Intrauterine Device Removal
(IUD Removal; Removal, Intrauterine Device; Removal, IUD; Copper Intrauterine Device Removal; Copper IUD Removal; Removal, Copper Intrauterine Device; Removal, Copper IUD; Hormone-releasing Intrauterine Device Removal; Hormone-releasing IUD Removal; Removal, Hormone-releasing Intrauterine Device; Removal, Hormone-releasing IUD)
DefinitionAn intrauterine device (IUD) is a type of temporary birth control for women. The device is usually used to prevent pregnancy. The hormone-releasing device may be used for other reasons. It is inserted into the uterus though the vagina by a doctor. The uterus carries the fetus during pregnancy. A woman with an IUD may decide to have it removed. IUD removal is done by a doctor. You should never remove an IUD yourself.There are two types of IUDs:
- Hormone-releasing—Releases the hormone progestin. Can be left in the body for 5 years before it needs to be replaced.
- Copper—Releases copper ions. Can be left inside the body for 10 years.
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Reasons for ProcedureReasons to remove an IUD may include:
- It has expired or needs to be replaced
- You get a sexually transmitted infection
- Side effects, such as abnormal bleeding or pain
- Heavy and/or prolonged menstrual bleeding
- IUD fails and you become pregnant
- You want to use a different birth control method
- You want to become pregnant
- Your menstrual periods have ended due to menopause
- You need treatment that requires the IUD to be removed