Intra Uterine Device (IUCD)
- Does the IUCD cause pelvic infections?
- Can young women and older women use IUCD?
- Does the IUCD make a woman infertile?
- Can a woman who has never had a baby use an IUCD?
- Can the IUCD travel from the woman’s uterus to other parts of her body, such as her heart or her brain?
- Should a woman have a “rest period” after using her IUCD for several years or after the IUCD reaches its recommended time for removal?
- Must an IUCD be inserted only during a woman’s monthly bleeding?
- Do IUCDs increase the risk of ectopic pregnancy?
|Does the IUCD cause pelvic infections?||Top|
|By itself the IUCD does not cause infections. Infection results if unhygienic insertion is made.|
|Can young women and older women use IUCD?||Top|
|Yes. There is no minimum or maximum age limit. An IUCD should be removed after menopause has occurred, within 12 months after her last monthly bleeding.|
|Does the IUCD make a woman infertile?||Top|
|No. A woman can become pregnant once the IUCD is removed just as quickly as a woman who has never used IUCD, although fertility decreases as women get older.|
|Can a woman who has never had a baby use an IUCD?||Top|
|A woman who has not had children generally can use an IUCD, but she should understand that the IUCD is more likely to come out because her uterus may be smaller than the uterus of a woman who has given birth.|
|Can the IUCD travel from the woman’s uterus to other parts of her body, such as her heart or her brain?||Top|
|The IUCD never travels to heart or brain, or any other part of the body outside the abdomen. The IUCD normally stays within the uterus like a seed within a shell. Rarely, the IUCD may come through the wall of the uterus into the abdominal cavity. This is most often due to faulty insertion. If it is discovered within 6 weeks or so after insertion or if it is causing symptoms at any time, the IUCD will need to be removed.|
|Should a woman have a “rest period” after using her IUCD for several years or after the IUCD reaches its recommended time for removal?||Top|
|No. this is not necessary, and it could be harmful. Removal of the old IUCD and immediately inserting a new IUCD poses less risk of infection than two separate procedures. Also, a woman could become pregnant during a “rest period” before her new IUCD is inserted.|
|Must an IUCD be inserted only during a woman’s monthly bleeding?||Top|
|No. For a woman having regular menstrual cycles, an IUCD can be inserted at any time during her menstrual cycle if it is reasonably certain that she is not pregnant. Inserting the IUCD during her monthly bleeding may be a good time because she is not likely to be pregnant and insertion may be easier.|
|Do IUCDs increase the risk of ectopic pregnancy?||Top|
|Ectopic pregnancies are rare among IUCD users. The rate of ectopic pregnancy among women with IUCD inserted is 12 per 10,000 women per year.|