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self-removal of IUD question

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When you do a self-removal of an IUD, when in your cycle do you do it? I have the copper one and have wanted to be IUD free for a long time, so, after reading the copper side effects thread, I am ready to go in the bathroom right now and get it out of my body- but I will need to do it correctly. So, advice? 

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Agh... I started my cycle today. I am able to feel the string, but not get it. I called the clinic and they said I need to come in and "discuss" a removal, then make another appt to remove. And they can't get me in until next Thursday. I tried to tell her I am in pain and just want it out, but nope. I am feeling frustrated.
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After searching online on how to do it myself. I was pretty confident I could do it. My midwife had told me she left the string long too so figured I would be able to just grab it. I had no luck finding the string and sent hubby on a diving expedition also with no luck. We regrouped and went to ebay and bought a vaginal speculum for less than 5 bucks and it was here within a couple of days. I already owned forceps because I am a medical professional. I boiled them both and we went in for another try. Hubby immediately found the string and grabbed it with the forceps. Just as I was saying " Go slow and let me know when you start pulling" he said " It's already out. The whole process took less than 30 seconds and we saved ourselves a couple of hundred dollars. It was that simple. I had a tiny bit of spotting and some cramping last night but I am raring to go today. By no means am I recommending this to anyone. Having a medical professional is always the best route to go and complications do occur. I was lucky. I have read that midwives prefer to remove it during your period because it is easier. Mine was removed mid cycle without issue.
post #5 of 9

I don't remember when during my cycle I removed mine, I just found the string and pulled it out. I had the copper one, too. It was quick and fairly painless

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I am going to go back to charting. The copper IUD is starting to mess with me. Acne, cramps randomly during the month, heavy periods and random mild nausea....so done

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Most people recommend during your period but I did it just before my period because I have very short periods and wanted the blood flow to "wash out" any leftover copper ions (which may be totally imaginary but whatever.)  It was super-easy.  I kind of scooped out any moisture from my vagina with my fingers, dried my fingers off well, gripped the strings and pulled slowly but steadily.  It came out super-easily (I was prepared to stop if it hurt or resisted at all.)  I had about a 10-second vagal nerve "rush" and then that was that.  The best part is telling care providers what I did - they think I'm nuts or a rock star.  

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Hi this is my first time on this site. i have been reading up on how to remove mine and all the advice is good however when i start to pull and the coil starts to come out i get really bad cramps so i have to let go!! Very frustrating!! Any advice?? Maybe half a bottle of wine to ease me lol... help!!!
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Originally Posted by natpark91 View Post

Hi this is my first time on this site. i have been reading up on how to remove mine and all the advice is good however when i start to pull and the coil starts to come out i get really bad cramps so i have to let go!! Very frustrating!! Any advice?? Maybe half a bottle of wine to ease me lol... help!!!

My plan was that if it hurt at all, to stop and see a doctor or nurse.  I felt nothing.  I would not continue.

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