(Closed) How long before TTC should I get my IUD removed?

posted 5 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
1915 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - backyard in the woods

I’d take it out about 2-3 months before you actually want to TTC. It’s not uncommon for the body to take a few months to adjust afterwards.

Post # 4
6446 posts
Bee Keeper

thanlon_88:  I would have it removed almost immediately.  While a friend of mine got pregnant within a month of going off of birth control she still had periods.  You don’t have any currently.  Your body will have to get used to not having the IUD in.

Post # 5
1915 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - backyard in the woods

thanlon_88:  Many people do get pregnant the first month off, but many people need a little time re-adjust too. Unfortunately you never know which group you’ll fall into until you try. While you can use other forms of birth control until you’re ready to TTC if you do adjust quickly, you can’t gain back the time if you don’t. That’s my reasoning for taking it out sooner as opposed to later:)

Post # 6
114 posts
Blushing bee

Just saw my MD and asked about this. Apparently because the IUD is only releasing a tiny amount of hormone at the source, it does not take any time at all (3-4 days) before the cycle returns to regular. He said it does not interfere with the pituitary-ovary axis. <br /><br /><br />

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Post # 7
9544 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I wouldn’t get your IUD out until you’re ready to get pregnant, unless you want to start using condoms. Because you can, absolutely, get pregnant right after getting off BC. Some people will get off BC early to let their cycles regulate. I chose to start TTC right after coming off BC and was okay if it took a while for things to regulate and get pregnant. But it turned out that my cycles regulated immediately and I got pregnant on our third cycle. 

Post # 8
315 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Seconding curlybeans – the IUD does not affect your cycle in the same way that the Pill or other forms of hormonal BC do. Your fertility should return pretty much immeditely, so there’s no real reason to have it taken out early unless you want to,

Post # 9
435 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I just got my Mirena IUD out in December after 5 years of no periods. I didn’t get a period until 2 months later…. They also want you to have at least one full cycle before getting pregnant. So you should get your IUD out now, and use condoms or an alternate form of birth control until April.

Some people get periods right away and concieve the first try. Other people react differently.

Good Luck!


Post # 10
1382 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

thanlon_88:  My dr said it usually takes about three cycles to regulate after the Mirena, but as I’ve been learning, those three cycles can be WAY longer than normal. If it’s a hormonal one, I’d remove it at least three months before you want to start, farther out if you will be trying to time it carefully for work or other reasons. Good luck!

Post # 11
3199 posts
Sugar bee

thanlon_88:  You could always have it removed soon, and then use barrier methods to avoid conception. I think this may be your best bet because it gives you time to regulate, if needed. 

Post # 12
7030 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

thanlon_88:  I had my IUD removed last April (after 5 years) with intentions to start TTC May. We ended up holding off but I’ve not been on anything since. I would suggest having it taken out now if you plan to TTC starting in April. I also did not have a period while on the IUD and you’re going to want time to get your cycle back and a couple of months to track it.

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