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ParaGard Side Effects

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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