A member asked:

Can the paraguard iud cause you to have abortions?

4 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. Wendy Askew answered

Specializes in

Not usually: The main way that paragard prevents pregnancy is by thickening the cervical mucus, to prevent sperm from passing through the cervix, but it also has an effect of causing inflammation in the uterus that can be 'toxic' to sperm that do make it into the uterus, and it does have a small chance of causing abortions, if a sperm makes it past both of those hazards.

Answered 8/18/2013


Dr. Sally Rafie answered

Specializes in Pharmacology

No: The Paragard IUD can act as emergency contraception if inserted within 5 days of unprotected intercourse. It is a very effective form of contraception.

Answered 1/16/2016



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