What should I watch for?
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular check ups. See your doctor if you or your partner has sexual contact with others, becomes HIV positive, or gets a sexual transmitted disease.
This product does not protect you against HIV infection (AIDS) or other sexually transmitted diseases.
You can check the placement of the IUD yourself by reaching up to the top of your vagina with clean fingers to feel the threads. Do not pull on the threads. It is a good habit to check placement after each menstrual period. Call your doctor right away if you feel more of the IUD than just the threads or if you cannot feel the threads at all.
The IUD may come out by itself. You may become pregnant if the device comes out. If you notice that the IUD has come out use a backup birth control method like condoms and call your health care provider.
Using tampons will not change the position of the IUD and are okay to use during your period.
This IUD can be safely scanned with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) only under specific conditions. Before you have an MRI, tell your healthcare provider that you have an IUD in place, and which type of IUD you have in place.
Common and Rare Side Effects
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor or nurse immediately if any of the following side effects occur:
Abdominal or pelvic pain
absent, missed, or irregular menstrual periods
longer or heavier menstrual periods
stopping of menstrual bleeding
unusually heavy or unexpected menstrual bleeding
uterine bleeding between menstrual periods
vaginal bleeding or spotting
itching of the vagina or genital area
pain during sexual intercourse
pounding in the ears
slow or fast heartbeat
thick, white vaginal discharge with mild or no odor
troubled breathing with exertion
unusual bleeding or bruising
unusual tiredness or weakness
white or brownish vaginal discharge
dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting
fast, weak pulse
pale, cold, clammy skin
rapid, shallow breathing
sudden increase in stomach or shoulder pain
unusual or large amount of vaginal bleeding
Incidence not known
Clear or bloody discharge from the nipple
dimpling of the breast skin
dull or aching abdominal or stomach pain
foul-smelling vaginal discharge
increased urge to urinate
large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
lump in the breast or under the arm
pain on urination
persistent crusting or scaling of the nipple
redness or swelling of the breast
severe abdominal or stomach pain or cramping
sharp pain on insertion
sore on the skin of the breast that does not heal
unexpected, heavy vaginal bleeding
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:
breast tenderness or pain
decreased interest in sexual intercourse
full or bloated feeling
increased hair growth, especially on the face
loss in sexual ability, desire, drive, or performance
pressure in the stomach
redness of the skin
skin rash, encrusted, scaly, and oozing
swelling of the abdominal or stomach area
thinning of the hair
Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.