Microbiological and histological findings in the fallopian tubes of women using various contraceptive methods
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The oviducts of seventy-three women undergoing sterilization by partial salpingectomy were submitted for microbiological and histologic studies. Twenty women were intrauterine device users, twenty-five women were oral contraceptive pill users and twenty-eight women used natural or barrier methods of contraception. Among intrauterine device users, there was an excess of mild and severe acute inflammatory histologic changes involving both the lumen and the tubal mucosa. Five of the eight intrauterine device users with acute inflammatory change had sterile tubal cultures.
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