Curious about ParaGard?

Is it FDA approved?
Yes. In fact, ParaGard® has been available to women for over 20 years in the U.S.


Is it safe?
When used as directed, ParaGard® has been demonstrated to be generally safe and effective for pregnancy prevention in numerous clinical trials.


What about my periods?
Because ParaGard® is 100% hormone free, it doesn’t interfere with your natural menstrual cycle. There's a possibility that early on, your period may be heavier or longer, and some women have spotting between periods, but this should lessen in 2 to 3 months as your body adjusts to ParaGard®.


How is it different from hormonal birth control methods?
ParaGard® is completely hormone free.


If it doesn’t contain hormones, how effective can it be?
ParaGard® is more than 99% effective. In fact, it’s one of the most effective forms of birth control. To see how the effectiveness rate of ParaGard® compares with that of other popular birth control methods, click here.


How does it work exactly?
ParaGard® works primarily by preventing sperm from reaching and fertilizing the egg. And because it’s 100% hormone free, it doesn’t interfere with your natural cycle, so you’ll still get your period. The most common side effects of ParaGard® are heavier and longer periods and spotting between periods, which usually subside after 2 to 3 months.


What if I decide to have children later?
ParaGard® gives you the flexibility to change your mind. You can use it for as long as you want: two years, five years…even up to 10 years. And it can be removed by your doctor during a routine office visit; once it is removed, you can start trying to get pregnant that same day. In fact, 43% of women in one study became pregnant within the first three months.


Will my partner feel it?
No. It’s designed to fit comfortably and securely in your uterus so that neither you nor your partner will feel it during sex. You’re free to be spontaneous without worrying about anything getting in the way of the moment.


How will it affect my day?
It won’t! There are no daily or weekly routines. No monthly trips to the pharmacy. After ParaGard® is placed, all you’ll need to do is perform a simple, monthly self-check. (Don’t worry! Your doctor will walk you through the details—it’s quick and easy!) Beyond that, you can forget it’s even there. It’s birth control you can count on.


How do I get ParaGard®?
Have a conversation with your doctor today and see if hormone-free ParaGard® is a good option for you. To get tips on how to start the conversation, click here.


Is it cost-effective?
Whether you’re planning to be on ParaGard® for just a few years or long-term, ParaGard® is one of the most cost-effective birth control options. And many insurance companies cover it. Check out our cost comparison chart to learn more.


What are the most common side effects?
As with any prescription birth control, bleeding changes may occur. With ParaGard® there’s a possibility that early on, your period may be heavier or longer, and some women have spotting between periods, but this should lessen in 2 to 3 months as your body adjusts to ParaGard®—returning you to your natural menstrual period.