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Section 1
Section 2

- Introduction
- Objectives
- Goals
- Eligibility Criteria
- Who Can Use
- Conditions
- Counseling
- Myths
- Side Effects
- IUD Use
- Complications
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Section 2 - Client Screening and Counseling

Signs of Possible Complications (continued)

Signs of Possible Complications diagram

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Additional signs of possible complications include:

  • Pain during intercourse — This could indicate an infection, perforation or partial expulsion.

  • A missed menstrual period, other signs of pregnancy or an expelled IUD — This could indicate uterine or ectopic pregnancy.

  • IUD strings that appear shorter or longer or are missing — This can be a sign that the IUD may have been partially or completely expelled or has perforated the uterus. However, providers should advise the client that the IUD strings are sometimes difficult to locate until after the first menses because they may have retracted into the uterus.


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