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Intrauterine device checks
  1. Louise Melvin, MRCOG, MFSRH
  1. Director, FSRH Clinical Effectiveness Unit, Sandyford, Glasgow, UK; louise.melvin{at}

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Thank you for publishing the article by Draper et al. on intrauterine device (IUD) checks.1 I would like to highlight an omission that is potentially confusing. The authors state “until recently, it has been usual for a patient [using intrauterine methods] to be advised to have an annual check”. Reference is made to relevant clinical guidelines from the National Institute of Clinical Excellence and from organisations outside the UK, but there is no mention of Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH) guidance.

FSRH guidance has not recommended annual IUD checks since 2004,2 based on the World Health Organization's Selected Practice Recommendations for Contraceptive Use. published in 2002.3 Follow-up is still recommended after the first menses or 3–6 weeks after insertion.4

The study supports FSRH recommendations on annual checks. As acknowledged by Dr Draper and colleagues, further research is required to assess the benefits of the initial post-insertion check.


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