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post #21 of 167

We have 2 children and have decided to go for number 3.  I will be removing it tonight....will keep you posted!Sheepish.gif

post #22 of 167

What article are you referring to erees1130?

post #23 of 167
Was it that easy
post #24 of 167

Thank you so much! i just took mine 5 min ago after reading your post. it took me 20 min trying to located both  strings. when i did it came out in 2 sec. i am so happy i did it. mirena made my life like hell. i had twins 20 months ago and went to my normal weight 3 weeks after having the babies. now i weight exact the same when i was 8  months pregnant.  my doctor wanted $700 to take out;)

 

for the last 16 months i was always nauseated, exhausted, grouchy, hair lost, weight gain, moody, and incredibly bloated

 

i don't feel any pain or cramping at all.

 thank you

post #25 of 167

THANK YOU!  Was going to make an appointment to have it removed this week.  After reading this I just did it myself.  That was easy!  Thanks.

post #26 of 167

This thread is far too strange and I'm calling BS on it all

 

Except for Sharlla......all other posters that are overly enthusiastic about this are new users with only 1 post. 

post #27 of 167
I agree shadowmoon. Not sure if it is a group against the iud or a group trying to inflict harm on cervixes.

As someone that had a pregnancy complicated by cervical issues, I wouldn't suggest doing a self removal if you intend on getting pregnant.
post #28 of 167

the dr doesnt do anything different than what you would do at home. they do use a speculum so they can see the strings and they use an instrument to grab the strings but they pull the IUD out (the t folds straight up) the same way so i dont know what possible danger to your cervix there could be.
 

post #29 of 167

So this is the first post I found when looking for info on removing mine. My daughter is 4 years old and I had mine inserted at my 6 wk check up after she was born so Im almost to the 5 year mark. I told my dr I wanted something with NO hormones bc Im not a small person and i didnt need anything making me gain weight. He told me it had no hormones but I weigh more at this moment than I did when I was pregnant with my daughter. Ive been saying I want it out for atleast 2 years. Ive just been afraid to do it myself. It hasnt been too bad but today Im experiencing menstrual like cramps. I havent had them in so long I forgot what they felt like. Thanks for sharing ur personal experience.  

post #30 of 167

I just wanted to say all of you helped me taking my iud out myself, i have had nothing but problems with it, i have been having phantom kicks like being pregnant, moody, constant pelvic pain and my hubby cant stand the damn thing after he read the side effects of it lol.. well i successfully took out my iud, ive been wanting to for months but to scared to do it til today when i read the post from kaylee at the very top of the page.. it was so helpful and it help me relax knowing that so many other women have done it their selfs.. it was simple, it was fast, and there was no pain during or after.. so no i didnt cramp after wards... yes!!!!! sorry i hate cramps they are my enemy lol.. I encourage any women that are considering taking out their iud their selfs. if you dont feel comfortable have a friend, husband, signifacant other help you.. its quick simple and easy... just make sure its pulled out very solwly and if there is pain i would stop because it could be stuck and u mite need it surgically removed.... the best of luck to everyone and god bless.

post #31 of 167
Hi moms
I just googled removing mirena and found this! I'm so nervous but so sick of being sick with no health insurance. I'm going to try and find my strings myself. I've had this thing for 3.5yrs and at first it was great...now I'm emotional bloated hormonal nauseated...I just feel pregnant EVERYDAY!! I just can't take it anymore...but are there any alternatives!
post #32 of 167

Ladies, ladies, I am happy to say that after 3.5 years I have successfully removed my IUD tonight! I am by no means against IUDs or part of a hate group for IUDs. Mine was wonderful until the last year and a half. I have been trying to get it removed but my doctor has long long waiting times. I tried just pulling it out and was unsuccessful. I was running out of options since the dr. wanted $240 to remove it. I thought about it and all I needed was something to hold the muscles back much like a speculum, but what? Um as crazy as it sounds I got a small pvc pipe that was open on both ends, some vasaline, and a pair of forceps. Lubed up the pipe, inserted it, and had my partner find the strings and pull with the forceps. FINALLY. I was so relieved. Sounds absurd but I had no options, no money, and where there's a will there is a way. If you choose to do it in this manner, thoroughly clean all instruments prior to use and dispose afterwards. BTW my strings had been trimmed when inserted and once again afterward because my partner complained of pain from the strings so I guess my strings ended up abnormally short... Maybe the reason I couldn't reach them to just pull out. Good luck ladies.

