Just what you need — nothing you don’t

Highly effective pregnancy prevention without the hormones? Seems too good to be true, right? Meet Paragard. Only Paragard uses just one simple active ingredient to prevent pregnancy over 99% of the time with no hormones.

What is Paragard?

Paragard is a small, hormone-free IUD made of soft, flexible plastic wrapped with a thin layer of copper. It’s placed in your uterus by a healthcare provider during an office visit in just a few minutes.

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. It’s the only birth control that works as well as hormonal birth control but is 100% hormone-free—meaning you get the pregnancy prevention you need, without the added hormones that you don’t.

Over 99% Effective

Paragard is over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy and one of the most effective methods of birth control available. It’s 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.

See how Paragard compares to other birth control methods

1 Simple Active Ingredient

Paragard works using just 1 simple active ingredient—copper—instead of artificial hormones. The copper in Paragard is clinically proven safe and effective for pregnancy prevention and has been FDA-approved for over 30 years.

No hormones, No Hormone-Related Side Effects

Because Paragard is hormone-free, there’s no hormones, no hassles, no hormone related side effects.

No Hassles or Daily Routine

Paragard is a no-hassle, low maintenance birth control. Once in place, Paragard provides continuous pregnancy prevention without the need for a daily birth control routine.

Up to 10 years of Pregnancy Prevention

Paragard is the longest lasting prescription birth control method available—providing continuous pregnancy prevention for up to 10 years—2x longer than the longest lasting hormonal IUD.

Immediately Reversible Whenever You Decide

Paragard lasts up to 10 years, but can be removed at any time sooner. If you decide you want to get pregnant or stop using it, your healthcare provider can remove it. And because Paragard is hormone-free, it doesn’t stop you from ovulating each month, so when it’s removed your ability to get pregnant will return immediately.

FDA-Approved for Over 30 Years

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

Made Locally in the USA

Each Paragard IUD is made with care locally in the USA.

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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.

May Cost $0 for Insured Women*

Most insurance plans cover the cost of the Paragard IUD in full. This may mean: no co-pay, no deductible, and no 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 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
 
Over 99% effective
99%-94% effective
72%-88% effective
 
Hormone-Free Paragard
Hormonal IUD
Hormonal Implant
Sterilization
Injection
Pill
Patch
Ring
Diaphragm
Condoms
Cervical Cap
Withdrawal
Sponge
Fertility awareness-based methods
Spermicide
Hormone-Free Paragard
Sterilization
Diaphragm
Condoms
Cervical Cap
Withdrawal
Sponge
Fertility awareness-based methods
Spermicide
Hormone-Free Paragard
Hormonal IUD
Hormonal Implant
Injection
Pill
Patch
Ring

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

99%-94% effective

72%-88% effective

Over 99% effective

72%-88% effective

Over 99% effective

99%-94% effective

*Excluding Sterilization.

Trussell J. Contraceptive failure in the United States. Contraception 2011;83;397-404.

  • 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