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PARAGARD T 380A (Ortho-McNeil)

Intrauterine Copper Contraceptive

Prescribing Information

Patients should be counseled that this product does not protect against HIV infection (AIDS) and other sexually transmitted diseases.

The ParaGard T380A should only be inserted, managed, and removed by clinicians that are thoroughly familiar with these procedures.


You have received a Patient Package Insert that Federal Regulations (21 CFR 310.502) require you to furnish to each patient who is considering the use of the ParaGard T 380A.

The Patient Package Insert contains information on the safety and efficacy of the ParaGard T 380A. Before inserting the ParaGard T 380A:

  • You should read the physician prescription labeling and be familiar with all the information it contains.
  • You should counsel the patient and answer her questions about contraception, the ParaGard T 380A, and the information in the Patient Package Insert.
  • You and the patient should read each section of the Patient Package Insert, and if the patient agrees, she may sign a consent form provided for your convenience.

The Patient Package Insert is also available in Spanish and other foreign languages. Address requests to Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, Inc. or telephone 1-800-322-4966.



The polyethylene body of the ParaGard T 380A is wound with approximately 176 mg of copper wire and carries a copper collar of approximately 68.7 mg of copper on each of its transverse arms. The exposed surface areas of copper are 380 ± 23 mm. 2 The dimensions of the ParaGard T 380A are 36 mm in the vertical direction and 32 mm in the horizontal direction. The tip of the vertical arm of the ParaGard T 380A is enlarged to form a bulb having a diameter of 3 mm. The ParaGard T 380A is equipped with a monofilament polyethylene thread which is tied through the bulb, resulting in two threads at the tip to aid in removal of the IUD. The ParaGard T 380A contains barium sulfate to render it radiopaque.

The ParaGard T 380A is packaged together with an insertion tube and solid rod in a Tyvek- polyethylene pouch and then sterilized. The insertion tube is equipped with a movable flange to aid in gauging the depth to which the insertion tube is inserted through the cervical canal and into the uterine cavity.

Clinical Pharmacology

Available data indicate that the contraceptive effectiveness of the ParaGard T 380A is enhanced by copper being released continuously from the copper coil and sleeves into the uterine cavity. The exact mechanism by which metallic copper enhances the contraceptive effect of an IUD has not been conclusively demonstrated. Various hypotheses have been advanced, including interference with sperm transport, fertilization, and implantation. Clinical studies with copper-bearing IUDs also suggest that fertilization is prevented either due to an altered number or lack of viability of spermatozoa. 1

Indications and Usage

The ParaGard T 380A is indicated for intrauterine contraception. ParaGard T 380A is highly effective. Table II and Table III list an expected pregnancy rate for one year between 0.7 and 0.5, respectively. ParaGard T 380A should not be kept in place longer than 10 years.


The ParaGard T 380A is recommended for women who have had at least one child, are in a stable, mutually monogamous relationship, and have no history of pelvic inflammatory disease.


The ParaGard T 380A should not be inserted when one or more of the following conditions exist:

  1. Pregnancy or suspicion of pregnancy.
  2. Abnormalities of the uterus resulting in distortion of the uterine cavity.
  3. Acute pelvic inflammatory disease or a history of pelvic inflammatory disease.
  4. Postpartum endometritis or infected abortion in the past 3 months.
  5. Known or suspected uterine or cervical malignancy, including unresolved, abnormal "Pap" smear.
  6. Genital bleeding of unknown etiology.
  7. Untreated acute cervicitis or vaginitis, including bacterial vaginosis, until infection is controlled.
  8. Copper-containing IUDs should not be inserted in the presence of diagnosed Wilson's disease.
  9. Known allergy to copper.
  10. Patient or her partner has multiple sexual partners.
  11. Conditions associated with increased susceptibility to infections with microorganisms. Such conditions include, but are not limited to, leukemia, acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), and I.V. drug abuse.
  12. Genital actinomycosis.
  13. A previously inserted IUD that has not been removed.


