The FDA is warning healthcare professionals not to use unapproved intrauterine devices (IUDs). The FDA became aware of the use of unapproved IUDs by practitioners in an investigation of Rhode Island medical practices. Women who received unapproved IUDs from practitioners in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Kentucky could be at an increased risk for unwanted pregnancy. Patients who think they may have an unapproved IUD are being advised to use another form of birth control and to contact their healthcare provider. Women should not try to remove IUDs by themselves.

IUDs are indicated for intrauterine contraception in women who have had at least 1 child, and are in a stable, mutually monogamous relationship.

For more information visit www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm219837.htm.