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How does the Paragard IUD work?

Paragard works by preventing the sperm from reaching and fertilizing the egg and may also prevent implantation.

Because Paragard is 100% hormone free, it won’t prevent your natural menstrual cycle* or stop you from ovulating each month.

*Periods may become heavier and longer with spotting in between. Bleeding may be heavier than usual at first.

  • 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