There are two kinds of emergency contraception — the morning-after pill and Intra-Uterine Devices (IUDs).  In this blog we will talk about an intra-uterine device (IUD).

An Intra-Uterine Device (IUD) is a generic term for a device that is placed in your uterus to prevent pregnancy. Paragard® (intrauterine copper contraceptive) is a brand that offers a copper-releasing device that is placed in your uterus to prevent pregnancy for up to 10 years. A ParaGard® IUD insertion costs between $500 and $900 and is inserted by a doctor or nurse at a health center. There are several cautions before using Paragard®. Do not use Paragard® if you have a pelvic infection, get infections easily or have certain cancers. Some users get a serious infection called pelvic inflammatory disease. Occasionally, Paragard® may attach to or in rare cases may go through the uterine wall and may also cause other problems. In some cases, surgical removal may be necessary. Pregnancy while using Paragard® can be life threatening and may result in loss of pregnancy or fertility. Paragard® does not protect against HIV or STDs and is available by prescription only.

Think carefully before you use Paragard®, and make sure you understand the side effects and risks. Piedmont Women’s Center offers support as you consider whether emergency contraceptives or abortion may be for you and answers any questions you may have. Please give us a call at 864-244-1434. It is safe, confidential, and our all-women team is supportive for whatever need you are facing.