    Effects on the offspring when pregnancy occurs with the ParaGard T 380A in place are unknown.
    1. Septic Abortion
      Reports indicate an increased incidence of septic abortion with septicemia, septic shock, and death in patients becoming pregnant with an IUD in place. Most of these reports have been associated with, but are not limited to, the mid-trimester of pregnancy. In some cases, the initial symptoms have been insidious and not easily recognized. If pregnancy should occur with an IUD in situ , the IUD should be removed if the string is visible and removal is easily accomplished. Of course, manipulation may result in spontaneous abortion. If removal proves to be difficult, or if threads are not visible, interruption of the pregnancy should be considered and offered as an option. Rates of mortality with and without contraception are shown in Table I.
    2. Continuation of Pregnancy
      If the patient elects to maintain the pregnancy and the IUD remains in situ , she should be warned that there is an increased risk of spontaneous abortion and sepsis. In addition, she is at increased risk of premature labor and delivery. As a consequence of premature birth, the fetus is at increased risk of damage. She should be followed more closely than the usual obstetrical patient. The patient must be advised to report immediately all abnormal symptoms, such as flu-like syndrome, fever, abdominal cramping or pain, bleeding or vaginal discharge, because generalized symptoms of septicemia may be insidious.
    1. Patients with a history of ectopic pregnancy are at an increased risk of subsequent pregnancies being ectopic. Although current data indicate that there is no increased risk of ectopic pregnancy in patients using the ParaGard T 380A and some data suggest there may be a lower risk than the general population using no method of contraception, a pregnancy which occurs with the ParaGard T 380A in place is more likely to be ectopic than a pregnancy occurring without ParaGard T 380A. 2-4 Therefore, patients who become pregnant while using the ParaGard T 380A should be carefully evaluated for the possibility of an ectopic pregnancy.
    2. Special attention should be directed to patients with delayed menses, slight metrorrhagia and/or unilateral pelvic pain, and to those patients who wish to terminate a pregnancy because of IUD failure, to determine whether ectopic pregnancy has occurred.
    The ParaGard T 380A is contraindicated in the presence of PID or in women with a history of PID. Use of all IUDs, including the ParaGard T 380A, has been associated with an increased incidence of PID. Therefore, a decision to use the ParaGard T 380A must include consideration of the risks of PID. The highest rate of PID has been reported to occur after insertion and up to four months thereafter. A study suggests that the highest incidence occurs within 20 days postinsertion, then falls, remaining constant thereafter. 5 Administration of prophylactic antibiotics has been reported, although studies do not confirm the utility of this prophylactic measure in reducing PID. PID can necessitate hysterectomy and can also lead to tubo-ovarian abscesses, tubal occlusion and infertility, and tubal damage that can predispose to ectopic pregnancy. PID can result in peritonitis and, infrequently, in death. The effect of PID on fertility is especially important for women who may wish to have children at a later date.
    1. Women at special risk of PID
      The risk of PID appears to be greater for women who have multiple sexual partners and also for those women whose sexual partners have multiple sexual partners, as PID is most frequently caused by sexually transmitted diseases.
    2. PID warning to ParaGard T 380A users
      All women who choose the ParaGard T 380A must be informed prior to insertion that IUD use has been associated with an increased incidence of PID and that PID can necessitate hysterectomy, can cause tubal damage leading to ectopic pregnancy or infertility or, in infrequent cases, can cause death. Patients must be taught to recognize and report to their physician promptly any symptoms of pelvic inflammatory disease. These symptoms include development of menstrual disorders (prolonged or heavy bleeding), unusual vaginal discharge, abdominal or pelvic pain or tenderness, dyspareunia, chills, and fever.
    3. Asymptomatic PID
      PID may be asymptomatic but still result in tubal damage and its sequelae. 6,7
