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How to Quickly Get Pregnant After Your IUD is Removed

How long do you have to wait to get pregnant after having had an IUD? Is it harder to get pregnant after an IUD? Everything you wanted to know about pregnancy after intrauterine devices.

Intrauterine devices (IUDs) are only getting more and more popular, but what about when you want to get pregnant? How quickly can one get pregnant after having an IUD removed? Do you have to wait a certain number of months after removal to plan your pregnancy? These are some common misconceptions about this popular conception tool. Let’s talk about getting pregnant after having had an IUD.

How does the iud work?

It’s important to start with the basics. The IUD is a super intelligent form of contraception because it is low-dose and very effective (99.95%). There are multiple kinds of IUDs and it varies upon the country you live in. For the United States, there are commonly 2 kinds of IUDS. Progesterone IUDS and Copper IUDs.

In the US, the copper IUD’s trademark name is the ParaGard®. The trademark names for progesterone IUDs are Mirena®, Liletta®, Skyla®, and Kyleena®. Other’s exist globally as well.

Each IUD works a little differently. The copper IUD emits ions which create an inconducive environment for sperm function and a thickened cervical mucus. It is non-hormonal and yet, does all this!

The progesterone IUDs do emit progesterone within the uterus which makes the endometrial lining thin, it thickens the cervical mucus so sperm cannot enter and it can inhibit ovulation in about 15% of women.¹ So with that said, most women are continuing to ovulate while on progesterone IUDS with or without their knowledge.

Both types of IUDS are not abortive per all scientific research.

so, if ovulation is occurring, when can pregnancy happen?

In short answer, you can get pregnant immediately after the IUD is removed if you are ovulating at that time. The IUD’s effect is only while it is present within the uterus. In fact, you could potentially become pregnant from sperm that is residing in your body for up to 5 days before the IUD is even removed!

It’s not as easy to detect ovulation with an IUD, however, ovulation predictor strips might continue to work with an IUD.

Is there a need to wait after removal?

No, there is no medical reason to wait to try to conceive, unless your medical provider recommends otherwise. Once the IUD is removed you are potentially fertile. You can try to conceive from that day forth. It is most beneficial to know if you are ovulating if you are trying to time conception. I teach a 3-step process in learning cervical mucus and your body’s natural signs of ovulation in a clear format in my Get Pregnant Guide.

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Does getting the IUD removed hurt?

Firstly, getting the IUD put in is painful (explicit words are usually said). However, the removal process is quick, usually simple and relatively painless. You may feel a slight pulling sensation and maybe a little cramping but it is hardly on the same level of pain as insertion. Most my patients thank me for removing it so painlessly, but it really just isn’t a hard process to removal one.

Long-Term Side Effects

There are very few long-term risks involved with having an IUD. But I would be remiss if I didn’t even mention the slight chance of the few risks. During removal, there is a potential that the IUD could break and leave a piece within your body. That piece can be enough to inhibit pregnancy by continuing to emit its contraceptive benefits. Always ask your provider to look at your old IUD. Most are happy to show you the device that protected you for so long.

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) can do harm to the reproductive system. The irritation and inflammatory nature of chlamydia and gonorrhea can cause scarring of the fallopian tubes, which leads to infertility. Therefore, having an IUD while simultaneously having an STI can lead to a worst-case scenario possibility. The IUD’s design with strings in the vagina could potentiate the infection within the uterine cavity. It is important to routinely be checked and treated for STIs.

An old IUD, the Dalcon Shield®, once had the possibility of damaging the uterus by increasing pelvic inflammatory disease by 6x more likely. All IUDs increase the chance of pelvic inflammatory disease, but that is in relation to STIs (please see the above).

So, what are the advantages of pregnancy after having had an IUD?

You can plan for pregnancy if you have to schedule an IUD removal at your local provider’s office. The greatest benefit is being able to take at least 3 months of prenatal vitamins before conception. Other benefits include becoming the healthiest version of yourself with diet and exercise. Additionally, you can start to test your luteinizing hormone to see if you are ovulating even while having an IUD in place. By getting to know your body’s cycles, you can most accurately plan to optimize sex for pregnancy.

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¹Stanford, J. B., & Mikolajczyk, R. T. (2002). Mechanisms of action of intrauterine devices: update and estimation of postfertilization effects. American journal of obstetrics and gynecology187(6), 1699-1708.

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Comments

  1. Ellie says:

    I had a para guard inserted 2015. Removed it 2019 in August. That’s 4 months ago an I still can’t get pregnant 🙁

    1. Chloe Quinn RN, ARNP, WHNP-BC says:

      The Paragard is made of copper, so the moment is it out of the body, fertility is restored. If you’re having trouble conceiving, it’s recommended to talk to your medical provider. Usually, they say to try for 1 year, as it can take some time timing it just right! My Get Pregnancy Guide, might be helpful to you!

    2. Brianna says:

      My Paragard was removed 3 months ago, no issues on actually getting pregnant but I’ve had 2 chemical pregnancies back to back. I’ve had 3 children prior and never had a miscarriage before getting it placed, I had it for a year then removed it. Blood work and everything has came back all good. So no health issues have “developed. ”
      My mom finally had hers removed and it took her over a year to get pregnant and she resulted in a miscarriage also.

