IUD removal

Safely removing an intrauterine device

A quick and straightforward procedure

IUDs eventually have to be removed and replaced, which for most women, will be as straightforward as the insertion process.

We recommend visting one of locations that offer safe removal of IUD, and also to offer any advice you may need to decide on a new method of contraception.

Reasons for an removing an IUD

Eventually all IUDs need to be removed or replaced. There are a few reasons for removing an IUD, including:

  • Reaching the expiry of the IUD
  • A desire to become pregnant
  • Developing an infection or side effects
  • Or, because you no longer want your IUD.

Some women may believe that they need their IUD removed if they switch sexual partners. This is not true, and your IUD will continue to work just as effectively no matter how many sexual partners you have.

What to expect at your appointment 

For most women, the removal of an IUD is a simple procedure performed at our clinics.

To remove the IUD, your qualified provider will grasp the threads of the IUD with forceps, collapsing the arms of the IUD, and allowing the device to slide out easily.

There is a small chance the IUD may not slide out quite so easily, but the provider will be able to offer a few simple alternative procedure methods. In extremely rare cases, a simple surgery may be required.

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Following the removal of an IUD

If you still don't want to get pregnant following the removal of an IUD, you'll have to replace it or choose another form of contraception that suits you.

Our contact centre staff can help recommend other forms of contraception or you can try our online contraceptive tool - to help find the best method for you.

In general, you should feel completely normal after getting your IUD removed and may just have some spotting. Your period will return to how it was before the IUD was inserted (unless you choose to continue with another form of hormonal contraception).

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If you’re unsure what method is best for you, take our online contraception quiz.

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