Cases of pregnancy with an IUD can be rare. But if you do become pregnant while you have an IUD inserted, contact your doctor immediately to have it removed.
Misunderstandings About IUDs and IUD Insertion
The modern version of the IUD is pretty safe, but many still have doubts about it. Dr. Ashley Brandt, Obstetrics and Gynecology specialist of Cleveland Clinic, says that she regularly hears patients’ concerns about the movement of the IUD through the uterine wall to the abdomen. “Even though it seems like almost everybody knows somebody to whom that’s happened, it’s actually a pretty rare complication,” she says. If the uterus is torn, movement can occur, usually using an instrument during IUD insertion. However, these uterine perforations occur only in 0.01% of cases.
Other serious complications of the IUD are also rare. Around 1% of women experience pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) within the first 20 days after IUD insertion. There are other rare side effects that women report from the hormone IUD, such as weight gain, hair loss, mood swings, and acne. Currently, there is not enough research to support or disprove the clear relationship between the two.
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