How is Paragard placed?

Paragard is placed in your uterus by a healthcare provider during a routine office visit. Placement is non-surgical and typically takes a few minutes.
At placement your healthcare provider will:

  • Perform a pelvic exam to find the position of your uterus
  • Cleanse your vagina and cervix using an antiseptic solution
  • Measure the depth of your uterus
  • Insert a thin, flexible plastic tube containing Paragard into your vagina and then into your uterus
  • Remove the tube leaving Paragard inside your uterus and the two threads extending into your vagina
  • Trim the threads so they are just long enough for you to feel when doing a self-check of the threads
  • 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