IUD providers are getting ready to offer pre-ops for preop patients, but the process has been fraught with hurdles and safety concerns.
As a result, the Canadian government is set to require all Canadians to have a tubal ligation for the first time, according to a report published Tuesday by the Canadian Medical Association.
In a statement, CMA President James St. John said the association will “work closely with the Canadian Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and with the provinces, territories and territories of Canada to provide the necessary regulatory framework to support the safe, reliable, and effective delivery of this important health care service to all Canadians.”IUDs have been widely used in Canada for more than two decades, and since 2005 they have been offered in more than 20 provinces and territories, the CMA says.
However, while most IUD procedures are performed in a woman’s body, there have been some complications that can be encountered, including:A uterine infection called ectopic pregnancy that may lead to a miscarriage or stillbirthIf the tubal ligament is injured, it can cause bleeding and infection of the uterusIt can also cause a fallopian tube to rupture, which can lead to an ectopic or an ectoplasmic pregnancyThe tubal tissue may also become inflamed, causing swelling and bleeding.
The CMA recommends that women use condoms and avoid sexual intercourse.
A woman who is not able to have an IUD, or is a woman who has a pelvic inflammatory disease or has a history of pelvic inflammatory disorders should not have an abortion.
IUD providers in Canada say the risk of an ectopy occurring is low and most cases are treated quickly.
However, some women who have a history or are at increased risk for ectopic pregnancies may be at greater risk for complications.
The CAA’s report said that about 4,000 Canadian IUD users have received tubal intrauterine devices (IUD) in the past year.
“We are very hopeful that these new IUD regulations will provide certainty for our patients and provide a much-needed boost to the health care system,” said CAA President James.
With files from Reuters