    4. Treatment of PID
      Following diagnosis of PID, or suspected PID, bacteriologic specimens should be obtained and antibiotic therapy should be initiated promptly. Removal of the ParaGard T 380A after initiation of antibiotic therapy is usually appropriate. Time should be allowed for therapeutic blood levels to be reached prior to removal. Guidelines for PID treatment are available from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Atlanta, Georgia. A copy of the printed guidelines has been provided to you by Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, Inc. The guidelines were established after deliberation by a group of experts and staff of the CDC, but they should not be construed as rules suitable for use in all patients. Adequate PID treatment requires the application of current standards of therapy prevailing at the time of occurrence of the infection with reference to the prescription labeling of the antibiotic selected.
      Genital actinomycosis has been associated primarily with long-term IUD use. If actinomycosis occurs, promptly institute appropriate antibiotic therapy and remove the ParaGard T 380A.
    Partial penetration or embedment of the ParaGard T 380A in the endometrium or myometrium can result in difficult removal. In some cases this can result in breakage of the IUD, necessitating surgical removal.
    Partial or total perforation of the uterine wall or cervix may occur with use of the ParaGard T 380A. The rate of perforation in randomized trials of the ParaGard T 380A has been 1 in 1,360. Insertions immediately after the expulsion of the placenta are not known to be associated with increased risks of perforation, but insertion later in the first postpartum month, particularly during lactation, has been associated with an increased risk of perforation. 8,9 Thus, unless performed immediately postpartum, insertion should be delayed to the second postpartum month. IUD insertion immediately postabortion in the first trimester is not known to be associated with increased risks of perforation, but insertion after second trimester abortion should be delayed until the second postabortion month.
    The possibility of perforation must be kept in mind during insertion and at the time of any subsequent examination. If perforation occurs, the ParaGard T 380A should be removed as soon as possible. A surgical procedure may be required. Abdominal adhesions, intestinal penetration, intestinal obstruction, and local inflammatory reaction with abscess formation and erosion of adjacent viscera may result if the ParaGard T 380A is left in the peritoneal cavity. There are reports of migration after insertion.
    The use of medical diathermy (short-wave and microwave) in a patient with a metal-containing IUD may cause heat injury to the surrounding tissue. Therefore, medical diathermy to the abdominal and sacral areas should not be used on patients with a ParaGard T 380A in place.
    Additional amounts of copper available to the body from the ParaGard T 380A may precipitate symptoms in women with Wilson's disease. The incidence of Wilson's disease is approximately 1 in 200,000. The long term effects of intrauterine copper to a child conceived in the presence of an IUD are unknown.
    The available data from a variety of sources have been analyzed to estimate the risk of death associated with various methods of contraception. The estimates of risk of death include the combined risk of the contraceptive method plus the risk of pregnancy or abortion in the event of method failure. The findings of the analysis are shown in Table I. 10
TABLE I--Annual Number of Birth-Related or Method-Related Deaths
Associated with Control of Fertility per 100,000 Non-sterile Women,
by Fertility Control Method According to Age.
  Age Group  
Methods 15-19 20-24 25-29 30-34 35-39 40-44
No Birth Control Method/Term 4.7 5.4 4.8 6.3 11.7  20.6
No Birth Control Method/AB 2.1 2.0 1.6 1.9  2.8   5.3
IUD 0.2 0.3 0.2 0.1  0.3   0.6
Periodic Abstinence 1.4 1.3 0.7 1.0  1.0   1.9
Withdrawal 0.9 1.7 0.9 1.3  0.8   1.5
Condom 0.6 1.2 0.6 0.9  0.5   1.0
Diaphragm/Cap 0.6 1.1 0.6 0.9  1.6   3.1
Sponge 0.8 1.5 0.8 1.1  2.2   4.1
Spermicides 1.6 1.9 1.4 1.9  1.5   2.7
Oral Contraceptives 0.8 1.3 1.1 1.8  1.0   1.9
Implants/Injectables 0.2 0.6 0.5 0.8  0.5   0.6
Tubal Sterilization 1.3 1.2 1.1 1.1  1.2   1.3
Vasectomy 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1  0.1   0.2


