Post # 1
Soooo DH & I are finally taking the plunge & I have an appt. on friday to get my paraguard (copper) IUD removed! So excited but also scared to be making the decision to change our lives for the next ooohhhh FOREVER! LOL. Anyone have any tips to help the removal go a little easier? The insertion wasn’t too horrible, but they got the position wrong on the first try so I had to do it twice =( and would like to avoid that craziness!
On an unrelated but kinda related note, we are heading back home to visit our families & new nephew in Oct./Nov. this year and I was planning on making an appt. with our tattoo artist there for a new piece on my arm but now I am wondering if I should just wait? I’ve read your not supposed to get tatoo’s while pregnant, however I have two tatt’s by him already that were great & healed well (& my husband has 2 very very large pieces)- he works in a high end very clean shop in the city- has been doing it for 10+ years… I would feel bad if he worked on a piece for me & I had to cancel but he’s in super high demand as well and if I am not preggers by then I know i’ll regret not having made the appt. when he had the time… What would you do?
Post # 2
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
Follow your doctor’s instructions. You can take some Ibuprofen about 45 minutes before your appointment if you are not allergic.
Post # 4
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
Following this thread…my strings got lost before my first follow up appointment. 🙁 Terrified to remove it in a month!
Post # 6
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
I didn’t need the Motrin I brought with me but I did have some spotting so I recommend packing a pantyliner.
Post # 8
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
I had to have my mirena surgically removed. The pain was awful, I needed 2 days to fully recover.
Post # 10
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
What happened that you needed surgery? Did it perforate your uterus and get lost?
Post # 12
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
The removal was as nothing at all! The insertion was absolutely horrible on the other hand.
Post # 14
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
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.