Copper Iud

ParaGard®

  • Hormone free birth control
  • Over 99% effective
  • Releases copper ions that act as spermicide
  • Works up to 10 years
  • If a woman wants to become pregnant the device can be removed at any time

How It Works

  • Small T-shaped device that is placed in the uterus
  • Copper ions weaken sperm
  • Must be put in & taken out by a doctor/nurse practitioner

Advantages

  • Over 99% effective
  • Easy to use
  • Lasts up to ten years; can be taken out at any time
  • No hormones
  • Quick return to fertility
  • Forgettable

Disadvantages

  • Does not protect against STDs or HIV
  • Need to take out if woman gets pregnant
  • Possible heavier, crampier periods