My IUD was expelled. What is the likelihood it will happen again?
IUD expulsion can occur in 2-10% of women in the first year after insertion. Expulsion can be more likely for women who:
- Are younger than 20 years
- Have a history of very heavy or very painful periods
- Had the IUD put in right after giving birth or have a 2nd-trimester abortion
Partial expulsion may mean that the IUD was not quite in the right position: it may have been too low in the uterus and just worked its way out. This could be something that happened around the time of insertion or may be related to uterine characteristics, such as size, angle, or presence of conditions like fibroids that can cause irregular shape. For women who have an IUD expulsion, the chance of expelling a 2nd IUD may be higher – in the 20% range (up to 30% in some studies) .
Still not working? If you like the ease of using an IUD but are having problems with expulsion, you could try switching to the implant – a long-acting and low-maintenance option
Try a different method: implant
- FPA the sexual health charity. (2017). Your guide to the IUD: Helping you choose the method of contraception that’s best for you. Retrieved from https://www.fpa.org.uk/sites/default/files/intrauterine-device-iud-your-guide.pdf