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Your IUD will protect you from pregnancy for 3 to 12 years, but your doctor or nurse can take it out any time before that if you like. Removal is simple.

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How will it feel to get my IUD removed?

Getting your IUD taken out is pretty quick and simple. A health care provider gently pulls on the string, and the IUD’s arms fold up and it slips out. You may feel cramping for a minute as it comes out.

There’s a small chance that your IUD won’t come out easily. If this happens, your nurse or doctor may use special instruments to remove it. Very rarely, surgery may be needed.

When should I get my IUD removed?

You can get your IUD taken out whenever you want. If your IUD is going to expire but you still don’t want to get pregnant, you’ll have to replace it.

  • Paragard should be replaced after 12 years.

  • Mirena should be replaced after 7 years.

  • Liletta should be replaced after 7 years.

  • Kyleena should be replaced after 5 years.

  • Skyla should be replaced after 3 years.

What should I expect after I get my IUD removed?

You should feel completely normal after getting your IUD removed. You may have some spotting. Unless you start a hormonal birth control method after getting your IUD out, your period will go back to how it was before you got your IUD.  

How soon can I get pregnant after getting my IUD removed?

Your fertility goes back to normal right after your IUD is out, so it's possible to get pregnant right away. If you get your IUD removed and you don’t want to get pregnant, use another method of birth control.

More questions from patients:

Are there any side effects from getting an IUD removed? Like bleeding after IUD removal?

The side effects from getting an IUD removed are different for each person, just like the side effects of using it. The side effects also depend on what type of IUD you have.

Removing an IUD is generally faster than getting it inserted. During and right after removal, you may have some slight irritation, cramping, or mild bleeding.

Any side effects you experienced while using an IUD will go away pretty quickly. Yes, this includes the positive ones like the lighter (or no) periods that are common with hormonal IUDs (like Mirena, Skyla, or Liletta). However, it can take a few weeks to a few months for your regular menstrual cycle to return.

Here are some things you might experience after your IUD is removed:

  • Changes in your periods

  • Delayed return to fertility (being able to get pregnant)

  • Mood changes including a change in sex drive

  • Changes in vaginal discharge

If you don’t want to get pregnant right away, talk with your doctor or nurse about starting another form of birth control before you get your IUD removed.


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  • 99% effective

  • Costs up to $1,300, but can be $0

  • Put in by a doctor or nurse

  • Lasts up to 12 years

This IUD doesn’t protect you from STDs. Use a condom with your IUD to help stop pregnancy and STDs.
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