By Sara Lindberg,  OCTOBER 26, 2020

The IUD is a popular form of birth control, but that doesn’t mean it’s right for everyone. According to Kecia Gaither, MD, a board-certified OB-GYN and maternal fetal medicine specialist at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln, women with the following conditions should not use an IUD: Do not use a copper IUD (non-hormonal) if you have a copper allergy or Wilson’s disease, which is a rare disorder that causes copper to accumulate in vital organs like the brain and liver. Do not use a hormonal-IUD if you have a history of breast cancer. Do not use a hormonal IUD or non-hormonal IUD if you have cancer of the cervix or uterus, AIDS, intermenstrual bleeding, or liver disease. Women with active or acute pelvic inflammatory disease should not have an IUD placed until the infection has resolved. The doctor may screen you for an infection before inserting the IUD. 

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