Health Watch - Family Matters: IUD Placement

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about medical issues related to the decision to have a family. The decision not to have children, either ever or temporarily,  can be as important as the decision to have children. It is important to make sure your birth control is working the way it’s supposed to.

Intrauterine devices, or IUDs, can be an extremely effective birth control method, but if they fail and pregnancy occurs, there can be serious complications. Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center found that about half the IUDs in women who became pregnant were in the wrong position. Dr. Elysia Moschos, a UT Southwestern obstetrician/gynecologist, says doctors usually do a physical exam after inserting the IUD. But doctors should consider using sonograms to make sure the devices are inserted correctly and then for follow-up exams to make sure the devices haven’t shifted. Sonograms can also be used in case of pregnancy with an IUD to determine where the device is and whether it can be safely removed.           


May 2011

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