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Can You get Pregnant with an IUD?

Mary McMahon
Updated May 17, 2024
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It is indeed possible to get pregnant with an intrauterine device (IUD) in place, because IUDs are not 100% effective at preventing pregnancy. Around 1 in 100 women get pregnant while using one, according to clinical trials conducted with IUDs, and the outcome of the pregnancy varies, depending on the woman, the IUD, and the situation. Due to the fact that pregnancy is a potential risk with an IUD in place, it is important for women to keep track of changes in their bodies while using is form of contraceptive, so that a pregnancy can be identified in the early stages.

An intrauterine device prevents pregnancy either by preventing sperm from reaching the egg, or by altering the uterine lining so that fertilized eggs cannot implant and develop into fetuses, making it difficult to get pregnant. Copper IUDs accomplish this by secreting copper into the uterus, while hormonal IUDs release progesterone. These devices are actually the most effective way to prevent pregnancy after abstinence, with hormonal birth control failing in 1 to 2% of cases, with a failure rate which is even higher when the pill is not used properly.

The advantage of an IUD is that it is very difficult to use it improperly, in contrast with other forms of birth control that may need to be taken every day or attended to prior to each sexual encounter. As long as a woman checks her IUD strings regularly, the device is considered to be in place and working. It is still possible to get pregnant with an IUD, however, because sperm are nothing if not determined, as is human life in general. Women with unusually large or small uteri may also be more likely to get pregnant than women with uteri that fit within the range of those tested during development of the IUD.

If a woman becomes pregnant while using an IUD, most doctors recommend that the device be removed so that it does not interfere with the pregnancy. In some cases, the removal may pose the risk of a miscarriage, in which case, it will be left as is. The IUD will not usually hurt the baby, but it can cause developmental abnormalities. In other instances, a woman may opt for an abortion because she does not feel ready to have a child. The pregnancy may also miscarry naturally, with the risk increased if the IUD is left in place.

One big risk of getting pregnant with an IUD is that use of the device increases the risk of an ectopic pregnancy, a pregnancy that takes place outside the uterus. This kind of pregnancy is extremely dangerous, and it requires immediate medical attention. Women who think that they have become pregnant while using an IUD should go to a medical professional to confirm the position and status of the pregnancy, no matter what they ultimately decide to do about it. Using condoms can also reduce the likelihood that a woman will get pregnant when using an IUD.

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Discussion Comments
By anon991244 — On Jun 06, 2015

Most doctors recommend getting the IUD removed, huh? Well forget them. They can remove the fetus I obviously don't want, otherwise I wouldn't be wearing the damn IUD in the first place, now would I?

Got the 10 year copper one placed two months ago and it's wonderful not having to remember the pill every single day. Cramping and bleeding are no worse than norm for me since I was always a heavy for several days. If I skip months completely in the years to come, so be it. Irregularity is a small price to pay for the convenience.

It's about a 1% chance I'll gamble with that chance, and if pregnancy occurs, I'm aborting. Simple as that, no matter how it has to get done.

By anon951023 — On May 13, 2014

I got pregnant with my youngest 14 years ago with an IUD fitted. I had thought I was pregnant three months earlier. I had a very late, extremely heavy period so I went to family planning to have my coil checked, The doctor said it was fine and in place, that he doubted I was pregnant. Three months later, I found I was pregnant! I was happy but worried as I have developed pre-eclampsia with my three previous pregnancies and I have a severely disabled son so a fourth child wasn't really on the agenda! My son was born eight weeks premature as I did develop pre-eclampsia again, but luckily he was fine!

By anon354926 — On Nov 12, 2013

I'm five weeks late for my period. I have had a Mirena IUD for almost two years, and have always had periods monthly. The only thing that happened to me was thick brown discharge with tissue for two days back three weeks ago, which I never had before. I always spot after intercourse also and I just got back with my boyfriend this past weekend. We had sex three times and I never spotted, which is so weird, because I always do.

We broke up for just three weeks but I am really wondering what is going on. I had pregnancy symptoms the week before and during the week of the brown spotting. I haven't had many symptoms for few days but headaches, and being very dizzy. I fell to the floor after the shower the other day.

I am 42 with four awesome children of whom have same father...just wanted to mention that, ya know. I'm too old for another but not going to stress about it. I do have an appointment Thursday and probably get an ultrasound done. Just to mention also, my strings have been missing since they were put in, I never know if it is in and after major surgery of stomach, intestines, hernia, esophagus in June. I am wondering if maybe it moved. Guess I will see.

