For how long is the copper IUD (paraguard) an effective form of birth control?

10 years. The copper IUD is a very effective method of birth control. After being inserted it remains over 99% effective for ten years. It can be removed at any time and there is no delay getting pregnant after removal. It is one of the most popular methods worldwide.
10 years! 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.
10+ years. The para guard is approved for 10 years. Studies suggest that it's effectiveness lasts longer than this.

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How does a copper IUD work? Is it more effective then birth control?

Trauma. It causes trauma to the uterine lining. This does not allow a newly created fetus to implant and take root in the uterus. Read more...
Inhibit sperm. The copper has an inhibitory effect on sperm. They can't swim when there is copper nearby; go figure. The copper iud is about 99% effective. Birth control pills are about 85-90% effective. Read more...
Better than pills! 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. Read more...

Copper IUD is said to be effective but is there a possibility of copper toxicity? I want a non hormonal birth control.

Unlikely. If a woman is not allergic to copper and does not have a pre-exisiting copper exposure that has increased her level of copper, then it is not likely that the Copper T would cause any toxicity problems. Read more...

Can I use the paragard iud with my birth control pills? I want to keep my period regulated. Also will it make one another less effective?

Not a bit. the effect will be at least additive. The IUD is so effective it would be hard to improve upon it for birth control. Read more...
Unusual but seems OK. The ParaGard IUD and the contraceptive pills prevent pregnancy by 2 different mechanisms which would seem to complement each other and give you double protection, plus lighter, less painful and perhaps more regular menses ...but at a higher over all cost. I do not believe there is any plausible evidence that this unusual combination should "make one another less effective". Read more...

I cannot use any form of hormonal birth control. I want the copper Iud. Is there a way to minimize the heavy periods and duration of the periods.

Mirena (levonorgestrel) Skyla is the new Mirena (levonorgestrel). Both are IUDS that contain Progesterone NOT estrogen Very little amounts go into the blood stream. For the copper IUD you can reduce blood flow with Ibuprofen There is another pill called Lysteda but if the reason you are avoiding pills is due to history of a blood clot you should not take Lysteda. Read more...
No. However, if you have completed your family, permanent means of contraception are available. If not, the iUD has the "side effects" that you mentioned just like any other form of contraception. Read more...

Why do my nipples hurt? Am I pregnant? I'm on the paragard iud birth control. I had my period two weeks ago and it was longer than usual. Help!!!

Breast pain. Breast pain can be related to hormonal changes, medications, weight changes, cysts, infections, poorly fitting bras, changes in exercise patterns and many others. If you think you might be pregnant check then check a home pregnancy test. It is not likely with an IUD. Heavier longer periods are common on the Copper IUD. Read more...

I'm waiting to get a copper IUD in a month, are there other birth control options besides condoms that my bf and I can use in the meantime?

Best choice. Since you are scheduled to get an iud in a month your best choice at this point is to use condoms. Birth control pills can take a few months to regulate and you should use condoms during the first month anyway so hormones are probably not a good choice. Of course, the only way to ensure you do not get pregnant or a sexually transmitted disease is through abstinence. Read more...
Yes. In addition to condoms, you can use a diaphragm. I would use both: condom for std and birth control, diaphragm for birth control. Read more...

34wks pregnant w/3rd child, had copper IUD for birth control after 2nd, had too many issues. Any suggestions on good birth control that's not an iud?

Permanent? Are you interested in more children? That's the #1 question. If the answer is yes, then pills might be best after iud. If not interested in more children then vasectomy (for hubby), essure (for you), or other forms of sterilization. Good luck! Read more...