The Paragard® IUD is a t-shaped device with copper that keeps you from getting pregnant.
IUD stands for “Intrauterine Device”: which means it is inside the uterus. A doctor or nurse puts the IUD in the uterus, which is inside a woman’s body above the vagina.
IUDs work by preventing the sperm from reaching the egg. The non-hormonal IUDs is wrapped in copper, which is toxic to sperm. This stops the sperm and keeps you from getting pregnant.
A doctor or nurse has to put the IUD in for you. Once they put in the IUD, you don't have to do anything! You are protected from pregnancy until you choose to have it removed, or up to 3, 5, or 12 years depending on the type of IUD. Just don't forget to use a condom every time you have sex, because the IUD does not protect against STDs.
The IUD works really, really well. It is one of the very best forms of birth control. It's over 99% effective: if 100 women use the IUD, on average less than 1 will become pregnant within a year.
No problem! You can get the IUD taken out by a healthcare provider any time you want, and as soon as it is out you'll be able to become pregnant again. If you got the IUD through our services, we'll pay to have it taken out - so it's still completely free for you. Just call us at 731-468-STEP (7837) to set up an appointment.
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