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Meet the Paragard® IUD, the only birth control that’s:

100% Hormone Free

Say hello to prescription birth control that’s 100% hormone free! That’s right, it’s completely, absolutely, 100% hormone free. No hormones, no hassles, no hormone related side effects.

Over 99% Effective

Paragard is over 99% effective—so you know you’re protected! Paragard is more effective than any other hormone-free birth control method*—and most hormonal methods.

1 Simple Active Ingredient—Copper

No hormones, not an ounce—with an ingredient you can pronounce! Paragard works using just 1 simple active ingredient, copper, instead of artificial hormones.

The Only IUD FDA Approved for Over 30 Years

Paragard IUD shown in the hand

What is Paragard?

Paragard is a small, 100% hormone-free IUD (intrauterine device)—also known as an IUS (intrauterine system)—that’s over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy.

It works differently using one simple active ingredient—copper—instead of hormones. Once in place, it provides continuous pregnancy prevention for as little or long as you want—up to 10 years.

Paragard IUD shown in the hand
Paragard IUD being flexed in the hand

Paragard IUD Up Close

Paragard is smaller and more flexible than you may think. It’s made primarily of soft, flexible plastic wrapped with a thin layer of copper around the arms and stem. Once in place, you shouldn’t be able to feel it at all.

Is Paragard Right For Me?

Whether you are someone who has struggled with hormonal birth control in the past or you simply prefer to live a hormone-free lifestyle, there are many different reasons why women choose Paragard.

What to Expect with Paragard

Thinking Paragard may be the right birth control for you? Learn more about what to expect with Paragard.

Paragard IUD insertion tool

Paragard IUD Placement

Paragard placement is nonsurgical and done by a healthcare provider during a routine office visit in just a few minutes.

Paragard IUD insertion tool
Sample Insurance Card

Cost and Insurance Coverage

Most women with insurance can get Paragard at no cost*. Find out how much you will pay for Paragard and get answers to insurance coverage questions here.

*Check with your insurance provider to confirm coverage related to your individual plan. Fees for the Paragard placement procedure may apply.


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Questions about Paragard?

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*Excluding sterilization
  • IUDs, including Paragard, have been associated with an increased risk of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). Don’t use Paragard if you have a pelvic infection, certain cancers, a copper allergy, Wilson’s disease, or PID. Continue reading
  • If you miss a period, have persistent abdominal pain, or if Paragard comes out, tell your healthcare provider (HCP). If it comes out, use back-up birth control. Continue reading