A multicentre use-effectiveness study of the short multiload intrauterine device.
In a multicenter use-effectiveness study, 433 women were fitted with a Short Multiload intrauterine device (IUD), Gross cumulative event rates, calculated by the Tietze-Potter life table method, show the device to have a low pregnancy and expulsion rate, and a moderate rate of removal following complaints of bleeding and/or pain. The incidence of infection was greater among younger users. Older, parious women were more likely to have a satisfactory experience of IUD use than younger users. When uterine size is not controlled for, the Short Multiload device appears to perform slightly better than the standard model, although the difference is not statistically significant. (Author's modified)