By anon335055 — On May 17, 2013

The IUD failed twice for me: once in November 2010 and once in May 2012. The first time I felt the strings the entire time, even up to the day I figured out I was pregnant. The second time, I felt the strings up to two days before the pregnancy test but not the day I figured it out.

Both IUDs were removed and resulted in two healthy pregnancies with no complications whatsoever. Needless to say, my husband just got the snip snip.

By anon330322 — On Apr 15, 2013

For those who say they got a negative result on pregnancy test, it does not mean you are not pregnant!

I had a copper IUD in place after the birth of my second child. We had always been able to feel the strings and everything was normal as far as periods go. Then I had a bit of abnormality 10 months after the IUD was put in place, took a test (or three) and got a negative result. So I was having a check up at the doctor's office, and mentioned this as well, so on top of the other tests, a HCG blood test was ordered just to make sure (home pregnancy tests are usually very accurate, apparently, these days). So I went and got all my tests done and everything was great, but I was told to sit down, I was pregnant and from the levels, about 10 weeks.

An ultrasound was done and the IUD was in place, although it had slightly moved down (they could not say if this had been the situation for a bit or if the uterus had pushed it down). It was removed later that week.

The pregnancy has progressed as normal, and the baby is developing as expected. I have had no other problems and am expecting the arrival of our third any time now.

By anon325154 — On Mar 14, 2013

I've had my IUD for 13 months now. I got it after I had my daughter. I know that it's common to have your period become light and then stop. I had an IUD 5 years ago as well, but now I'm freaking out because I have the symptoms of pregnancy and I really can't afford another child. Plus my daughter is only 17 months old.

I'm crying. I don't know what to do if I am. I'm 28 and I thought it would not bother me, but it really does. Is it possible to get pregnant while on the Mirena IUD?

By anon323317 — On Mar 04, 2013

I have a copper IUD and didn't have a period in December, January's period was short (abnormal), and no period in February. I have a 2 year old and five step children, and I don't need anymore kids. I am 23 and know that I cannot afford another child. I'm terrified I could be pregnant.

By anon321490 — On Feb 22, 2013

I have had the copper IUD for three years now, started the pill three days ago and went to the doctor today to have the IUD removed, since I couldn't cope with the heavy periods anymore.

The doctor couldn't find the IUD, so he has referred me to have a scan. My period finished three or four days ago (an unusually light period). I took a pregnancy test as I just had a feeling all was not O.K., and it was positive! What are the chances?

Now I'm really worried and not know what to do. If the IUD is still in there, and I decide to go through with the pregnancy, can it harm the baby?

By anon316407 — On Jan 28, 2013

My question is for all those using the Copper IUD who became pregnant: were you able to feel your strings at all during the time you were pregnant before having it removed? If you can feel the string, is that a tell-tell way to know you are not pregnant?

By anon315087 — On Jan 21, 2013

I'm scared. I've had the copper coil for eight years with no problems and regular periods. However, 10 days after my last period, I experienced cramping and spotting five days on. The cramping comes and goes with bleeding, and bleeding worse with exercise. I'm getting bad headaches (but may be due to worry). The blood is often pinkish red and some times I wipe brown, watery stuff (sorry for details). The home pregnancy test was negative, so if I'm not pregnant, what is it?

By anon314010 — On Jan 15, 2013

I'm sorry but those who want to have an abortion are wrong. I have three kids 5, 4 and 2, and am pregnant again.

I don't want to go through this but I will never have an abortion. I've had the IUD for two years and am pregnant. If you don't want your baby, don't get an abortion. Give it up for adoption because there are people who can't have a baby.

By anon294519 — On Oct 02, 2012

At which month of pregnancy (just in case) can someone have the IUD safely removed without hurting the fetus, and/or what are the ways of preventing a miscarriage after removing the IUD?

By anon288851 — On Aug 31, 2012

I just found out today I am seven weeks pregnant and had the Peragaurd IUD. It was inserted 11 months ago and removed today after my pregnancy was confirmed. I think it is a lot more common than it is made out to be.

By anon273391 — On Jun 06, 2012

I have an IUD now and I'm 25 weeks pregnant. I was told I would not get pregnant while using an IUD. Well, the doctor was wrong.

By anon272382 — On May 31, 2012

My sister was 15 and pregnant. She got an IUD after she had my nephew. Six months later, we found out she was pregnant again and we now have my niece: two kids before 18. Yes you can get pregnant with an IUD. We currently don't know if the IUD fell out or if it migrated into her abdomen.

