(BPT) - Are you interested in a long-acting form of birth control that doesn’t have any hormones? You’re not alone! Meet PARAGARD® (intrauterine copper contraceptive), a non-hormonal, copper-releasing device that is placed in a woman’s uterus to prevent pregnancy for up to 10 years.

Teva Women’s Health, Inc., the maker of PARAGARD, conducted a survey of 1,000 U.S. women ages 18-34 years to understand what women know about IUDs (intrauterine devices). Of the women surveyed, 80% believed they had an understanding of how an IUD works, but in reality, over half of women had misinformation about IUDs. To help educate women about the only IUD that is highly effective without the use of hormones, Teva Women’s Health presents six things you should know about PARAGARD. PARAGARD does not protect against HIV/AIDs or sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

Important Safety Information

Do not use PARAGARD if you have a pelvic infection, get infections easily or have certain cancers. Less than 1% of users get a serious infection called pelvic inflammatory disease. If you have persistent pelvic or stomach pain, or if PARAGARD comes out, tell your healthcare provider. If it comes out, use back-up birth control. Occasionally, PARAGARD may attach to or in rare cases may go through the uterine wall and may also cause other problems. In some cases, surgical removal may be necessary. Although uncommon, pregnancy while using PARAGARD can be life threatening and may result in loss of pregnancy or fertility. Bleeding or spotting may increase at first but should decrease in 2 to 3 months. PARAGARD does not protect against HIV/AIDs or STDs.

1. PARAGARD has no hormones

Nearly a third of the women surveyed falsely believed all IUDs contain hormones. However, PARAGARD is hormone-free so women should keep their menstrual cycle. Interestingly, two out of three women actually prefer getting their monthly period – forty-five percent view it as a reminder that they may not be pregnant, and nearly thirty percent say it makes them feel that their body is being cleansed. The most common side effects of PARAGARD are heavier, longer periods and spotting between periods; most of these side effects diminish after 2-3 months. This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If a woman’s menstrual flow continues to be heavy or long, or spotting continues, or if she has other questions about side effects, she should contact her healthcare provider.

2. PARAGARD helps prevent pregnancy for up to 10 years but can be removed by a healthcare professional at any time

Ninety-two percent of women were not aware that there is an IUD on the market that can be used for up to 10 years. PARAGARD is indicated for intrauterine contraception for up to 10 years, but can be removed by a healthcare provider whenever a woman wants. Women who want to get pregnant can begin trying to get pregnant the same day PARAGARD is removed by a healthcare provider. Occasionally, PARAGARD may attach to or in rare cases may go through the uterine wall and may also cause other problems. In some cases, surgical removal may be necessary.

3. PARAGARD is more than 99 percent effective

Nearly 70 percent of women surveyed did not know that IUDs were among the most effective forms of reversible birth control. PARAGARD is more than 99 percent effective in preventing pregnancy. PARAGARD does not protect against HIV/AIDs or STDs.

4. PARAGARD has high patient satisfaction

In a study of 5,011 women (826 using PARAGARD) who were asked to report changes in bleeding and cramping since their long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC)* was placed, nearly 94 percent reported that they were satisfied with PARAGARD three and six months after placement.

* LARCs include the contraceptive implant and intrauterine devices (IUDs).

Diedrich JT, Desai S, Zhao Q, et al. Association of short-term bleeding and cramping patterns with long-acting reversible contraceptive method satisfaction. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2015;212(1):50.e1-50.e8.

5. PARAGARD is covered by insurance

Ninety-two percent of women did not know that under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), women with insurance can pay little to no out-of-pocket cost for PARAGARD. Women should talk to their doctors or call their insurance provider for information specific to their plan.

6. Forty-two percent of female healthcare providers surveyed personally use Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARCs) for contraception

Nearly 75 percent of the women surveyed revealed they would be more likely to get an IUD if they knew their healthcare provider had one. Forty-two percent of the 331 female healthcare providers included in a survey published in the journal, Contraception, use LARCs (IUDs 40 percent; implant 2 percent), as their form of contraception. Women should talk to their doctors about what type of contraception is right for them.

So if you’re considering a long-acting, non-hormonal birth control, talk to your doctor about PARAGARD, the IUD that lets you own your story.

What is PARAGARD® (intrauterine copper contraceptive)?

PARAGARD® is a copper-releasing device that is placed in your uterus to prevent pregnancy for up to 10 years.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

Do not use PARAGARD® if you have a pelvic infection, get infections easily or have certain cancers. Less than 1% of users get a serious infection called pelvic inflammatory disease. If you have persistent pelvic or stomach pain, or if PARAGARD® comes out, tell your healthcare professional. If it comes out, use back-up birth control. Occasionally, PARAGARD® may attach to or in rare cases may go through the uterine wall and may also cause other problems. In some cases, surgical removal may be necessary. Although uncommon, pregnancy while using PARAGARD® can be life threatening and may result in loss of pregnancy or fertility. Bleeding or spotting may increase at first but should decrease in 2 to 3 months. PARAGARD® does not protect against HIV/AIDS or sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

Available by prescription only.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA at www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

For important risk and use information about PARAGARD®, please see the full Prescribing Information.

Nothing in this article should be construed as giving advice or making a recommendation, and it should not be relied on as the basis for any decision or action. It is important that you rely only on the advice of a healthcare professional to advise you on your specific situation.

PARAGARD® is a registered trademark of Teva Women’s Health, Inc.

©2017 Teva Women’s Health, Inc.

PAR-41280 PARAGARD Listicle Mat Release

October 2017

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