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Doctor insights on: What Happens If I Get Pregnant While I Still Have The Progesterone Iud In Place

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What happens if I get pregnant while I still have the progesterone IUD in place?

What happens if I get pregnant while I still have the progesterone IUD in place?

Depends on LMP: We usually recommend removal. While removal might cause you to lose the pregnancy, leaving the IUD increases the risk for severe intrauterine infection. As well, the progesterone, like depo-provera or norplant, (levonorgestrel) might increase the risk of a tubal pregnancy, therefore an ultrasound to determine where the pregnancy resides is as important as removal of the iud. ...Read more

Dr. Linda Callaghan
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Can I get pregnant after the progesterone IUD is removed?

Can I get pregnant after the progesterone IUD is removed?

Yes: Yes you can get pregnant after removal. The exact time of return to fertility is difficult to calculate and you should use an alternative method of birth control should you not desire pregnancy. ...Read more

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How does the progesterone IUD (mirena) work in the body?

Multiple actions : The Progesterone works mainly by thickening the mucous at the cervix to kill and block sperm. It also slows the movement of the fallopian tube and thins the lining of the uterine cavity. ...Read more

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How would I know if the progesterone IUD is in the right place?

How would I know if the progesterone IUD is in the right place?

Feel for the strings: Strings are attached to your iud. Reach into your vagina until you feel something hard like the end of your nose.This is the cervix or birth canal. You should be able to feel the strings (2) as you move your finger around the cervix like a clock . If you can't feel the strings (they may curl into the cervix), ask your doctor to find it by ultrasound. Strings = proper placement. ...Read more

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How is the progesterone IUD typically inserted?

How is the progesterone IUD typically inserted?

IUd: The procedure is done in the office and is similar to the exam for a pap smear. Speculum is inserted in the vagina and local anesthetic may be injected, not needed most of the time. We usually stabilize the cervix with an instrument called tenaculum, then the cavity is sounded. Since this is done while you are on your period the cervix is somewhat dilated the iud insertion probe is introduced. ...Read more

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What are the risks to using the progesterone iud?

Very safe option : The Progesterone IUD is a safe effective birth control method. The main risk is that it falls out (1/1760). Failures are very rare but if pregnancy occurs the risk of an ectopic pregnancy (being pregnant in the fallopian tubes) is 25%. There is a very small risk of injury when it is being inserted. ...Read more

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Is there anyone who can not use a progesterone IUD (mirena)?

Yes: No: pregnant, breastfeeding, current uterine/cervical infection, liver disease, allergy to iud, current breast ca, some women with uterine anomalies (abnormally shaped uterus). Yes: adult women, teenagers, women who've not yet given birth, women with history of ectopic pregnancy, or history of pelvic inflammatory disease or sexually transmitted disease. Even some postmenopausal women. ...Read more

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Is is safe to use a progesterone IUD with the pill? Or will the IUD alone fix my irregular cycles?

Is is safe to use a progesterone IUD with the pill? Or will the IUD alone fix my irregular cycles?

Doctors orders : A Progesterone iud is very effective at cycle regulation with up to 50% having no periods at all. If your doctor felt that adding a birth control pill temporarily was needed then you can discuss with the doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Seth Derman
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Progesterone (Definition)

Progesterone has been found to be helpful in preventing preterm birth in a patient who has a history of delivering babies too early. It can be given as vaginal suppositories. It is most often given as weekly ...Read more


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Intrauterine Device (Definition)

A small object that is inserted into your uterus ...Read more