By anon268608 — On May 14, 2012

I got pregnant on the IUD. Just putting it out there. It does happen. I had the IUD removed immediately as it could have harmed the baby. It's better to know sooner rather than later.

By mj789 — On Mar 16, 2012

Some basic info: I had my iud for two years now, and my period goes like this: the first day- cramps; moderate period day 2; heavy day three; moderate day 4; light to just about gone day 5. By the end of the day gone. My last period was early February.

Problem: In March, about the end of last week after I had intercourse, I had a light, light pink blood only when I wipe, then nothing after intercourse again. No blood this time. Then two weeks late, I saw little blood clots in the toilet, then no blood. The next day, I had blood clots, cramping and slight bleeding, then it stopped, then I had a light amount of blood, then it stopped. The next morning, I had a couple of streaks of blood, then I had very little blood on my pad, then nothing throughout the day. I had very little blood then I stopped, but I am still cramping. What's going on? Can I be pregnant, or miscarrying or could this be a sign of my iud being moved out of place?

By ano1925 — On Feb 13, 2012

I have had a copper IUD for three years. I don't remember having a heavy period in December. It was very light, if anything, then through January, I started with pain in my hips and it felt like an elastic band was around my stomach, my breasts were swollen, but didn't think much of it. Well, two weeks ago, I had a brown discharge for one day, which I've never had before, then two days later, I started to bleed very heavy with little clots. I felt very tired and dizzy. The bleeding eased off after about four days and then as soon as I did anything strenuous, I would bleed again. I was booked in for a smear so I went as I had stopped spotting two days before.

The nurse who did my pap smear said my cervix looks healthy and she could see the strings to my IUD. I told her about what had happened and said it could have possibly been that I was pregnant.

Anyway, I said I wanted the IUD out because, if that was the case, I didn't want it happening again.

I went to the GP today to have my IUD removed and she couldn't find it. The strings are not there. She has said that I need to go for a scan to see if the IUD has expelled or gone up. I don't think it could have expelled when I had the heavy bleeding because the nurse saw the strings when the bleeding had subsided. She said I might have to wait up to three weeks for the scan and I'm a nervous wreck. If anybody else has had this happen, it would be helpful to hear about what the outcome was.

By anon238616 — On Jan 04, 2012

Last month, I had my period, but it was different because it started for a day then just stopped, but then like three or four days later, it started again. Now this month I had cramps along with other symptoms that my period was coming like my lower back hurting, and my breasts hurting. But now I'm four days late and I'm wondering if I could actually be pregnant?

By anon186624 — On Jun 15, 2011

I'm having an abortion tomorrow after finding out three weeks ago that I'm pregnant while having the coil fitted. They removed the coil and gave me a scan and told me i was seven weeks pregnant.

I already have an 18 month old boy and do not want anymore children yet. That's why i had the coil fitted. I am angry that i have to go through this as I thought the coil was a good choice. I feel so guilty but cannot go through with this pregnancy.

By anon178018 — On May 19, 2011

I have had a copper iud since Sept 2010. my son has just turned 2, my daughter is almost 1, and after a month or two of being moody and a little off color my partner suggested I take a pregnancy test. I laughed. I have an IUD, I can't get pregnant! i told him its 99.9 percent effective.

I took a test a few days ago: positive. I laughed, can't be, the test is wrong. I hadn't had a period since January but didn't think much of it as it is quite common to miss a few periods when you have an IUD. Two days ago, I went to family planning to get another test done, just in case: positive. Nurse who did the test had a feel of my tummy as she used to be a midwife and advised I was 10-12 weeks pregnant. I was rushed for a scan because of the IUD and it was confirmed: 15 weeks pregnant.

The IUD had been misplaced and now lies against the right side of my uterus, embedded in my uterine wall. Yesterday, I went to the doctor to be advised of risks and options. Apparently the only thing she could tell me was that it is an unknown situation and the I have a higher chance of second trimester miscarriage. I have now been referred to "the High Risk Assessment Team",(whatever that is) and await an appointment to be told something. I've seen my midwife, same one I had with my other two children, and she can tell me no more about the situation.

So until i receive an appointment with the "high Risk Assessment Team" I am told nothing. I have to sit and wait, with no information.

Yes, you can get pregnant with an IUD! Even though there are a lot of posts here, no it doesn't happen often. If you find out early and the IUD strings are visible, you can get it taken out with a small increase of the chance of miscarriage in the few weeks after the IUD is removed.

