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Many women, who don’t want to get pregnant (but have a healthy sexual life), resort to different birth control measures, ranging from pills to hormonal contraceptives like an IUD to prevent pregnancy. But with time, they may want to have babies as they might feel that they are ready for the new responsibility. If your choice of protection was an IUD and now you feel that you are ready for a baby, obviously, you will have to get the IUD removed. But can you get pregnant once the IUD is removed? If yes, then how long will it take for you to conceive? Worry not, we have answers to all your questions.
What Are the Chances of Getting Pregnant After IUD Removal?
Discontinuing the use of contraceptives affects a woman’s hormones, menstrual cycle, and her fertility. But a woman’s fertility also depends on the form of contraception that she uses. Intrauterine devices or IUDs are the least disruptive forms of contraceptives.
The use of IUD has little to no effect on the fertility of a woman. It also doesn’t affect the menstrual cycles of a woman much. If you get your IUD removed, your normal menstrual cycle should return in a short time. And once removed, it should not take you too long to conceive.
The use of copper IUDs or hormonal IUDs also doesn’t affect pregnancy rates. The cause of infertility due to the use of IUD is scarring in the fallopian tubes following Chlamydia infections and not the IUD itself. Hence, the chances of getting pregnant after the use of the IUD remains the same as before its use.
How Long Does It Take to Get Pregnant After IUD Removal
Many women ask if they can get pregnant immediately after the IUD is removed. 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 uses the non-hormonal type of IUD, which does not affect fertility. This type of IUD prevents conception without affecting a woman’s fertility and is very similar to a condom. Find out how long it takes to get pregnant after the removal of a copper IUD and hormonal IUD.
1. After the Removal of Copper IUD
After the removal of a copper IUD, the body does not need any time to restore its ‘normal’ cycle, hence a woman 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 the 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.
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 the 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 many more benefits. So, here are some tips that you can try if you are trying to conceive after IUD removal:
1. Get a Fertility Cleanse
Getting a fertility cleanse will prove to be a great way to normalize your body after an IUD removal as the IUD affects the cervical mucus and uterine environment. A fertility cleanse 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 trying to conceive, as it makes it easier to find the exact date of the pregnancy. Having a regular cycle and determining your fertility window will improve 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. However, before using this, it is suggested that you check with your doctor.
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. Try 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.
1. How Do I Prepare for IUD Removal?
You don’t need to do anything, in particular, to prepare for IUD removal. The process of IUD removal is less painful than the process of putting it in.
2. How Long Does it Take to Remove an IUD and How Will I Feel While It is Being Removed?
The process of IUD removal doesn’t take much time – your doctor will be able to pull it out in minutes. However, it may take longer if your doctor has trouble getting it out. And you might experience some mild cramps while your doctor removes it.
Getting pregnant after an IUD removal is possible and it won’t affect your fertility. And, you can always try the above ways to enhance your fertility.