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
a chronic condition, including hypertension, cardiovascular
disease, diabetes, liver or gall bladder disease
Source: WHO, 2004.
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
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
Women with various chronic conditions, such as hypertension,
cardiovascular disease, diabetes, gall bladder or liver disease,
can use copper IUDs without any restrictions.