Patients should be counseled that this product does not protect against HIV infection (AIDS) and other sexually transmitted diseases.

  1. Patient Counseling
    Prior to the insertion, the physician, nurse, or other trained health professional must provide the patient with the Patient Package Insert. The patient should be given the opportunity to read the information and discuss fully any questions she may have concerning the ParaGard T 380A as well as other methods of contraception.
  2. Patient Evaluation and Clinical Considerations
    1. A complete medical and social history, including that of the partner, should be obtained to determine conditions that might influence the selection of an IUD. A physical examination should include a pelvic examination, a "Pap" smear, and appropriate tests for any other forms of genital disease, such as gonorrhea and chlamydia laboratory evaluations, if indicated. If actinomyces-like organisms are detected on the Pap smear, they should be cultured to determine whether genital actinomyces is present. The physician should determine that the patient is not pregnant.
    2. The uterus should be carefully sounded prior to the insertion to determine the degree of patency of the endocervical canal and the internal os, and the direction and depth of the uterine cavity. In occasional cases, severe cervical stenosis may be encountered. Do not use excessive force to overcome this resistance.
    3. The uterus should sound to a depth of 6 to 9 centimeters (cm). Insertion of an IUD into a uterine cavity measuring less than 6.0 cm by sounding may increase the incidence of expulsion, bleeding, pain, perforation, and possibly, pregnancy.
    4. Clinicians are cautioned that it is imperative for them to become thoroughly familiar with the instructions for use before attempting placement of the ParaGard T 380A. To reduce the possibility of insertion in the presence of an existing undetermined pregnancy, the optimal time for insertion is the latter part of the menstrual period, or one or two days thereafter. The ParaGard T 380A should not be inserted postpartum or postabortion until involution of the uterus is complete. The incidence of perforation and expulsion is greater if involution is not complete. Data also suggest that there may be an increased risk of perforation and expulsion if the woman is lactating. 8,9 Other recent studies report no increased incidence of perforation or expulsion in lactating women. 11,12
      The ParaGard T 380A should be placed at the fundus of the uterine cavity. Proper placement enhances contraceptive effectiveness and helps avoid perforation and partial or complete expulsion that could result in pregnancy.
    5. Patients experiencing menorrhagia and/or metrorrhagia following IUD insertion may be at risk for the development of hypochromic microcytic anemia. Careful consideration of this risk must be given before insertion in patients with anemia or a history of menorrhagia or hypermenorrhea. Patients receiving anticoagulants or having a coagulopathy may have a greater risk of menorrhagia or hypermenorrhea.
    6. Syncope, bradycardia, or other neurovascular episodes may occur during insertion or removal of IUDs, especially in patients with a previous disposition to these conditions or cervical stenosis.
    7. Use of an IUD in patients with cervicitis should be postponed until treatment has eradicated the infection.
    8. Patients with valvular or congenital heart disease are more prone to develop subacute bacterial endocarditis than patients who do not have valvular or congenital heart disease. Use of an IUD in these patients may represent a potential source of septic emboli. Patients with known congenital heart disease who may be at increased risk should be treated with appropriate antibiotics at the time of insertion.
    9. Patients requiring chronic corticosteroid therapy or insulin for diabetes should be monitored with special care for infection.
    10. Since the ParaGard T 380A may be partially or completely expelled, patients should be reexamined and evaluated shortly after the first postinsertion menses, but no later than 3 months afterwards. Thereafter, annual examination with appropriate evaluation, including a "Pap" smear, should be carried out. The ParaGard T 380A should be kept in place no longer than 10 years.
    11. The patient should be told that some bleeding or cramps may occur during the first few weeks after insertion. If these symptoms continue or are severe she should report them to her physician. She should be instructed on how to check to make certain that the threads still protrude from the cervix and cautioned that there is no contraceptive protection if the ParaGard T 380A has been expelled. She should check frequently, at least after each menstrual period. She should be cautioned not to dislodge the ParaGard T 380A by pulling on the thread. If a partial expulsion occurs, removal is indicated.
