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Small if experienced: If the md is experienced in insertion of iud's the risk is very small but not totally non-existent. ...Read more
Can paragard IUD perforate the uterus after it has been inserted and position checked by ultrasound? Can it perforate later on?
Yes and yes: The most likely time for perforation is at insertion. However, in rarer occasions, IUD's have been known to "migrate"(perforate) during use. That is why a recommendation is to check your vaginal IUD string on occasion and especially if you are having cramping and pain to be certain the IUD didn't get "lost in space". ...Read more
Varied: Uterine perforation symptoms range from none to increased cramping , severe lower abdominal pain, heavy vaginal bleeding, fever, dizziness, faintng. If you are having any of the more severe symptoms, please contact your doctor. Also, asking your doctor if there were any surgical complications may be helpful. ...Read more
How common is perforation or embedment of uterus from Mirena (levonorgestrel) really? Are the horror stories I have read just psyching me out?
One in 1000: The incidence of uterine perforation is about 1 in 1000. If a perforation does happen, the IUD can migrate into the abdomen and may need to be retrieved with laparoscopic surgery. The embedded IUDs I have seen are in women who have left the IUD in for 20 years--way longer then recommended. Its not common. Best wishes! ...Read more
My mom was sent home on hospice Sept 2nd with a perforated bowel and stage 4 uterine cancer. It's Sept 29 and she hasn't eaten or had a bowel movement.Has she been misdiagnosed?
See answer: Without knowing all the details it's not possible to give specific advice other than: Speak with her physician. Is she on Hospice care? If not, it may be helpful. Write down a list of questions you would like answers to. Her physician should be able to give reasonable answers. Knowing a family member is involved helps to keep physicians particularly attentive to your moms care . ...Read more