A non-hormonal IUD is flexible, small, and soft. It is T-shaped and is placed inside of the uterus. A device that is placed in the uterus is called an "intrauterine device", or IUD. A non-hormonal IUD can only be inserted by a doctor or nurse. It prevents pregnancy by releasing copper ions. Paragard® is the only type of non-hormonal IUD currently available.
The IUD is wrapped in copper. This prevents sperm from reach the egg, in turn preventing pregnancy. The Paragard® IUD is the only non-hormonal IUD currently available in the United States.
The non-hormonal IUD works well. It is considered to be one of the best forms of birth control with an effective rate of over 99%. Out of 100 women who use the non-hormonal IUD in a year, less than 1 will become pregnant.
A non-hormonal IUD has to be inserted by a doctor or nurse. After insertion, you don't have to do anything in order for it to work. You will be protected for 10 years or until you have it removed.
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.
You simply have to have your non-hormonal IUD removed. Your fertility will return as soon as it is removed at whatever level it was before you got the IUD. We will pay to have yours removed if you got it through A Step Ahead Foundation. You can schedule an appointment by calling 901-320-STEP (7837).
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