Post # 1
So I am almost 7 weeks PP and had my Paragard inserted yesterday. Insertion went ok- had some discomfort but wasn’t terrible. Left the dr office and ran some errands and had some very mild spotting. All is good! Then DH and I decided to have sex. Doctor had told me to use condoms for the first 30 days or if I have my period before then just until that point. So we had sex with a condom. After, I looked on the sheets to look for any blood and there was a tiny bit so I stripped the bed. I went to wash them and the blood speckles on the sheet became hard and weird feeling, where blood would usually just dry like any other liquid. The only thing I can think of would be the metal, which would be the copper from the piece. Is that normal?? I am freaking out now wondering if something is wrong. I am not having any cramping and my spotting today is pretty much non existent. I am sorry if I’m not explaining this right, it’s hard to say exactly what it felt like.
Post # 3
I never had anything like that, can you still feel your string?
Post # 4
@r_hink: I bet the blood was just a little denser than usual. I’ve definitely had spots of blood on the sheets that dried to be hard like that. :/
Bleeding a little in odd ways is completely normal after getting a copper IUD (I had a Paragard before I went to Canada and got the smaller copper IUD they have there; I have a very small uterus– the smallest a Paragard can fit into– and I could feel it poking me. My current one I can’t feel at all, ever). I think your doctor is being overly cautious about the condoms for 30 days recommendation; I was told by both doctors who inserted my IUDs that waiting a few days to a week would be fine, and condoms wouldn’t be necessary at all. But maybe your doctor is conscious of something to do with your health that made them decide to make that recommendation to you.
Almost anything weird is normal for the first couple months of having an IUD. Spotting, a bit of bleeding after sex, random cramps, etc. Not everyone gets any or all of these but I don’t think what you’re experiencing is anything to worry about!
Post # 5
Thank you both! I haven’t tried to feel my strings, I’m a little scared to even though I don’t know why. I can’t feel it poking me or anything. My spotting has come back some but I think I am about to start my period and the blood doesn’t look out of the ordinary. I guess I will just take it as a side effect. Thank you!!