Can You Remove an IUD on Your Own?

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Hormonal IUD (Mirena),” “Copper IUD (ParaGard).”

Diane Greene Foster, PhD, professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Services, Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health, University of California, San Francisco.

Contraception: “$231 … to pull a string!!!” American IUD users’ reasons for IUD self-removal: An analysis of internet forums,” “‘I wish they could hold on a little longer’: physicians’ experiences with requests for early IUD removal,” “Interest in and experience with IUD self-removal,” “Taking the provider ‘out of the loop:’ patients’ and physicians’ perspectives about IUD self-removal.”

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC): Intrauterine Device (IUD) and Implant.”

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