More Women Are Removing Their Own IUDs
An intrauterine device, also referred to by its initials as IUD or coil, is a small, T-shaped birth control device, inserted into a woman's uterus to prevent pregnancy. It's a long-term reversible birth control method that has been used effectively for decades with much success. In addition, it's one of the most convenient and cost-effective methods of birth control.
Recently, because of the possibility of rising healthcare costs in the event of the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), physicians are leaving longer strings on IUD's so that women can easily self-remove them in the future. One should note that it is not recommended that one should self-remove their own IUD because only a licensed professional can rectify possible complications as they arise. Still more and more women are opting to the self-removal of their IUDs as evidenced by this youtube video instructing women on DIY removal of an IUD. If you are interested in removing your IUD at home here is a general outline of the process.
First of all, your hands should be washed thoroughly with a mild soap and water or be disinfected so as not to transmit an infection into the vagina. Take note so as not to use a strong disinfectant that could possibly create an imbalance in the chemical composition of the vagina. Also, the surrounding area as well as your lady bits should be clean as well.
It's advisable for a woman to be in the right body posture when removing the IUD. The best and most favorable posture is laying down on a comfortable place with your back facing down. With your back pressing on the surface, the legs should be folded at the knees, if possible, at an acute angle.
Removing the IUD
With the thighs spread widely, the vaginal opening will widen. With this posture, a woman can insert ring forceps to grasp the strings attached to the IUD. The strings are then gently pulled and usually the IUD will come out smoothly. To minimize discomfort, the twin arms of the IUD should fold inward so that it doesn't hurt too much on its exit.
How to Deal With a Difficult IUD Removal
Sometimes their are complications with removing the IUD. If this happens this is when it would definitely be a good idea to STOP and see a licensed physician to have the IUD properly removed so as not to damage your lady bits.
It's possible for an IUD to shift. This in most cases results in the strings being in a difficult area to reach. As a consequence, the IUD could become embedded in the cervix. In such a case, it will be very difficult to remove the coil. It's advisable to relax a bit and try removing it a little bit later to allow it time to shift back. If it still proves difficult even when ample time has elapsed, a device known as a cytobrush can be used. A cytobrush is a small brush that resembles a mascara applicator. It's inserted into the vagina to get hold of the strings, twisted, and pulled out gently. It works by grabbing the stubborn or retracted IUD strings and gently pulling out the entire IUD device.
Though it may seem that the IUD removal process is straightforward and simple, diligent care needs to be taken so as to avoid any injury. Remember, the vagina is a very delicate part of the body and a vital reproductive organ. Remember to always consult your doctor before you attempt to remove your IUD at home. Some women have reported spotting after the removal of their IUD. Period panties are the perfect solution to wear in the days following the removal of your IUD. Even if your pad shifts, period panties will absorb the blood so that your clothes are always protected. Click here to learn more about period panties.