This is a pilot study of up to 10 women, which will test the hypothesis that the placement
of copper IUDs through the uterine incision at the time of uncomplicated elective C-section
is technically feasible and acceptable to women seeking long-term contraception.
Women will be enrolled in this study during late prenatal care. Consent for placement of the
IUD will be verified prior to elective C-section. After removal of the placenta, the copper
IUD will be placed through the incision at the fundus and the tail strings will be delivered
through the cervix. Data will be collected about patient bleeding and possible infection
during the immediate postoperative period. The visibility of the strings will be verified at
discharge and at 2 and 6 weeks postpartum. Fundal placement of the IUD will be verified by
ultrasound at the patient's last visit.
- Pregnant woman
- Requires elective C-section
- Desires long-term contraception
- Contraindications to copper IUD