Precautions and Warnings With the Copper IUD

Who Should Not Use the Copper IUD?

You should not use the copper IUD if you:
  • Are allergic to ParaGard, copper, or any of the other components used to make this product. Your healthcare provider or pharmacist has a list of all the other components. 
  • Have an abnormally shaped uterus.
  • Currently have pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). 
  • Are at high risk for pelvic inflammatory disease based on your sexual behavior.
  • Have had a severe pelvic infection after childbirth, miscarriage, or abortion within the past three months.
  • Have uterine or cervical cancer.
  • Have an intrauterine device (IUD) that has not been removed.
  • Have undiagnosed abnormal genital bleeding.
  • Have mucopurulent cervicitis (mucus- or pus-containing discharge from the cervix, a symptom that often indicates chlamydia or gonorrhea infection).
  • Have Wilson's disease.
  • Are pregnant (or you might be pregnant).

Final Thoughts

There are a number of situations in which the copper IUD should not be used, along with several warnings and precautions people should be aware of before using this contraceptive. However, it is possible that not all of these issues were discussed in this article. Therefore, you should talk with your healthcare provider about the specific safety concerns that may apply to you.

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Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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