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What is an IUD?

An intrauterine device (IUD), sometimes called an intrauterine contraceptive (IUC), is a small, T-shaped plastic device that helps prevent against unwanted pregnancy. Intrauterine contraceptives do not protect against HIV or STDs. Learn more
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How does Paragard® work?

Paragard® works by preventing sperm from reaching and fertilizing the egg, and possibly by preventing the egg from attaching in the uterus. And because it’s 100% hormone free and doesn’t interfere with your natural cycle, you should still get your period. Bleeding or spotting might increase at first, but should decrease after 2–3 months. Learn more
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How do I get Paragard®?

Your healthcare professional will place and remove Paragard® for you, so it’s best to have a conversation with your healthcare professional today and see if Paragard® is a good option for you. Here are some tips on how to start that conversation. Learn more
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Who should not use Paragard®?

Paragard® should not be used if you might be pregnant, your uterus is abnormally shaped, you have a pelvic infection called pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), or have current behavior that puts you at high risk of PID, have had an infection in your uterus after pregnancy or abortion in the past 3 months, have cancer of the uterus or cervix, or if you have unexplained bleeding from your vagina. Learn more
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If Paragard® doesn’t contain hormones, how effective can it be?

Paragard® is more than 99% effective in preventing pregnancy, making it one of the most effective forms of birth control available. Learn more
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How is Paragard® different from hormonal birth control methods?

Paragard® is completely hormone free. Learn more
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Is Paragard® FDA approved?

Yes. Paragard® has been approved and available to women for more than 20 years in the US. Learn more
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Is Paragard® safe?

Paragard® has been demonstrated to be safe and effective in preventing pregnancy in clinical trials. Learn more
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Does Paragard® protect against STDs?

Paragard® doesn’t protect against HIV or STDs, so consider using a condom during sex. Learn more
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Will Paragard® affect my periods?

Because Paragard® is 100% hormone free, it won’t affect your natural cycle. Bleeding or spotting might increase at first, but should decrease after 2–3 months. If your period continues to be heavy or long, or if spotting continues, or you have other concerns, contact your healthcare provider. Learn more
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How will Paragard® affect my day?

With Paragard® as your birth control, you don’t have to worry about the hassle of daily routines or monthly trips to the pharmacy. After Paragard® is placed, all you need to do is a simple, monthly string check. Don’t worry–it’s easy, quick, and your healthcare professional can walk you through it the first time. Otherwise, it shouldn’t affect your day. If you have persistent pelvic or stomach pain, or if Paragard® comes out, tell your healthcare professional. If it comes out, use backup birth control. Learn more
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What if I decide I want children later?

Paragard® gives you the flexibility to change your mind because it's easily removable after 2, 5, or any time up to 10 years. Your healthcare professional can remove it during a routine office visit, and once it’s removed you can start trying to get pregnant that same day. In rare cases, Paragard® may attach to or go through the uterine wall and cause other problems. Learn more
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Will my partner feel Paragard®?

No. Paragard® is designed to fit comfortably and securely in your uterus so that neither you nor your partner will feel it during sex. You’re free to be as spontaneous as you want. Learn more
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What are the most common side effects of Paragard®?

As your body adjusts to Paragard® in the first few months after placement, your period may be heavier or longer, and you may have spotting between periods. Most of these side effects should lessen in 2–3 months as you return to your natural period. Be sure to discuss all the risks and safety information with your healthcare provider. However, if your menstrual flow continues to be heavy or long, or if spotting continues or you have other concerns, contact your healthcare provider. Learn more

Infrequently, serious side effects may occur, including pelvic inflammatory disease (PID); difficult removals; perforation of the uterine wall; or expulsion of Paragard® from the uterus. This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you have questions, check with your healthcare provider.

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