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I.U.D. in too long ?

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After the birth of my last child which was december 0f 1992, i Had a i.u.d(COPPER T) inserted as means of contraception.I have never experienced any problems or complications due to it. The only problem is .....I still have it....I believe my ob/gyn told me it should be removed and a new one inserted after 7 years....well it is 16 years and it still seems to be doing it's job, no accidental pregnancies thus far. My husband says when he inserts his finger far into my vagina and feels for it he can still feel the end of it's tail. Is there any health risk to me just leaving it up there ? I currently have no health insurance and can not afford to go in and have a new one inserted. I am embarassed to to admit my problem to any family, so i've just ignored it and time has slipped away so quickly !!!! thank you for your advice
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replied April 21st, 2009
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I could not find any information on what would happen if you left it in too long. But I recall hearing something about them becoming embedded in the skin/ wall if left in too long. I think they can also cause scarring and sterility if left in. (I could have this confused with the old IUD from the seventies- not sure.) If you have to beg, borrow or steal to get the money, you should make an appointment to have it removed as soon as possible. Please DO NOT try to remove it yourself.
If you are in the United States, you can call around to your local health department and see how much it would cost. I know you can get medical procedures done there for much cheaper than you would pay at the doctors office. You could also call your local Planned Parenthood office to see if you can get treatment there.
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replied May 6th, 2012
You can actually get infection due to bacterial growth if you leave the IUD for too long in your body. There are studies that show this. Possible infections are actinomycosis and pseudomonas aeruginosa bacterial infection. These may cause formation of pus in your ovaries, fallopian tubes, and uterus, and will require their removal (through surgery), otherwise this may spread into your bloodstream (sepsis) and cause death.

I suggest you go natural. Natural family planning methods, like Billings Ovulation Method, is inexpensive, convenient, and has a success rate of up to 100%. It will also enhance your relationship with your husband. In the Philippines, there's Porsuelo Method, which is easier but just as effective.
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