    12. Rarely, a copper-induced urticarial allergic skin reaction may develop in women using a copper-containing IUD. If the symptoms of such an allergic response occur, the patient should be instructed to tell the consulting physician that a copper-containing device is being used.
    13. The effect of magnetic resonance imaging of the pelvis was investigated in one study 13 in women with the CU-7 (Intrauterine Copper Contraceptive) and the LIPPES LOOP™ IUD. The CU-7 has a different configuration and contains less copper than the ParaGard T 380A. The results of the study indicate that neither the CU-7 nor the LIPPES LOOP™ were moved under the influence of the magnetic field nor did they heat during the spin-echo sequences usually employed for pelvic imaging.
  3. Insertion Prophylaxis
    Observe strict asepsis at insertion; clean the endocervix with an antiseptic solution, because the presence of organisms capable of establishing PID cannot be determined by appearance, and because IUD insertion may be associated with introduction of vaginal bacteria into the uterus. Data do not confirm the utility of prophylactic administration of antibiotics in reducing the incidence of PID, and their use in nursing women is not recommended.
  4. Requirements for Continuation and Removal
    1. The ParaGard T 380A must be replaced before the end of the tenth year of use. There is no evidence of decreasing contraceptive efficacy with time before ten years, but the contraceptive effectiveness at longer times has not been established; therefore, the patient should be informed of the known duration of contraceptive efficacy and be advised to return in 10 years for removal and possible insertion of a new ParaGard T 380A.
    2. The ParaGard T 380A should be removed for the following medical reasons: menorrhagia- and/or metrorrhagia-producing anemia; pelvic infection; genital actinomycosis; intractable pelvic pain; dyspareunia; pregnancy, endometrial or cervical malignancy; uterine or cervical perforation; increase in length of the threads extending from the cervix, or any other indication of partial expulsion. Insertions immediately following placental delivery or first trimester abortion may result in threads becoming slightly longer as the uterus involutes and may not represent expulsion or partial expulsion.
    3. If the retrieval threads cannot be visualized, they may have retracted into the uterus or have been broken, or the ParaGard T 380A may have been broken, or the ParaGard T 380A may have been expelled. Localization may be made by feeling with a probe, X-ray, or sonography. When the physician elects to recover a ParaGard T 380A with the threads not visible, the removal instructions should be reviewed.
    4. Should the patient's relationship cease to be mutually monogamous, or should her partner become HIV positive, or acquire a sexually transmitted disease, she should be instructed to report this change to her clinician immediately. It may be advisable to recommend the use of a barrier method as a partial protection against acquiring sexually transmitted diseases until the ParaGard T 380A can be removed.
  5. Continuing Care of Patients Using ParaGard T 380A
    1. Any inquiries regarding pain, odorous discharge, bleeding, fever, genital lesions or sores, or a missed period should be promptly responded to and prompt examination is recommended.
    2. If examination during visits subsequent to insertion reveals that the length of the threads has visibly or palpably changed from the length at time of insertion, the ParaGard T 380A should be considered displaced and should be removed. A new ParaGard T 380A may be inserted at that time or during the next menses if it is certain that conception has not occurred. Under no circumstances should reinsertion with an expelled ParaGard T 380A be attempted. A new ParaGard T 380A should be inserted.
    3. Since the ParaGard T 380A may be partially or completely expelled, patients should be reexamined and evaluated shortly after the first postinsertion menses, but no later than 3 months afterwards. Thereafter, at least annual examination with appropriate evaluation, including a "Pap" smear, and if indicated, gonococcal and chlamydial laboratory evaluations, should be carried out. The ParaGard T 380A should be kept in place no longer than 10 years.
    4. In the event a pregnancy is confirmed during ParaGard T 380A use, the following steps should be taken:
      • Determine whether the pregnancy is ectopic and take appropriate measures if it is.
      • Inform patient of the risks of leaving an IUD in situ or removing it during pregnancy, and of the lack of data on the long term effects of the ParaGard T 380A on the offspring of women who have had it in utero during conception or gestation (see WARNINGS ). This information should include the risk of septic spontaneous abortion with the IUD in situ .
      • If possible, the ParaGard T 380A should be removed after the patient has been warned of the risks of removal. If removal is difficult, the patient should be counseled about and offered pregnancy termination.
      • If the ParaGard T 380A is left in place, the patient's course should be followed closely.

