Paragard is a copper containing IUD that is effective for up to 10 years, does not contain hormones, and therefore does not reduce menstrual flow.
What is Paragard?
Paragard is a copper-releasing intrauterine device which is positioned in your uterus to put off unwanted pregnancy for about 10 years. However it can be removed at any time by a medical practitioner. It is the only 100% hormone-free IUD currently available in the market. It is exclusively meant to be used as contraceptive and it does not defend against HIV and other STIs.
Like any other IUDs, it is a long-acting, reversible T-shaped device that is put into a women’s uterus. On the other hand, unlike other IUDs, its flexible plastic mount is also draped in copper and does not discharge any hormones.
How does it work?
The copper in PARAGARD enhances its efficiency. It hinders with the moving sperm, egg fertilization, and perhaps prevents implantation. As paragard is hormone free, there shouldn’t be any problem with your menstrual cycle. And when you are ready for a baby, you can remove the paragard any day. The chances of getting pregnant starts from the day it is removed by your medical practitioner.
Paragard Insertion & it’s Procedure
The Paragard IUD must be put in only by a Medical practitioner. It is a non-surgical placement and can be placed in a few minutes.
- Check your pelvis to locate the position of your uterus
- Insert a speculum and apply antiseptic solution around your vagina and cervix
- Measure the deepness of your uterine cavity
- Place in the Paragard IUD into your uterus
- Properly place the IUD and take away the inserter
- Trim the IUD’s threads to a suitable length
You will also need to do a routine monthly check after your period to make sure the IUD is still in place.
Why it's done?
Amongst a range of benefits, ParaGard:
- Eliminates the necessary to break off sex for contraception or seek partner compliance
- Can be used for up to 10 years
- Easy to remove at any time
- Can be used even while breast-feeding
- Not necessary to worry about the side effects like blood clots, or something connected to hormonal birth control methods
- Can be used for emergency contraception if placed within five days after unprotected sex