Can you remove your IUD at home? YES! You can! - Page 6
I'm sure every medical professional would advise against doing it yourself. But it's really up to you. I personally had no problem with my husband going in and removing it, and neither do many others - but if you're at all concerned don't do it.
Perhaps if you do try it yourself, make sure you have a backup plan if anything goes wrong - eg do it during the day while the doctors are open and ensure you have transport to go there if necessary.
I've had my iud I since December 2012 and it makes me completely miserable! I tried for hours all last weekend to get it out and was unsuccessful. At one point, finally able to grip the strings, I thought I was so close! I felt a little bit of pressure like it was stuck or something and I lightly kept tugging and it slipped out of my fingers.
Ive seen a lot of post where you guys are like 'it comes out so easily. i didn't feel a thing.' I havent had children yet, so I'm wondering if this could be the reason why it wouldn't come out easily? I was on my period and orgasmed before trying, so I thought my cervix would've been open enough...but apparently not?
oh my god i keep reading online about the effects of the iud and it really doesnt give you all the information on it so i thought i was going crazy. I have gained about 20 lbs in less than a year and I am not one that gains any weight except the baby weight. Once i give birth i literally go back to the way it was before i was pregnant. So i have been gaining weight, mood swings, always wanting to cry for every little thing whether it is good, bad, or even funny. I have had periods randomly and never know if i am going to get one or not. I have gotten so much acne, and so many phantom kicks that every time a take a pregnancy test and it says negative i feel like writing the company and telling them the tests are faulty. I cant have regular sex it hurts, i have never had a yeast infection until i got the mirena and now it is a common thing for me and i constantly taking meds to get rid of them. I chose the iud because the pills dont work for me, the nuva ring doesnt stay in ( come to find out my uterus faces the opposite of most normal women) the shot made me sick all the time. So i thought one more type of bc and this is the last straw before permanently making myself unable to produce babies. I get very depressed and then very upset and very happy and very mad and all these emotions from this little thing inside me. I am scared to pull it out I am allergic to latex and nitrile so i have to find special condoms even to have any type of intercourse with my husband. I am thinking about trying to pull it out but still very scared after reading this post and the others below it i might get brave and just do it. I am so over it already but just dont want to have anymore children right now.
Don't dare enough to pull it myself. Just get mine out for $72 in planned parenthood yesterday, yes it is cheaper than my obgyn who will charge me $175. My insurance does not cover any kind of birth control unless tube tied. Waste my $380 to put it in plus $275 mirena iud who I order myself online thru online pharmacy (yes it is same mirena from another country that CVS price here is $900!!). $72 Does not mean at all compare to the relieve i have now! It stay only 8 months. 8 months of fatique, moody, weight gain, bloating (yes I pass the gas tons time a day), and like I have pre menstruation syndrome everyday in my whole 8 months. It is only 24 hours and I am already feeling so great now like my life is back!!! I have 1 yo and 3.5 yo, until last week I feel enough is enough I need my energy back to take care my kids! I think the hormone things in iud make it this way. I use pills before with no success either.
This advice helped so much and after two tries I was able to remove mine. I located the strings with my bare fingers and then used a disposable gloved finger to grip the string. I grabbed as close to my cervix as possible and in two slow tugs I was able to remove it. I have some mild cramping (I have a period coming up so that could also have been a culprit.) It was surprisingly easy with no pain, just mild discomfort. This thread helped me so much.
I just read the thread and have been pondering doing it myself for over a month. I reached in once to find the string. I reached in again to see how much "tugg" force I would need and the IUD just slid out....I couldn't feel anything. It was the plastic Mirena. I was planning on "going slowly " as recommended, but it just came out when I wasn't even sure I had a grip on the strings.
Total time: clothes removal 30 seconds, IUD removal 15 seconds
I'll write back if I experience any adverse effects, if not, no news is good news. That was EASY.
I got the Mirena inserted just about 3 months ago. It was pretty painful to get put in and I had cramping/spotting for two months straight plus yeast infections that come every week or two. Lately my breasts have been very tender and throughout it I have a lot of lower back pain and muscle tenderness in my hips and back. I was in a car accident about 6 months ago and have back pain from that that won't go away, but now I'm wondering if it's due to the Mirena. I've been seeing a chiropractor, massage therapist, and physical therapist and nothing is helping the persistent pain. Every day my lower back feels like it's on fire and I'm uncomfortable. Today I decided to take the Mirena out myself and it was super easy - I sat on the toilet, felt for the strings, and pulled slowly. It came right out with no pain. I hope this helps my back pain, and it it doesn't at least I know it's legitimately pain from the accident and not this device so I can go from there. I'll probably get a prescription for the Nuva Ring now, I have used that before and had no side effects at all. I'd rather have that than all these other issues! So ladies, yes, you can take it out yourself and it's super easy!! PS I am a first time poster, I just came across this while researching the Mirena side effects and wanted to share my story.