By anon162832 — On Mar 25, 2011

Ive had my copper iud for almost a year now. And my period has been regular if not on the heavier side. Well, I always know when it's coming so I was waiting for it this month as it's never been late. I had all the symptoms and it's been a week late now so I started to get worried. So of course, I checked for the strings and I couldn't find it for the life of me. After reading some of the comments here, I'm starting to freak out. I have two children. My son just turned two this month and my daughter is 14 months old.

I'm 24 years old and still in the process of finishing school. I never really thought of having any more kids after my two, since I'm not financially stable right now and I don't think I can handle another child. It's hard enough with my two. I know having a third child would make it harder for us to get by. I'm going to my doctor tomorrow to get it checked. And I'm hoping it's somewhere in there. And I'm also going to buy a pregnancy test.

By anon137454 — On Dec 27, 2010

I had the copper IUD in for two years, with no problems at all. I never missed a period for two years. I was a week late, took a pregnancy test, and now I am three weeks pregnant! So yes, you can get prego with the IUD!

By anon137417 — On Dec 27, 2010

I had paragard IUD since june and recently had it removed because it was giving me a lot of pain during intercourse and sometimes it would hurt severely out of nowhere, to the point where I had to go to the emergency room. So my OB decided to take it out.

Well, I had my periods every month, some days later but nothing I was concerned about. Starting in November, my period came around the time it was supposed to but then it stopped a day and a half later. About a week and a half later, I start and bleed for about eight days. This month, I have not started at all. I am very scared, thinking I'm pregnant.

I got the implanon right after I got my IUD removed, but he didn't give me a pregnancy test. I just went and bought two so let's hope I'm not! I do know your periods can run late or you can even go months without having one. My sister has the paragard IUD also and got it in around the same time I got mine inserted. She goes months without a period so that eased my mind but not enough to keep myself from driving insane. My son is not even nine months old. I am definitely not ready for another one! Financially or emotionally so let's just all cross our fingers!

By anon135693 — On Dec 20, 2010

I've got a copper iud. I've had it in for a year now. I've always had regular periods, but now I'm two weeks late. I've got a headache all the time and cramps. I did a test and it was negative.

By anon133963 — On Dec 13, 2010

I have had my copper IUD for less than three months and just found out I am six weeks pregnant, and my youngest child just turned 10 months old. What a shocking news!

Surprisingly, the IUD is not inside of the uterus from my last ultrasound (it traveled through the muscle of my uterus and went out somehow, but doctor doesn't know where it went) and the baby is safely landed. It's meant to be, the doctor said, so we decided to keep this baby, and for sure will never use IUD again!

By anon132965 — On Dec 09, 2010

I had an iud inserted a year ago and have had longer periods, with bad cramps. lately i have realized that I'm having frequent discharge which i didn't have before, along with cramping here in there. i have had headaches for a week now, and i spoke to my husband and he told me he accidentally slightly pulled my iud string when i asked him to see if its inserted.

I'm scared that his slight tug on it could have made me vulnerable to pregnancy. We did have sex after that occasion but he just told me yesterday about the incident. does anyone think that discharge could be a sign of pregnancy? Please respond. --Muneca mya

By anon131632 — On Dec 03, 2010

I had a copper IUD placed about three weeks ago. For the past three days i have been having sharp cramps and backaches. i have been dismissing it as normal since the IUD is still settling, but having read the above statistics, i am worried i may be pregnant, even though i can still feel the string. i will have a home test as soon i knock off.

As much as my husband and i didn't want to have children yet, we would welcome the baby. i only pray that there would be no complications if I am pregnant. It would be our first.

By anon131546 — On Dec 02, 2010

I have an IUD with no hormones. Ever since the IUD my periods are very heavy, last longer, and I cramp more than I ever remember. Sex is also uncomfortable and painful. I am wondering if this means it could be in there wrong and/or make it easier to get pregnant.

By anon130788 — On Nov 29, 2010

here is my story. in may i started bleeding again two weeks after my period, so i just thought maybe my body is changing or i counted wrong. well, the cramps were so bad i could not walk. i went to the hospital and boom ! I'm pregnant, but with me bleeding we didn't think baby was going to make it, and besides i was only like four weeks along.

The IUD was taken out, baby was lost but i was very OK with that as i already have two young children and now here it is Nov. and i was feeling a little fat and my period is due this week. I went to the doctor to see why I'm getting a little fatter and guess what? yup I'm pregnant again! I'm four weeks along.

i have decided that another kids is not a good idea right now but i can't see having an abortion either, so i have decided to have my IUD taken out tomorrow and go from there. i wish i have seen more people talking about what happen after it was taken out and to tell others if baby survived or not, but i guess I'll find out on my own.

also just to let everyone know that once you get pregnant with an IUD you are 80 percent more likely to have it happen again. i did not know this until yesterday. my first IUD i had for two years and this one four months. I'm getting my tubes tied at this point!

good luck to everyone and i hope you all get what you want in life, with baby or not.

