(Closed) IUD removal- how to prep?

posted 3 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Bumble bee

Avoid caffeine for the whole day prior to going.

Take Advil or Tylenol (maybe 1.5 the normal dose if you are comfortable doing that).

Have a heating pad ready.

 

Itll be quick!

Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Follow your doctor’s instructions. You can take some Ibuprofen about 45 minutes before your appointment if you are not allergic.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I had a mirena removed. My recommendation is to take the rest of the day off work and plan to be low key and do something nice for yourself, like ice cream or something. 

Hopefully it will be fine. But for me, the strings got lost and the doctor had to actually fish them out of my cervix. It was very painful. If the strings hadn’t been lost, I’m assuming it wouldn’t have been too bad. 

Post # 5
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Blushing bee

Following this thread…my strings got lost before my first follow up appointment. 🙁 Terrified to remove it in a month!

Post # 6
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Helper bee

When I had my Mirena out I hardly felt anything. It had been a constant pain for me for the year+ that I had it though, so getting it out was a relief. I went to work same day with no issues.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

I didn’t need the Motrin I brought with me but I did have some spotting so I recommend packing a pantyliner. 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

DH and I also recently decided to take the plunge!! I had the paraguard IUD too. So glad to find someone like me–we are excited but also SOOO nervous!  I actually had mine removed at my appointment today, which doubled as my yearly gyno appt. My gyno did a pap smear first and then removed the IUD. The pap smear was actually MORE uncomfortable than the removal-Not what I expected!!! It only took a second, and I did feel my uterus cramp up a bit right after but that quickly subsided. I took some Ibuprofin beforehand. 

As for the tattoo, I would wait until I concieve, then make an appt to get the tattoo for after giving birth. I probably would not get a tat while pregnant, even though it would probably be fine.  If the artist is in high demand, you’ll have the opportunity to book months in advance!

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I had to have my mirena surgically removed. The pain was awful, I needed 2 days to fully recover. 

Post # 10
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Busy bee

I didn’t have the same IUD as you, I had mirena. And it hurt BAD going in. I have it removed in March and it was definitely painful,but not as painful as going in. I didn’t have any cramping or pain after it was out. Had withdrawal bleeding a day or two later and a period 11 days after removal. It was no biggie for me, but I’m not sure if it will differ for you since you have a different kind

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

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beevincent18 :  What happened that you needed surgery?  Did it perforate your uterus and get lost?

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I had to have my iud removed in the er the other night because it migrated, wasn’t doing anything good for me at that point, and I was in extreme pain. The removal wasn’t actually that bad. If you can plan ahead, go ahead and take a otc pain management pill, but it was definitely easier than having it put in. There was that sort of deep tugging feeling, and then it was done. 

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

The removal was as nothing at all! The insertion was absolutely horrible on the other hand. 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Wow, I had no idea so many people had bad experiences with their IUD removal. I’m not TTC, but I recently had my Skyla removed and replaced with a Kyleena. The Skyla had remained in place correctly, and the removal took…maybe…two seconds? After inserting the speculum, the OB/GYN took hold of the strings with long tweezers, told me to give a couple of hard coughs, and he (yes, I see a male OB/GYN, and he’s totally cool) tugged on the strings at the same time as the cough. The IUD popped right out, and I honestly didn’t feel a thing! I had my Kyleena immediately inserted afterwards, and I just took it easy afterwards to avoid any physical activity that would set off cramps. I had taken two ibuprofen beforehand and had no issues with pain or cramps afterward, and I imagine it would have been no problem if I had not gotten another IUD placed. 

Based on my experience, if your IUD has been in place and you haven’t had any major issues, the removal should be super quick and easy. Take some ibuprofen beforehand if you’re concerned, but I wouldn’t stress!

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

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BeckyS0 :  just had mine out a few days ago. Pain was minimal. Like moderate period cramps for about 30 seconds. Your doctor or nurse will probably have a pantyliner for you already but bring one in case.

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