If you have an intrauterine device (IUD) in place for birth control, your provider must remove it at some point in the future. At Dr. Gregory Shifrin, OB/GYN PC, with conveniently located offices in the Midwood neighborhood of Brooklyn and the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City, the expert team offers IUD removal to help you become pregnant or replace an IUD with another form of birth control. Schedule an appointment at the New York practice by phone or online to learn more today.
IUD removal is a simple procedure in which your provider removes a T-shaped device from your uterus. IUDs help prevent pregnancy or reduce heavy periods, but can’t remain in place forever. The expert team at Dr. Gregory Shifrin, OB/GYN PC uses noninvasive methods to quickly and painlessly remove an IUD when it’s time.
Your provider might recommend IUD removal if you’ve had an IUD in place for the maximum amount of time recommended, which is typically between 3-10 years. They can also remove it if you’d like to become pregnant or try another method of birth control.
If you have a pelvic infection, pelvic pain, a gynecological problem, pain with sex, inflammation, or exposure to an STD, your provider might recommend IUD removal.
To find out if you’re a candidate for the procedure, your provider at Dr. Gregory Shifrin, OB/GYN PC reviews your medical history, asks questions about your symptoms, and discusses your lifestyle and birth control preferences. They also complete a pelvic examination and might recommend ultrasound or other imaging procedures.
While there’s no special preparation needed for IUD removal, your provider may suggest you take a pain reliever to reduce possible cramping and discomfort.
When it’s time for IUD removal, you lie down on a comfortable examination table. You place your feet in stirrups while your provider inserts a speculum into your vagina to hold it open and locate the IUD. They might use forceps to gently pull on a string attached to the IUD and safely remove it from your uterus.
During or right after IUD removal, you might experience mild cramping or bleeding. If you have an infection, your provider may recommend you take antibiotics.
If you’re otherwise in good health and want a new IUD, your provider can insert it during the same office visit or at your next appointment.
To find out if you’re a good candidate for IUD removal, schedule an appointment with Dr. Gregory Shifrin, OB/GYN PC over the phone or online today.