Q. I have had an IUD for the past year, yet I am having nausea and headaches. Am I pregnant?

Answered by
Dr. Sharanya Mullassery
and medically reviewed by Dr. Sushrutha Muralidharan
This is a premium question & answer published on Jul 06, 2021 and last reviewed on: Aug 11, 2021

Hi doctor,

I have an IUD, and I think I might be pregnant. I have been having nausea and headaches, but I am not sick. I have no other symptoms of pregnancy. I have had the IUD for a year now. I take Lamictal, Zoloft, Adderall, and Abilify. Kindly give your opinion.



Welcome to

From your history, I understand that you have been on an IUD (intrauterine device) for the past one year and are currently experiencing nausea and headaches. May I know how long you have been suffering from these symptoms?

IUD is one of the best and powerful reversible form of contraception available today. However, no method of contraception is one-hundred percent safe. If you think you might be pregnant, please take a home pregnancy test. These tests are available over the counter. You can take a home pregnancy test on the first day of your missed period.

If your IUD has caused your periods to be irregular or stop completely, you should wait for one to two weeks after you suspect your IUD failure to take a home pregnancy test.

In most cases, a negative result means that you are not pregnant. If you are experiencing unusual symptoms or suspect that the test results are incorrect, consult a doctor in person.

If the test is positive, make an appointment with a gynecologist or other healthcare provider. They will confirm the results with a simple urine or blood test and discuss the next steps.

Also, there is a possibility that nausea and headaches could be possible side effects of the current medications. If it seems the case, kindly request your healthcare provider to switch to other medicines with lesser side effects. I hope this was helpful.

Was this answer helpful?


Same symptoms doesn’t mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Related Questions:
My pregnant wife was recommended a gall bladder removal surgery. When can it be done?

.. gone through the reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It is good that you have consulted a surgeon and arrived at a diagnosis. It is nothing to panic about. If the sludge is left behind, it can cause an obstruction and not all...   Read full

After IUD insertion, my cycle has become irregular. What is your opinion?

Before five months, I have stopped taking a low dose hormonal birth control pill in favor of the paragard IUD ...   Read full

Can IUD cause constipation and back pain?

.. device) does not cause constipation. But, back pain can occur, because of the bleeding patterns after placing IUD. You can take syrup M2 tone (Ashoka and Lodhra) two tablespoons thrice daily for one month. Take Ibuprofen 400 mg thrice a day for th...   Read full

Also Read Answers From:

ideaComprehensive Medical Second Opinion.Submit your Case

Also Read

Managing Diabetes During Festive Season
All the festivals are indirectly a danger sign for diabetic patients. Read this article to know more about how to handle...  Read more»
What You Should Eat and Drink for A Healthy Life!!
Food is essential for our survival, and what we eat definitely impacts our health. We can easily reduce the risk of many...  Read more»
What Is ADHD and How Is It Managed?
This article discusses ADHD, whether it is a real condition, features of ADHD, how to recognize and manage this common c...  Read more»

Ask your health query to a doctor online?

Ask an Obstetrician & Gynaecologist Now

* guaranteed answer within 4 hours.

Disclaimer: No content published on this website is intended to be a substitute for professional medical diagnosis, advice or treatment by a trained physician. Seek advice from your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with questions you may have regarding your symptoms and medical condition for a complete medical diagnosis. Do not delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice because of something you have read on this website. Read our Editorial Process to know how we create content for health articles and queries.