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ParaGard Insertion

ParaGard® (the copper IUD) is approved to prevent pregnancy in women of reproductive age. This device is inserted into the uterus by a healthcare provider, and can be left in place for 10 to 12 years.
 
Prior to insertion of the ParaGard IUD, your healthcare provider will ask about your medical history. Women who have had problems with an ectopic pregnancy or pelvic infections may not be able to use this form of birth control.
 
ParaGard can be inserted anytime during your cycle, as long as your healthcare provider is reasonably certain that you are not pregnant. You will not feel the device in your body. However, you will be able to feel the removal threads at your cervix (the top of your vagina). Do not pull on the threads, as this could displace the device.
 
(For more information on this topic, click ParaGard Dosage. This full-length article covers more specific instructions for how this device is used, along with tips for what to expect when using this product.)
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