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What is the ParaGard IUD?



The ParaGard Intrauterine Device (IUD) Copper T 380A is a little, “T-shaped” contraceptive device, about 1-1/4 inches broad by 1-3/8 inches long, made of flexible plastic and covered in copper. The ParaGard IUD have to be inserted by a certified healthcare specialist (such as an OB/GYN or nurse professional). Moreover, it is hormone-free, so it does not modify a female’s natural menstruation. The ParaGard IUD introduces a very small quantity of the mineral copper (which works as a spermicide) continuously over a 10-year duration as a method to avoid allowing the sperm to reach the egg preventing pregnancies.

But Why Copper?

The reason Copper is found on this IUD as it is naturally present trace mineral in an individual’s body and found in foods like whole grains, shellfish, leafy foods, and nuts. Ultimately the percentage of copper that the ParaGard IUD introduces to the body every day is less than the quantity included in the average day-to-day diet. The copper in the ParaGard IUD does not increase the overall level of copper currently present in one’s body.

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