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Intrauterine Devices (IUDs)
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Goals

Section 1
Section 2

- Introduction
- Objectives
- Goals
- Eligibility Criteria
- Who Can Use
- Conditions
- STIs/HIV/AIDS
- Counseling
- Myths
- Side Effects
- IUD Use
> Complications
- Complications

Section 3

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Section 2 - Client Screening and Counseling

Signs of Possible Complications

Signs of Possible Complications diagram

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During counseling, providers need to discuss the signs of possible IUD complications with the client and advise her to return immediately if any of the following signs or symptoms appear.

  • Severe bleeding or abdominal cramping during the first three to five days after insertion — This could indicate that the uterus or cervix may have been perforated when the IUD was inserted, or it could indicate an infection.

  • Irregular bleeding and/or pain in every cycle — This can indicate IUD dislocation or perforation.

  • Fever and chills, or an unusual vaginal discharge — These can indicate an infection. This is a concern especially during the first month after the IUD is inserted since this is when PID, although rare,is most likely to develop.
 

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