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Intrauterine Contraceptive Device (IUCD)

Intrauterine Contraceptive Device (IUCD) - Symptoms

Intrauterine Contraceptive Device (IUCD) - How to prevent?

Intrauterine Contraceptive Device (IUCD) - Causes and Risk Factors

What Are The Risks With IUCD?

Some women may experience abdominal cramps, heavier periods and vaginal discharge after IUCD insertion. However, these symptoms usually disappear after 2 - 3 months. IUCD insertion also carries with it possible complications such as:

  1. Expulsion:
    • Occasionally an IUCD may be partially or completely pushed out of the uterus, exposing the woman to unplanned pregnancy.
    • 50% of all expulsions take place in the first 3 months.
    • It is advisable to feel for the thread after the period each month to ensure that the IUCD is still in place. If the thread is missing or the IUCD migrated into the uterine cavity or abdominal cavity, further investigations may be required to locate the IUCD. A surgical procedure may be required to remove the IUCD.
  2. Ectopic pregnancy: If pregnancies arise, they occur more commonly in the fallopian tubes.
  3. Uterine perforation: Occurs in 1 out of 1,000 insertions.
  4. Pelvic infection: There is a slightly increased risk of infection occurring in the first 3 weeks after insertion.
  5. Pregnancy with IUCD in place: There is a higher risk of miscarriage if the IUCD is left in place. This risk may be reduced if the IUCD is removed as soon as possible.

Intrauterine Contraceptive Device (IUCD) - Diagnosis

Intrauterine Contraceptive Device (IUCD) - Treatments

Intrauterine Contraceptive Device (IUCD) - Preparing for surgery

Intrauterine Contraceptive Device (IUCD) - Post-surgery care

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