HOW TO REMOVE COPPER IUD FROM THE COMFORT OF YOUR HOME
Family planning is a thing that many young families engage in. Out of which the use of copper IUD contraceptive is common. The copper IUD can serve its purpose for as long as you want. But it reaches a time that you want it out and you are so ready to get pregnant and have a newborn and the only thing that stands between you and getting pregnant is copper IUD family planning.So early this year I had a plan of getting pregnant then boom! came the COVID-19 so after thinking of whether I should go on with the plans or not keeping in mind that I still had my copper IUD intact, I opted on having my copper IUD removed. Then it clicked to me that due to the COVID-19 I will not have time or rather have an option of scheduling a doctors appointment to have my copper IUD removed as the pandemic had really affected all aspects of our lives- ranging from global economies to family planning matters.
During this pandemic and restrictions on movement globally and forced cutting down on budgets. A typical young family is faced with a dilemma of spending the little savings at hand on food supply or visit to a gynecologist for the removal of the IUD. To start with I am not a doctor, but I had to do this by myself meaning I had to remove the copper IUD at home and willing to share my experience. Why was it a big deal? Well it was a big deal because we are faced with Covid-19 and all movements are restricted. Secondly the cost of IUD removal at the hospital is about $100 . Thirdly, risking being exposed to infection during the trip to the doctor was a NO.
I will highlight the four steps involved below:
Hygiene: As the going says, cleanliness is next to godliness. Take a full body shower, then wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water or make sure you disinfect your hands so as not to transmit any germs into your vagina.
Posture: It is advisable to be in the right comfortable position for you to be able to remove your IUD, for me, my best position was squating. I went down on my knees and I squatted with my legs spread apart.
Removing the IUD: With this posture, you can insert one finger for you to be able to touch the copper IUD string and once you can touch the string insert a second finger that will help in pulling the string out. Then gently pull out the strings and the copper IUD will just come out smoothly.
Done: You get your IUD out and smile like nothing happened.