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Does a full bladder assist insertion of intrauterine contraception?: a randomised trial.
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PMID:  23349532     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND: Bladder distension is thought to cause the uterine axis to become more aligned with the cervical canal. Among women undergoing assisted conception it has been demonstrated that having a full bladder facilitates the passage of an intrauterine catheter for embryo transfer. OBJECTIVE: To determine if insertion of intrauterine contraceptive devices is easier in women who have a full bladder at the time of insertion. METHODS: 200 women requesting intrauterine contraception with a pre-filled bladder were randomised to delayed emptying (after insertion; n=100) or immediate emptying (before insertion; n=100). Comparisons were made between doctors' reported ease of insertion and women's pain scores. RESULTS: There was no significant difference with reported ease of insertion between the groups. Doctors reported that insertions were either 'very easy' or 'quite easy' in 82% and 83% of women in the immediate and delayed emptying groups, respectively (95% CIs for difference -10% to +11%). There was no significant difference in reported pain scores, with mean pain scores (out of 10) of 3.8 and 4.4 in the delayed and immediate emptying groups, respectively. CONCLUSIONS: Bladder filling does not have a significant effect on ease of insertion of an intrauterine method of contraception. Insertion is mostly associated with low levels of discomfort, even in the presence of a full bladder.
Sharon T Cameron; Anna Glasier; Amy Cooper; Anne Johnstone
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-1-24
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Title:  The journal of family planning and reproductive health care / Faculty of Family Planning & Reproductive Health Care, Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1471-1893     ISO Abbreviation:  J Fam Plann Reprod Health Care     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
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Created Date:  2013-1-25     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101087687     Medline TA:  J Fam Plann Reprod Health Care     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Consultant Gynaecologist, Chalmers Sexual and Reproductive Health Centre, Edinburgh, UK.
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