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8 Questions About Paragard, Answered

Made in partnership with Refinery29.

We know what we want.

Especially when it comes to our birth control.

And what we want…

Is Paragard.

Paragard is a copper IUD that prevents pregnancy for up to 10 years.

It’s the only birth control that uses just 1 simple active ingredient to prevent pregnancy over 99% of the time with no hormones.

That’s right, 100% hormone free.

Don’t use if you have a pelvic infection including PID, get infections easily, certain cancers, Wilson’s disease, or a copper allergy.

Pregnancy is rare but can be life threatening and cause infertility or loss of pregnancy.

Paragard may attach to or go through the uterus.

Tell your healthcare provider if you miss a period, have abdominal pain, or it comes out.

At first, periods may become heavier and longer with spotting in between.

It won’t protect against HIV or STDs.

You know what you want.

So go ahead…

Ask your healthcare provider for Paragard.

Hi, I’m Gigi Engle, a certified sex educator, and I’ll be walking you through the ABCs of contraception.

[On screen text]: Gigi Engle was compensated by CooperSurgical®. Gigi Engle is not a licensed healthcare professional nor can she prescribe medication or treatments.

And today, I’m here with Refinery29 as your teacher, researcher, sex educator, and bff to address some of the “commonly asked questions” and to also debunk some myths surrounding one of the most popular types of birth control -- the IUD.

[On screen text]: Paragard® is a hormone-free IUD (intrauterine device) that prevents pregnancy for up to 10 years.

I’ll be chatting with you today about the benefits of the Paragard IUD, the only one that’s on the market that’s 100% hormone-free. Yes, you heard that right – no hormones.

[On screen text]: IUDs, including Paragard, have been associated with an increased risk of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).

I’m not a mind reader, but I’m pretty sure you’re thinking “Come on – a birth control without hormones?” Yes! It’s 100% hormone-free.

First, let's understand what an IUD actually is. IUD stands for Intrauterine Device. This means, it’s a small birth control method that’s inserted right into your uterus.

Women love this form of birth control because you don’t have to remember to pop a pill everyday or keep a condom in your purse. It’s more of a “fix it and forget it” option.

Paragard IUD is a small device that’s shaped like a “T” and is completely hormone-free. Its primary ingredient being copper, works to prevent sperm from reaching the egg and fertilizing it.

[On screen text]: Don’t use Paragard if you have pelvic infection, certain cancers, copper allergy, Wilson’s disease or PID.

Now let’s get into the fun stuff: we’ll be playing a little game for this portion, where I’ll read out some questions and share whether it's fact or fiction,

“The placement of an IUD can cause discomfort.”

Fact. Well, sometimes. Although it’s normal to feel some cramping or bleeding during or after placement, it’s usually mild. It can be uncomfortable for some women, and that experience will ultimately vary. Paragard can be placed in minutes right in your doctor’s office, and you can always ask your doctor what to expect.

[On screen text]: Paragard may attach to or go through the uterus and cause other problems.

“Paragard has lots of active ingredients.”

Fiction. Paragard is one simple active ingredient. No hormones, not an ounce.

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

“An IUD can be felt by your partner during sex.”

Fiction. Well, again this is kind of a gray area. The short answer is, probably not.

Remember that the IUD is placed in your uterus, NOT your vagina. That said, in SOME cases, a woman’s partner may be able to feel those threads. If it’s uncomfortable or painful, go see your doctor!

[On screen text]: If you miss a period, have abdominal pain, or Paragard comes out, tell your doctor. If it comes out, use backup birth control.

“Paragard is easily reversible.”

“When I decide I want to conceive, Paragard is easily reversible.”

Fact. Because Paragard doesn’t stop you from ovulating or prevent your natural cycle, you can ask your doctor to remove your IUD and start to try to conceive immediately.

[On screen text]: Pregnancy is rare but can be life threatening and cause infertility or loss of pregnancy.

“My cycle will be affected by Paragard.”

Fiction. Your cycle remains the same, and you keep ovulating, so you don’t experience any of the hormone-related side effects that you experience on other forms of birth control.

[On screen text]: At first, periods may become heavier and longer with spotting in between.

“I can trust Paragard to work once it’s inserted”

Fact. Good news about Paragard is that women have been using it for more than 30 years -- it’s a pretty tried and true form of contraception. Once inserted, an IUD is working hard behind the scenes to prevent pregnancy. Nothing is 100% effective but this IUD comes pretty close at 99%.

Please note that it is 0% effective when it comes to protecting you against HIV or STDs, so don’t forget to use other precautions there.

“Paragard is an affordable option for contraception.”

Fact. Most women will pay $0 for Paragard. If you have insurance, most plans cover it in full. Your doctor’s office can help you navigate this process.

[On screen text]: Available by Prescription Only.

All right friends, I hope you’ve enjoyed this myth-busting video, and hopefully learned some valuable knowledge that will help you make the right decision about your birth control.

[On screen text]: Only you and your doctor can decide if Paragard is right for you.

Once you have information in hand, it’s important to talk to your doctor, and together, the two of you can determine what is the best method of birth control for you! Gigi Engle out.

