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Understanding Your Birth Control Options

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All opinions in the above article are my own. It’s important to talk to your doctor and discuss if Paragard® (intrauterine copper contraceptive) is right for you. I am being compensated for this partner post by SheKnows Media on behalf of CooperSurgical, Inc. Learn more at Paragard.com

There are a ton of birth control options available for women to prevent pregnancy until the time is right.

Because we have lots of options, it can be overwhelming to choose between them all, and sometimes it can be difficult to speak with your doctor and ask for what you want.

We all want safe and effective birth control that keeps us feeling like ourselves.

That’s why I want to highlight Paragard® (intrauterine copper contraceptive), the only birth control that’s 100% hormone-free and over 99% effective – more effective than any other reversible birth control method with no hormone-related side effects.

If the term intrauterine device (IUD) is new to you, you should know that it is a long-acting reversible birth control method that’s placed in a woman’s uterus to prevent pregnancy.

The Paragard IUD can last up to 10 years!

Here are a few more things that I love about it:

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It is Hormone Free

I don’t know about you, but every time I would take birth control pills, I always experienced mood swings.

This is because the hormones in the birth control can have an impact on your body.

In fact, there are so many birth control options with different levels of hormones that finding the one that works well for your body—with the least amount of side effects—can be a daunting experience.

 

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The great thing about Paragard is that it’s hormone-free so there are no hormonal side-effects.

 

Paragard Uses One Active Ingredient

Paragard works with just one active ingredient—copper.

Instead of changing your body’s natural chemistry with additional hormones, the copper in Paragard works to prevent sperm from reaching the egg and fertilizing it, and may also prevent implantation.

This means you can get the positive effects of birth control without all of the extra hormonal side-effects.

 

It is Over 99% Effective

Of course, even more than making sure you don’t have extra hormones or unpronounceable ingredients in your body, you want to prevent pregnancy until the time is right.

Paragard is over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy for up to 10 years!

 

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As a woman it is important to understand your birth control options because birth control is not “one size fits all.” Here are some ways to be the most informed about your decisions:

  1. Talk to your doctor specifically about Paragard or other birth control options. Approaching your doctor with the specific names of birth control options helps your doctor to give you his or her honest opinion and recommendation as to which would be best for you.
  2. Do your research online.

You can learn more about specific birth control options by visiting the official product pages. Learn more about Paragard by visiting Paragard.com.

  1. Ask yourself questions about your reproductive health.

It’s important to know your priorities including how long you want to wait to be pregnant and if you want an immediately reversible option that is low maintenance and requires no daily routine.

  1. Keep your mind open.

Keep your mind open to new possibilities and new options. You never know which option will be best for your body.

It is important that you do your research and speak with your doctor about the different options you have and what option may be right for you. For more information about Paragard, visit www.Paragard.com

Your reproductive health is yours and you should have the option to choose how you want to protect it.

INDICATION

  • Paragard is a small IUD (intrauterine device) that prevents pregnancy for as long as you want up to 10 years. It works differently using one simple active ingredient —copper—instead of hormones.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

  • Don’t use Paragard if you have a pelvic infection or certain cancers. Less than 1% of users get a serious infection called pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).
  • If you miss a period, have persistent abdominal pain or if Paragard comes out, tell your healthcare provider (HCP). If it comes out, use back-up birth control.
  • In rare cases, Paragard may attach to or go through the uterus and cause other problems. Pregnancy with Paragard is uncommon but can be life threatening and may cause infertility or loss of pregnancy.
  • Bleeding and spotting may increase in the first 2-3 months but usually decreases over time.
  • Paragard does not protect against HIV or STDs.

Only you and your HCP can decide if Paragard is right for you. Available by prescription only.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA at www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

For full product information, please see the full Prescribing Information.

 

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