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Apr082010

IUD in a Placenta

Here, an IUD is found imbedded into the placenta. It was more "attached," but came out as the placenta was being delivered. This is the third IUD I have seen born with the baby.

 

This is a Copper T, one generation removed from the IUDs we have today and has no hormones like the Mirena does. While it is controversial, deciding what to do if pregnancy occurs with an IUD inserted, many doctors suggest removing it. Apparently, the risk of miscarriage is about 50/50. There are risks to keeping it inside during the pregnancy, including serious infection.

 

Reader Comments (7)

I had a paraguard IUD and became pregnant, then subsequently miscarried. (before 10 weeks) I then had it removed. Probably won't get another.
It made my cervix feel like chopped liver during my period. It was so bad I couldn't even use a menstruation cup. Needless to say I didn't like my IUD.

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermommymichael

I am surprised the string was that long, isn't usually clipped so it's long enough to stick behind the cervix (in the vaginal canal) but no longer? I mean, that string looks long enough to be hanging out of the vaginal opening.

April 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEthel

That's the correct length. Remember, the IUD is placed up high in the uterus and that string probably was about a cm. into the vagina, the normal length.

April 9, 2010 | Registered CommenterNavelgazing Midwife

In 1967, my husband was born holding his mother's IUD in his hand. Everyone was quite shocked to see that!

April 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPittsburrito

That is wild, I have never seen anything like this, although have read many stories.

May 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmber Morrisey

I have to speak up in favor of the humble copper T. I had so many annoying side-effects of oral contraceptive pills, and knew I wouldn't want to be pregnant for at least five years. Oh, and I was a nullip (I had never been pregnant before), so it took some doing to find someone who was current on the medical literature and was happy to put one in me.

However:
- no hormonal moodiness, no annoyingly tender boobs, no dessert-dry vajayjay (all of which I did have with hormonal contraceptives)
- never needing to remember to take a pill, or packing enough contraceptives when I went abroad for six months
- never needing to fiddle with putting something on or in before proceeding with intercourse (of course, it doesn't protect against STDs, so when I was in a new relationship.... blah, blah, blah).
- The return to fertility was nearly-instantaneous after I got it taken out: having it removed was no more difficult or uncomfortable than a pap smear, and I had a positive pregnancy test about six weeks later. (I felt like I should have taken the thing home and buried it with a tiny tombstone -- it had been such a good, trusty friend to me all those years.)
- oh, and insurance covered it so I never paid a penny for five years of perfect birth control

Great blog, I just wanted to clarify the point that the copper T is not "one generation removed from the IUDs we have today" -- it is still an option for a woman who wants an IUD and doesn't want/can't have hormonal contraception. (see: http://www.paragard.com/)

May 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteranon

those string are much too long.

March 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJRM CPM

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