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Dawn Stacey M.Ed, LMHC

Ouch - Does it Hurt? The Scoop on IUD Removal

By October 14, 2009

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It seems that many people may have misconceptions about IUDs. Kerry emailed me with the following questions, "I have had the Mirena IUD for almost 5 years, so it is time to have it removed. I was wondering if I left it in, will it eventually disintegrate? Also, if I do need to have it removed, will the removal hurt as much as the insertion?

First of all, please know that IUDs, whether the ParaGard or Mirena must eventually be removed, since IUDs do not dissolve and, for the most part, will not come out on their own. It is especially important that women should never try to remove an IUD by themselves or ask an unqualified person (like a spouse or partner) to do so as this could cause serious damage.

The good news, an IUD removal procedure is often easier, less painful, and quicker than the insertion of one.

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