All opinions in the below article are my own, but 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, LLC. Learn more at Paragard.com
Discuss joint life goals/plans with your partner
Consider family planning and pregnancy prevention methods
An effective + hormone-free contraception option
Getting married brings up so many important life questions which can lead to some deep and meaningful conversations with your partner. If you’re planning to tie the knot, chances are you and your love have already had many of these crucial convos. But in case you haven’t, now’s a great time to start.
What are your goals together as a couple? Not just with your wedding day, but for your life? What are your life plans or goals for the next year? Five years? Ten years?
Do you see yourselves buying a house and setting down or selling all your things and living a nomadic lifestyle? Do you want to start a family or will you choose to be happily kid-free?
Discussing life goals and family planning
Whether you and your partner want kiddos eventually (but not right now) or you don’t want them at all, getting married is a good time to consider (or reconsider) your birth control method. Discuss the options with your doctor and your partner to find the best option for you and your life goals.
Personally, I’ve always been unsure if I ever wanted to have kids, so a reliable birth control method was a must. At the same time, I always reserved the right to change my mind (I am an Aquarius after all!)
I struggled for years with different birth control methods– trying several different hormonal contraceptives that gave me symptoms from mood swings to weight gain to skin breakouts to seriously gnarly migraines.
Over time, I started paying more attention to what I was putting into my body. From the foods I ate to the beauty products I was using to the medicines I was taking; I decided to cut out as much of the processed, non-natural stuff as possible.
After trying what felt like everything, I stopped utilizing birth control completely and opted for good old fashioned condoms. If I’m being honest, I hated that, too.
An effective, non-hormonal birth control option
Finally, I decided to take matters into my own hands and did some research on IUDs and discovered Paragard® (intrauterine copper contraceptive). I learned that Paragard is the only reversible birth control that’s 100% hormone-free and over 99% effective. Paragard does n0t protect against HIV/AIDS or sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
It’s a small IUD (intrauterine device) made using one active ingredient– copper, and once inserted into your uterus it can prevent pregnancy for up to 10 years!
This was a lightbulb moment for me. I decided I wanted to look into Paragard because:
- It’s 99% effective
- Contains no hormones, so no hormone-related side effects
- Prevents pregnancy for up to 10 years
- Only requires a one-time insertion appointment
- No monthly Rx refills to worry about
- No having to remember to take a pill
- Don’t have to pack birth control while traveling
- It’s totally reversible – it can prevent pregnancy for up to 10 years, but at any point, you can have it removed and immeditely try to get pregnant
How Paragard Works
The copper in Paragard works to prevent sperm from reaching the egg and fertilizing it, and may also prevent implantation. That means you get effective pregnancy prevention without the added hormones.
Because Paragard is hormone-free, a woman should continue to get her period at the same time each month as if she were using no birth control at all. Heavier, longer periods and spotting between periods may increase at first, but for most women, these side effects diminish after 2 to 3 months. If a woman has questions about side effects, she should check with her healthcare provider. Paragard does not protect against HIV/AIDS or sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
Pregnancy with Paragard is uncommon but can be life-threatening and may cause infertility or loss of pregnancy.
My Paragard Experience
After talking to my doctor, the Paragard IUD seemed like the best option for my needs and checked all the boxes that were important to me.
Paragard has been a great birth control option for me, but everyone’s different.
Paragard has given me the freedom to embrace my body’s natural cycle. While I had a heavier, longer flow (and some mid-cycle spotting) for the first few months, this is completely normal and has decreased over time.
In my opinion, Paragard is a great option for women looking for highly effective reversible birth control without the added hormones.
Talk to your healthcare professional. Only you and your doctor can decide if Paragard is right for you.
Contraception gives you the ability to decide if and when you want to start a family, which is incredibly important for women everywhere. It’s equally important to have access to birth control that meets your unique needs.
It’s empowering to know that you can choose the option that’s best for you, and gives you the freedom and flexibility to pursue your life goals and plans with your new spouse!
If you’re interested in birth control that’s 100% hormone free, visit Paragard.com to learn more, and talk to your doctor about your birth control options to find out if Paragard is right for you.
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.
- 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.
Editor’s note: During this time of quarantine and social distancing, some of the general wedding planning advice we share may not be applicable or possible due to restrictions on events. Please adhere to all current regulations and stay safe and healthy! Learn more here.