Uterovaginal Plexus Block With Articaine for Intrauterine Device Placement Patients Who Are Indicated for the Use of Copper IUD as a Contraceptive Method Will be Invited to Participate in This Research.

  • End date
    Dec 10, 2022
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Universidade do Vale do Sapucai
Updated on 12 March 2022
Accepts healthy volunteers


The use of intrauterine device (IUD) in Brazil is still not very significant and one of the reasons is the fear of feeling pain during its insertion procedure. Articaine is an amide-linked local anesthetic, its plasma half-life is shorter than that of most other amide-type anesthetics, which makes it theoretically favorable in relation to systemic toxicity.


Currently, 55% of pregnancies in Brazil are classified as unwanted and approximately only 3% of women use long-term contraception. Intrauterine devices (IUD) are among the most effective long-acting reversible contraceptives, with a failure rate ranging from 0.6 to 0.8% and a duration of 10 years, In Brazil, copper, copper with silver, mirena (levonorgestrel 52mg) and Keelyna (levonorgestrel 13.5mg) IUDs are available. The copper device (T380A) is provided free of charge by the municipal health department. In this sense, they are appropriate methods for most women, including nulliparous women.

Copper IUD, a non-hormonal contraceptive method, causes an inflammatory reaction in the endometrium, with important histological and biochemical changes (increase in cytotoxic cytokines), which interfere with the normal physiology of spermomigration, egg fertilization and blastocyst implantation. Copper ions interfere with vitality and sperm motility, harming them, and also decrease the egg's survival in the genital tract. Copper is responsible for an increase in the production of prostaglandins and inhibition of endometrial enzymes. These changes adversely affect sperm transport so that fertilization rarely occurs. Ovulation is not affected in copper IUD users. Thus, according to available scientific data, copper-containing IUDs act not only in the uterine cavity, but also outside it, interfering with various stages of the reproductive process.

The use of an IUD requires insertion by a duly qualified professional. It is essential that the patient is healthy. Therefore, it is essential: normal gynecological examination; oncotic colpocytology within normal limits; absence of vaginitis, infectious cervicitis, acute or chronic pelvic inflammatory disease, uterine malformations; absence of heart disease, hematological diseases, especially hemorrhagic ones, immune deficiencies; not be pregnant.

The IUD insertion technique is described as follows: Patient in lithotomy position, performing a bimanual vaginal touch and correct assessment of the position of the uterus; vaginal speculum introduction with good exposure of the cervix; antisepsis; clamping of the anterior labrum of the cervix with Pozzi clamp; performing hysterometry - reassessing uterine position and cavity size; place, only at this moment, the IUD inside the applicator shirt; note that the horizontal branches are in the same direction as the lateral diameter of the uterus; insert the applicator with the IUD into the uterus until you feel it has reached the uterine fundus; hold the applicator plunger and pull the shirt, causing the device to extrude into the uterine cavity; carefully remove the applicator; cut the strands, which were left in the vagina, about 2 cm from the external orifice of the cervix. The fear of feeling pain during insertion is one of the reasons for the low acceptance of the method in Brazil. The pain reported by women who undergo IUD insertion without sedation occurs when clamping the cervix, so that the gynecologist can rectify the uterus and when the hysterometer and later the IUD pass through the cervix. Innervation to the uterus and cervix is provided via S2-S4, and visceral pain via afferent fibers from T10-L1. It is believed that the anesthetic instilled in the uterus acts on these nerve endings.

The phenomenon of pain and its concept has often been the subject of several scientific studies. According to the International Association for the Study of Pain, this phenomenon is characterized by an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience, in which there is the perception of a harmful stimulus associated with actual or potential tissue damage.

Anesthesia is the loss of sense or sensation, and local anesthetics are substances that, in contact with a nerve fiber, have the property of interrupting all modalities of nerve inflow. Properly applied local anesthetics are a useful tool to effect a reversible blockade of stimulus conduction (action potential) by nerve fibers (sensory and motor) in the vicinity where they are administered. Local anesthetics are divided into two broad groups: esters and amides. The main structural difference between esters and amides is the bond between the side chain and the saturated ring. When compared to esters, amides are more stable (they can be autoclaved without changing their properties), their hypersensitivity reactions are very rare and, as they undergo hepatic metabolism, they have a longer duration of action.

Articaine, an amide-linked local anesthetic, was approved for use in Brazil in 1999 and has been available in Europe since 1976 and in Canada since 1984. Its plasma half-life is shorter than that of most other amide-type anesthetics. like the other factors, they would be theoretically favorable in relation to systemic toxicity. The potential side effect of the administration of large doses of articaine is methaemoglobinaemia, a reaction perceived after accidental intravenous administration, when performing regional anesthesia. It is a drug biotransformed by plasma and tissue cholinesterases and generates an inactive metabolite, with irrelevant cardiac and neurological toxicity. Because of this, it is an appropriate drug to be used in patients with hepatic and renal dysfunction. Articaine is contraindicated in patients with idiopathic or congenital methaemoglobinaemia, anemia, or cardiac or respiratory failure evidenced by hypoxia.

Condition Contraception, IUD, Anesthesia, Local
Treatment Mepivacaine, Articaine Hydrochloride 40 MG/ML
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT05252117
SponsorUniversidade do Vale do Sapucai
Last Modified on12 March 2022


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Female patients, aged between 20 and 40 years

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Diabetes (type I or II)
Chronic Kidney
Urogenital infections
Psychiatric disesas
Surgery during the study period
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