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)
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Reasons for Procedure
- You get a sexually transmitted infection
- Side effects (eg, abnormal bleeding, 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
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Planned Parenthood http://www.plannedparenthood.org/
Women's Health.gov http://www.womenshealth.gov/
The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada http://www.sogc.org/
Womens Health Matters http://www.womenshealthmatters.ca/
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- Reviewer: Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 03/2013 -
- Update Date: 03/15/2013 -
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