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Birth Control Intrauterine Devices (IUDs) (cont.)

When should I call the doctor if I'm concerned about my IUD?

Women using IUDs should have regular medical examinations every year.

  • You may wish to check to be sure that they feel the string coming out of the cervix to make sure the IUD remains properly in place. To check for the string, sit or squat and with clean hands, insert your index or middle finger into the vagina until the vagina is felt. Do not pull the string. This may cause it to come out of place. If you do not feel the string, if the string feels too short or long, or if you feel the IUD itself, you should call the doctor.
  • Women who miss their periods or who notice unusual vaginal fluid or odor should call the doctor.
  • Women who have severe abdominal pain or cramps, pain or bleeding with sex, unexplained fever and chills, or unexplained bleeding after the adjustment phase should call their health-care professional immediately.
  • Any you are using an IUD you suspects that you are pregnant, contact your health-care professional immediately.

What are the complications and risks of an IUD?

Patient Comments

Complications and risk include the possibility of puncture of the wall of the uterus during insertion; this is uncommon and happens in 1-3 out of every 1,000 cases. If a woman becomes pregnant with an IUD in place, there is a 50% likelihood that the pregnancy will en din miscarriage. Another potential risk is that the IUD will be expelled from the uterus.

REFERENCE: Medscape. Contraception.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/17/2015

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