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How Soon After I Remove an IUD Can I Get Pregnant?

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  • Written By: Palm Beach Fertility Center

The IUD is an extremely effective form of birth control, and more popular than ever, because it lasts between 3 to 12 years and requires no maintenance. If you’re a woman, you’ll likely appreciate the fact that you can “set it and forget it,” too, rather than taking a daily birth control pill or having to use condoms with your partner every time you have sex.

Hormonal IUD types release a synthetic form of the progestin hormone to prevent ovulation and thicken cervical mucous and thin the lining of the uterus, all which prevent conception with 99% effectiveness. Copper IUDs work in a similar way, but without hormones, and are similarly effective.

Once you and your partner decide you’re ready to remove the IUD and attempt to start your family, it’s as easy as contacting your OB/GYN to have the IUD professionally removed.

How Will I Know When I’m Fertile After My IUD Removal?

You may be surprised to learn your fertility will be restored almost immediately upon IUD removal. The IUD has no impairment on fertility after it has been removed, as numerous studies have proven. It is true, however, that a female coming off any form of contraception will experience different effects on her hormones, periods, and fertility, albeit, usually only for a short time.

As a matter of fact, the IUD is one of the least disruptive ways to regain your natural fertility and start menstruating normally again. Some women even become pregnant during their first cycle without the IUD, as the hormones used to prevent pregnancy are removed along with the IUD itself.

When Will My Period Get Back to Normal?

Many women who have an IUD get very light periods, infrequent periods, or a total absence of periods. It may concern you after you remove the IUD about how you will be able to track when you are ovulating, given you probably haven’t had a period in recent memory. This concerns women who want to track their monthly menstrual cycles to determine when their fertile window will occur.

It’s easy to pin the blame on a past IUD if you don’t get pregnant within the first few months after removal. Remember, though: Your fertile window, i.e. when you are most likely to conceive every month, is very short. It helps to read up on tips for how to track your fertility using your period as an indicator.

Contact Palm Beach Fertility Center for Help Conceiving After IUD Removal

Frustrated you’re not getting pregnant after doing everything right? You’re not alone. We can help you learn more about your fertility, and provide fertility treatments, should you be a good candidate.

Every woman’s road to motherhood is different, and we want to help you if you are struggling. If you need guidance on trying to conceive, contact the Palm Beach Fertility Clinic for a consultation at (888) 819-5177 or easily book your appointment online.