Q&A Category: IUD

Could a zinc supplement damage a ParaGard IUD? #1205/14

Q:        Dear Dr. Hatcher, Can a half year or so of zinc supplementation damage a ParaGard IUD or make it less effective?  I’ve come across a few articles saying copper and zinc “antagonize” each other, but those articles are older (70’s and 80’s) and hidden behind...

How can fibroids of the uterine wall be treated? #1009/14

Updated December 30, 2014  Fibroids (myomata) of the uterine wall can cause pain, heavy bleeding, anemia, and lead to failure of implantation of a fertilized egg or to repeated early miscarriages. 99.5% of fibroids are benign. 20% of women over 30 have some evidence...

What contraceptives help to prevent endometrial cancer? #1003/14

A:  I have heard it one time too often.  “I don’t need to know about birth control. I am done with that.”  She or he could go on to say “I am too old” or “I’ve had my tubes tied.”  But there are medical conditions for which the best approach today is one of our...

Is herpes a reason to avoid IUD insertion? #407/14

What are the current recommendations for IUDs for women with herpes simplex virus (HSV)?  There is nothing I can find.               To my knowledge herpes simplex virus infections are not a reason to...

What's your most important message about IUDs? #802/14

   IUDs are the most commonly used reversible contraceptive in the world.  (Used extensively in China, Egypt and Eastern Europe and to a lesser extent in Western Europe – northern countries).   1.    Since emergency...