Intrauterine Device Removal
(IUD Removal; Removal, Intrauterine Device; Removal, IUD; Copper Intrauterine Device Removal; Copper IUD Removal; Removal, Copper Intrauterine Device; Removal, Copper IUD; Hormone-releasing Intrauterine Device Removal; Hormone-releasing IUD Removal; Removal, Hormone-releasing Intrauterine Device; Removal, Hormone-releasing IUD)
- Hormone-releasing—Releases the hormone progestin. Can be left in the body for 5 years before it needs to be replaced.
- Copper—Releases copper ions. Can be left inside the body for 10 years.
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Reasons for Procedure
- It has expired or needs to be replaced
- You get a sexually transmitted infection
- Side effects, such as abnormal bleeding or pain
- Heavy and/or prolonged menstrual bleeding
- IUD fails and you become pregnant
- You want to use a different birth control method
- You want to become pregnant
- Your menstrual periods have ended due to menopause
- You need treatment that requires the IUD to be removed
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
Description of the Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
Will It Hurt?
Call Your Doctor
- Severe cramps, pain, or tenderness in your abdomen
- Fever or chills
- Unexplained vaginal bleeding or unusual discharge from your vagina
Office on Women's Health http://www.womenshealth.gov
Planned Parenthood http://www.plannedparenthood.org
The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada http://www.sogc.org
Women's Health Matters http://www.womenshealthmatters.ca
IUD. Planned Parenthood website. Available at: http://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-topics/birth-control/iud-4245.htm. Accessed March 18, 2014.
Johnson BA. Insertion and removal of intrauterine devices. Am Fam Physician. 2005;71(1):95-102.
Mirena prescribing information. Mirena website. Available at: http://labeling.bayerhealthcare.com/html/products/pi/Mirena%5FPI.pdf. Accessed March 18, 2014.
ParaGard intrauterine copper contraceptive prescribing information. Paragard website. Available at http://www.paragard.com/Pdf/ParaGard-PI.pdf. Accessed Accessed March 18, 2014.
The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. ACOG Practice Bulletin No. 110: Noncontraceptive uses of hormonal vontraception. Obstet Gynecol. 2010;115(1):206-218. Reaffirmed August 2012.
When you choose IUD. Public Health, Seattle and King County website. Available at: http://search.kingcounty.gov/search?utf8=%C3%A2%C5%93%E2%80%9C&affiliate=kingcounty&query=when+you+choose+an+iud. Accessed Accessed March 18, 2014.
- Reviewer: Andrea Chisholm, MD
- Review Date: 01/2015 -
- Update Date: 04/30/2014 -
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