Adverse Reactions

These adverse reactions are not listed in any order of frequency or severity.

Reported adverse reactions with intrauterine contraceptives include: endometritis; spontaneous abortion; septic abortion; septicemia; perforation of the uterus and cervix; embedment; fragmentation of the IUD; pelvic infection; tubo-ovarian abscess; tubal damage; vaginitis; leukorrhea; cervical erosion; pregnancy; ectopic pregnancy; fetal damage; difficult removal; complete or partial expulsion of the IUD, particularly in those patients with uteri measuring less than 6.0 cm by sounding; menstrual spotting; prolongation of menstrual flow; anemia; amenorrhea or delayed menses; pain and cramping; dysmenorrhea; backaches; dyspareunia; neurovascular episodes, including bradycardia and syncope secondary to insertion. Uterine perforation and IUD displacement into the abdomen have been followed by peritonitis, abdominal adhesions, intestinal penetration, intestinal obstruction, and cystic masses in the pelvis. (Certain of these adverse reactions can lead to loss of fertility, partial or total removal of reproductive organs, hormonal imbalance, or death.) Urticarial allergic skin reaction may occur.

Clinical Studies

Different event rates have been reported with the use of different intrauterine contraceptives. Inasmuch as these rates are usually derived from separate studies conducted by different investigators in several populations, they cannot be compared with precision. Considerably different rates are likely to be obtained because event rates per unit of time tend to decrease as studies are extended, since more susceptible subjects discontinue due to expulsions, adverse reactions, or pregnancy, leaving the study population richer in less susceptible subjects. In clinical trials conducted by The Population Council 14,15 and WHO, use-effectiveness of the ParaGard T 380A as calculated by the life table method was determined through ten (10) years of use.

