How to Get an IUD Taken Out
You can get your intrauterine device (IUD) removed at any time. The procedure is relatively simple, causes little to no pain, and has very few side effects. If you understand what to expect and talk with your doctor, you can follow a few simple steps to find out the best timing and way to get your IUD taken out.
Preparing to Remove the IUD
Consider why you need removal.There are multiple reasons why you might want or need to remove your IUD. You should get your IUD removed if you want to become pregnant, if you have started going through menopause, or you want to start using an alternative birth control method. You may also need to remove your IUD if the expiration date on the device is up, if it failed and you have become pregnant, you caught a sexually transmitted disease, or you need to have a procedure that requires its removal.
- On rare occasions, you may need to remove your IUD because of reactions to the device, such as abnormal bleeding, excessive pain, or heavy or exceedingly long menstruation.
- The expiration date on hormonal IUDs is 5 years. Copper IUDs can be left in for 10 years.
Make an appointment.Once you know the reason you need removal, you should contact your gynecologist's office to schedule an appointment. Let them know why you need the appointment because you may need a consultation visit first.
- You may also be able to go ahead and schedule your procedure as well.
Talk to your doctor.Either over the phone or during your consultation visit, you should discuss your IUD removal with your doctor. Let her know the reason that you need or want to remove your IUD. If for some reason your need for removal is unfounded, she will let you know and can discuss any reservations you have about keeping your IUD.
- It is best to be completely honest with your doctor so she can help you make the best choice for you.
Use other forms of birth control.If you are taking out your IUD in order to start another form of birth control, because of a procedure, or due to an STD, you should start another form of birth control a week prior to your IUD removal. If you have unprotected sex in the weeks leading up to your removal, you may be able to get pregnant after it is removed, even if you don't have unprotected sex after it is removed. This is because sperm can live up to 5 days inside of you.
- You could also abstain from sex for the week or weeks leading up to your IUD removal if you don't have access to an alternative form of birth control.
Getting Your IUD Removed
Get a pre-procedure examination.When you get to the doctor's office, she will check for the location of your IUD device. She will locate it by inserting her fingers into your vaginal canal and placing her other hand on your abdomen or by using a speculum. She will then feel around to see if the IUD is still at the top of your cervix.
- She may also use a hysteroscope, which is thin tube that has a light and camera lens on the end of it.
- This pre-examination also checks for excessive tenderness or physiological changes that might prevent your IUD from being removed.
- In rare cases, it may be necessary to have an ultrasound or x-ray if your doctor cannot easily find the strings of your IUD. These are used to make sure that the IUD has not shifted into your abdomen or your pelvis.
Have the IUD removed.To get your IUD out, your doctor will first insert a speculum, which is a tool used to widen your vagina in order to see your cervix better.Now that the IUD can clearly be seen, your doctor will insert ring forceps to grasp the strings of your IUD. She will gently pull on the strings and the IUD will come out.
- The arms of the IUD fold outward, so they will not hurt too much coming out.
Deal with a difficult removal.It is possible for your IUD to have shifted, for the strings to be in a difficult area, or for the IUD to become embedded in your cervix. If your doctor tries to remove your IUD and it won't move, she may use a cytobrush, which is a small brush that looks like an mascara applicator. The cytobrush is inserted, twisted, and then pulled out again, grabbing the retracted or stubborn strings of the IUD and pulling out the device.
- If this doesn't work either, she may use a IUD hook, which is a thin, metal instrument that is hooked on one end. This method may take several passes to work, depending on how your IUD has shifted. Your doctor will insert the hook and pull it out. If she didn't grab onto the IUD, she will then continue to insert the hook again until it has tried to grab the IUD on all sides.
- Outpatient surgery to remove the device is a last resort that may become necessary if the IUD cannot be removed by any other means.Sometimes a small camera (hysteroscope) is used to find an IUD if the strings cannot be found. This is usually done in the office.
Recognize normal side effects.The only common side effects of IUD removal are cramping and minimal bleeding after the device it taken out. These effects should only last a short while before they stop all together.
- In some rare instances, you may have more severe reactions, which may be due to an underlying health issue. Call your doctor immediately if you have severe cramps, pain or tenderness in your abdomen, a fever, chills, or unexplained vaginal bleeding or discharge.
Get another IUD implanted if desired.If you are just changing your IUD because it expired, you can get another one inserted immediately. Talk this over with your doctor before the procedure so she can plan for the insertion of the new device. You may experience some mild discomfort or slight bleeding.
- There will be no interruption of the contraceptive abilities of the IUD if you have immediate reinsertion.
QuestionHow do I remove my IUD without cost?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou should not remove an IUD yourself. If you are unable to afford the removal at your regular gynecologist, you could try somewhere like Planned Parenthood that offers low-cost services.Thanks!
QuestionHow soon can I try for a baby after having the coil removed?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerAs soon as the IUD is removed, you are fertile, so you can start trying for a baby immediately.Thanks!
QuestionWill I need someone to drive me home after it is removed?Top AnswererWhen it comes to surgery, usually you need a ride home if you go under anesthesia. With a IUD removal, anesthesia is not used and you do not go under, so you should be fine to drive.Thanks!
QuestionWhat can I do if my family doctor cannot find it to remove it?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerSee a specialist OB/GYN. It is common for the IUD to shift over time and for the strings to go into the uterus, which makes removal slightly more difficult. Don't panic, but try to see a specialist rather than a family practitioner. They will have the proper tools and experience to remove your IUD.Thanks!
QuestionCan I get my IUD removed when I am on my period?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes, but ask your doctor to be sure.Thanks!
QuestionWill the IUD's strings shorten before a menstrual cycle?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerSometimes, yes. The cervix naturally rises/falls a bit during the menstrual cycle, so naturally, you may notice the strings in slightly different positions based on the time of your cycle. The best time to check your strings is just after the end of your period. You should only need to check your strings once a month.Thanks!
QuestionHow does it affect someone's sex life?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThe IUD will likely not be felt by your partner. It is possible that they will feel the strings, but they are soft and barely noticeable.Thanks!
QuestionWhat if I can only find/feel one string?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThat is something to tell your doctor, who can use tools to find the other string. Some IUDs will get slightly displaced, shifting the strings. Your doctor may do an ultrasound to ensure that the IUD is still in place.Thanks!
What do I do if I have excessive discharge?
I use this copper T loop before 1 1/2 years. My period is delayed 25 days. May I have a chance of pregnancy ?
Is it necessary to change copper tee just after periods.can I have intercourse before that.
When I will remove this I will get pain?
Should my strings feel round?
- Do notever try to remove your IUD by yourself. You can injure yourself and cause infection.
Sources and Citations
In other languages:
Español: , Italiano: , Русский: , Português: , Deutsch: , Bahasa Indonesia: , Français: , Čeština: , ไทย: , العربية:
Video: IUD Period: 12 Things to Expect Within the First Year After Insertion
How to Build a Storm Shelter
This 6 Product Makes Worn-Out Suede Boots Look Brand New
Your One-Stop Destination for NYFW 2019 StreetStyle
Khloe Kardashians Revenge Body Helped Me Lose 50 Pounds—But This Is How I Kept It Off
How to Decorate a Guitar
Olive Focaccia Recipe
Im A Crossfit Trainer And These Are My 7 Favorite Metabolism-Boosting Moves
Loving Your Postpartum Body Can Be a Journey—This Womans Inspired Us
How to Throw a Boho Wedding That Could Rival Poppy Delevingne’s Moroccan Bash
9 Swimwear Brands You Need To Check Out Before Your Holiday This Year
Can You Repeat That