How do I check that Paragard is in my uterus?

Visit your healthcare provider for a check-up about one month after placement to make sure Paragard is still in place in your uterus.

It is also good habit for you to do a monthly thread-check to make sure Paragard is still in place. To do this:

  1. Reach up to the top of your vagina with clean fingers to feel the two threads. Do not pull on the threads.
  2. If you have trouble finding the threads or feel more than just the threads, call your healthcare provider right away. In the meantime, use an additional form of birth control as a backup.
  • Don’t use Paragard if you have a pelvic infection or certain cancers. Less than 1% of users get a serious infection called pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).
  • 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