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Copper IUD Dosage

A healthcare provider will insert the copper IUD into the uterus, where it can be left in place for up to 10 to 12 years to prevent pregnancy. There is only one standard copper IUD dosage for all women who choose to use this contraceptive. Women who use this device should check to make sure it is still in place after each menstrual cycle.

An Introduction to Your Dosage of the Copper IUD

There is only one standard dose of the copper IUD (ParaGard®). As always, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.

Copper IUD Dosing Guidelines for Birth Control

Your healthcare provider will insert one copper IUD into your uterus. It can stay in place for up to 10 years, or perhaps longer, based on current research; however, it is officially approved for no more than 10 years. If you desire, the device can be removed earlier. After the specified length of time, if you wish to continue using the copper IUD, your healthcare provider can remove the old device and insert a new one.
The copper IUD can be inserted anytime during your cycle, as long as your healthcare provider is reasonably certain that you are not pregnant. In some cases, he or she may prefer to insert it within the first week after your period, as this provides the most reassurance that you are not pregnant.
It can be inserted immediately after an abortion or miscarriage, although the risk of it accidentally coming out is higher. There is also a higher risk for second-trimester abortions or miscarriages, compared to first-trimester ones.
After childbirth, the copper IUD should be inserted either immediately after delivery or during the second month after delivery (or later), but not in between. Inserting it during the first month after childbirth (except in the case of immediately after birth) has a higher risk of the IUD perforating the uterus.
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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