There’s only one IUD without hormones (called ParaGard®) and it’s made of plastic and a small amount of natural, safe copper. ParaGard doesn’t affect your periods and can work for up to 10 years. It can be placed and removed at any time by your healthcare provider. How it works: Copper acts like a chemical-free, effective spermicide.
Lasts up to 10 Years
› No STI Protection
The non-hormonal IUD does not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV (if left untreated, can cause AIDS). You should use a condom each time you have sex to prevent STIs.
› Get it and forget it
Once it’s in, you’re good to go for up to 10 years. The IUD doesn’t need surgery, usually takes about 5 to 10 minutes to place in the uterus, and it can be removed at any time you want by your healthcare provider.
› Hands free
No packages or prescriptions to pick up at the pharmacy, so there’s nothing that could get lost or forgotten.
There’s no packaging, and nothing you need to do just before you have sex. The strings attached to the IUD are there to help a healthcare provider remove the IUD easily. The strings usually become softer or move out of the way during the first month or two. If you or your partner are feeling discomfort, talk to your provider — you matter!
› Safe and sound
Most folks are good candidates for the IUD. That’s true even if you’re young, have never been pregnant, or haven’t had kids yet. It’s also a great method for new parents (even while you’re breastfeeding). Talk to your healthcare provider about what’s right for you.
› The pregnancy question
Your ability to get pregnant will return immediately after the IUD is removed. But if you’re not ready to get pregnant as soon as you have the IUD taken out, be sure to protect yourself with an alternate method.
› First Months & Beyond…
Most people adjust to having an IUD pretty quickly but give yourself time. After getting the non-hormonal IUD, you may experience irregular bleeding and heavier, crampier periods for the first 3 to 6 months. Some folks use over-the-counter pain relievers like Advil or Midol to help with their cramps. If your bleeding, cramping or other side effects are still causing discomfort after 6 months, talk to your provider — you’re worth it!
The non-hormonal IUD is also known to be the most effective emergency contraception(EC) there is.