Your health care provider will evaluate your overall health and do a pelvic exam before inserting ParaGard. He or she may also recommend screening for STIs. You can have ParaGard inserted anytime during a normal menstrual cycle if you've been consistently using another birth control method or you haven't had sex since your last period.
If you are breast-feeding, have irregular periods or haven't been consistently using birth control, you may need to take a pregnancy test before ParaGard is inserted or have it inserted during a period.
Taking a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others), one to two hours before the procedure can help reduce cramping.
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