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Section 1
Section 2

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

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Section 2 - Client Screening and Counseling

Who Can Use Copper IUDs

Can be used safely by women who:

  • Are of various age and parity
    • young and nulliparous women should be counseled on expulsion risk
  • Are postpartum, postabortion, or breastfeeding
  • Copper IUDHave a chronic condition, including hypertension, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, liver or gall bladder disease

Source: WHO, 2004.
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This slide and the next two slides show some conditions of the WHO eligibility criteria for IUD use. The conditions mentioned are examples, not complete lists.

Conditions discussed on this slide fall into WHO category 1 or 2, when the IUD can be used without any restrictions or with some follow-up.

Women of various age and parity can safely use an IUD. However, young women and those who have never been pregnant should be counseled about the risk of expulsion, which, if unnoticed, may lead to pregnancy. Studies have shown that failure rates among young women are higher than among women over age 35.

The IUD can be used postpartum and postabortion, unless there is an infection present; it also can be used by women who are breastfeeding.

Women with various chronic conditions, such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, gall bladder or liver disease, can use copper IUDs without any restrictions.



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