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Discontinuing the use of contraceptives affects a woman’s hormones, menstrual cycle, and her fertility. It also depends on the form of contraception that she has been using. Intrauterine devices or IUDs are the least disruptive forms of contraceptives and you can have your normal menstrual cycle in a short time after discontinuing its use. Once removed, it shouldn’t be too long before you can conceive.
What Are the Chances of Getting Pregnant After IUD Removal?
Decades of studies show that the use of IUD has little to no effect on the fertility of women. After the removal of IUD, a woman’s fertility was not affected.
As per the ‘International Journal of Fertility’, a study on the ‘return of fertility in various types of IUD users’ showed data on the cumulative pregnancy rates after removal of IUD at 3, 6, 12 and 18 months. The pregnancy rates were 61.5%, 87%, 92% and 96.7 % respectively.
Also, the use of copper IUDs or hormonal IUDs doesn’t affect the pregnancy rates. Statistically, no difference was found in the pregnancy rates whether a woman uses copper IUDs or hormonal one. The normal cause of infertility due to the use of IUD is found to be scarring in the fallopian tubes following Chlamydia infections. Therefore your chance of getting pregnant is not altered by the use of IUD and remains the same as it was before the IUD.
How Long Does It Take to Get Pregnant After IUD Removal
Many women ask if they can get pregnant immediately after IUD removal? Well, the simple answer to this question is ‘Yes’. It is possible to get pregnant soon after the IUD is removed, especially if a woman is using the non-hormonal type, in which case their fertility was never affected. The IUD only prevented conception from happening without affecting a woman’s fertility and it is very similar to how a condom works. Find out how long it takes to get after removal of IUD.
1. After Removal of Copper IUD
After the removal of a copper IUD, the body does not need any time to adjust to restore its “normal” cycle, hence you can get pregnant soon. As long as a copper IUD is being used, it will prevent pregnancy and as soon as it is taken out, fertility is restored and pregnancy can occur in the subsequent months.
2. After Removal of Hormonal IUD
The same goes for using a hormonal IUD. It is possible to get pregnant in the first cycle without the IUD, as the hormones used to prevent pregnancy are removed along with the IUD. As per a study, it was seen that 55.9% of the women conceived within 3 months of the IUD removal and 94.3% of them conceived in total.
Ways to Enhance Your Fertility After IUD Removal
Almost all women can have successful pregnancies from three months to within a year of removing the IUD. But it is always good to help your body transition off the IUD through fertility-enhancing therapies. These can improve the uterine environment, help in normal mucus secretion, normalize the menstrual cycle and offer much more benefits. So, here are some tips if you are trying to conceive after IUD removal:
1. Get a Fertility Cleanse
Getting a fertility cleanse is a great way to normalize your body after an IUD removal as the IUD affects the cervical mucus and uterine environment. It also detoxifies the liver and helps in toxin metabolism which aids the uterus to cleanse out old blood during your menstruation.
2. Chart Your Menstrual Cycle
Doctors recommend waiting for 1 or 2 cycles after IUD removal before you try to conceive, as it makes it easier to find the exact date of the pregnancy. Having a regular cycle and determining your fertility window improves your chances of conception, hence it’s important that you track your periods.
3. Try Evening Primrose Oil
Some women might experience an imbalance of healthy cervical mucus after coming off IUD. The evening primrose oil is rich in linoleic acid (LA) and gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) and helps improve the fertility of the cervical mucus. Its recommended dose is 1500-3000mg per day from days 1-14 during the menstrual cycle when you are trying to conceive.
4. Restore Hormonal Balance with Herbs
Women who experience irregular menstrual cycles after an IUD removal can benefit from using herbal preparations that are made for hormonal balance. Tribulus is an Ayurvedic herb that has been in use for a long time now to promote reproductive health. Hormone-based IUDs disrupt ovulation and some women might need support with the libido after removal. Tribulus helps balance both the libido and monthly ovulation.
5. Self Fertility Massage
A self-fertility massage is an effective low-cost way to boost fertility naturally after getting the IUD removed. A massage helps restore healthy blood flow to the uterus and heals any scar tissue that may have formed. It also prompts the removal of any waste or toxins accumulated during the hormonal birth control.
Getting pregnant after an IUD removal is possible and it does not affect your fertility. Also, you can always try the above ways to enhance your fertility.