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I'm 18 with no children and planning on getting an iud, what are the odds of my IUD being expelled? And is it true the pain will be much worse for me?
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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics & Gynecology
14 doctors agree
In brief: Minimal
The literature suggests the spontaneous expulsion rate for iud's is about 2% to 3%.
The copper "t" iud is approved for women regardless of parity. The insertion procedure can cause some cramping, pain, and spotting - however, significant pain or discomfort during the procedure is uncommon. The benefit of the iud is that you get the most effective reversible contrception currently available.

In brief: Minimal
The literature suggests the spontaneous expulsion rate for iud's is about 2% to 3%.
The copper "t" iud is approved for women regardless of parity. The insertion procedure can cause some cramping, pain, and spotting - however, significant pain or discomfort during the procedure is uncommon. The benefit of the iud is that you get the most effective reversible contrception currently available.
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Dr. Carolyn Thompson
Insertion of an IUD for a woman who has never had a baby may be a bit more uncomfortable than for one who has because the opening of the cervix may be more tightly closed. It is a good idea to take 800mg of ibuprofen about an hour before your appointment.
Dr. Eugene Louie-Ng
A woman at highest risk of becoming sterile because of an infection after IUD placement is one who is not in a committed, monogamous, long term relationship. If not in that type of relationship, she is at higher risk of STDs that can cause sterility.
Dr. Renee Harris
Obstetrics & Gynecology
6 doctors agree
In brief: Low chance
The iud is rarely expelled and is it a very good method of birth control if you want to delay childbearing for a few years.
There is a small amount if cramping associated with insertion that goes away quickly. I usually recommend that a patient takes 2 Ibuprofen an hour or two before to help prevent the cramping. Your doctor will teach you to check for the strings to verify that it is not expelled.

In brief: Low chance
The iud is rarely expelled and is it a very good method of birth control if you want to delay childbearing for a few years.
There is a small amount if cramping associated with insertion that goes away quickly. I usually recommend that a patient takes 2 Ibuprofen an hour or two before to help prevent the cramping. Your doctor will teach you to check for the strings to verify that it is not expelled.
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