By anon127922 — On Nov 17, 2010

I have had my IUD in for more then a year, but lately Ive been gaining weight very quickly. I am not eating more then usual and this whole time I have had the mirena IUD, I got my period. Well, this month I didn't, so I thought to take a pregnancy test and then another but they both came out negative. Can I still be pregnant?

By anon125204 — On Nov 08, 2010

I haven't had a period for many, many months now. We are parents of four beautiful children. Our hands are full, however having another child would not be the worst thing to happen to me.

My sister before she passed told I would have six. I keep having baby dreams. Not sure if going six months without a period is normal. Is it for some? I am almost 40. My IUD was inserted after my last child was a year old. She is just over three now.

By anon125077 — On Nov 08, 2010

i have had the IUD since may and now I'm having pregnancy symptoms again and I'm worried. I'm really nauseous, I'm a few days late, my boobs are leaking and I'm having backaches again. should i call my doctor?

By anon123540 — On Nov 02, 2010

I've had my iud for about three years. Ever since getting it, my periods are irregular. I'm currently two months late. Just left work early because I felt sick, have been throwing up since. I guess I need to get a test.

By anon123382 — On Nov 01, 2010

I got pregnant after having a copper iud for a year and my ob tried to removed it with no luck. I miscarried in my 18th week of pregnancy. It was a very painful process to go through. I wouldn't recommend the iud.

By anon121663 — On Oct 25, 2010

So I can't feel the little strings on my iud and my boyfriend can't either. I recently had spotting but it was unusual since it was a lot earlier than when I usually have a period and I have also been gaining weight and my belly looks like it's getting bigger. I don't know if I could be pregnant or not.

By anon120449 — On Oct 21, 2010

Can you become pregnant with the IUD and have a cycle? I am usually on for 6 or 7 days but it was only four this month and my appetite has gotten serious and my stomach is huge! Anyone else had an experience like this?

By anon114056 — On Sep 27, 2010

wow. I have my iud since march 06. It's due to be taken out march 2011, but I just spotted on my last period, which was in early september, so I thought it was my period. Didn't think twice about it until lately, I have been so tired, my breast/nipples hurt, my stomach hurts and cramps sometimes, I am having crazy cravings ( I was eating pickles and mustard the other day. What?), going to the restroom more often. I took a test about a week ago, and it was negative, but my friends want me to take another one. I don't know. I mean, I would be very happy to welcome a third baby, but I'm so scared of the risks that come with the iud and pregnancy together. Should I take another test? Should I be worried if I am indeed pregnant? I just don't want anything to happen to my baby if I am pregnant.

By anon112489 — On Sep 20, 2010

an iud, depending on which one you get can, sometimes cause strange abnormalities regarding pregnancy. My doctor told me the minute i feel pregnant come in and do a pregnancy test or do one anyway and call her with the symptoms.

I know that your mind can also trick your body in believing you are pregnant. I've had mine for like almost a year now without any problems and my boyfriend is very infertile so for this to happen, it would be bad, but at the same time a miracle, considering our situation.

I have been spotting this month and I have been craving ridiculous foods especially sweets (I normally don't eat sweets). If you think you are pregnant go to the doctor; don't just wait! I am taking a at home pregnancy test and tomorrow I will call my doctor.

An ectopic pregnancy can be dangerous for both baby and mommy and more issues may occur (sorry for the poor spelling).

I have a copper IUD because i have depression and other sorts of problems. My doctor recommended it because it has no hormones. I don't think it would harm the baby any different than a hormonal iud. The only difference between the two is that the hormonal iud might cause mental issues to become worse.

Take care everyone, and if you think you are pregnant take a pregnancy test as often as you can! Don't panic and also remember to the young posters: Your body is constantly changing and if you want to have a baby sometimes your body will make you feel pregnant but you actually aren't. Just like how if you're around women a lot; you get on the same period cycle as them!

By anon111028 — On Sep 14, 2010

I am a mother of one and i have the IUD mirena in me. I haven't had a period for about two or three months now, but people are telling me that i look pregnant. I remember even with being pregnant with my first, i had no symptoms of pregnancy. The home tests always come back unclear, therefore i had to have a blood test.

I found out through the blood test that i was four months pregnant. Could i still be pregnant even after having the IUD for three years?

