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ParaGard Dosage

When using ParaGard, the dosage is the same for all women. This contraceptive comes as an intrauterine device (IUD) that is inserted into the uterus by a healthcare provider. It can be left in place for 10 to 12 years, depending on your healthcare provider's recommendation. However, it can be removed at any time.

An Introduction to Dosing With ParaGard

There is only one standard dose of ParaGard® (the copper IUD). As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.

ParaGard Dosage for Birth Control

Your healthcare provider will insert one ParaGard device into your uterus. It can stay in place for up to 10 years, or perhaps longer, based on current research; however, it is officially approved for no more than 10 years. If you desire, the device can be removed earlier. After the specified length of time, if you wish to continue using ParaGard, your healthcare provider can remove the old device and insert a new one.
ParaGard can be inserted anytime during your cycle, as long as your healthcare provider is reasonably certain that you are not pregnant. In some cases, he or she may prefer to insert it within the first week after your period, as this provides the most reassurance that you are not pregnant.
It can be inserted immediately after an abortion or miscarriage, although the risk of it accidentally coming out is higher. There is also a higher risk for second-trimester abortions or miscarriages, compared to first-trimester ones.
After childbirth, ParaGard should be inserted either immediately after delivery or during the second month after delivery (or later), but not in between. Inserting it during the first month after childbirth (except in the case of immediately after birth) has a higher risk of the IUD perforating the uterus.
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