Malpositioned IUDs among a Cohort of African American Women

SSS health researcher Tina Saldana was among the authors of a presentation at the South Atlantic Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists 2017 Meeting. The Prevalence of Malpositioned IUDs among a Cohort of African American Women and the Patient Characteristics Associated with their Occurrence described an analysis of data on women enrolled in the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)-funded, SSS-supported Study of Environment, Lifestyle & Fibroids (SELF) with an intrauterine device (IUD) in place at enrollment. The authors found that factors associated with increased odds of a malpositioned IUD include having a body mass index (BMI) ≥35 and having a high-school education or less. They also found that women with a malpositioned IUD were significantly more likely to report a major problem with pain during menstruation as compared to women with a normally positioned IUD. The authors concluded that patients with a BMI ≥35 may benefit from closer follow-up after IUD placement. The presentation was coauthored by researchers from Duke University, Henry Ford Hospital, and NIEHS.