      1. Chloe Quinn RN, ARNP, WHNP-BC says:

        I am sorry to hear this. Chemical pregnancies are common and not necessarily caused by an IUD.

  2. Ttc says:

    Me and partner had sex 2days to the run up to ovulation while the copper iud was present. However removed the copper iud on the day of ovulation.
    Then again roughly 10-12 hours after.
    My next period should be in another 10-12 days.
    Is this still conditions in which I will hopefully conceive?

  3. Shauntay says:

    I took the Paraguard out some weeks ago and I haven’t had my monthly Cycle should I wait to take a test at the end of the month, are will it take time for my cycle to come back

    1. Chloe Quinn RN, ARNP, WHNP-BC says:

      Cycles should remain normal and regular with or without Paragard. Take a test!

  4. Rijhanique Brown says:

    I had Mirena. Took it out in Dec 2019 and still haven’t gotten pregnant yet

    1. Chloe Quinn RN, ARNP, WHNP-BC says:

      It can take time to time when to have intercourse. The fertile window is only roughly 6 days long each month. The egg survives for only 24-48 hours! Usually, women just need time.

  5. Mercy says:

    I just got off of nexplanon and I’ve been trying to get pregnant. It’s been almost 2 and 1/2 months and I don’t want to wait a year

    1. Chloe Quinn RN, ARNP, WHNP-BC says:

      Conception is not instantaneous. My recommendation is patience, ovulation test strips, and my fertility guide! http://www.thepregnancyprep.com/guide

  6. Speedo says:

    I had the IUD for 3weeks only. Any impacts? Can copper IUD stop cervical mucus after removal? It did for me. Also can it stop period or alter the days?

    1. Chloe Quinn RN, ARNP, WHNP-BC says:

      The copper IUD has no hormones that impact cervical mucus and ovulation. A copper IUD should not do either.

  7. Momo says:

    Why did my doctor tell me to wait 2 weeks after getting my mirena out to have intercourse ? Also why do i need to wait 2 cycles before trying to concieve ?

    1. Chloe Quinn RN, ARNP, WHNP-BC says:

      I have no idea! Ask your doctor and let us know! That is unusual advice.

  8. Sharon Richardson says:

    I have had my IUD inserted in December of 2019, about four weeks ago, i bled. It went on for 2 weeks then i had some cramping. I stopped bleeding for a few days and then I started spotting, soon that spotting got heavier. I then started to feel pressure in my lower back and around my uterus. Me thinking it was just a long period, I noticed that my IUD string was in fact hanging a little outside of my vagina. I didn’t mess with it, but before I could go to the E.R to get it checked (my fiance was a work and he was going to take me when he got off because I had no other way with both my kids with me) when I went to go pee, I felt a clump of pressure pushed down my uterus, I thought it was a blood clot but when I looked in the toilet to check, it was the IUD. I bled for like two days after or so, then I stopped. This was about a week ago now, my fiance and I recently has sex twice and he did not pull out and we did not use any protection. I then read about how fertile I can be right after my IUD is removed. I am not hurting or bleeding still, but what are the chances of me becoming pregnant with my situation?

    1. Chloe Quinn RN, ARNP, WHNP-BC says:

      Magic 8 ball says that the chances are good. Just kidding, but really, fertility is restored once the IUD is removed or misplaced or out of the body.

  9. Tofunmi says:

    I removed mine in early January. Although, I don’t know the most common types been used in Nigeria but I am not pregnant yet.

    1. Chloe Quinn RN, ARNP, WHNP-BC says:

      Conception can take a healthy, reproductive-aged woman up to a year! Roughly 85% of women, depending on age, will be pregnancy after 12 months of unprotected intercourse.

  10. Jeniba says:

    I had copper t…took it out feb 2020…and still haven’t gotten pregnant….this month period circle 28 is it normal…

    1. Chloe Quinn RN, ARNP, WHNP-BC says:

      Patience is a virtue!

  11. Anonymous says:

    I had the IUD Skyla for 3 years . It came out 1 year and a month earlier than it should have Last year of April.. ive tried to conceive since then but still nothing. Should I go check to see if it did damage to me or something ? I haven’t went because I’m scared of the results.

    1. Chloe Quinn RN, ARNP, WHNP-BC says:

      Yes, once should also be open, honest and talk to your doctor if it has taken more than a year to conceive.

  12. stephanie says:

    can having an iud for a long time affect fertility?

    1. Chloe Quinn RN, ARNP, WHNP-BC says:

      No, according to Merck, fertility is unchanged by the length of time you have an IUD. However, fertility wanes with time.

  13. Yaminah Mason says:

    Year 2020 I had mirena removed 4/13. Had a cycle 4/14. And I track it very carefully. I just took a plan b bc of my husband insisted ….5/2 looking back i think my fertile days got mixed up when ovulation occurred. Would there be any possibility of getting pregnant then since my body isnt regular like it was?

    1. Chloe Quinn RN, ARNP, WHNP-BC says:

      There’s a definite chance. Fertility varies is not always day 14!

  14. Kira Morneault says:

    I took out my mirena four months ago and still did not get my period, nor am I pregnant. Is this normal after mirena?

    1. Chloe Quinn RN, ARNP, WHNP-BC says:

      It’s not very common. If this is different (or same) from what your periods were before the IUD, it’s worth telling your doctor. You may have another condition that causes amenorrhea or no periods.

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