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Paragard works using just 1 simple active ingredient—copper—instead of hormones.

Paragard works by preventing the sperm from reaching and fertilizing the egg and may also prevent implantation.

Because Paragard is 100% hormone-free, it won’t prevent your natural menstrual cycle* or stop you from ovulating each month.

Birth Control 101

How Birth Control Works

Hormonal Birth Control

Some hormonal birth control methods work by altering a woman’s natural menstrual cycle and stop the body from ovulating each month.

Non-Hormonal Birth Control

Non-hormonal birth control methods like Paragard won’t prevent a woman’s natural menstrual cycle* or stop the body from ovulating each month.

Did You Know?

Paragard is an FDA approved copper IUD that’s been clinically proven safe for over 30 years.

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