Data suggest a higher pregnancy rate in women under 20. 14,15,17


All Copper T 380A IUD Acceptors
Combined Population Council and WHO Studies
Rate of Item
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
0.7 0.3 0.6 0.2 0.3 0.2 0.0 0.4 0.0 0.0
5.7 2.5 1.6 1.2 0.3 0.0 0.6 1.7 0.2 0.4
11.9 9.8 7.0 3.5 3.7 2.7 3.0 2.5 2.2 3.7
Other Medical
2.5 2.1 1.6 1.7 0.1 0.3 1.0 0.4 0.7 0.3
76.8 78.3 81.2 86.2 89.0 91.9 87.9 88.1 92.0 91.8
No. of Women:
 At Start of Year
4932 3149 2018 1121 872 621 563 483 423 325
 At End of Year
3149 2018 1121 872 621 563 483 423 325 230
* Rates were calculated by weighing the annual rates by the number of subjects starting each year for each of the Population Council (3536 acceptors) and the World Health Organization (1396 acceptors) trials.
  1 Year
Other Medical
Planning Pregnancy
Other Personal
No. Completed
Rates were calculated by combining the experience on a weighted basis from both an international study by the World Health Organization (2110 women) and a U.S. study by GynoPharma Inc. (230 women).
The lowest expected and typical failure rates during the first year of continuous use of all contraceptive methods are listed in Table IV (Adapted from Reference 16).
TABLE IV--Percentage of women experiencing a contraceptive failure during the first year of typical use and the first year of perfect use and the percentage continuing use at the end of the first year, United States. 1 6
% of Women Experiencing an
Accidental Pregnancy Within the
First Year of Use
% of Women
Continuing Use at
One Year 3
Typical Use 1 Perfect Use 2  
Chance 4
85 85  
Spermicides 5
21 6 43
Periodic Abstinence
20   67
  Ovulation Method
  Sympto-Thermal 6
19 4  
Cap 7
  Parous Women
36 26 45
  Nulliparous Women
18 9 58
  Parous Women
36 20 45
  Nulliparous Women
18 9 58
Diaphragm 7
18 6 58
Condom 8
  Female (Reality)
21 5 56
12 3 63
3   72
  Progestin Only
  Progesterone T
2.0 1.5 81
  Copper T 380A
    (ParaGard T 380A)
0.8 0.6 78
0.3 0.3 70
Norplant (6 Capsules)
0.09 0.09 85
Female Sterilization
0.4 0.4 100
Male Sterilization
0.15 0.10 100
Emergency Contraceptive Pills: Treatment initiated within 72 hours after unprotected intercourse reduces the risk of pregnancy by at least 75%. 9
Lactational Amenorrhea Method: LAM is a highly effective temporary method of contraception. 10
Footnotes to Table IV
  1.Among typical couples who initiate use of a method (not necessarily for the first time), the percentage who experience an accidental pregnancy during the first year if they do not stop use for any other reason.
 2.Among couples who initiate use of a method (not necessarily for the first time) and who use it perfectly (both consistently and correctly), the percentage who experience an accidental pregnancy during the first year if they do not stop use for any other reason.
 3.Among couples attempting to avoid pregnancy, the percentage who continue to use a method for one year.
 4.The percentages failing in columns (2) and (3) are based on data from populations where contraception is not used and from women who cease using contraception in order to become pregnant. Among such populations, about 89% become pregnant within one year. This estimate was lowered slightly (to 85%) to represent the percentage who would become pregnant within 1 year among women now relying on reversible methods of contraception if they abandoned contraception altogether.
 5.Foams, creams, gels, vaginal suppositories, and vaginal film.
 6.Cervical mucus (ovulation) method supplemented by calendar in the pre-ovulatory and basal body temperature in the post-ovulatory phases.
 7.With spermicidal cream or jelly.
 8.Without spermicides.
 9.The treatment schedule is one dose as soon as possible (but no more than 72 hours) after unprotected intercourse, and a second dose 12 hours after the first dose. The hormones that have been studied in the clinical trials of postcoital hormonal contraception are found in Nordette, Levlen, Lo/Orval (1 dose is 4 pills), Triphasil, Tri-Levlin (1 dose is 4 yellow pills), and Ovral (1 dose is 2 pills).
10.However, to maintain effective protection against pregnancy, another method of contraception must be used as soon as menstruation resumes, the frequency or duration of breastfeeds is reduced, bottle feeds are introduced, or the baby reaches 6 months of age.

How Supplied

Available in cartons of one (NDC 54765-380-01) or five (NDC 54765-380-05) sterile units. Each ParaGard T 380A is packaged in a Tyvek-polyethylene pouch, together with an insertion tube and solid rod.


ParaGard T 380A (Intrauterine Copper Contraceptive)


The ParaGard T 380A (Intrauterine Copper Contraceptive) represents a different design in intrauterine contraceptives. Physicians are, therefore, cautioned that they should become thoroughly familiar with instructions for insertion before attempting placement of the ParaGard T 380A. The insertion technique is different in several respects from that employed with other intrauterine contraceptives and the physician should pay particular attention to the drawings and commentary accompanying these instructions.

