Family PACT

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About Your IUC

You have chosen a method that works very well and lasts for years.
Here is what to remember:

  • The ParaGard IUC needs to be replaced in 10 years.
  • The Mirena IUC needs to be replaced in 5 years.

Your IUC should be replaced by ____/____/____ (Date)

When you see a health care provider for any reason, tell them you
are using an IUC.

The IUC does not protect you from HIV or other
infections people can get from having sex.

Use condoms to protect yourself from these infections.

Watch for these IUC warning signs:

  • If you can't feel the string
  • If the IUC falls out
  • If you can feel the plastic
    part of your IUC
  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding
  • Abnormal vaginal discharge
  • Painful sex for you or your
  • Pain in pelvis or abdomen

Call your provider right away if you have any of these signs or
if you think you may be pregnant.

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Your provider's telephone number:


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