Category Archives: IUDs

Pregnancy and IUDs

Pregnancy is possible with an IUD in place; it is also possible if the IUD has been expelled or has moved out of its proper position. The chance of conceiving with an IUD still in place decreases as the woman's fertility declines. About 5% of the pregnancies which occur are ectopic, compared with 0.5% among ...

Side-effects of IUDs

Bleeding problems are a common side-effect of IUD use. The Progestasert is the only IUD that is not known to cause heavier bleeding than the woman normally experiences — in fact this particular IUD may actually lessen bleeding. Up to fifteen per cent of users ask for removal of their IUD because of bleeding or ...

Fitting IUDs

Insertion of an IUD should always be done by a trained practitioner, either a doctor or a paramedical person fully trained in IUD fitting. Successful fitting of an IUD generally depends on whether the woman is relaxed, whether the correct size of IUD has been chosen, and the skill and experience of the practitioner. Insertion ...

Types of IUD

Many designs of IUD have been tried in different countries over the years. Some have never reached widespread production; others have been used and later withdrawn from the market for reasons such as increased risk of infection or septic miscarriage. The most commonly-approved IUDS are the Lippes Loop (one of the earliest types, and still ...