Surrogate applicants go through an extensive screening process before they are cleared to begin their surrogacy journey. One of the most commonly asked questions during this screening phase is, “When and how will I have my IUD birth control removed?”
IUD, or inter-uterine device, is a birth control option that is placed inside of the uterus. When a woman is attempting to become pregnant as a surrogate, the device will need to be removed. Growing Generations requires that potential surrogates see an OBGYN prior to their medical screening in California for IUD removal. This is done at your own expense, but do note that Growing Generations has included money in all benefit packages to cover the cost for reinsertion of a future IUD, if that is your desire.
As for the removal itself, the process is simple and painless. During your internal exam the doctor will simply locate the strings of your IUD and firmly grasp them between his fingers. You will then be asked to cough, and the doctor will pull to remove the device as your muscles flex during your cough. Most women do not even feel the device exit the body.
In most cases, the prior use of an IUD will have no additional impact on the progress or rate of your journey moving forward. The IVF doctor may ask that your body have a number of natural periods once the device has been removed before you are able to start a medical cycle for transfer, but this amount of time usually runs concurrent to your matching process.
You should make sure to use another form of birth control for the time between IUD removal and your future embryo transfer. Most surrogates will be placed on birth control pills during this time. If you have additional questions about your IUD removal, or future birth control options, your admissions specialist will be able to help you.