lower abdominal (stomach) pain
    • Pain during sex
    • Fever and chills
 
  • Severe pain within a few hours after insertion of ParaGard, which could be a sign of a dangerous infection
  • Embedment of the IUD within the uterus, which may result in the need for surgical removal
  • Perforation of the uterine wall, which can result in:
 
    • Infection
    • Scarring
    • Damage to other organs
    • The need for surgery
 
 
    • Unusual vaginal bleeding
    • Severe abdominal (stomach) pain
 
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
 
    • An unexplained rash
    • Hives
    • Itching
    • Unexplained swelling
    • Wheezing
    • Difficulty breathing or swallowing.
 
Let your healthcare provider know if at any time you cannot feel the removal threads of ParaGard. This could mean that the device has:
 
  • Become displaced or lost from the body
  • Broken
  • Perforated the uterus.
 
Your healthcare provider can check the location of ParaGard using an ultrasound or an x-ray.
 
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Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;
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