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ParaGard IUD Information

As a prescription birth control device, ParaGard® (the copper IUD) is licensed to prevent pregnancy in women of reproductive age. It is thought to work by interfering with the sperm's ability to reach the egg, blocking fertilization of the egg, or preventing implantation of an embryo.
 
This device is inserted into the uterus by your healthcare provider. Once in place, ParaGard can be left in the uterus for 10 to 12 years, depending on what your healthcare provider recommends. However, it can also be removed earlier if necessary. Side effects may include spotting between periods and heavier, longer periods.
 
Before using this IUD, ParaGard's safety information should be reviewed with your healthcare provider. This contraceptive may not be the best choice for some women, including those who have a history of uterine cancer, an ectopic pregnancy, or pelvic inflammatory disease.
 
(For more information on this prescription IUD, click ParaGard. This Web selection contains a complete overview of the contraceptive, including other safety issues to keep in mind.)
 

ParaGard IUD Information

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