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Would the bleeding 2 days after my IUD removal, be my regular period? #712/9
I was wondering if the bleeding after and IUD removal is considered your period or not. I had my IUD removed on Monday and started bleeding on Wednesday afternoon and stopped overnight. Then I started again this morning. It's a heavier flow than it was. So, would this be my period? I am trying to get pregnant and need to figure this all out.

Sounds to me as though it was a period, but I can’t be sure.  Your period might definitely be heavier if the IUD was a Mirena IUD.


You can start having unprotected intercourse immediately and try NOT to be too anxious about this process of becoming pregnant.  Let it be fun.  Anxiety suppresses ovulation.


Fertility return is immediate after removal of both types of IUDs.


Good luck!


Her reply on 7-10: “Thanks for the reply!  I woke up this morning and stopped bleeding completely.  It didn’t last longer than 2 days.  Does this still count as a period?”


It could have been a normal (heavier) period or could have been post-removal bleeding.  I would imagine it is a period, but I do not know.



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Posted 7-14-2009, Updated 7-20-2009 

Robert A. Hatcher MD, MPH
Emeritus Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Emory University School of Medicine
Atlanta, GA

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