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Can my IUD fall out?

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It's rare, but an IUD can fall all the way or part of the way out. This is more likely if:

  • You don't have children.
  • You’re under 20 years old.
  • You had the IUD put in right after having a baby or after having a second-trimester abortion.
  • You have fibroids in your uterus.
  • Your uterus is an unusual size or shape.

SOURCES:

Association of Reproductive Health Professionals: "Health Matters Fact Sheets: Hormonal IUD."

CDC: "How effective are birth control methods?"

Mirena Prescribing Information.

Skyla Prescribing Information.

Liletta Prescribing Information.

ParaGard Prescribing Information.

Planned Parenthood: "IUD."

Family Planning Council/Access Matters: "Facts About IUDs."

Kids Health.org: "IUD."

Association of Reproductive Health Professionals: Health Matters Fact Sheets: Copper T IUD," "Non-hormonal Contraceptive Methods."

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy: "IUD."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Intrauterine Device (IUD)."

Planned Parenthood: “IUD,” "When does an IUD start working?"

Sutter Health Palo Alto Medical Foundation: "The Intrauterine Device (IUD)."

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC): IUD and Implant."

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Population Affairs: "Intrauterine Device (IUD) Fact Sheet."

FDA: "Birth Control: Medicines To Help You."

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy: "Paragard Vs Mirena: Which IUD Is Best For You?"

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on May 3, 2019

SOURCES:

Association of Reproductive Health Professionals: "Health Matters Fact Sheets: Hormonal IUD."

CDC: "How effective are birth control methods?"

Mirena Prescribing Information.

Skyla Prescribing Information.

Liletta Prescribing Information.

ParaGard Prescribing Information.

Planned Parenthood: "IUD."

Family Planning Council/Access Matters: "Facts About IUDs."

Kids Health.org: "IUD."

Association of Reproductive Health Professionals: Health Matters Fact Sheets: Copper T IUD," "Non-hormonal Contraceptive Methods."

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy: "IUD."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Intrauterine Device (IUD)."

Planned Parenthood: “IUD,” "When does an IUD start working?"

Sutter Health Palo Alto Medical Foundation: "The Intrauterine Device (IUD)."

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC): IUD and Implant."

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Population Affairs: "Intrauterine Device (IUD) Fact Sheet."

FDA: "Birth Control: Medicines To Help You."

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy: "Paragard Vs Mirena: Which IUD Is Best For You?"

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on May 3, 2019

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