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Paragard IUD

Also Known as T-SAFE CU 380A IUD

Prescription requiredOnly Available By Prescription
What is a Generic Drug?

A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.

The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.

Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.


Paragard is a non-hormonal intrauterine device (IUD) that provides long-term contraception. It is a T-shaped device made primarily from plastic and a natural copper that is wrapped around the stem and arms. The copper acts as a spermicide, providing an effective barrier against pregnancy by interfering with sperm mobility and viability. Paragard is a reversible contraceptive method and can be used safely by most women, including those who cannot use hormonal contraception. This IUD can provide protection for up to 10 years, making it a cost-effective and low-maintenance choice.

Before you buy Paragard IUD, it is crucial that you talk to your healthcare provider about potential side effects and Paragard IUD cost.

Fact Table
Formula Not applicable (device)
License FDA approved
Bioavailability Not applicable (device-based)
Legal status Prescription required for insertion
Chemical Name Copper T 380A intrauterine device
Elimination half-life Not applicable (local intrauterine effect)
Dosage (Strength) Not applicable
Pregnancy Not applicable (contraceptive device)
Brands Paragard
Protein binding Not applicable (device)
PubChem CID Not applicable
MedlinePlus a601046 (for Copper Intrauterine Device)
ChEBI Not applicable
ATC code Not applicable
DrugBank Not applicable
KEGG Not applicable
Routes of administration Intrauterine

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The copper Paragard IUD must be inserted by a qualified healthcare provider. The procedure is usually quick and can be done in a clinic or healthcare provider's office. Here's a general overview of what to expect during the insertion process:

  • Discuss your medical history, current health status, and suitability for using Paragard with your healthcare provider.
  • Undergo a pelvic examination to check the position and size of your uterus.
  • The IUD is inserted through the cervical canal and properly positioned in the uterus. This process may cause discomfort or cramping.
  • Schedule a follow-up visits to ensure the IUD is properly positioned. Regular check-ups are recommended every year or as advised by your healthcare provider.


Active Ingredient: Copper wire coiled around the T-frame.


Paragard should not be used by women who have a suspected or confirmed pregnancy.

Women with a history of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), unless there has been a subsequent intrauterine pregnancy, should avoid using Paragard.

Avoid use if there is known hypersensitivity or allergic reaction to copper.

Do not use Paragard if you have Wilson's disease as it may exacerbate copper-related symptoms.

Women with severe distortions of the uterine cavity by fibroids or other anomalies may not be suitable candidates for Paragard.


There are no known drug interactions with Paragard as it does not contain any hormones. However, any medications or conditions that compromise the integrity of the uterine tissue may affect the placement or retention of Paragard. Always inform your healthcare provider about any other medications or supplements you are taking.

Side Effects

Common side effects of using Paragard may include:

  • Heavier and possibly longer menstrual periods
  • Increased menstrual cramping
  • Spotting between periods, especially in the first few months after insertion
  • Risk of expulsion, which is more likely to occur soon after insertion

Frequently Asked Questions about Paragard

How effective is Paragard at preventing pregnancy?

Paragard is more than 99% effective at preventing pregnancy.

Can Paragard be used as emergency contraception?

Yes, Paragard can be inserted within five days after unprotected sex to serve as emergency contraception.

How long can I use the same Paragard IUD?

You can use Paragard for up to 10 years.

Will Paragard affect my menstrual cycle?

You might experience heavier and longer periods, especially during the first few months after insertion.

Is it possible to get pregnant immediately after removing Paragard?

Yes, your fertility returns to normal immediately after Paragard is removed.

Can I feel the IUD during intercourse?

No, neither you nor your partner should be able to feel the IUD during intercourse. If you do, contact your healthcare provider.

What should I do if I can no longer feel the Paragard strings?

If you cannot feel the strings, contact your healthcare provider to ensure that Paragard is still in place.

Is there an age limit for using Paragard?

There is no upper age limit for using Paragard as long as you are menstruating and meet the health criteria.

Can Paragard be used during breastfeeding?

Yes, Paragard is safe to use while breastfeeding as it contains no hormones that could affect milk production.

Does Paragard protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs)?

No, Paragard does not protect against STIs. Using condoms is recommended to protect against STIs.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.