post #33 of 167
My post is basically like everyone elses.... except that when i had my IUD put in i actually asked my obgyn about self-removal. (My ob doctor is one that actually gives a damn about what u can and cannot afford...) so to cover her ass she smiles and says "we do not recommend removing them on your own" .... "but i have seen a LOT of women do it".... "and if you were to try, you could do it from both a squating position or from sitting on the edge of a seat... it may be a little difficult to grab the strings so you may need tweezers or something with more leverage...." .... anyways, i removed mine from a squated position, and i got ahold of the strings pretty easy with my fingers and just pulled down really slowly. It came out very easily. No pain. I did have a tiny bit of blood, but nothing too bad. I actually had the paraguard IUD, and i was mostly pleased with it. I didnt gain any weight, no mood swings... it just gave me pretty bad cramps during my period. My husband suggested using needle nose pliers in the event that the strings are hard to grasp or are too short... although im not sure i would be compfortable with that knowing that they do sometimes become imbedded. I also dont think i would let anyone else pull it out, just knowing that they may not stop soon enough if something didnt seem quite right. If it isnt extremely simple, i wouldnt do it myself. Those are important parts down there!
post #34 of 167

I have gotten my iud in june 2012 but im reading to take it out because I want another child. I'm reading how the moms are pulling them out. Im going to try it and see what happens. I have 4 boys already.....my boys are 11yr, 7yrs, 5yrs and a 7 month old spoiled and rotten...lol...im going to try tonight and see what happens.

post #35 of 167

I took my IUD (copper, Paragard) out on Tues, 1/29/13. My experience was not quite typical, tho all is well. It went in late August 12, so it had been about 5 months. It replaced Loestrin bc pills, and I had high hopes for “non-hormonal” birth control. Ha! Weight went even higher, lower back hurt, moods were swinging, and I had an odd discharge. I read all the removal posts & went for it.

 

Everybody says it is so quick, a firm tug and voile, with bleeding to follow in a couple days…nope! It was relatively painless, just one bad cramp the 1sttime I pulled the strings.  The strings were very hard to grip but the loss of sensation with tweezer use made that a no go. I bled, bright red & thin, almost immediately & it took a good 20 minutes…yep, 15 minutes into it I’m squatting in the tub, bright red blood all over my fingers, iud neither out nor in, thinking oh yeah nobody said anything about this on the internet. My insides felt really engorged by the way, just swollen – I thought, that’s how this thing works, it irritates my cervix so much nothing can live there.

 

Not wanting an emergency confessional gyn appt in the morning, I finally just reached in there, followed the strings up til they met the body of the device (it has a little knob on the end), grabbed it, & pulled the sucker out. The bright red blood tapered to spotting which faded out over the next day or so. There was no other bleeding (many women seem to report a period 2 days later). It has been 4 days & interestingly enough I’m getting the thickened mucus of ovulation already.

 

There was an instant improvement in “freshness”, I think that the odd discharge I was seeing was oozing from my poor irritated cervix & it stopped immediately. My lower back felt better right away too, and 4 days later I’m 2 lbs lighter without changing my diet or exercise. Sorry this post is so long but when I was reading no one said this stuff. Oh, the device itself looked kinda corroded, dark orangey brown on the shaft & arms - see pic, compare to new ones -, & it had a coat of slime on it (like rocks in a stream). Good luck!! (I'm a "one-poster" because if you google 'home iud removal' you get this site, not 'cause of any crazy anti-iud conspiracy lol!)

