How Paragard Works

Simple, honest pregnancy prevention

Hormone-Free Paragard

Paragard is a small T-shaped IUD made of soft, flexible plastic wrapped with a thin layer of copper. Once in place, it starts working immediately.

The copper in Paragard works to prevent sperm from reaching the egg and fertilizing it and may also prevent implantation.

Because Paragard is 100% hormone-free, it does not interfere with your body’s natural cycle or stop you from ovulating each month.

Ovulation comes with all sorts of wellness and beauty benefits–affecting your mood, skin, bones, heart health, and even your sex drive.

Birth Control 101

How Birth Control Works

Hormonal Birth Control

Most 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 do not interfere with the body’s natural menstrual cycle and allow women to continue ovulating as nature intended.

Did You Know?

Copper is a naturally occurring mineral that can be found in foods like grains and many organic fruits and vegetables.

Copper has antimicrobial properties and has been used to protect against bacteria and viruses.

The copper in Paragard has been FDA-approved for over 30 years and is clinically proven safe and effective.

  • Don’t use Paragard if you have a pelvic infection or certain cancers. Less than 1% of users get a serious infection called pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).
  • 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