Answer: The only method that is 100% effective at preventing pregnancy is abstinence. However, the copper IUD (ParaGard) is a highly effective (99%) non-hormonal method that works immediately after it is inserted and can last up to 10 years. The copper IUD prevents pregnancy by interfering with the sperms ability to reach the egg to fertilize but the user will still ovulate regularly.
Question: I’ve had ParaGard for over a month should I be worried if I’ve been having non-stop cramp like stomach pain for over an hour. It’s never happened since I got it. The only other thing was cramps on my side while having sex. Should I be worried about that?
Answer: Cramping the first few weeks, even the first few months, is normal after the insertion of any IUD. If the the pain intensifies or lasts more than 90 days after the IUD was inserted, please contact your medical provider or Family Planning at 440-352-0608 (Painesville) or 440-992-5953 (Ashtabula).