An intrauterine device (IUD) can be inserted immediately postpartum, minutes after delivery of the placenta. Post-placental IUD insertion is simple and safe, with a low rate of complications. This video demonstrates the procedure. Pregnant patients who choose an IUD can get one without experiencing the risk of an extra office visit during the COVID-19 epidemic.
The risk of IUD expulsion is somewhat higher among patients who opt for immediate post-placental insertion (compared with delayed insertion). The expulsion risk may be slightly greater for vaginal than for cesarean deliveries, and slightly higher for the copper than the progestin IUD. Expulsion rates vary across studies, and most studies are small.
Clinicians should inform pregnant patients who are considering an IUD about the option of post-placental insertion. This is especially important in the COVID-19 era so that the patient does not need to travel postpartum for an extra office visit to have their IUD placed.
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