Removing the IUD

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An IUD or Intrauterine device can be removed at any point in your menstrual cycle and must be done by a medical professional trained to do so. Removing an IUD is much easier and quicker than inserting it so do not worry as there should be very little discomfort.

One benefit of an IUD is that you can become pregnant as soon as the IUD is removed and do not need to wait to try and conceive.

There are two types of IUDs one is simply a device which releases no hormones and therefore does not interfere in any way with your fertility. If you have the type of IUD which releases hormones then it is recommended to wait one menstrual cycle before trying to conceive. This is mainly to help calculate an accurate due date however if you do conceive straight away there is nothing to worry about.

If you get pregnant with either type of IUD in place then it is very important that you see a doctor as soon as possible. This is unlikely to happen but if it does there are two reasons you must see a doctor.

Firstly an IUD in your uterus can cause complications and increase the chance of a miscarriage. Removing the IUD whilst pregnant also carries a risk of miscarriage but it is lesser and it is much better to do so as soon as possible.

The second reason is that if you become pregnant with an IUD in place you have much higher risk of an ectopic pregnancy when the baby implants and develops in the fallopian tube not the uterus. This type of pregnancy cannot continue and can affect future fertility as well as other health risks so it is very important to consult your doctor in the unlikely event that you become pregnant with an IUD in place.