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I removed by IUD by myself!

post #1 of 36
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Yep that's right - today I reached inside my vagina, found the strings with my fingers, then gripped them with a sterilized tweezers and gently and PAINLESSLY pulled my IUD out thru my cervix and then out of my body forever! Hooray!

Keep in mind I was towards the tail-end of my moontime, so my cervix was partially open.

I am so glad to have it out. I was growing thick chin hairs and getting really embarrassing acne along with it.

Back to condoms!

Peace and love,
CatPeace
post #2 of 36
Congratulations on getting rid of it! I wish I could just pull mine out. I hate it so much. I believe I am suffering from copper toxisity. I am getting it removed tomorrow. The string is completely up in my body and I can't even feel the slightest tip of it. It's gradually been creeping up and I haven't been able to feel it in over a year. It's still up there because I had a midwife check it out for me. I'm just worried about an invasive removal and damage to my uterus
post #3 of 36
wow, OP, rock on!

and good luck tomorrow lacysmommy!
post #4 of 36
Awesome!! I've felt the strings but just barely. I can't grip them enough to pull mine out, but I want it GONE!!
post #5 of 36
Thats awesome! I removed mine at the end of Jan. My dh pulled it out and it was very quick. I could feel the strings but couldn't grip them, so my husband did it! We were looking to get a doctor to pull it out my the nurse said "say $200 and do it yourself. Call us if you can't." I am glad it is gone too.
post #6 of 36
Wow, you are a lot braver than I am.

I remember the lady in "Not Without My Daughter" removed her IUD herself, and said that it was extremely painful. Her description was enough to put the idea out of my head forever.
post #7 of 36
I just had mine removed at the doc's office and what a waste of money! I had no idea how easy it would be and totally wish I would have just done it myself. Oh well. Welcome back to condom world! Isn't it SO much better?!
post #8 of 36
I applaud anyone who can do it, but ouch, I can't imagine having taken mine out myself. It was kinda crampy and dizzying when the nurse took mine out. I went to the free clinic though, so mine was free to remove too.
post #9 of 36
you are braver than I am.

post #10 of 36
my LM removed mine last week for no extra charge (during my annual). i could not believe how much better i feel having it out!! it was the paragaurd, so no hormones, but i was just always aware of it. i didn't realize how aware until she removed it and it was like i exhaled. ahhhh. so glad to be done with it. it was basically making me hemorage every month so now i'm anemic and taking heavy iron supplements. good riddance.
post #11 of 36
this thread's making me really happy that I don't have an IUD
post #12 of 36
I lurve my Paraguard, I've had one or another in for a total of 12 years now.

But I've always fantasized about being on a desert island with my DH, and needing to remove it myself to get pregnant. I thought I could, but never heard that it could be done. Congrats! That's really cool!

May try it myself one of these days, when we decide to start TTC. When you make up your mind to TTC, you just want to start, kwim?
post #13 of 36
My mom warned me off IUD's before I ever considered getting one... between the copper toxicity and the fact that my moms best friend was injured by hers causing her to get several ectopic pregnancies...

I'm terrified of the things.
post #14 of 36
I had a marina.. I really liked it. And no copper parts for the copper toxicity issues.. so those that are "happy" they didn't do an IUD, I hope they realize that there are a LARGE variety of IUDs out there today with all different options/issues associated with them..

I had the doc pull out my marina.. I am glad I went that route as they check them for bacterial growth.. I am not sure how someone could check that themselves..
post #15 of 36
To check for bacterial growth, they probably just swab and culture the things. Really easy, quite interesting. I've swabbed toilet handles, sinks, piano keys... lol. You learn quickly that we aren't alone
I have access to sterile swabs and cultures (agar and broth plates - a petri dish with a bacteria food) because I do microbiology classes at university, just as a side note. Maybe you could order the materials from a science website? Any 1 bacteria will grow into a small, visible colony. Then there's a process where you can check the guys out under a microscope.
Easier if a doctor does it, though, imo.
post #16 of 36
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Originally Posted by fresh_veggie View Post
To check for bacterial growth, they probably just swab and culture the things. Really easy, quite interesting. I've swabbed toilet handles, sinks, piano keys... lol. You learn quickly that we aren't alone
I have access to sterile swabs and cultures (agar and broth plates - a petri dish with a bacteria food) because I do microbiology classes at university, just as a side note. Maybe you could order the materials from a science website? Any 1 bacteria will grow into a small, visible colony. Then there's a process where you can check the guys out under a microscope.
Easier if a doctor does it, though, imo.
Well I am glad it is easier to do than I assumed.. I highly doubt that many of the mamas that yanked their iud's out on their own are taking the time to do thi s, though.
post #17 of 36
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Originally Posted by Pinoikoi View Post
Well I am glad it is easier to do than I assumed.. I highly doubt that many of the mamas that yanked their iud's out on their own are taking the time to do thi s, though.
Lol yeah, I doubt it.
post #18 of 36
Yeah, I took my own out too, actually...in the exact way you have described, OP. It didn't really hurt at all! It was a little intense...but I guess after having a baby come out of your cervix, anything smaller than a canteloup just doesn't give you the same "ouchie" feeling!

The Mirena IUD turned me into a raving, crying, acne covered lunatic! It was like...1,000% worse than the emotions I feel when I'm pg, seriously! I got it in in August....and I didn't make it through December before my DH was like "babe, please, you gotta take it out!" - he was depserate!! I was too...it made me depressed, my feet were stiff and hurt so bad, my joints were all stiffened up and it was too much.

So, yes, it is gone. I am pg. Life is good! :

No Mirena for me, ever again. Perhaps paragaurd....but really, after having something in my cervix/uterus...I'm thinking "no" on the foriegn objects approach!
post #19 of 36
That's amazing...I'm so jealous! My IUD perforated my uterus and had to be surgically removed after three attempts by my OBGYN. It was the worst experience and I tell everyone I encounter not to get an IUD. Painful, painful.
post #20 of 36
i know this is completely NOT the same thing, but I took my nuvaring out and within 36 hours I felt like I had taken anti depressants. o.k., that was really unrelated but it's out there
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