- 6 years ago
Hey there everyone,
So as the title says, my IUD strings have disappeared from sight (touch?), and I’m trying not to freak out. I sometimes check for the strings absentmindedly while I’m bathing, as I just did, and they weren’t there. Yikes.
When I first got it inserted, it actually fell out after a day somehow. But I got an appointment a week later and got another one inserted, the strings cut a little shorter than before, and since then I’ve had no problems with it. It’s definitely been in place for almost 4 years.
There are a few things running through my mind right now:
1. The last time I remember FOR SURE that it was there was 3-4 weeks ago (like I said, I check absentmindedly and it’s always been there, so I don’t quite remember). I have definitely had sex between then and now, and if it happened to slip out soon after that, do you think it’s possible that I could be pregnant? Of course I know it’s POSSIBLE, but how likely would it be, if you have any clue?
2. Could the strings have just folded up into my cervix somewhere? I’ve never heard of this happening, but I guess with short strings it doesn’t sound entirely unlikely. Do you think they’d come back down by themselves anytime soon? I tried to do some gentle “digging” to feel them at all, but there was nothing. Also, I feel like I have a somewhat wide cervix (though I haven’t really been able to compare, so I might be completely wrong), but do you think that could make it more likely for the strings to fold up in there?
3. I’m aware that it could have perforated my uterus, but I have nooo idea what that would even feel like. I haven’t been having any pain or bleeding whatsoever, but I don’t know if I even would.
Also, for anyone that HAS had an IUD simply slip out, did you find it? Last time it slipped out, it remained in my vagina until I pulled it out, but I remember the doctor saying I should check my panties for it if it were to ever fall out. Based on how it stayed inside my body last time, and I haven’t seen it in my underwear, I’m really hoping it’s still where it’s supposed to be, but I don’t know the likeliness of it just falling out into the toilet without me noticing. Do you think I would feel it passing out of my vagina? I definitely did not feel anything when the first one slipped out of my uterus, but it might have happened when I was sleeping for all I know.
I have the Mirena if it makes any difference.
I’m definitely going to go into the doctor’s office soon if the strings don’t turn up in the next few days, but until then, ANY information would be helpful to me!
Thanks for reading!