How to Remove a Mirena Coil

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How to Remove a Mirena Coil
Only a doctor can remove the Mirena. (Doctor image by Monika 3 Steps Ahead from

The Mirena coil is an intrauterine device (IUD) made of plastic that delivers a hormone called levonorgestrel to the uterus that prevents pregnancy, according to Bayer HealthCare. Mirena is inserted by your doctor and lasts for up to five years. Mirena is not recommended for women who have not had children. When the five-year period is up and you need a new IUD inserted or if you decide you want to become pregnant, you need to see your doctor in order to have the Mirena coil removed.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Call the doctor who inserted your Mirena coil within five years of your insertion date or if you decide to become pregnant to make an appointment to have the Mirena removed. If you have moved or are no longer seeing the same doctor, make sure your new doctor is familiar with the Mirena coil.

  2. 2

    Inform the doctor's office in advance if you want to have a new Mirena inserted when the old one is removed. Your doctor can remove a Mirena and insert a new one at the same appointment, but they will need to have one on hand.

  3. 3

    Discuss your birth control options with your doctor at your appointment when you have your Mirena coil removed if you opt not to have a new one inserted.

Tips and warnings

  • The Mirena coil should be removed within seven days of your period.
  • The Mirena coil is inserted inside your uterus. Never attempt to remove it without a doctor.

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