Are we done? Did you get it? ... Guys?

TV Commercial

Watch our Paragard TV Commercial.

We know what we want.

Especially when it comes to our birth control.

And what we want…

Is Paragard.

Paragard is a copper IUD that prevents pregnancy for up to 10 years.

It’s the only birth control that uses just 1 simple active ingredient to prevent pregnancy over 99% of the time with no hormones.

That’s right, 100% hormone free.

Don’t use if you have a pelvic infection including PID, get infections easily, certain cancers, Wilson’s disease, or a copper allergy.

Pregnancy is rare but can be life threatening and cause infertility or loss of pregnancy.

Paragard may attach to or go through the uterus.

Tell your healthcare provider if you miss a period, have abdominal pain, or it comes out.

At first, periods may become heavier and longer with spotting in between.

It won’t protect against HIV or STDs.

You know what you want.

So go ahead…

Ask your healthcare provider for Paragard.

8 Questions About Paragard, Answered

Made in partnership with Refinery29.

Hi, I’m Gigi Engle, a certified sex educator, and I’ll be walking you through the ABCs of contraception.

[On screen text]: Gigi Engle was compensated by CooperSurgical®. Gigi Engle is not a licensed healthcare professional nor can she prescribe medication or treatments.

And today, I’m here with Refinery29 as your teacher, researcher, sex educator, and bff to address some of the “commonly asked questions” and to also debunk some myths surrounding one of the most popular types of birth control -- the IUD.

[On screen text]: Paragard® is a hormone-free IUD (intrauterine device) that prevents pregnancy for up to 10 years.

I’ll be chatting with you today about the benefits of the Paragard IUD, the only one that’s on the market that’s 100% hormone-free. Yes, you heard that right – no hormones.

[On screen text]: IUDs, including Paragard, have been associated with an increased risk of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).

I’m not a mind reader, but I’m pretty sure you’re thinking “Come on – a birth control without hormones?” Yes! It’s 100% hormone-free.

First, let's understand what an IUD actually is. IUD stands for Intrauterine Device. This means, it’s a small birth control method that’s inserted right into your uterus.

Women love this form of birth control because you don’t have to remember to pop a pill everyday or keep a condom in your purse. It’s more of a “fix it and forget it” option.

Paragard IUD is a small device that’s shaped like a “T” and is completely hormone-free. Its primary ingredient being copper, works to prevent sperm from reaching the egg and fertilizing it.

[On screen text]: Don’t use Paragard if you have pelvic infection, certain cancers, copper allergy, Wilson’s disease or PID.

Now let’s get into the fun stuff: we’ll be playing a little game for this portion, where I’ll read out some questions and share whether it's fact or fiction,

“The placement of an IUD can cause discomfort.”

Fact. Well, sometimes. Although it’s normal to feel some cramping or bleeding during or after placement, it’s usually mild. It can be uncomfortable for some women, and that experience will ultimately vary. Paragard can be placed in minutes right in your doctor’s office, and you can always ask your doctor what to expect.

[On screen text]: Paragard may attach to or go through the uterus and cause other problems.

“Paragard has lots of active ingredients.”

Fiction. Paragard is one simple active ingredient. No hormones, not an ounce.

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

“An IUD can be felt by your partner during sex.”

Fiction. Well, again this is kind of a gray area. The short answer is, probably not.

Remember that the IUD is placed in your uterus, NOT your vagina. That said, in SOME cases, a woman’s partner may be able to feel those threads. If it’s uncomfortable or painful, go see your doctor!

[On screen text]: If you miss a period, have abdominal pain, or Paragard comes out, tell your doctor. If it comes out, use backup birth control.

“Paragard is easily reversible.”

“When I decide I want to conceive, Paragard is easily reversible.”

Fact. Because Paragard doesn’t stop you from ovulating or prevent your natural cycle, you can ask your doctor to remove your IUD and start to try to conceive immediately.

[On screen text]: Pregnancy is rare but can be life threatening and cause infertility or loss of pregnancy.

“My cycle will be affected by Paragard.”

Fiction. Your cycle remains the same, and you keep ovulating, so you don’t experience any of the hormone-related side effects that you experience on other forms of birth control.

[On screen text]: At first, periods may become heavier and longer with spotting in between.

“I can trust Paragard to work once it’s inserted”

Fact. Good news about Paragard is that women have been using it for more than 30 years -- it’s a pretty tried and true form of contraception. Once inserted, an IUD is working hard behind the scenes to prevent pregnancy. Nothing is 100% effective but this IUD comes pretty close at 99%.

Please note that it is 0% effective when it comes to protecting you against HIV or STDs, so don’t forget to use other precautions there.

“Paragard is an affordable option for contraception.”

Fact. Most women will pay $0 for Paragard. If you have insurance, most plans cover it in full. Your doctor’s office can help you navigate this process.

[On screen text]: Available by Prescription Only.

All right friends, I hope you’ve enjoyed this myth-busting video, and hopefully learned some valuable knowledge that will help you make the right decision about your birth control.

[On screen text]: Only you and your doctor can decide if Paragard is right for you.

