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What is the Paragard IUD?



Paragard is a small, 100% hormone free IUD (intrauterine device)—also known as an IUS (intrauterine system)—that’s over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy. It works differently using one simple active ingredient—copper—instead of hormones. Once in place, it provides continuous pregnancy prevention for as little or as long as you want—up to 10 years.

  • 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