Doctors warn against 'DIY' IUD removal after woman went viral on TikTok

Unsurprisingly, doctors are warning against trying this at home

9/23/2021 7:21:00 AM

Unsurprisingly, doctors are warning against trying this at home

Unsurprisingly, doctors are warning against trying this at home

"I did this after I told my gyno it made me extremely depressed and anxious and needed it out and she told me the soonest I could come in was two months," one TikTok user commented, while another added"Sooo I did this and now my cervix is permanently open more than it should be and I can never get an IUD again."

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Someone else wrote:"Please if your IUD is resisting when you pull, do not continue in case it has embedded in your uterus."Unsurprisingly,doctors are now speaking out to warn others against trying this at home, and urge anyone who has watched the clip to avoid giving it a go themselves

.Dr. Nitu Bajekal, points out there are many risks associated with removing an IUD at-home, including failure to remove the IUD intact which can cause"unexpected bleeding.""One in two women do not actually know where their cervix is," explains Dr. Bajekal,"And as the IUD is placed deep in the womb, it can be quite a challenge to grasp the threads and remove it without the proper equipment."

SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARYGetty ImagesIf you want your IUD removed, Dr. Bajekal stresses the importance of seeking medical attention to do so."Medical professionals have special equipment, lighting and clinical experience that makes a potentially unpleasant procedure generally a very minor one," she says.

Dr. Bajekal points out there are plenty ofother contraceptive methodsto choose from if you decide to have your IUD removed."Depending on the reason for the IUD fitting, options such as other forms of hormonal contraception (the pill, POP, implant, patch, injection) can be offered after discussion or barrier contraception (condoms, diaphragms etc.) if appropriate," she adds.

So there you have it, a reminder (if ever you needed one) to not remove your own IUD. Read more: Cosmopolitan UK »

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