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Side Effects of ParaGard

Just like any medicine, ParaGard may cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the contraceptive will experience problems. In fact, most women tolerate it quite well.
 
If reactions do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
 
Common side effects of ParaGard include but are not limited to:
 
  • Heavier, longer periods
  • Spotting between periods.
 
(Click ParaGard Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
 

Drug Interactions

Little is known about possible drug interactions with ParaGard (see ParaGard Drug Interactions).
 

Important Information for Your Healthcare Provider

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using this contraceptive if you have:
 
  • A history of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
  • Had a serious pelvic infection
  • Uterine cancer or cervical cancer
  • Unexplained vaginal bleeding
  • Had an ectopic pregnancy (a "tubal" pregnancy) or are at high risk for an ectopic pregnancy
  • An intrauterine device (IUD) still in place
  • An abnormally shaped uterus or uterine fibroids
  • Any allergies, including to medications, foods, dyes, or preservatives.
 
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you:
 
 
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
 
(Click ParaGard Warnings and Precautions to learn more, including information on who should not use the drug.)
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