• Tue, May 1 2012

The Odds Of A ‘Lost IUD’ And 4 Other Tips For Mothers


There are quite a few reasons that IUDs are becoming increasingly popular with mothers. Nearly half of surveyed Mommyish readers report using the birth control device, and it’s simple to see why. As the most effective form of birth control out there, the IUD can accomodate those women who respond poorly to hormones. The device usually requires little to no maintenance and is reliable for anywhere between five to 10 years. Yet, there are noted but rare complications including the illusive and fear-inducing “lost IUD” scenario.

Mommyish spoke to practicing OBGYN Dr. Rebecca Brightman to better understand the odds of such a instance and to clarify what exactly counts as a “lost IUD” in the first place.

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  • Jen

    I just want to clarify: In the story you linked to, the woman claimed that the IUD was in her cervix on the way to her uterus. Isn’t that not what happened? Since the IUD was placed IN her uterus isn’t it being in the cervix indicative of it being expelled not “migrating to her uterus”?

    • Koa Beck

      Hey Jen. Thanks for reading. In Heather’s individual circumstances, she was told by her doctor that her expelled IUD could have resulted in uterine perforation if not rectified. In my personal and clearly non-medical opinion, I don’t think her unique circumstances can represent all women who expell their IUDS. Hope that helps.

    • Jen

      I was just confused because one of the commenters on the original post kept saying that an IUD is NOT placed in the uterus. Also, all the medical research I’ve read (super freaked out about this possibility now!) indicates that a partially expelled IUD can perforate the cervix not the uterus, which would make a lot more sense (but is equally scary). Does anyone know the actual facts about this?

  • Eileen

    My IUD actually got partially expelled during particularly rambunctious sex with my husband. While it was somewhat comical in nature, the OBGYN was quick to tell me that it was good I came in right away as, yes, the IUD can perforate the cervix. While overall this is really rare, the experience freaked me out so much that I now just count out my cycle with an app on my iphone rather than risk that again!

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