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IUD Removal: Care Instructions

IUD in the uterus

Your Care Instructions

The intrauterine device (IUD) is a method of birth control. It is a small, plastic, T-shaped device that contains copper or hormones. It is placed in your uterus. You may have had your IUD removed because you want to become pregnant. Or maybe it caused pain, bleeding, or an infection. You may have chosen another method of birth control. If you don't want to get pregnant, make sure to use another form of birth control now that your IUD is not in place. Talk to your doctor about other forms of birth control.

Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.

How can you care for yourself at home?

  • IUD removal does not usually cause any pain or problems if the IUD is removed because you want to become pregnant or because of bleeding.
  • Once the IUD is taken out, you can become pregnant. If you want to become pregnant, you can start trying to have a baby as soon as you like.
  • If your doctor prescribed antibiotics because of an infection, take them as directed. Do not stop taking them just because you feel better. You need to take the full course of antibiotics.

When should you call for help?

Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:

  • You passed out (lost consciousness).

Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:

  • You have severe vaginal bleeding. This means that you are soaking through your usual pads or tampons every hour for 2 or more hours and passing clots of blood.
  • You have a fever.
  • You feel sick to your stomach, or you vomit.
  • You have new or worse pelvic pain.
  • You have new or worse belly pain.
  • You are dizzy or light-headed, or you feel like you may faint.

Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if you have any problems.

Where can you learn more?

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