Thanks very much to Kylee W Moore and all the other ladies for the information posted. I've been thinking about removing my Mirena IUD for the last few months and since it was inserted surgically, I was dreading making another doctor's appointment to remove it. After reading the first post by Kylee, I felt a glimmer of hope. Then I read some other stuff online and all the fears came right back.....so I re-read Kylee's post and built up the courage and confronted the task at hand immediately.
It was so easy and painless!!!! I would've been so upset if I wasted my time and money at the doctor's office.
I simply squatted and reached for the string. It seems like my doctor cut off most of the string so the little that I did get to hold onto, I held with my index finger and thumb nail and gently and slowly pulled. It was out in less than 15 seconds! That was about a half hour ago. I still feel slight cramping now but nothing to be concerned about.
Thanks so much for the encouragement and the fine information. I will keep you all informed about any other side effects (if I experience any), but so far I feel great except for the occasional cramping. No bleeding yet......
I saw someone post on page 1 that a lot of people posing on here only have 1 post. I think that is because this is a subject people are finding the board about. They are looking for support and information about removal.
Thanks ladies- I have been here forever and love this thread.
[B][I]~Ang~ Mom to 2 sport-head crazy girls: Rainey and Breeze and my little lost love- @18 weeks with gestational age of 7 weeks
mine was inserted on 2/18/2014....i removed it on 2/19/2014......Why did i remove it so fast....What was my experience..And how was the removal process...? How did i feel after and how am i now?
Why did i remove it---After insertion i was dizzy and crampy....then the dr reached me the information pamphlet about the mirena as i skimmed through it omg, i was so pissed about the things she didn't tell me....There is a list of health conditions that ARE NOT SUITABLE for the IUD Among this list were; Immune problems, Liver problems, And diabetes.....My Ob/Gyn knew that after the birth of my daughter in 2011 i was diagnosed with autoimmune liver disease, than diabetes!
My Experience - I was sick all day, almost automatically there was a annoying pain in my right hip/leg and lower back. I constantly felt like i had to go pee && honestly felt like i had a baby kicking in my stomach, every time i felt the very noticable flutters i would turn pale and almost have a panic attack...I was severely bloated--the whole 9 yards in less than 24 hours of usage! I could feel it in me constantly, a lot of pressure like i had to poo....The only way i know how to completely describe the way i felt is by saying this....The last time i felt exactly like this was when i was induced with my daughter..except the feeling of having to go to the bathroom was like a 7 on a scale of one-ten...My labor was of course a 10.
Removal process - Honestly i was scared shhhhettless! i could not stand it anymore i was bloated and dizzy and i was done with it all! so i let my 2 year old take a bath i washed my hands, Closed the shower curtain, Covered my legs with a towel, Reopened the curtin and while i kept a straight face, I i felt around for the strings, They were looped, so i had to fish around, & after straightening them back out i had to stop, pull my pants up, wash my hands and fix the plug on the bathtub because my little rotten angel was screaming "NOOOOO! water is leaving!' And of course to keep her in the tub i ran freshwater...And again washed my hands and got resituated....I found the strings yet again and pulled slowly,.
After - as soon as it come out i felt relief & i was dizzy for almost 2 seconds...Then i was completely fine..One or two cramps..Then IUD had only what i can describe as a mucus plug around it....not near as big but it looked like snot...I felt 10x better the whole day & realized that normal periods are way & i do mean WAY better than even one day with marena! and this is coming from someone with PCOS! I was dancing around with my daughter all day.... Every bit of the back/hip/leg pain was gone in less than 30 minutes,,,
Now - Yesterday I started my period back (2/20/14)...Which on my normal period if i have sex within 2 or 3 days after i quit i automatically start back anyways so its no big deal to me. no pain at all,
I made an appointment today with gyno but they can't see me till the end of march! That's irritating! So i researched just thinking if anyone was "crazy" enough to do it themselves! Yup! And i'm just as crazy!
I removed my mirena about an hour ago! No pain! No cramping! Some spotting now! But seriously, no problem! Easy as heck! Took 10 seconds to get the strings, pulled slowly (thought it wasn't moving) and then all of a sudden there was my iud in my hand!
I have been married 3.5 years and we agreed it was now a great time to no longer have control!
And after reading this thread... I've gained 20lbs since having it placed and yea the mood swings (yikes), they were bad!
