preview

Intrauterine Therapeutic Analysis

Decent Essays
An intrauterine device (IUD) is inserted into the uterus, through the vagina. It is a very popular method of long-term birth control. There are different types of IUDs, one is a copper releasing device and the other is a hormone releasing device. Regardless of which type of device is chosen, IUDs can remain effective in the uterus for many years if properly inserted. Insertion of the device is done by a physician or health care provider. This process involves a technique called ‘sounding’ which allows the physician to gauge the depth of the uterus for the best placement of the device. Sounding is done to show the position of the uterus, the depth from the cervical os to the fundus of the uterus, and the direction of the cervical canal. This is done to place the IUD as high in the fundus as possible. A successful insertion would place the device near, but not too close to the tip of the fundus. Insertion can be done any time during the menstrual cycle, but it is important to…show more content…
One study showed the overall incidence of perforation was 0.4/1000 sold devices, varying annually from to 1.2/1000 (Kaislasuo, 2012). Another study was done and more than sixty thousand women took part. Out of those women, there were only 81 cases of uterine perforation were reported. That study and other research shows that uterine perforation rates aren’t significantly different between IUD types (www.obgyn.net/acog-2014/uterine-perforation-rates). If it is determined that the uterus has been pierced and perforated, the IUD is removed with the use of a laparoscope. Antibiotics are usually given to prevent infection. If the infection isn’t treated harmful bacteria may cause sepsis, and the risk of death is high. When treated immediately, the prognosis for full recovery is good. In cases where the IUD is not properly positioned, the device can be removed by using the threads to retract the entire device through the
Get Access