23 Sep IUD – IUS sessions are now UPDATED
Sessions on intrauterine contraception have been updated in the Training improvement Programme and are online now on the ESC homepage:
In the session Intrauterine devices overview: copper-IUDs and LNG20-IUS (PDF / PDF With notes) published results of new research were added, particularly those related to the frequency of copper-IUD and LNG-IUS expulsions and dislocations.
The session Levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system (LNG-IUS) (PDF / PDF With notes) underwent the greatest changes to reflect new scientific knowledge about new types of LNG-IUS, which contain a lower dose of levonorgestrel (13.5 and 19.5 mg). New facts on the contraceptive efficacy and frequency of ectopic pregnancies, as well as on the bleeding pattern in users of different types of LNG-IUS, are presented. Data quantifying the risk for breast cancer in premenopausal LNG-IUS 20 users have been included.
In the session Intrauterine devices in special situations (PDF / PDF With notes) there were no significant changes in the clinical guidelines, but new references were added with regard to the safety of IUD use in adolescents and young nulliparous women, and the relative risk of cervical neoplasia among copper and levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system users is presented in more detail.
The authors of this updated version of the sessions on intrauterine contraception are Katarina Sedlecky, Ali Kubba, Gabriele Merki and Frans Roumen. We hope that this educational material will facilitate the professional work of ESC members, both in educating other health professionals and in providing contraceptive care to their patients.
Gabriele Merki and Katarina Sedlecky