Intrauterine devices, or IUDs, are small T-shaped devices that are inserted into the uterus to prevent pregnancy. While the devices are considered highly effective contraceptives, they can cause serious adverse effects, such as uterine perforation. An estimated 2 in 1,000 women who use IUDs experience uterine perforation. It is a life-threatening side effect that requires emergency surgery and could result in infertility, infection, hemorrhage and sepsis. Uterine perforation occurs when the IUD punctures the uterus, usually during insertion. Sometimes, however, the device can migrate deeper into the uterus and end up in the abdominal cavity where it can puncture the ... Read More
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