It is possible to get pregnant with an IUD, but it is very rare and happens mainly when it is not in the correct position, which can cause an ectopic pregnancy.
So, it is recommended that you check every month to see if you can feel the IUD in your intimate region and, if for some reason you can't, you should consult your gynecologist as soon as possible to see if it is well positioned.
If you use an IUD of copper and pregnancy occurs it is easier to detect, because in these cases you are suppose to have a period and it becomes delayed. When you use a Mirena IUD, for example, because there is no menstrual flow, you may only since there is no menstruation, the woman can delay until the first symptoms of pregnancy to suspect that she is pregnant.
How to identify pregnancy With IUDs
Symptoms of an IUD pregnancy are similar to any other pregnancy and include:
- Frequent nausea, especially after waking;
- Increased breast tenderness;
- Cramps and swelling of the belly;
- Increased urge to urinate;
- Excessive tiredness;
- Sudden mood swings.
However, menstrual delay, which is one of the most classic signs, only happens in the cases of the copper IUD, because if you use a Mirena IUD that releases hormones you don't have a period, therefore, there is no delay in menstruation.
In some cases though, if you use a hormonal IUD such as Mirena or Jaydess there may be a pink discharge, which can be one of the first signs of pregnancy.
Learn more about the first signs of pregnancy.
Risk of getting pregnant with the DIU
One of the most common complications of getting pregnant with the IUD is the risk of miscarriage, especially when the device is held in the uterus until a few weeks of gestation. When the IUD is withdrawn the risk of miscarriage is much higher than if you were to get pregnant without the IUD.
In addition, the use of IUDs can also lead to an ectopic pregnancy, in which the embryo develops in the fallopian tubes, putting at risk not only the gestation, but also the female reproductive organs.
To decrease the chances of these complications arising, it is recommended you consult the gynecologist as soon as possible to confirm the suspicion of pregnancy and remove the IUD if necessary.