What is it? ParaGard is a hormone-free intrauterine device (IUD) that is placed in your uterus to prevent pregnancy, and is over 99% effective birth control for up to 10 years. An IUD is a small, t-shaped device that’s placed in your uterus by your OB/GYN during a routine visit. Getting an IUD is nonsurgical and typically takes just a few minutes. Once in place, it provides continuous, highly effective birth control.
How does it work? Made of plastic and wrapped with a thin copper wire, ParaGard releases small amounts of copper that prevent sperm from passing into the cervix. You can make sure ParaGard is in place with a simple monthly check. Your healthcare provider can show you how.
- 99.4% effective at preventing pregnancy
- Can last up to 10 years
- Once ParaGard is placed by a healthcare provider it is virtually hassle-free without the daily or weekly worries of remembering to use a birth control method
- ParaGard is a good option for women who either cannot or do not want to use a hormone form of birth control
- Completely reversible and can be removed by your OB/GYN at any time if you change your mind, so you can try to get pregnant right away
- ParaGard does not protect against STDs and HIV / AIDS.
- May cause cramping or heavier periods
- Irregular bleeding
For more information about Paragard, visit www.paragard.com.