Well anywho... Here is my one post!
Thank you so much for this thread! <3
I had mine inserted 5 years + 1 month ago. Lately, things had gotten a bit "funky" down there (roughly every 22 days, just like my pre-IUD cycle) toward the end of my five year mark. Uninsured and financially stretched, I truly did not want to pay someone to do something you all said was so easy.
And girls: In five years I never found these "threads" around my cervix, so I doubted mine would be easy to find. I thought perhaps they might be cut too short.
But what the hell? Here's what I did:
Sitting on the toilet with clean hand, I used my index and middle finger to sweep the cervix. I had to push, as in labor, to bring my cervix within reach. I found my strings on the first try, but it took five tries to grasp the strings with my index finger and thumb. There happened to be a knot on the ends and it slipped right out. My doctor had tied that knot, and I remember why I loved him--he was a practical dude. Thanks Doc.
This was 10 minutes ago and I'm elated! So much easier than appointment, flash vagina, traffic, $300, etc
I have the mildest of cramping and will rest tomorrow just in case.
I want to thank you all for the courage, details, and info. You just saved me some real cash.
So I been had my IUD in for about 3 in a half years and I'm not like in it anymore at all Evernote thro I love not having a period for these three years I feel like something ain't right I sometimes feel like I'm pregnant and there is a baby inside me kicking and moving and I been having all these headaches and this discharge that I never had before I got this IUD and I been thinking for a while now that I wanted to remove my IUD but I'm kinda scard to do so even thro my kids are 5 and 6 I just want to be back to my self and lose this weight I gain wit this IUD so can anyone help me?????
This article was extremely helpful! I was scared to death of removing my Mirena IUD by myself, but I literally just went into the bathroom, felt for my strings, grabbed and pulled slowly for about 10-15 seconds and I came right out! No pain except a little light pressure. Thank you!
Anyway, sorry for the long post, but that is what brought me to this forum in the first place. I google "self removal of IUD" and read approximately 100 posts before deciding I would give it a try. I just want to verify the fact that you can remove the IUD yourself! I was concerned it may have implanted itself in my uterus since I was constantly "feeling" it in my uterus. I told my husband my plans to take it out myself (he was supportive of it being removed but not so much of me removing it instead if a Dr.). Anyway, I decided tonight was the night! I currently am on my awful, painful period (caused by the IUD) so I figured if there was any minor cramping during removal, as some women experienced, it wouldn't be any worse than what I am going through right now:) so I put on a pair of latex gloves, I took from work, found the strings and applied a constant ever increasing pull. It took a fairly strong pull, but as soon as the arms of the IUD gave in ( as they are meant to do) it easily slipped out. It took all but 2 or 3 minutes! There was only a slight cramp (less than the ones I have been experiencing during my period). I felt immediate relief! Ladies you can do this! Hope this helps! I'd be curious to read anyone's "bad" experience while trying to remove their IUD.
I have just pulled my IUD out. It was unexpecting, but I am happy that I got it out because the fatigue and the weight bothered me a lot. For the past couple of months when I went to check my strings I was pulling out plastic. It really bothered me, but now I am sort of relieved.
After researching Mirena IUD removal and reading dozens of posts from women who self removed online, I decided the month long wait for the gyn appointment wasn't worth enduring anymore Mirena side effects. I had a vasovasal response while replacing my IUD at the doctor's office, which consisted of pain like I had never felt before, almost fainting and a few tears. The doctor told me that the procedure can stimulate this nerve in your cervix and make you very disoriented and light headed. I had some juice and laid down for 30 minutes and was fine. When I decided to try and remove my own IUD, at some point I started to feel this reaction coming on and stopped. The IUD apparently moved back to its original position on its own based on the position of the strings. My boyfriend agreed to help me, so he pulled until the strings were almost out of my vaginal canal but as soon as the IUD reached my cervix my heart started racing, I was shaking, crying and yelling. He stopped and the strings retracted. Disoriented, I decided he better just get it over with. He tried one more time but the strings slipped from his fingers and the next thing I know I am on the floor hyperventilating with my boyfriend begging me to respond. I'm writing this two hours later now that I feel normal again and I can now only feel one string. This was a really terrible and scary experience (you know, blacking out and falling over isn't very pleasant) and I don't recommend that anyone remove their own IUD.