Embedded intrauterine contraceptive device

Dr Daniel J Bell and Radswiki et al.

An embedded intrauterine contraceptive device is a situation where there is an abnormally-positioned IUCD within the endometrium or myometrium; however without an extension through the serosa. The intrauterine contraceptive device should be removed in this situation. An intrauterine contraceptive device can become embedded in the wall of the uterus or within the cervix

The preferred abbreviation for an intrauterine contraceptive device is IUCD. Occasionally IUD is employed instead, however, this shortening is disliked by specialists as it is also used as an abbreviation for intrauterine death.

It may occur in up to 18% of females with an intrauterine contraceptive device and is more common in females with smaller fundal endometrial diameters.

The intrauterine contraceptive device may appear eccentrically positioned in the endometrial cavity or may appear completely separate and away from the endometrium towards the myometrium.

Article information

rID: 15473
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • IUD migration into uterus
  • IUD embedding
  • IUCD embedding
  • Embedded IUD
  • Intrauterine contraceptive device embedding
  • Intrauterine migration of intrauterine contraceptive device
  • Embedded IUCD
  • IUCD migration into uterus
  • Intrauterine migration of IUCD

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