Intrauterine devices (IUDs) are a popular contraceptive option for many women who don’t want to get pregnant. But is it possible to become pregnant even when you’re using an IUD? Let’s explore this topic in more detail.
What is an IUD?
A healthcare provider inserts a small, T-shaped intrauterine device (IUD) into the uterus to prevent pregnancy
The two main types of IUDs are hormonal and copper. A hormonal IUD slowly releases hormones over time, while the copper IUD uses copper ions to create a hostile environment for sperm.
Both types of IUDs are very effective in preventing pregnancy when used correctly.
Can you get pregnant with an IUD?
The answer is yes—it is still possible to get pregnant with an intrauterine device in place, although it is rare.
Estimates suggest that less than one percent of women using an IUD will become pregnant in any given year.
Note that if you use an intrauterine device and become pregnant, the presence of the device may increase pregnancy risks.
For this reason, it’s important to contact your healthcare provider as soon as possible if you believe you might be pregnant while using an IUD.
What are the risks of using an IUD?
In addition to the risk of becoming pregnant with an intrauterine device in place, there are other potential risks associated with their use. These include pain or discomfort during insertion or removal, cramping and spotting between periods, and perforation of the uterus if not inserted correctly.
It’s important to discuss these risks with your healthcare provider before deciding on whether or not an IUD is right for you.
In summary, although it is still possible to get pregnant while using an intrauterine device (IUD), chances are very low—less than one percent each year according to estimates.
However, if you do become pregnant while using an IUd there may be additional risks associated with the pregnancy due to the presence of the device itself so it’s important that you contact your healthcare provider right away if you think you might be pregnant while using one.
As always, make sure to talk about any potential risks or questions with your doctor before making any decisions about contraception methods such as whether or not to use an IUd!