 

 

post #36 of 167
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Originally Posted by grahamsmom98 View Post

Um, so who "installed" the IUD in the first place?  If you don't have insurance, how were you going to pay a specialist (OBGYN)? 
post #37 of 167

I just took my Mirena out and it was easier than taking out a tampon! After reading this thread, I decided to give it a go. Like many others, I've become convinced that the Mirena is the reason for a weight gain that I've unable to lose for over two years now. I had to wait at least a month to get in to see an OB-GYN and even then, I couldn't find a single one who would take out my IUD and put in a copper (non-hormonal) IUD in the same visit. I was feeling really frustrated because once I realized that the Mirena might be the reason for the problems I've been experiencing, I just wanted it OUT, right away.

 

Anyway, this thread was the first thing I came across when I googled "taking out a mirena iud." So, as many other posters have pointed out, it doesn't actually seem strange at all that lots of new members (which I myself am not, although it's been ages since I've posted here) are posting on this topic, as it's useful information for people who are seeking it out. (It's stranger to me, in fact, that someone would read this whole thread if it's on a topic that isn't useful or interesting to them, and then take the time to comment! But I'm just saying that to reject the idea that there is giant anti-Mirena conspiracy or, crazier, some conspiracy to get women to hurt themselves!)

 

My story: I squatted in the bathtub, grabbed the strings, and began to pull gently. I worried that I wouldn't get a good grip from reading what other women wrote, but that was no problem at all. Once I grabbed a hold, I was good. I told myself that if it hurt or I felt any resistance I would stop and just wait to go to the gyno. But I pulled the thread slowly and gently all the way out and never felt any pain or resistance whatsoever.

 

I then checked the device very carefully to make sure nothing had broken off (it was completely intact). This evening, I've had some VERY MILD cramping and that's it. No blood, no nothing.

 

I really loved not having a period and the IUD has been a wonderful, hassle-free form of birth control. I can't be sure that the hormones are what has been behind my weight gain, but if I begin to lose those 10-15 stubborn pounds, that will convince me that I was right to get rid of it.

 

I can't say that I recommend women try taking it out themselves (I read a thread on another messaging board before coming here where a woman posted that she took hers out herself and had lots of blood and pain)--but I will say that for me it was completely easy and that I haven't had any problems because of it. Good luck to anyone who wants to try taking it out themselves.

post #38 of 167

I have been planning to have my IUD removed to practice the Billings Method of NFP. It has been in for three and a half years. I told my husband that I have read about women removing their own and he laughed and told me he didn't think that was a good idea. At one of my yearly exams, my doctor could not find the strings. At the next exam, they were visible. The only thing I can think of is that the second time, my cervix was preparing for menstruation, so the strings were visible unlike before. I have a bit of a time getting tampons in, so I am not sure how successful I would be at attempting to remove the IUD myself. Has anyone had a successful pregnancy after IUD removal? I have Paragard and after reading about complications, I am worried that when I try to conceive, I won't be successful.

post #39 of 167
I am so happy I found this thread. I had the Mirena after I had my son and it was horrible. I felt pregnant all the time I gained weight thought I was feeling movement. I felt like I was going crazy so after I had my daughter I got the paragaurd because it isn't supposed to have hormones. Well after about a year I started having the same symptoms that I had wi the Mirena. After finding this I got up the courage and decided that I was going to take it out. Having my Mirena removed was very painful but this was not bad. It took me probably half an hour because I was having trouble keeping a grip on the strings. But it is out and it did not hurt. I am having some cramping but other than that I am great
post #40 of 167
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Originally Posted by madewithlove07 View Post

I have been planning to have my IUD removed to practice the Billings Method of NFP. It has been in for three and a half years. I told my husband that I have read about women removing their own and he laughed and told me he didn't think that was a good idea. At one of my yearly exams, my doctor could not find the strings. At the next exam, they were visible. The only thing I can think of is that the second time, my cervix was preparing for menstruation, so the strings were visible unlike before. I have a bit of a time getting tampons in, so I am not sure how successful I would be at attempting to remove the IUD myself. Has anyone had a successful pregnancy after IUD removal? I have Paragard and after reading about complications, I am worried that when I try to conceive, I won't be successful.
I had a successful pregnancy after having my Mirena removed
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