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My Mother is 52 years old and has had her Cooper IUD in for almost 23 years. We know for a fact that it can and may have become inbedded, but we are concerned with any serious problems or complications. My Mother's thoughts are "leave well enough alone", but we scared that leaving it in may be worse than taking it out or viceversa. Has anyone had any experiences like this or be able to shed some light on our fears and worries?

The protection IUDs offer can be long-term. In the absence of complications, copper devices may be left in for 10 years or more. Those inserted after age 40 may be left in until menopause, unless a woman becomes pregnant. An IUD should be removed one year after menses stop, but no ill effects have been reported among women who have not had them removed more than a year after menopause.

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If your hormonal IUD stays in too long, you could be at risk of pregnancy. Otherwise, there is no medical issue from leaving your IUD in too long.

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In the case of Mirena, you may get pregnant. In the case of Paragard, nothing much to worry about.

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A Multiload IUD is a copper IUD.


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The ParaGard IUD is T shaped and it contains copper.


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What happens when coil left too long?

If you leave the copper IUD in too long, there are no potential health problems. If you leave a hormonal IUD like Mirena in too long, you may not be protected against pregnancy, but there are no other risks.


Is the mirena copper?

No, Mirena is a plastic IUD containing progestin. The copper IUD on the market in the US is Paragard.


Is it easy to get pregnant after IUD?

Fertility returns to your baseline after removal of the IUD. Whether it's easy to get pregnant after removal depends on your fertility, not the IUD.


Does the copper IUD kill sperm?

That is not how an IUD works. What an IUD do is to stop an egg from attaching to the inside of the uterus. It had no effect on the sperm. But no, it shouldn't hurt.


What can cause a delayed period in a 41 year old woman who has a copper IUD?

A copper IUD will not delay your period. The same things can cause a delayed period in women with or without the copper IUD. These include pregnancy and hormonal fluctuations.


Does copper IUD cause pigmentation?

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If you get pregnant while using an IUD is it better to have it removed or leave it in?

It is very very rare to conceive while using a IUD but if this should happen, then you need to contact your health care provider immediately to have the IUD removed. You can then choose to continue or terminate the pregnancy. If you choose an abortion, you can get another IUD after the procedure, or choose another method of birth control. For your safety, however, you can't leave the IUD in while pregnant.