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Who should not use ParaGard?

Women shouldn't use ParaGard (T 380A Intrauterine Copper Contraceptive) for birth control if they might already be pregnant, are allergic to any of its components or have any of the following:
  • an abnormally shaped uterus
  • a pelvic infection called pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
  • multiple male sex partners or a partner who has sex with other women -- both of which increase the risk of PID
  • in the last three months, a uterine infection after a pregnancy or abortion
  • cancer of the uterus or cervix
  • vaginal bleeding of unknown cause
  • infection of the cervix
  • Wilson’s disease (a rare genetic disorder in which the body retains excess copper)

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