Birth Control - IUD Complications

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What are the side effects of an IUD?

Side effects of the IUD are limited primarily to the uterus and depend upon the type of IUD that is inserted. The copper IUD may cause worsening of menstrual cramps and heavier menstrual bleeding, although hormonal IUDs usually reduce menstrual flow. Women with hormonal IUDs may have irregular periods and spotting, particularly in the first three to six months.

It is also possible for the IUD to pass through (perforate) the uterine wall and enter the abdominal cavity, where it must be retrieved surgically. Perforation of or trauma to the uterus by the IUD occurs in one to three per 1,000 insertions.

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Comment from: krissy, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: April 14

I have been on an intra-uterine device (IUD) now for 4 months and it's been great! With the exception that I have been bloating the last week and half and it hasn"t gone down. I also have spotted here and there but that is normal apparently. The only thing worrying me right now is the smelly discharge. I have never experienced this before and I am a little worried I am that 1 in 1000 people who have pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). I hope not... I am going to see my obstetrician/gynecologist this week.

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Comment from: Anne, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: September 04

I had an IUD (intrauterine device). When it was inserted I had pain for several days. During that time (about 6 months), I had more menstrual cramping and flow than normal, and I had a lot of pain during sexual intercourse. I was fearful that it would hurt when it was removed. But my husband went with me and it didn't hurt to have it removed.

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