Non-Hormonal IUD

What is a Non-Hormonal IUD?

A non-hormonal IUD prevents pregnancy by releasing copper ions. It is small, soft, and flexible and is t-shaped. Currently, there is one type of non-hormonal IUD available: Paragard®.

The term "IUD" actually stands for "Intrauterine Device", meaning that it is placed inside of the uterus. A non-hormonal IUD is placed inside of the uterus by a doctor or a nurse.


Quick Facts about the Non-Hormonal IUD

  • Hormone-free birth control
  • Over 99% effective
  • Releases copper ions that act as spermicide
  • Works up to 10 years
  • If a woman wants to become pregnant the device can be removed at any time


How does the Non-Hormonal IUD work?

The non-hormonal IUDs is wrapped in copper, which keeps the sperm from reaching the egg, thus preventing pregnancy. The only non-hormonal IUD available in the US is the Paragard® IUD.


How well does the Non-Hormonal IUD work?

The IUD works really, really well. It is one of the very best forms of birth control. It's over 99% effective: if 100 women use the IUD, on average less than 1 will become pregnant within a year.


How do I use a Non-Hormonal 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 10 years. However, an IUD doesn't protect against sexually transmitted infections (STI), so always wear a condom to protect yourself.


Does a Non-Hormonal IUD Provide Protection from STIs (sometimes called STDs)?

No. As noted above, a hormonal IUD doesn't protect you from STDs. To protect yourself from sexually transmitted infections, we recommend using condoms when you have sex.


What if I want to get pregnant?

As soon as your IUD is removed, you immediately return to the level of fertility you were before the IUD was inserted. If you got your hormonal IUD through A Step Ahead Foundation, we will pay to have it removed at no charge to you. Call us to schedule an appointment at 901-320-STEP (7837).


Advantages of Non-Hormonal IUDs

  • Over 99% effective
  • Easy to use
  • Lasts up to ten years; can be taken out at any time
  • Since there are no hormones, you should have your menstrual cycle (your period) as usual.
  • Return to the state of fertility you had before the IUD was placed. Because the IUD doesn't change fertility once it's removed, you will immediately have the same chance of getting pregnant once it's removed as you did before it was inserted.
  • Forgettable - no risk of forgetting to take a pill or put on a patch, you're covered!


Disadvantages of Non-Hormonal IUDs

  • Does not protect against STI/STD
  • Some women have heavier periods and possibly more cramping during periods - but usually this gets better after a few months


How do I learn more about Non-Hormonal IUDs?

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!


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