Postpartum IUDS: keys for success.Contraception 1992; 45(4):351-61C
Intrauterine device (IUD) insertion is convenient and efficient in the postplacental and immediate postpartum periods. Insertion at these times is demonstrably safe, having a low incidence of infection, few bleeding problems, and low perforation rates. IUD expulsion rates can vary widely, and are a function of timing of insertion, type of IUD, and insertion technique. When a copper T device is inserted postplacentally or immediately postpartum by an experienced and trained clinician, expulsion rates of about 7-15 per 100 users at six months can be expected. Women must be told how to detect expulsions and instructed to return for reinsertion or for another method. Most investigators emphasize that high fundal IUD placement will reduce the expulsion rate. Unplanned pregnancy rates for postplacental IUD insertion range from 2.0-2.8 per 100 users at 24 months when using modern copper IUDs, correct insertion technique, careful postinsertion instructions and good follow-up. Postplacental insertions are performed manually or with a ring forceps. Immediate postpartum insertions (10 minutes to 48 hours after delivery) are performed with the ring forceps.