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A 31-year-old member asked:

Could an iud cause endometrial cancer?

2 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Marianne DiNapoli
Dr. Marianne DiNapolianswered
Obstetrics and Gynecology 10 years experience
No, the opposite!: An IUD is an intra-uterine device, an extremely effective method of contraception. Endometrial cancer is most often caused by exposure of the body to lots of estrogen. Because the IUD either contains no hormones or contains progesterone, it does not cause endometrial cancer. In fact, progestogen containing iuds (such as the mirena) may protect against endometrial cancer.
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Dr. John Geisler
Gynecologic Oncology 29 years experience
Endometrial cancer: Progesterone iuds can actually be used to treat endometrial cancers in very highly selected patients.
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A 21-year-old member asked:

Do we know what causes endometrial cancer?

4 doctor answers13 doctors weighed in
Dr. Marianne DiNapoli
Dr. Marianne DiNapolianswered
Obstetrics and Gynecology 10 years experience
Estrogen +more: Endometrial cancer is the most common gynecologic cancer. Risk factors for developing endometrial cancer all include over-exposure to estrogen. This can occur with hormone replacement therapy after menopause, starting menstruation at an early age, going through menopause at a late age, never having children, and obesity.
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