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What does the Paragard IUD look like?



Paragard is a small, T-shaped IUD (intrauterine device)—also known as an IUS (intrauterine system)—made of soft, flexible plastic wrapped with a thin layer of copper around the arms and stem. Two thin white threads are attached to the stem (lower end) of Paragard.

Paragard IUD

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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