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Photo of newborn holding mom’s IUD goes viral
    2017-May-12  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

IUDS are growing in popularity, and with good reason — they’re one of the most effective birth control methods out there. But there is still a small chance that pregnancy can happen while a woman is wearing one when the directions aren’t properly followed.

Now, one new mom is joking about her IUD “failure” in a Facebook post that went viral (the post has since been removed). Lucy Hellein posted a photo of her newborn son, Dexter, clutching the Mirena IUD that was meant to prevent her pregnancy. The caption said, “Mirena fail! Dexter Tyler, April 27, 2017 @ 0840 (His original due date was May 4). He is 9 lbs 1 oz, 21.5 in.”

The Fort Mitchell, Alabama mom tells Metro that she had used IUDs in the past that “worked great” and had her most recent IUD inserted in August. Hellein found out she was pregnant in December and assumed she “was only a few weeks along.” However, an ultrasound revealed that she was 18 weeks pregnant.

“My Mirena was nowhere to be found on ultrasound so my obstetrician assumed that it had fallen out,” Hellein says. “But I wasn’t convinced.” During Hellein’s C-section, doctors discovered that her IUD was hidden behind the placenta.

An IUD — a tiny, T-shaped device inserted in the uterus by a physician to prevent pregnancy — is almost mistake-proof and is more than 99 percent effective. By comparison, birth control pills are about 91 percent effective in real-life circumstances. “The IUD is actually better contraception than getting your tubes tied,” G. Thomas Ruiz, an ob-gyn at Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center in Fountain Valley, California said. But IUDs can fail.

“It’s very rare, but I have seen it several times before,” said Christine Greves, a board-certified ob-gyn at the Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies in Orlando, Florida.

Therefore, women might need to use a backup method of birth control until the IUD starts to work — a time frame that varies depending on the type of IUD women get and when it’s put in place — to prevent an unplanned pregnancy. A ParaGard copper IUD, for example, prevents pregnancy as soon as it’s in place, but Liletta, Mirena, Skyla, and Kyleena — all hormonal IUDs — only prevent pregnancy right away if they’re put in during the first seven days of a woman’s period. If a woman gets one of these IUDs at any other time during her cycle, the protection doesn’t start working until after seven days, which provides a window that can result in an unplanned pregnancy.

Because of that, Greves recommends that her patients use a backup method of protection for the first month, regardless of their IUD type, “just in case.”

Another risk factor for IUD failure is malposition, meaning the IUD isn’t in the right place. If an IUD is in the wrong place or moves, it won’t protect against pregnancy. However, a woman may have noticeably increased pain or bleeding if that’s the case.

Women who conceive with an IUD in place have a greater risk of pregnancy complications such as miscarriage and preterm delivery. It’s recommended that doctors try to remove the IUD if it’s detected during a pregnancy, if possible. However, if it’s incorporated in the gestational sac, doctors need to be especially careful.

While Hellein’s story is eye-opening, experts say you shouldn’t panic and assume you’re going to have an unintended pregnancy if you have an IUD, because it’s such a rare occurrence.

For mom Hellein, finding out she was pregnant with Dexter was a happy surprise. “Although he wasn’t planned,” she told Metro, “my family and I feel incredibly blessed.”(SD-Agencies)

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