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are there risks to using the copper iud?

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Dr. Raj Syal
Dr. Raj Syalanswered
Obstetrics and Gynecology 33 years experience
Minimal: Copper IUD is considered very safe. May increase the amount of bleeding and cramping.
Dr. Brian Nguyen
Obstetrics and Gynecology 11 years experience
Minimal: The CopperIUD is one of the BEST forms of birth control available. It is non-hormonal (no effect on fertility/acne/headaches/nausea/wt gain/bloating/blood clots) and VERY safe (except if you have Wilson's dz/Copper allergy). The only risk is a heavier period and complications w/ insertion (RARE). It is immediately effective to prevent pregnancy but does not protect against STIs.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

Are there side effects to using the copper iud?

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Dr. Raj Syal
Dr. Raj Syalanswered
Obstetrics and Gynecology 33 years experience
Bleeding: Some patients will experience an increase in menstrual flow.
A 22-year-old member asked:

How can I know if the copper IUD is in the right place?

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Dr. Raj Syal
Dr. Raj Syalanswered
Obstetrics and Gynecology 33 years experience
Ultrasound: If the string can be seen or felt and you have no problems, it should be fine. If in doubt an ultrasound can help.
A 37-year-old member asked:

How is the copper IUD typically inserted?

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Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Office visit: The IUD is placed in a small plastic tube. The lip of the birth canal(cervix) is held steady with an instrument, and the plastic tube is inserted through the canal into the uterus.The IUD is then gently pushed out of the tube; the tube is removed and the strings on the IUD are shortened. Depending on age, and number of children, a local anesthetic to the cervix may be used.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What are some benefits of using the copper iud?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Safe and effective: The IUD is one of the safest and most cost-effective ways to prevent pregnancy. It is almost as good as getting your tubes tied or a vasectomy in preventing pregnancy.
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What are the warning signs I should look for if I have a copper iud?

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