The intercource with my husband is a daily thing sometimes more than I want. We do not provide protection because i figured 99.9 percent was effective. can anyone help me?

By anon109558 — On Sep 08, 2010

Calm down! I have had my copper iud (paragard) for four years. I have missed my period for one or two months several times. I get food cravings, but what person doesn’t? None of this means I’m pregnant. It never crosses my mind because i trust my iud!

Just a little fun fact: an iud is 99 percent effective so that means fewer than one out if 100 women would get pregnant every year. The chances are slim to none but if you just happen to be in that 1 percent, enjoy your gift of life -- it was just simply meant to be.

As a 23 year old mother of two girls (11 months apart) and their dad of six years, i love my life. To bring lives into this world is the best thing that has ever happened to me. With my iud i will be expecting my next child this time. lol. no more surprises. I’m thinking in three years I will want my last child.

Adoption -- not abortion! Remember: the iud does not protect against HIV, STDs or any other disease, so make sure you use a little extra protection if you have more than one partner.

By anon109296 — On Sep 06, 2010

Wow, there's a lot of women with IUDs that got pregnant! I had a copper IUD inserted almost two years ago with no problems until now. I'm three days late and I haven't been late in years (with the exception of when I was pregnant).

Now I'm freaking out because I already have five kids (all with the same father), but am recently divorced and have just started seeing someone. I don't need no. six with my new boyfriend. Guess I'm buying a test in the morning.

By anon109161 — On Sep 06, 2010

i had the iud inserted in july. i have had unprotected sex twice and I'm scared i might be pregnant. i was on the first day of my period the second time and it was very heavy. My breasts are hurting and my period lasted two days after the unprotected sex. could i be pregnant? Please help.

By anon109095 — On Sep 05, 2010

Ladies, from what I see, I am able to tell that we all don't want to be pregnant again. My only one pregnancy happened to be with twins, which only one survived. My son is five now and I just changed my IUD to a 10 year one. I never a had a problem, did not have periods, only cramps, never gained weight other that when I didn't exercise. The IUD I had was minerva and it had hormones, and the one I just got replaced does not.

I have noticed I am a lot more calm, cool and collected. I do have periods now, but I believe that is healthier to have one and cleanse our bodies that not get one at all.

I believe that this method is the most effective on the market and it doesn't cause side effects. I still take pregnancy tests randomly but nothing to be concerned about.

I am planning on having a second child, but when I feel ready again. For now, as far as I am concerned, it will remain with me.

By anon106749 — On Aug 27, 2010

I have had the iud for five years. I was suppose to get it taken out this month. does anyone know if there is a big chance I could get pregnant since its been five years and it's still inserted? Please help.

By anon106727 — On Aug 26, 2010

I have had my copper IUD for three years now, my period is very late and I am so scared!! After reading all these posts I am calling my OB/GYN in the morning!

By bprincessal — On Aug 25, 2010

i have had my iud for aver 3 years and now i can't feel my thread. should i be worried?

By anon104471 — On Aug 16, 2010

I had my IUD put in after I had an abortion in February. I am on the paragard so I know I have a period every month. Well I was three weeks late so I took a pregnancy test and it was positive. So I am now seven weeks and three days pregnant and when I went to the doctor, they could not see my strings, and could not pull out my IUD. They used an ultrasound machine and still no luck.

Now they are having me come back in to see if they can locate the IUD because they lost it when they were trying to pull it out. I am very scared and know the miscarriage rate is very high. I have cramps and some light spotting, but nothing else. If you are thinking about the IUD, think really hard, because what I went threw at the doctor's office was hell and I would not recommend that pain for anyone.

By anon103616 — On Aug 13, 2010

I have the copper IUD on and I'm noticing that I'm getting a little fat. I was pregnant once before and had my baby on May 11. I keep getting in my head that I'm pregnant, so I've been kind of scared.

By anon103328 — On Aug 11, 2010

I had my mirena iud placed in after my twins were born three years ago and recently I have been having cramps, smells bother me and certain foods I love are making me sick. I hope I am not pregnant because I have three boys and not ready for any more.

I have had problems with the strings cutting my husband's penis so I hope it is still in place. Just so you ladies know, with an iud your periods will go away or be light spotting at the time of the month.

By anon102563 — On Aug 08, 2010

You all are totally tripping me out! In January I had an abortion (not something that I am proud of) but I decided to get mirena so that i would never have to put myself though that again.

