Management of Intrauterine Contraception in Early Pregnancy

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Abstract

Objectives

Women with rare intrauterine contraception (IUC) failures are advised to have their IUC removed because of the risk of poor obstetric outcomes with a retained IUC. Specifics regarding IUC removal in early pregnancy including techniques for removal, rates of success, and immediate pregnancy outcomes following removal are not well described, however. The objective of this study was to identify women with an IUC in early pregnancy examined at a tertiary care center with the primary objective of describing IUC removal attempts, IUC removal successes, and pregnancy outcomes at 20 weeks following IUC removal.

Methods

Case series of women with concurrent IUC and early pregnancy who presented to a tertiary care ultrasound center by 12 weeks’ gestation.

Results

A total of 3116 women had an early pregnancy ultrasound during the study period. Nineteen (19/3116, 0.61%) women underwent ultrasounds that identified a pregnancy before 12 weeks and an IUC in the uterus. A copper IUC was identified in 11 women (11/19, 58%) on their first ultrasound, and a levonogestrel IUC was identified in 5 women (5/19, 26%). Seventeen (17/19, 88%) women attempted to remove their IUC; 11 of 69 (69%) were successfully removed on the first attempt. Fourteen (14/19; 74%) women with an IUC examined by 12 weeks’ gestation had an ongoing pregnancy at 20 weeks compared with 1782 (1782/2678, 67%; P = 0.209) women without an IUC.

Conclusions

Pregnancy with IUC is rare. Among the 19 women who were found to have an in situ IUC and early pregnancy, most had a successful IUC removal and had an ongoing pregnancy at 20 weeks’ gestation. In our case series, IUC removal in the first trimester was a straightforward procedure and likely successful.

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