IUD (intrauterine device, copper Paragard)

What is Paragard?

Paragard® is a form of birth control known as an intrauterine device (IUD). It’s sometimes called an intrauterine contraceptive (IUC). Paragard® is more than 99% effective in preventing pregnancy and has no hormones at all.

How does the Paragard IUD work?

The copper in Paragard® (intrauterine copper contraceptive) interferes with sperm movement and egg fertilization. Paragard® may prevent implantation.

Paragard® is more than 99% effective, and it doesn’t have any hormones.

After Paragard® is placed by your doctor or healthcare provider, you shouldn’t feel it at all–not during sex, not when you use a tampon. It fits securely in your uterus, so your partner shouldn’t feel anything, either.

If you cannot feel the threads, ask your healthcare provider to check if Paragard® is in the right place. If you can feel more of Paragard® than just the threads, Paragard® is not in the right place. If you can’t see your healthcare provider right away, use an additional birth control method. If Paragard® is in the wrong place, your chances of getting pregnant are increased. You should check that Paragard® is in place once a month.

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