Association of the Position of the Copper T 380A as Determined by the Ultrasonography Following its Insertion in the Immediate Postpartum Period with the Subsequent Complications: An Observational Study

  • Swati Gupta
  • Shashiprateek MalikEmail author
  • Renuka Sinha
  • Saritha Shyamsunder
  • M. K. Mittal
Original Article



Incorrectly placed copper T 380A leads to increased contraception failure. This study aimed to find an association between the ultrasonographic position of the copper T 380A in the immediate postpartum period and the adverse effects observed during the period of 6 months after its insertion.


This descriptive study was carried out in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology of a tertiary-care-center of India from September 2011 to February 2013. The women eligible for immediate postpartum copper T 380A insertion with previous regular menstrual cycles for at least 6 months before the current pregnancy, and those who were willing for follow-up visits and had easy accessibility to the hospital, were recruited. A clinical evaluation and ultrasonographic assessment of Intra-Uterine-Contraceptive-Device (IUCD) after insertion was carried out after enrolment. The complications (expulsions, vaginal discharge, menstrual irregularity, and lower abdominal pain) were subsequently assessed during a 6-month follow-up period. The primary objective was the ultrasonographic assessment of the placement of IUCD immediately after insertion. The incidence of complications and their association with the presence of malposition was also studied.


Hundred patients were evaluated during the study period. Forty-four (44 %) women were found to have malpositioned IUCDs on ultrasonographic evaluation done following insertion. The complications among the IUCD users included menstrual irregularity (27.17 %), pain in lower abdomen (20.65 %), vaginal discharge (7.6 %), and expulsions (9.7 %). The IUCD expulsions, menstrual irregularities, and pain were significantly more in patients with malpositions (p < 0.05).


Malpositioning of IUCD is common immediately following insertion and is significantly associated with more complications during the follow-up.


IUCD Malposition Expulsion Menstrual irregularity Contraception 



The authors are grateful to Dr. Puneet Jain (MD, DM) for help in the statistical analysis.

Conflicts of interest



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Swati Gupta
    • 1
  • Shashiprateek Malik
    • 1
    Email author
  • Renuka Sinha
    • 1
  • Saritha Shyamsunder
    • 1
  • M. K. Mittal
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Obstetrics and GynaecologyVardhman Mahavir Medical College and Associated Safdarjung HospitalNew DelhiIndia
  2. 2.Department of RadiodiagnosisVardhman Mahavir Medical College and Associated Safdarjung HospitalNew DelhiIndia

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