By Gabrielle Kassel, Dec. 16, 2020

The copper IUD is a long lasting, nonhormonal birth control that gets placed into the uterus by a doctor, explains Kecia Gaither, MD, MPH, FACOG, double board certified in OB-GYN and maternal fetal medicine and the director of perinatal services at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln. Known by the name of the only brand that currently manufactures copper IUDs, ParaGard is a plastic T-shaped device that’s about the size of a quarter. ParaGard, unlike other IUD options which are laced with hormones, is wrapped with a little coil of copper which prevents pregnancy.

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