It is well-known that a

It is well-known that a uterine infection can occur as a direct result of the insertion process for the IUD. However, there has been very little research regarding the IUD and Candidiasis (yeast infection). I was not able to find any information about this at the ParaGard website or in the detailed labeling that accompanies the ParaGard device.

I searched the medical literature using PubMed, and found a 2008 study examining this issue in more depth. The authors found that the yeast cells did adhere to the IUD, and made an especially strong bond to the copper. They noted that IUD users have significantly more yeast cells in the vagina (20%) than nonusers (6%), and their study confirmed the clinical impression that the IUD predisposes women to colonization and infection by yeast cells.

See: Chassot F. Negri MF. Svidzinski AE. Donatti L. Peralta RM. Svidzinski TI. Consolaro ME. (2008). Can intrauterine contraceptive devices be a Candida albicans reservoir?. Contraception. 77(5):355-9.

Best of luck,
Dr. Williams

Monnica Williams, Ph.D.
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