Anyway, I noticed that my periods became shorter and lighter which I thought was great! recently I noticed that my periods have become heavy and painful. My boyfriend and I cannot find my strings! I am always hungry, tired and I'm having the worst headaches! I've also been feeling movement! I'm starting to think maybe I'm crazy because when I took the test today it came back negative, .but everyone here say that has happened to them too, so now i don't know what to believe. Hopefully my doctor can short this mess out!

By anon101692 — On Aug 04, 2010

I just got the iud less then a month ago. should I still be using a condom for the first couple of months?

By anon100183 — On Jul 29, 2010

My husband and I got pregnant after having the copper IUD for three years. It is possible, ladies! Unfortunately, the process of removing the IUD, trying to increase the baby's chances, caused a miscarriage. That's not to say that it definitely will, though.

If you're pregnant with an IUD, it should be removed as soon as possible, because leaving it in causes a 50 percent chance of having a septic miscarriage in the second and third trimesters, which is potentially deadly for both mommy and baby!

We're heartbroken at the loss of our little sweetheart, but we both understand that we tried to give him/her the best chance we could, and it was easier for him to go be with God now, rather than dying septically at five or six months pregnant. Good luck and God bless all of you ladies.

P.S. To the rude poster: It's unfair to accuse these ladies of having "indiscriminate sex". You have no idea what their relationship status is, so to make that assumption is just being hateful. A doctor won't usually even put an IUD in place unless you're in a monogamous relationship because of the increased risk for PID.

I know from experience that what they're going through is scary, so please, if you don't have any comfort or helpful information to offer, keep your judgements to yourself.

By anon94584 — On Jul 09, 2010

I've had my IUD in for a year now, and i recently had sex and am now two weeks late for my period. Is there any chance that i could be pregnant? I'm really worried

By anon92531 — On Jun 28, 2010

Two months ago i thought i had my period, but it was only spotting. From then there was no actual period that came. After waiting three weeks (which is unusual, while on iud. it's the first time I've had regular periods), i took a pregnancy test and that turned out negative. From then every day i have pregnancy symptoms and i know this from multiple pregnancies: six to be exact.

I had strong sharp pains in the first month i missed. Now I'm growing a pregnant belly and having cravings. I'm tired all the time too, which is the biggest giveaway, since i need folic acid tablets during every pregnancy. I hope i find out in time if i am pregnant because if so, we would be very happy.

By anon90695 — On Jun 17, 2010

I had my IUD for a year and then found out my husband and I were expecting. I was 23 weeks along before before we found out.

I had suspected I was pregnant and took a home test that came out negative and then went in for a blood test that also came back negative. I had a history of fibroids and was told to consult with a specialist to have the fibroid removed as I was starting to have a belly bulge.

It wasn't until I felt the tell tale signs of early pregnancy baby movement that I finally went to the doctor again and was found to be 23 weeks pregnant. My fibroid is now 16 months old and named Andrew.

By anon90190 — On Jun 14, 2010

i just got the copper IUD in five days ago and I'm still having cramps and blood with mucous is coming out every time i go to the restroom, my breasts hurt and milk comes out when i press them. my nose has bled three times after the IUD. sorry for being so specific but I'm scared of being pregnant. i need help. Are all those symptoms normal the first days after the copper IUD?

By anon90110 — On Jun 14, 2010

My iud (mirena) has worked itself low (confirmed via ultrasounds) and recently I had sex and the condom broke because of the strings sticking out way farther than normal. I am late for my period but do not know whether that is because of the hormones making my period irregular or if I am pregnant. I am going to see my doctor as soon as possible as I do not want children at this time in my life.

By anon89675 — On Jun 11, 2010

How long does it take to get pregnant once the IUD has been removed?

By anon89646 — On Jun 11, 2010

Like someone said, take a pregnancy test. Or go to the doctor and have them give you a pregnancy test. That's what I'm going to do. I just started showing symptoms and I have the IUD but I don't really think I am pregnant. but better safe than sorry.

I just had a baby a few months ago but if I am after this one I'm getting fixed. Three are enough for me. Take care of yourself and possible babies and get checked. Give them a chance at life by checking.

By anon88058 — On Jun 02, 2010

I have the i.U.D. I've had it for a few months now but i have all the symptoms of being pregnant. my back hurts, I'm spotting, my nipples leak, I'm having food cravings, my belly is getting big. I'm grouchy, very grouchy, my stomach is always upset and i always feel like vomiting.

i need to know if this is normal cause I'm 18 with two kids, i don't need any more but at least they will all have the same dad so don't judge me.

By anon86809 — On May 26, 2010

i have had and IUD in for three years now and i have had every sign of being pregnant about twice a year. my husband and i have unprotected sex every time. it's the same thing with the pill and any other thing out there. if you only use one method of birth control there is a chance you can get pregnant!