A single ParaGard T 380A is placed at the fundus of the uterine cavity.

The ParaGard T 380A may be inserted at any time during the cycle. However, it is essential that pregnancy be ruled out before insertion.

The ParaGard T 380A is indicated for use up to 10 years. Therefore, the ParaGard T 380A must be removed and a new one inserted on or before 10 years from the date of insertion.


  1. Before insertion, you and the patient will want to review the Patient Package Insert. If the patient agrees, she may sign the Consent Form provided for your records.
  2. Take a medical and social history.
  4. Pelvic examination is to be performed prior to insertion of the ParaGard T 380A, including a cervical "Pap" smear, and gonococcal and chlamydial evaluations, if indicated, and any other necessary specific tests.
  5. If appropriate, commence antibiotic prophylaxis one hour before insertion.
  6. Use of aseptic technique during insertion is essential.
  7. The endocervix should be cleansed with an antiseptic solution and a tenaculum applied to the cervix with downward traction for correction of the angulation as well as stabilization of the cervix.
  8. With a speculum in place, gently insert a sterile sound to determine the depth and direction of the uterine canal. Be sure to determine the position of the uterus before insertion.


Any intrauterine procedure can result in severe pain, bradycardia, and syncope.

It is generally believed that perforations, if they occur, are encountered at the time of insertion, although the perforation may not be detected until some time later. The position of the uterus should be determined during the preinsertion examination. Great care must be exercised during the preinsertion sounding and subsequent insertion. No attempt should be made to force the insertion.



To minimize the chance of introducing contamination, do not remove the ParaGard T 380A from the insertion tube prior to placement in the uterus. Do not bend the arms of the ParaGard T 380A earlier than 5 minutes before it is to be introduced into the uterus.

In the absence of sterile gloves, this can be accomplished without destroying sterility by folding the arms in the partially opened package. Place the partially opened package on a flat surface and pull the solid rod partially from the package so it will not interfere with assembly. Place thumb and index finger on top of package on ends of the horizontal arms. Push insertion tube against arms of ParaGard T 380A as indicated by arrow in Fig. 1A to start arms folding.


Complete the bending by bringing the thumb and index finger together using the other hand to maneuver the insertion tube to pick up the arms of the ParaGard T 380A (Fig. 1B). Insert no further than necessary to insure retention of the arms. Introduce the solid rod into the insertion tube from the bottom alongside the threads until it touches the bottom of the ParaGard T 380A.



Adjust the movable flange so that it indicates the depth to which the ParaGard T 380A should be inserted and the direction in which the arms of the ParaGard T 380A will open. At this point, make certain that the horizontal arms of the ParaGard T 380A and the long axis of the flange lie in the same horizontal plane. Introduce the loaded insertion tube through the cervical canal and upwards until the ParaGard T 380A lies in contact with the fundus. The movable flange should be at the cervix (Fig. 2).




To release the arms of the ParaGard T 380A, withdraw the insertion tube not more than ½ inch while the solid rod is not permitted to move. This releases the arms of the ParaGard T 380A (Fig. 3).



After the arms are released, the insertion tube should be moved upward gently, until the resistance of the fundus is felt. This will assure placement of the T at the highest possible position within the endometrial cavity (Fig. 4).



Withdraw the solid rod while holding the insertion tube stationary (Fig. 5).



Withdraw the insertion tube from the cervix. Be sure sufficient length of the threads are visible (approximately 1 in. or 2.5 cm.) to facilitate checking for the presence of the ParaGard T 380A (Fig. 6). Notation of length of the threads should be made in patient record.



To remove the ParaGard T 380A, pull gently on the exposed threads. The arms of the ParaGard T 380A will fold upwards as it is withdrawn from the uterus. Even if removal proves difficult, the ParaGard T 380A should not remain in the uterus after 10 years.


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