Everyone is different, and some women may experience discomfort during or after insertion. As Paragard goes in, you may feel cramping or pinching; some women feel faint, nauseated, or dizzy for a few minutes afterward.
To place Paragard, your healthcare provider will:
- Confirm you are not pregnant and that you are an appropriate candidate for Paragard
- Examine you to find the exact position of your uterus
- Cleanse your vagina and cervix
- Measure your uterus
- Slide a plastic tube containing Paragard into your uterus
- Remove the tube, leaving Paragard inside your uterus
- Trim the threads so they are just long enough for you to feel with your fingers when doing a self-check
After placement, ask your healthcare provider to explain how to do a self-check of the threads so you feel comfortable doing it on your own. You should also schedule a follow-up appointment about a month afterwards so your healthcare provider can check to make sure Paragard has remained in the right place. Your healthcare provider should check your Paragard once a year as part of your annual visit.