Paragard

IUD/IUS

Paragard is a small IUD (intrauterine device) that prevents pregnancy for as long as you want—up to 10 years. It works differently using one simple active ingredient—copper—instead of hormones. Which means it may be a great option if you’ve struggled with the side effects of hormonal birth control.

Paragard placement is non-surgical and takes a few minutes – your doctor will decide if it’s right for you and talk you through the placement process. It does not contain hormones, but uses a thin layer of copper which acts as a spermicide (it kills the sperm) within the uterus.

Check out this great video from the wonderful Dr Dervaitis, where she explains the difference between the hormonal IUDs (such as Mirena and Jaydess) and the copper IUD, Paragard. Dr Dervaitis You Tube channel is a great resource for all things intrauterine device related and you can follow her also on Instagram.

Although the Paragard IUS is suitable for most women, you should always double check with your doctor if you have or have had any health conditions.

 

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Key facts about Paragard

  • Paragard is around 99% effective when inserted correctly
  • You can keep the Paragard for up to 10 years
  • You can have the Paragard removed at any time (but it needs to be removed by a doctor)
  • Like all non-barrier methods, Paragard does not protect you against sexually transmitted diseases (condoms, condoms, condoms!)
  • You can have the Paragard fitted straight after an abortion or miscarriage, and usually 4-6 weeks after giving birth (vaginal or caesarean)

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