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Paragard IUD


Paragard is a hormone free intrauterine contraceptive device that is placed in the uterus. It prevents pregnancy by preventing sperm from reaching or fertilizing your egg, it also inhibits implantation. It is effective for up to 10 years. Less than 1 in 100 women become pregnant with the Paragard.

Pros of Paragard

  • It is effective for 10 years
  • It is hormone free
  • It is safe while breastfeeding.
  • It is placed in the Doctor’s office
  • It is easily removed by your provider if you decide you would like to become pregnant

Cons of Paragard

  • Discomfort during placement
  • Heavier or longer periods during the first few months
  • Changes in bleeding patterns during the first few months

Side Effects of Paragard

  • Spotting between periods
  • Heaver periods during the first few months
Women who may not be a candidate for Paragard
  • History of Pelvic Inflammatory disease
  • Have an untreated pelvic infection
  • Undiagnosed bleeding
  • Recurrent ectopic pregnancies

The Paragard IUD does NOT protect you from HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. Use condoms to protect yourself from these infections.

From Our Patients
“Dr. Akonye & staff always made me feel more than just a patient. Took care of us through 4 though pregnancies.
May God bless them always.” – Claudia Roque Gutierrez