Can You Still Get Pregnant Even When Using an IUD?


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According to About.com Health, IUDs are between 99.2 and 99.9 percent effective, depending on the type of IUD. Therefore, approximately one in 100 women will become pregnant with an IUD.

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The Mirena IUD is 99.9 percent effective, making it more effective than the ParaGard IUD which is 99.2 to 99.4 percent effective. About.com Health states that if a woman does become pregnant with an IUD in place, a doctor will recommend that the IUD is removed, as it is healthier than continuing the pregnancy without removing it. When a woman keeps an IUD in place during pregnancy, the miscarriage rate is 50 percent, compared to a normal miscarriage rate of 18 to 20 percent, according to About.com Health.

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