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What is Paragard?

Paragard is a small, 100% hormone-free IUD (intrauterine device) that uses just 1 simple active ingredient to prevent pregnancy over 99% of the time.

It’s placed in your uterus by a healthcare provider during a routine office visit in just a few minutes to prevent pregnancy for as short or long as you want—up to 10 years.

Just what you need—
nothing you don’t

Paragard is made of soft, flexible plastic wrapped with a thin layer of copper around the arms and stem. Once in place, you shouldn’t be able to feel it at all.

Paragard IUD shown in the hand

Why Paragard?

100% Hormone-Free

Paragard is a different kind of birth control that works to prevent pregnancy without any hormones at all.

Over 99% Effective

Paragard is one of the most effective methods of birth control available—more effective than any other hormone-free method*—and most hormonal methods.

See how Paragard compares to other birth control methods

1 Simple Active Ingredient—Copper

Paragard works using just 1 simple active ingredient—copper—instead of hormones. Paragard works by preventing the sperm from reaching and fertilizing the egg and may also prevent implantation.

No Hormone-Related Side Effects

Because Paragard is 100% hormone free, it won’t cause hormone-related side effects.

No Hassle

Once in place, Paragard provides continuous pregnancy prevention without the need for a daily birth control routine.

Lasts Up to 10 Years

Paragard lasts up to 10 years but can be removed anytime if you decide you want to get pregnant.† After removal, your ability to get pregnant will return immediately.

Quick In-Office Placement

Placement is done by a healthcare provider during a routine office visit in just a few minutes.

FDA-Approved for Over 30 Years

Paragard is the only IUD that’s been FDA approved and clinically proven safe for over 30 years.

   Made Locally in the USA

Paragard is made with care locally in the USA.

Made with Care

The threads attached to Paragard are hand tied, one by one, and each device undergoes extensive quality-control measures to ensure safety.

Most Women With Insurance Get Paragard at No Cost

Paragard is fully covered under most insurance plans—this may mean no co-pay, deductible, or out-of-pocket costs.

Check with your insurance provider to confirm coverage related to your individual plan. Fees for the Paragard placement procedure may apply.

Paragard Up Close

Paragard is smaller and more flexible than you may think. It’s made primarily of soft, flexible plastic wrapped with a thin layer of copper around the arms and stem. Once in place, you shouldn’t be able to feel it at all. Take a closer look at Paragard below.

Paragard IUD dimensions

Not actual size.

See how Paragard compares to other birth control methods
Paragard is over 99% effective—more effective than any other hormone-free birth control method*—and most hormonal methods. In fact, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends Paragard as one of the most reliable ways of preventing pregnancy.
 
Over 99% effective
91%-94% effective
72%-88% effective
15% effective
 
Paragard IUD
Paragard IUD
  • Lasts up to 10 years
  • Immediately reversible anytime sooner
Hormonal IUD
Hormonal IUD
  • Lasts up to 3, 5 or 6 years
  • Reversible anytime sooner
Hormonal Implant
Hormonal Implant
  • Lasts up to 3 years
  • Reversible anytime sooner
Sterilization
Sterilization
  • Lasts forever
  • Cannot be reversed
Injection
Injection

Lasts 3 months

Pill
Pill

Taken daily

Patch
Patch

Used weekly

Ring
Ring

Inserted monthly

Diaphragm
Diaphragm

Before Sex

Gel
Gel

Within 1 hour before sex

Condom
Condom

Before Sex

Withdrawal
Withdrawal

During sex

Sponge
Sponge

Before Sex

Spermicide
Spermicide

Before Sex

Fertility awareness-based methods
Fertility Awareness-Based Methods

Monitored daily

No Birth Control Method
No Birth Control Method
Paragard IUD
Paragard IUD
  • Lasts up to 10 years
  • Immediately reversible anytime sooner
Sterilization
Sterilization
  • Lasts forever
  • Cannot be reversed
Diaphragm
Diaphragm

Before Sex

Gel
Gel

Within 1 hour before sex

Condom
Condom

Before Sex

Withdrawal
Withdrawal

During sex

Sponge
Sponge

Before Sex

Spermicide
Spermicide

Before Sex

Fertility awareness-based methods
Fertility Awareness-Based Methods

Monitored daily

No Birth Control Method
No Birth Control Method
Hormonal IUD
Hormonal IUD
  • Lasts up to 3, 5 or 6 years
  • Reversible anytime sooner
Hormonal Implant
Hormonal Implant
  • Lasts up to 3 years
  • Reversible anytime sooner
Injection
Injection

Lasts 3 months

Pill
Pill

Taken daily

Patch
Patch

Used weekly

Ring
Ring

Inserted monthly

See how Paragard compares to other birth control methods

Paragard is over 99% effective—more effective than any other hormone-free birth control method*—and most hormonal methods.

Over 99% effective

91%-94% effective

72%-88% effective

15% effective

Over 99% effective

72%-88% effective

15% effective

Over 99% effective

91%-94% effective

Chart shows method effectiveness with typical use.
*Excluding sterilization.

Sources: 1. Trussell J. Contraceptive failure in the United States. Contraception 2011;83;397-404. 2. Lactic acid, citric acid, and potassium bitartrate vaginal gel Full Prescribing Information, 2020.

*Excluding sterilization
Paragard must be removed by a healthcare provider
  • 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