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What are the benefits of hormone-free birth control?

Hormonal birth control methods alter how the body functions in many different ways. So when a woman chooses a hormone-free birth control method, what are the benefits?

No hormone-related side effects:

Because Paragard is 100% hormone free, it doesn’t cause hormone-related side effects.

Doesn’t prevent a natural menstrual cycle*:

Unlike some hormonal birth control methods, Paragard won’t prevent a woman’s natural menstrual cycle* each month.

Doesn’t stop ovulation:

Unlike most hormonal birth control methods, Paragard does not stop a woman from ovulating each month.

Immediately reversible:

Because Paragard doesn’t stop ovulation, if a woman decides she wants to get pregnant, she can have Paragard removed by her healthcare provider and her ability to get pregnant will return immediately.

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

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  • 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