Maintain Your IUD

Paragard IUD shown flexed in the hand

Check your Paragard IUD monthly

It is good to make a habit of doing a monthly thread-check of your Paragard to ensure it is still in place.

To do this:

  1. Reach up to the top of your vagina with clean fingers to feel the two threads. Make sure not to pull on the threads
  2. If you have trouble finding the threads or feel more than just the threads, call your healthcare provider right away. In the meantime, use an additional form of birth control as a backup
Monthly string check

You should be able to feel the short threads attached to Paragard with your finger.

  • 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