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.
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