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An IUD is a soft, small, and flexible t-shaped piece of plastic that keeps you from getting

pregnant. There are two types of IUDs: hormonal and non-hormonal.  The ParaGard® IUD

is a small, t-shaped device with copper that keeps you from getting pregnant. IUD stands

for “Intrauterine Device,” which means it is inside the uterus. A doctor or nurse puts the

IUD in the uterus, which is inside a woman’s body above the vagina.

Quick Facts

  • Small hormone-free device with copper coating

  • Copper ions create a natural sperm repellent

  • Lasts up to 10 years

  • If a woman wants to become pregnant, the device can be removed at any time by a doctor or nurse

How does it work?

IUDs work by preventing the sperm from reaching the egg. The non-hormonal IUDs are wrapped in copper, which is toxic to sperm. This stops the sperm and keeps you from getting pregnant.

How well does it work?

The IUD works really well. IUDs are one of the best forms of birth control available. It's over 99% effective: if 100 women use the IUD, on average less than one will become pregnant within a year.

How do I use the IUD?

A doctor or nurse has to put the IUD in for you. Once they put in the IUD, you don't have to do anything! You are protected from pregnancy until you choose to have it removed, or up to 3, 5, or 10 years depending on the type of IUD. Just don't forget to use a condom every time you have sex, because the IUD does not protect against STIs.

Does the IUD protect me from STIs?

No, they do not. Definitely use a condom every time you have sex, so that you are protected from pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.

What if I want to get pregnant?
No problem! You can get the IUD taken out by a healthcare provider any time you want, and as soon as it is out you'll be able to become pregnant again. If you got the IUD through our services, we'll pay to have it taken out for any reason - so it's still completely free for you. Just call us at 615-671-STEP (7837) to set up an appointment.


How do I learn more?

You can always set up an appointment with one of our doctors or nurses to talk about the IUD or implant, or you head over to our contact page and ask one of our experts!


  • Over 99% effective

  • Easy to use

  • Lasts up to ten years; can be taken out at any time

  • For some women, lighter or no period

  • Quick return to fertility - once you take it out, you can become pregnant

  • Forgettable - no risk of forgetting to take a pill or put on a patch - you're covered!

  • Does not protect against STIs or HIV

  • Possible irregular periods, which may be heaviest at the beginning

  • Some women experience cramping after insertion, while your body gets used to having the IUD in. This usually goes away after a short time

  • Every woman is different, talk to your doctor or nurse about potential side effects. 

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