What are the side effects of the copper IUD, aka Paragard? Good question!

What are the side effects of the copper IUD, aka Paragard? Good question!

9 Things You Need to Know About IUDs  - Photo by: Shutterstock http://www.womenshealthmag.com/health/iud-need-to-know

9 Things You Need to Know About IUDs - Photo by: Shutterstock http://www.womenshealthmag.com/health/iud-need-to-know

ParaGard IUD - hormone-free, copper IUD. Once inserted, you'll have 10 years of worry-free contraception!

ParaGard IUD - hormone-free, copper IUD. Once inserted, you'll have 10 years of worry-free contraception!

Thanks @ciaomichaella for the heads up on the awesome blog post! Totally have a girl crush ;)    IUDs, or A Detailed Guide to Long-Term Sperm Scarecrows | The Hairpin

Thanks @ciaomichaella for the heads up on the awesome blog post! Totally have a girl crush ;) IUDs, or A Detailed Guide to Long-Term Sperm Scarecrows | The Hairpin

IUD  IUD stands for intrauterine device, a T-shaped piece of plastic that is placed inside the uterus by a doctor. The copper IUD, ParaGard, works for as long as 12 years. The hormonal IUD, Mirena, must be replaced after 5 years. Both types make it more difficult for sperm to fertilize the egg. Fewer than eight in 1,000 women get pregnant.  Pros: Long-lasting, low-maintenance.  Cons: Irregular or heavier periods. More expensive upfront, may slip out, may cause side effects.

IUD IUD stands for intrauterine device, a T-shaped piece of plastic that is placed inside the uterus by a doctor. The copper IUD, ParaGard, works for as long as 12 years. The hormonal IUD, Mirena, must be replaced after 5 years. Both types make it more difficult for sperm to fertilize the egg. Fewer than eight in 1,000 women get pregnant. Pros: Long-lasting, low-maintenance. Cons: Irregular or heavier periods. More expensive upfront, may slip out, may cause side effects.

paragard - the only NONHORMONAL and highly effective birth control on the market.  oh, and the best part, it lasts for 10 years!

paragard - the only NONHORMONAL and highly effective birth control on the market. oh, and the best part, it lasts for 10 years!

Learn what to expect during an IUD removal. Be prepared for your ParaGard, Skyla or Mirena removal. IUD removal tends to be easier and less painful than insertion.

Learn what to expect during an IUD removal. Be prepared for your ParaGard, Skyla or Mirena removal. IUD removal tends to be easier and less painful than insertion.

Planned Parenthood has been providing trusted health care for nearly 100 years. Learn about pregnancy.

Planned Parenthood has been providing trusted health care for nearly 100 years. Learn about pregnancy.

IUDs...I LOVE my ParaGard IUD. All women should have the right to choose a safe method of birth control that works for them, and IUDs get an (unjustified) bad rap.

IUDs...I LOVE my ParaGard IUD. All women should have the right to choose a safe method of birth control that works for them, and IUDs get an (unjustified) bad rap.

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