Once you have information in hand, it’s important to talk to your doctor, and together, the two of you can determine what is the best method of birth control for you! Gigi Engle out.

Are we done? Did you get it? ... Guys?

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Daily’s Story

Usuaria Real de Paragard®

¡Hola! Me llamo Daily. Soy creadora digital, entusiasta de la belleza y mamá de dos hermosas hijas… y utilizo Paragard.

Daily es una usuaria de Paragard y ha recibido remuneración por su tiempo. Las experiencias individuales pueden variar.

Con dos hijas adolescentes, nunca hay un momento aburrido en mi casa. Mi esposo y yo decidimos que nuestra familia está completa, así que para mí era muy importante encontrar un método anticonceptivo efectivo y de largo plazo.

Antes de Paragard usábamos condones, pero yo necesitaba algo más efectivo, que me diera control total. Empecé a tomar pastillas, pero no me gustó la forma en que alteraron mis hormonas. Tenía cambios repentinos de estado de ánimo, brotes de acné, incluso aumenté de peso.

Paragard es un pequeño DIU (dispositivo intrauterino) que previene el embarazo hasta por 10 años usando cobre, en lugar de hormonas.

Soy una persona muy orientada al ejercicio y la alimentación saludable, y era muy frustrante, porque sentía que al tomar anticonceptivos hormonales tiraba a la basura todo mi esfuerzo. Simplemente, no me sentía bien.

Disponible solo con receta.

Sabía que necesitaba encontrar una mejor opción. Así que hablé con mi médico y decidí cambiar a Paragard.

Cuando descubrí que había una opción que era efectiva, duradera y 100% libre de hormonas, ¡me convencí de inmediato!  Las hormonas no estaban funcionando en mi caso, así que Paragard fue una decisión fácil.

Paragard es como tranquilidad a largo plazo. Una visita al médico para colocarlo, y te protege hasta 10 años.

No tengo que preocuparme de programar recordatorios para tomarlo, ni acordarme de llevarlo conmigo si viajo; simplemente puedo vivir mi vida sabiendo que estoy protegida, sin las hormonas ni sus efectos secundarios.

Paragard no protege contra el VIH ni contra enfermedades de transmisión sexual.

Estaba un poco nerviosa por la colocación, pero mi médico me tranquilizó, y quedó listo en unos minutos. No podía creerlo, me sorprendió lo rápido que fue. Se sintió igual que una prueba de Papanicolau.

En realidad, ahora tengo mi segundo Paragard. Cuando estuvimos listos para tener nuestra segunda hija, hice una cita con mi médico para retirarlo, y con solo hacerlo ya estaba lista para embarazarme.

Usar el DIU Paragard es cómodo; no siento nada. Tuve algunos períodos abundantes en los primeros meses, pero después de que mi cuerpo se adaptó mis períodos fueron normales y mi rutina volvió a la normalidad. Siento que es el mejor método anticonceptivo, porque puedes tener una rutina normal y una vida normal.

Al principio los períodos pueden ser más abundantes y prolongados, con manchas entre ellos.

Ahora que mis hijas ya crecieron, incluso he hablado con la mayor sobre Paragard, y quiero asegurarme de que tome las mejores decisiones.

Siento que no se habla lo suficiente sobre las hormonas en los anticonceptivos. Creo que es importante romper el estigma y animar a las mujeres a conocer sus opciones y hacerse oír en el consultorio de su médico.

Si crees que Paragard es la mejor opción para ti, habla con tu médico. Así fue como yo tomé mi decisión, y me alegra haberlo hecho. ¡Vive tu vida al máximo y usa Paragard!

Paragard es un pequeño DIU (dispositivo intrauterino) que previene el embarazo hasta por 10 años usando cobre, en lugar de hormonas.

Información importante de seguridad

Los DIU, entre los que se encuentra Paragard, se han asociado con un mayor riesgo de EIP. No use Paragard si tiene una infección pélvica, ciertos cánceres, alergia al cobre, enfermedad de Wilson o EIP.

Si omite un período, siente dolor abdominal persistente, o si el Paragard se sale, consulte a su proveedor de atención médica. Si se sale, use un método anticonceptivo alternativo.

Paragard puede adherirse o atravesar el útero y causar otros problemas.

El embarazo con Paragard es raro, pero puede poner en peligro la vida y puede causar infertilidad o pérdida del embarazo.

Al principio los períodos pueden ser más abundantes y prolongados, con manchas entre ellos.

Paragard no protege contra el VIH ni contra enfermedades de transmisión sexual.

Solo usted y su proveedor de atención médica pueden decidir si Paragard es la mejor opción para usted.

Va la información completa para pacientes en Paragard.com.

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  • Don’t use Paragard if you are or may be pregnant, have fibroids, a pelvic infection including pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), get infections easily, certain cancers, unexplained bleeding, Wilson’s disease, or a copper allergy. IUDs, including Paragard, have been associated with an increased risk of PID. Continue reading
  • Pregnancy with Paragard is rare but can be life threatening and cause infertility or loss of pregnancy. Continue reading