|I tested positive on a home pregnancy test, even though
I have an IUD in place. What should I do now?
The odds of falling pregnant while wearing an IUD are about
1%. If you want to keep this baby, then you should visit your
doctor as soon as possible. He will examine you and determine
if the string of the device is detectable.
If the string is not visible, then the doctor will probably
not intervene further. As the pregnancy progresses, the
device will probably remain between the amniotic sac and
the uterus wall. In general, after the baby has been delivered,
the device will be delivered along with the placenta. Should
the device be left in place during the pregnancy, you must
be alert for fever, blood or cramping. Contact your doctor
immediately if you have any of these symptoms.
However if the string is visible then things are not quite
as simple. In this situation your risk of infection is somewhat
increased, and there is a risk of miscarriage. Your doctor
may decide that the safest option is to remove the device.