An IUD is for faithful couples. It doesn't protect you from STDS.

By anon86559 — On May 25, 2010

i have the iud and i might be pregnant. I'm late one week.

By anon84875 — On May 17, 2010

I have an iud and I'm like a week late. I have never been this late, except when i was pregnant with my little girl. My husband and I thought that the iud would be safer than pills.

I took a pregnancy test a few days ago and it was negative. I thought i was late, but then my husband told me that my breasts look bigger and that I'm having a lot of mood swings. I have been eating more than usual so i guess I'm going to take another pregnancy test.

By anon83431 — On May 11, 2010

i have had the iud for five years and suddenly i am having all the signs of pregnancy. I'm scared to take a test, but i know that i need to take one to be 100 percent sure everything is OK. i already have a set of four year old twins, so i need no more kids right now!

By anon83331 — On May 10, 2010

Take a pregnancy test. How simple can you get?

By anon82033 — On May 04, 2010

I have had a copper IUD in for three years. My doctor made me believe it was 100 percent effective. It isn't. My husband and I are expecting our third child!

By anon81090 — On Apr 29, 2010

I have had my IUD in for a little over a year and then started developing pregnancy symptoms and missed my period and then decided to take a ept and it came out positive. I made an appointment the next day and even with an ultrasound, the IUD cannot be found. I have no idea when it fell out. I am now about five weeks pregnant, again.

By anon80537 — On Apr 27, 2010

I have a iud and I got my period but it was three days late. I have gained weight and I'm having the back aches. I was wondering would and could I be pregnant? Lately, I'm eating a lot of things that i don't usually eat?

By anon79738 — On Apr 24, 2010

i just had an iud fitted not even two weeks ago after being pressured into having abortion, which i deeply regret. i have had unprotected sex every day for the last week. any chance i could be pregnant?

By anon77927 — On Apr 16, 2010

For anon77375: a condom is far from safe, as they are always known to split, especially for me and my partner. Even family planning clinics tell you that they are not as safe as people make out.

The whole reason for getting the coil fitted was so you can have sex with your partner without having to worry about using a condom and having even more of a risk of getting pregnant.

By anon77810 — On Apr 15, 2010

I'm on the IUD and i am a few weeks pregnant. the doctor told me that it was 100 percent effective. well, i guess not then because I'm due on christmas.

By anon77375 — On Apr 14, 2010

Girls, there's an easy solution to not getting pregnant while on the IUD. Stop having unprotected, indiscriminate sex! If you don't want to get pregnant, take the precautions. That's IUD, plus a condom.

By sammendes — On Apr 13, 2010

i have had a copper iud for over a year now, and just recently i have started getting pregnancy signs, i.e., feeling sick all day, back ache, nipples leaking, stomach cramps and mood swings. i have spoken to the nurse and she's adamant i can't be pregnant as i can still feel the strings of my coil.

If I'm not pregnant why have I all of a sudden started to feel like this? i have already got three children so i would have thought i would recognize the signs of pregnancy. please help.

By anon75189 — On Apr 05, 2010

i just had sex and he came in me and I'm so scared that i might get pregnant and i pray to god i don't, because well. it wouldn't be my boyfriend's.

By anon75101 — On Apr 05, 2010

I had my IUD (copper) for 10 years. It was great, so I thought.

I had it removed recently and had a d/c just to make sure my "area" was OK and the doctor found remnants of a fetus.

Yes, at some point I must have gotten pregnant during my 10 years and I miscarried due to the IUD. It was the scariest thing ever. While I recommend the IUD, make sure you pay close attention to your body. Any changes should be reported to doctor immediately.

By anon73717 — On Mar 29, 2010

I m 12 days late for my period and i have an IUD. Is it possible i am pregnant?

By anon70863 — On Mar 16, 2010

I'm three weeks late for my period and I'm on the IUD but i was late before so i don't know. Help! Anon.

By anon64507 — On Feb 07, 2010

I am six months pregnant and I got pregnant with IUD, they removed it and here I am. I am not sure what to do, but I couldn't have an abortion.

By anon57725 — On Dec 26, 2009

well, basically i had a an abortion in may and had an iud inserted. I'm 100 percent sure I'm pregnant. i have all the same symptoms as i did when i was pregnant. my period's six days late now and i haven't missed a period since my abortion.

any help?

By anon24177 — On Jan 08, 2009

If you do become pregnant with a copper IUD is the amount of copper in the IUD harmful to the baby?

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