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IUD Removal Specialist

Clinica San Miguel

Family Medicine located in San Antonio, Farmers Branch, Farmers Branch, Dallas, Houston, Arlington, Fresno, & Pasadena, TX

An intrauterine device (IUD) is a popular contraceptive option because it protects a woman from getting pregnant without having to take pills, receive injections, or use accessories. When it’s time to remove your IUD, whether it’s because you want to get pregnant or because the IUD has expired, contact Clinical San Miguel. With 12 locations in Texas — five in Houston, three in Dallas, and one in Arlington, Pasadena, Farmers Branch, San Antonio, and Fresno — you get compassionate providers who can perform this procedure quickly in-office. Call today or use the online tool to schedule your IUD removal.

IUD Removal Q & A

Who should get their IUD removed?

Don’t try to remove an IUD yourself. Removal should always be done in a clinical setting. You risk infection and damage to your internal organs if you try to pull the IUD out by yourself. 

Get your IUD removed if it has expired. IUDs protect you from pregnancy for 3-10 years, depending on the type you have. Copper IUDs (ParaGuard®) last 10 years, while progestin IUDs (Kyleena®, Liletta®, Mirena®, and Skyla®) work for 3-5 years. 

Other reasons to remove your IUD:

  • You want to get pregnant
  • The IUD is causing serious side effects like pain or heavy bleeding
  • Your IUD has moved or broken
  • You have a sexually transmitted infection

An IUD is 99% effective in preventing pregnancy, but if you do accidentally get pregnant with an IUD in place, you should have it removed. 

What is it like to undergo IUD removal?

The IUD removal process takes just a few minutes. You change into a dressing gown and lie on an exam table with your knees bent and legs open. 

Your provider places a speculum in your vagina to hold open the walls. They use a special grasping tool to take hold of the strings of your IUD and gently pull the IUD out. The T-shaped IUD folds as it slides from your uterus. 

If the threads of your IUD aren’t easily seen, your provider uses a special tool to pull them into view. 

In rare cases, the IUD can get stuck to the wall of your uterus. In these cases, you may need a more in-depth procedure that requires medication to dilate your cervix and forceps to pull the IUD out. You receive pain medication to make this procedure more comfortable. 

What happens after IUD removal?

You may feel cramps and light spotting or bleeding for a few days or weeks following IUD removal. 

You can opt to get a new IUD the same day as one is removed. If you want to get pregnant, you can start trying right away. 

Schedule your IUD removal at Clinica San Miguel. Call one of the 11 locations today, or use the online tool to plan your visit.