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What happens if I get pregnant with a copper IUD in?

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The first thing your healthcare provider will do is check to make sure you don't have an ectopic pregnancy by giving you a blood test, a vaginal exam, and an ultrasound.

If your pregnancy is not ectopic, you can choose whether to continue the pregnancy. If you choose to continue it, your caregiver will remove the IUD, if possible. She can remove the device easily without an invasive procedure as long as the strings are visible. There's a slight risk that removing the IUD will cause you to lose the pregnancy, but you're much more likely to lose the baby to infection (and put your own health at risk) if you keep it in.

In the unlikely event that the IUD can't be easily removed and you choose to continue the pregnancy, you'll be carefully monitored. You're at risk for preterm delivery if you get pregnant with an IUD, particularly if it's left in place.

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