Can I Be Pregnant with the Paragard IUD????

Updated on May 19, 2009
L.W. asks from Plainfield, IL
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Hello Moms,

I had the Paragard inserted about 2 years ago with no problem. I’m now 1 ½ late on my period. Is it possible to get pregnant while using an IUD? I took a pregnancy test this morning and it came back negative. Right now we are going through some tough times but we would be thrilled either way. We knew that we would eventually want more children. If I’m possibly pregnant could there be medical issues due to the IUD?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!!

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It's pretty slim since i think the IUD stops you from ovulating all together but you never know....



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It's possible. I recently had a patient who was pregnant with an IUD -- she was considered high risk due to the possibility of the IUD rupturing the gestational sac in the early weeks. We initially saw her for bleeding through the first trimester. The embryo implanted just next to the IUD (although off the top of my head, I can't remember the type that she had.) Her doc thought it was best to leave the IUD in place throughout the pregnancy b/c the risk of removing it was worse than leaving it. She just delivered a healthy boy, full term. Apparently, if it's meant to happen, it will :)
Best wishes.



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I suggest you direct your question to your doctor, as I am not a doctor, I can't say what your chances are.


answers from Chicago on

You do still ovulate with Paragard, so it is possible to be pregnant...but quite unlikely. The Paragard is 99.4% effective and some sources put it even higher than that. It is the same effectiveness as getting your tubes tied. Have you had any extra stress in your life lately? Or a change in weight or health? Those would certainly explain a change in your cycle. Of course there's always that tiny chance, but if you had a negative pregnancy test this late in your cycle then I would probably assume you are not pregnant. Now you are probably at the point where the more you worry about it, the later it will be! :)



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Unlikely, but possible. More likely is that you ovulated late because of stress, change in exercise, change in diet or something similar. If your period hasn't shown up in another week take another pregnancy test I'd say.

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