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A 18-year-old female asked:

ok im 18 i have mirena (levonorgestrel) and i keep hearing all these stories about being infertal after getting it taken out.. why is this happening..?

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Dr. Alan Patterson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 42 years experience
Most people do not: Have a problem , but on occasion u could get a clinical or subclinical infection that could block your tubes and make your sterile, you should have regular cultures to r/o gon, chly, etc and u shoudl be using protection liek condomns if u are not married to prevent stds , the iud does not prevent stds.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Choices: Of the forms of BC out there, an IUD has the lowest failure rate other than total abstinence.Unfortunately that can lead people to ignore other issues, like gonorrhea & chlamydia that might be prevented if they used condoms.It is what the sex partner gives you & not the IUD that creates the most infertility issues. Since women can have these and not be symptomatic, you might never suspect it

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