MIRENA IUD users!! need advice!!

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

It could be coming out- the strings are pretty stiff in the beginning, though- did she feel them after it was placed? Does she actually know what they feel like? 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

That would scare the crap out of me!  I have never had an IUD, but my only advice would be for her to refrain from sex until after going to the doctor.  Not even for worry about pregnancy, but just in case it has fallen out of place, she doesn’t want it moving or going through her uterine wall. Wish her luck!

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

Yikes! The strings feel like stiff metal wires.  Stiff but easily pliable.  If she’s feeling something more substantial than that, she should hold off on sex for sure n

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Despite the fact that most ob/gyns will tell you to check your strings monthly, it isn’t actually that big of a deal if you don’t or can’t find them. I had to have a LEEP to excise some potentially precancerous cells on my cervix when I already had an IUD, and because there is really no way to move the strings aside, she had to slice them off too. I expressed concern, for the same reason that your friend is worried, and she told me that it is extraordinarily rare for an IUD to migrate up into the uterus. Apparently that whole recommendation is more for the peace of mind of the IUD owner than any medical reason. Certainly she could call her doctor if she is concerned, but it is very unlikely anything has gone awry with the IUD.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@gpsp2B:  Oh wow, that doesn’t sound great. I would probably be worried in that scenario also.  From what I understand, it is usually painful enough that you would notice if the IUD has expelled itself, but since she recently gave birth it would make sense if she didn’t feel it!

Can they refer her for a quick x-ray so she doesn’t have to wait for a regular appointment? It certainly isn’t as in depth as a pelvic exam, but they should be able to see the IUD well enough to tell if it is way out of place.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@gpsp2B:  After my Mirena was in place for a month, my doctor had me come in to the office for a follow-up to check for the strings. She couldn’t find them, so she ordered an ultrasound which showed the IUD just where it should be. The doctor said the strings sometimes kind of scrunch up and she said that could be a problem when I went to have it removed. Luckily by the time I had it removed, the strings had reappeared and it was quick, easy and painless to get it out. I believe she had said that your period can cause the strings to bunch up or come back down from month to month.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

It is probably expelling. See the doctor as soon as possible, abstain and leave it alone.

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