Problems From Copper IUD

Although most women do not have any problems from using the copper IUD (ParaGard®), this contraceptive device is not appropriate for some women. For example, this form of birth control can cause serious complications, such as:
  • Ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy that occurs outside of the uterus)
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
  • Serious infections
  • Perforation of the uterus.
Common side effects include spotting between periods and heavier, longer periods. Make sure to review the potential risks of using the copper IUD with your healthcare provider before having this product. Women who have a history of unexplained vaginal bleeding, uterine cancer, or an abnormally shaped uterus may not be able to use this device.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With the Copper IUD for other problems this contraceptive can cause, including serious complications that may prevent some women from being able to use this device.)
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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