How Long Should I Wait to Get Pregnant After an IUD Removal?

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An IUD is one of the most effective and safe forms of birth control available in the United States and around the world. It is easy to insert and remove and is maintenance-free once inserted. When the IUD is removed, your fertility returns quickly and there should be no delay in your ability to get pregnant.

No Need to Wait

After your IUD is removed you can go ahead and start trying if you want to conceive soon after.

  • Your ability to conceive is not delayed.
  • There is no risk to you or your baby if you get pregnant right after removal.
  • How long the IUD was in place does not affect your fertility.

The general recommendation is that you wait until after one normal menstrual period to try to conceive. This makes it easier to date your pregnancy, as dating starts from the first day of your normal period.

Delaying Pregnancy

If you don't want to get pregnant right away, be sure to choose another method of birth control as you could conceive shortly after removing your IUD. For example, if you have your IUD removed during your period (which is typically the recommended timing for removal), you could conceive when you ovulate a week or so later.

Fertility Rates After IUD Removal

In a study reported in the International Journal of Fertility (PubMed abstracted), 61.5 % of women got pregnant within 3 months of IUD removal.

In another study reported in Contraception (PubMed abstracted), 55.9% of women conceived within 3 months of IUD removal.

Consult Your Doctor

IUDs are very effective in preventing pregnancy and easy to remove if you want to get pregnant. Because the effects of IUDs on the sperm, uterus and cervix revert quickly, you can choose to get pregnant soon after removal. There is no detrimental effect on ability to conceive quickly.

If you miss a period after your IUD is removed, consult your doctor for a pregnancy test and an evaluation.

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How Long Should I Wait to Get Pregnant After an IUD Removal?