Is The Copper IUD Right For You?


There are many methods of birth control, including shots, pills, rings, and barriers. Besides barrier methods, the only non-hormonal type of birth control is the copper IUD, commonly referred to by its brand name: Paraguard. The copper IUD can be  a great birth control option if it is right for you. Here's what you need to know about copper IUDs.

How do they work?

Copper IUDs work by creating a slightly inflammatory reaction in the uterus. As a result, the uterus produces a fluid that is toxic to sperm, killing it before it can reach the egg. This fluid contains a mixture of prostaglandins, copper ions, and white blood cells, all of which are hostile toward sperm. 

The copper IUD is not abortifacient in nature -- it doesn't thicken the mucus or thin the lining of the uterus to prevent implantation after fertilization. Instead, it prevents fertilization from happening in the first place. 

What are the side effects?

Many women choose to avoid hormonal birth control methods because there can be some emotional side effects or weight gain. The copper IUD will not affect your hormones at all, so you won't experience the typical side effects associated with other birth control methods. However, there can be other side effects, such as:

  • Heavier periods. The slight inflammation caused by the copper IUD can cause someone to bleed heavier than usual when menstruating.
  • Spotting between periods. You may see tinges of pink now and again, even when you aren't menstruating.
  • Increased risk of pelvic inflammatory disease, especially if you have had multiple sexual partners.

What are the advantages?

There are several advantages to getting a copper IUD. It is the longest lasting form of birth control. A single IUD can last twelve years. Even though it has higher upfront cost, it's cheaper in the long run because it provide protection for such a long time. It's also a great option for women who are breastfeeding, because hormonal forms of birth control can sometimes interfere with milk supply.

Because you don't have to take a pill, you won't have to worry about missing a day or worry about where you are in your cycle when you are sexually active with your chosen partner. 

Finally, it is one of the most effective forms of birth control, with over 99% effectiveness in preventing pregnancy. Pregnancy usually only occurs when the IUD is accidentally expelled or when it is not placed properly. Companies like Healthcare for Women Only can help you with your birth control needs.


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