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How soon after I give birth can I get the Paragard IUD placed?

Paragard can be placed immediately after child birth (postpartum) or during the second postpartum month.

Placement immediately after delivery may result in higher risk of expulsion. Unless placed immediately postpartum, placement should be delayed to the second postpartum month.

Talk to your healthcare provider in advance if you would like to schedule a postpartum placement.

Paragard is a hormone-free IUD (intrauterine device) that prevents pregnancy for up to 10 years using copper.


  • Don't use Paragard if you are or may be pregnant, have fibroids, a pelvic infection including pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), get infections easily, certain cancers, unexplained bleeding, Wilson's disease,