(Closed) IUD strings disappeared – ANXIOUS!

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 2
6377 posts
Bee Keeper

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shadowedpixie:  I hope it didn’t perforate your uterus!!  I think you would be in some serious pain if that were the case.  I’ll be honest with you, I’ve never been able to feel my strings (I’ve had to ask my husband to feel for them), because they are way up there.  Could it be that they just folded onto themselves and that’s why you can’t feel them?

For right now just use back up birth control (condoms) until you can see a doctor to confirm if it is still in place or not.

Post # 3
860 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

They frequent can end up tucked in the posterior fornix behind the cervix. I wouldn’t worry too much. Falling out immediately is relatively common, while falling out after 4 years would be rare. Perforated uterus would hurt like hell. Call you Gyn Monday but most likely it’s fine

Post # 4
47430 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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shadowedpixie:  You should make a doctor’s appointment and use another form of birth control -if you don’t want a pregnancy .


This is the information we give out to callers.

Be sure to check the string of your IUD after every period. To do this, insert a finger into your vagina and feel for the cervix, which is at the top of the vagina and feels harder than the rest of your vagina (some women say it feels like the tip of your nose). You should be able to feel the thin, plastic string coming out of the opening of your cervix. It may coil around the cervix, which can make it difficult to find. Call your doctor if you cannot feel the string or the rigid end of the IUD.

If you cannot feel the string, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the IUD has been expelled. Sometimes the string is just difficult to feel or has been pulled up into the cervical canal (which will not harm you). An examination and sometimes an ultrasound will show whether the IUD is still in place. Use another form of birth control until your doctor makes sure that the IUD is still in place.

Post # 5
435 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014


I had my IUD for 5 years, and after the first 6 months- I never checked for the strings. At my yearly womans exam, they always said ” and there is your IUD, everything looks good”.

I know my strings would coil and curl up sort of. Sometimes I couldn’t reach them even if I wanted to. If you are concerned get an exam and they will be able to tell you.

Good luck!

Post # 6
71 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

My OBGYN couldn’t find the strings on mine at an appointment once and scheduled a follow-up to see what was going on. They were totally fine the next time. Schedule an appointment to make sure but I wouldn’t worry about it for now!

Post # 7
953 posts
Busy bee

I sometimes can’t find mine. Maybe it’s where I am in my cycle.  Your cervix changes etc. I bet in a few days you will find it again.  I had short strings on one and my x hated it, they poked just out of my cervix and stabbed him..hahaha. so the next time I got one I got a little longer strings which ended up curling around my cervix. .I never lost those ones. 

I’d say if u can’t find it in a week go to your doc. 

Post # 8
9575 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

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shadowedpixie:  my doc assured me that if my Mirena shifted up in my uterus or proferated it I would KNOW because it would hurt like a bitch and feel wrong wrong wrong. Unmissable, she said. 

Sometimes my strings get all twisted up god knows where but a few days later I can feel them again. check in a few days, it’s prob no big deal. 

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