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With Paragard, there’s…


daily routines

or refill hassles.


monthly thread check

you do yourself.



one for placement, and one about a month afterwards to make sure Paragard is in the right place.*

*Depending on your experience, additional appointments may be necessary to ensure Paragard is in the correct position.

Once in place, you shouldn’t be able to feel Paragard at all. The only part you should be able to feel are the two thin threads that extend out of your cervix. It’s a good habit to do a monthly self-check of the threads to make sure Paragard is still in place.

You can continue to use tampons and you or your partner shouldn’t be able to feel it during sex.

You will continue to get a monthly period. At first, your period may be heavier and longer with spotting in between; usually this decreases over time. If it continues, call your healthcare provider.

9 out of 10 women were satisfied with Paragard when surveyed 3 and 6 months after placement*

*According to a study of 5011 long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) users (826 using Paragard), who were asked to report changes in bleeding and cramping since their LARC was placed. LARCs included the contraceptive implant and intrauterine devices.

  • 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