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The Paragard Intrauterine Device - IUD
ParaGard is the right choice for many women.

What do women like about ParaGard?
Women like the fact that once ParaGard is inserted, it does not require daily maintenance. ParaGard is 99% effective1.

How do you know if ParaGard is the right choice?
Your doctor or healthcare professional will let you know if ParaGard is right for you, based on your medical history. To help your doctor or healthcare professional, let him or her know if you are in a stable, mutually monogamous relationship, have had at least one child, and have ever had pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).

Is ParaGard convenient to use?
Once ParaGard is inserted by your doctor or healthcare professional, you can forget about it — except for the monthly self-checks of the string. That makes ParaGard more convenient than almost all other reversible methods, because you don't have to think about it every day.

Is ParaGard a new contraceptive option?
No. ParaGard has a proven track record both within the United States and internationally. It has been available in the United States since 1988, and worldwide for more than 20 years.

Is ParaGard affordable?
If you use ParaGard for more than 2 years, studies have proven it the least expensive contraceptive method available.4 You can trust it to prevent pregnancy, and it's very convenient — plus, there are no costs beyond the insertion and removal fees, no matter how long you use it — up to 10 years.What is it?

An Intrauterine Device (IUD) is a small, T-shaped object that is placed inside the uterus to prevent pregnancy. Usually, an IUD stays in place for 1-5 years and is used by women who cannot use hormonal types of birth control like the pill or the hormone shots. IUD’s can only be inserted by a doctor.

How does it work?
Like the pill, an IUD helps to prevent pregnancy. It does not protect you from sexually transmitted diseases or infections. It is believed that an IUD prevents a pregnancy from occurring by killing the sperm before it reaches the egg and by causing the egg to move quickly through the fallopian tubes so that fertilization cannot occur.

How effective is an IUD?
IUD’s are considered to be about 98% effective at preventing pregnancy. They do not protect you from HIV or other STD’s and infections.

Advantages of the IUD
·Convenient
·Needs replacement only once every 1-5 years
·Can be removed by a doctor at any time
·Highly effective at preventing pregnancy

Disadvantages of the IUD
·Increased risk of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
·May increase menstrual bleeding and cramping
·Provides no protection from STD’s and infections
·Can cause discomfort during intercourse

Where can I get an IUD?
An IUD must be prescribed by a licensed medical practitioner. Talk to your reproductive health care professional to determine if an IUD is right for you.

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