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A 32-year-old female asked:

What is the copper iud?

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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What it implies: It is an intrauterine device primarily made of copper.
Dr. Michael Hulse
Gynecology 27 years experience
Birth control: The copper iud is a non hormonal long acting reversible contraceptive that is inserted into the uterus in the office. This device contains copper and is effective for up to 10 years.
Dr. Brian Nguyen
Obstetrics and Gynecology 11 years experience
Paragard: The CopperIUD is one of the BEST forms of birth control available. It is non-hormonal (no effect on fertility/acne/headaches/nausea/wt gain/bloating/blood clots) and VERY safe (except if you have Wilson's dz/Copper allergy). The only risk is a heavier period and complications w/ insertion (RARE). It is immediately effective to prevent pregnancy but does not protect against STIs.
Dr. Carrie Champine
Obstetrics and Gynecology 18 years experience
Likely: IF you are in need of birth control, are not pregnant, do not have a copper allergy and do not actively have undiagnosed vaginal bleeding or current pelvic infection, you can likely have a copper IUD
Dr. Dale Kristle
Gynecology 40 years experience
Yes: unless you are allergic to copper or have an active infection but at age 49, I wouldn't
Dr. Brian Nguyen
Obstetrics and Gynecology 11 years experience
Yes!: The CopperIUD is one of the BEST forms of birth control available. Non-hormonal (no effect on fertility/acne/headaches/nausea/wt gain/bloating/blood clots) and VERY safe (except if you have Wilson's dz/Copper allergy). Only risk is a heavier period and complications w/ insertion (RARE). Immediately effective to prevent pregnancy, but DOES NOT protect against STIs. OK for women who haven't had kids

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A 41-year-old member asked:

Should we use condoms if I have a copper iud?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Not needed: if only concern is pregnancy - Copper T IUD – failure rate is usually 0.8%. However, condom should be used if there is any concern about sexually transmitted diseases.

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