Is it possible to get pregnant with an IUD?

It is possible to get pregnant with an IUD, but it is very rare and it happens mainly when he is out of the correct position, which can cause an ectopic pregnancy.

Thus, it is recommended that the woman check every month if she can feel the IUD wire in the intimate region and, if this does not happen, that she consult the gynecologist as soon as possible to assess if it is well positioned.

When pregnancy happens, it is easier to identify when the IUD is copper, as in these cases the menstruation, which continues to fall, is delayed. In the Mirena IUD, for example, as there is no menstruation, the woman may take until the first symptoms of pregnancy to suspect that she is pregnant.

How to Identify IUD Pregnancy

The symptoms of an IUD pregnancy are similar to any other pregnancy and include:

  • Frequent nausea, especially after waking up;
  • Increased sensitivity in the breasts;
  • Cramping and swelling of the belly;
  • Increased urge to urinate;
  • Excessive tiredness;
  • Sudden mood swings.

However, the delay of menstruation, which is one of the most classic signs, only happens in cases of copper IUD, because in the IUD that releases hormones the woman does not have menstruation and, therefore, there is no delay in menstruation.

In some cases, however, a woman who has a hormonal IUD, such as Mirena or Jaydess, may have a pink discharge, which may be one of the first signs of pregnancy.

Learn about the first signs of pregnancy.

Risks of getting pregnant with an IUD

One of the most common complications of getting pregnant with an IUD is the risk of miscarriage, especially when the device is kept in the uterus until a few weeks into gestation. However, even if removed, the risk is much higher than that of a woman who became pregnant without an IUD.

In addition, the use of an IUD can also cause an ectopic pregnancy, in which the embryo develops in the tubes, putting at risk not only the pregnancy, but also the woman's reproductive organs. Understand better what this complication is.

Thus, to reduce the chances of these complications arising, it is advisable to consult the gynecologist as soon as possible to confirm the suspicions of pregnancy and remove the IUD, if necessary.