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Concord, CA

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#81
Oct 12, 2007
 
Renee wrote:
I have had my IUD for about 10months and haven't had a period the whole time. Now, for the past month, I have had severe pain in my lower abdomen and two weeks ago I had a heavy period for 10 days with large blood clots coming out too. Now to top this all off, I have been feeling very nauseas and sometimes weak. I can't find my IUD strings either. I have tried searching for them on three-four different days and can't find them at all. I am planning on going to the doctor but I don't want to seem like I am over-reacting or panicking to them. What does this all mean? And what should I do?
I had mine for about 10 months when my body decided, that it didn't want it in anymore. Go to the Dr. and make sure eerything is OK then take it from there, good luck
stupid IUD

Rosemount, MN

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#82
Oct 19, 2007
 
I wrote on this thread before asking if anyone ever had vaginal pain. I went to the doctor a month after insertion and found out why I was having such weird pain...my IUD punctured a hole in my uterus and was floating around in my abdomen. I needed to have surgery to remove it and the surgeon found the IUD all wrapped around a piece of skin above my uterus. If things seem weird..check it out! I know that an IUD is suppose to hurt/be uncomfortable going in and not be great feeling for the next 3 months, but if you have ANY thoughts that something is wrong..check it out!!
Beckie

Blackpool, UK

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#83
Oct 20, 2007
 
I had the Merena fitted for the first on the first time on 9th october and i had strong stomach cramps for 5 days afterwards.I also got terrible wind(not very ladylike)and my stomach hurt when i needed the loo!!

Things have got a lot better now and sex is painless.I felt mt strings for the first time on mon 15th october but now cant,im not worried though as my check up is in a few weeks and i thing they have just got pushed up slightly during sex!!

Will post about how im getting on after next period.
Erin

Las Vegas, NV

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#84
Oct 21, 2007
 
I had the Mirena in for 10 months, and was a huge fan...until my husband informed me one night that he could feel something hard inside me. I checked, and could totally feel the hard plastic of the IUD. Not good. I went to the doctor the next day & my IUD was partially expelled, NOT FAR from being completely out! My dr. was surprised since expulsion usually occurs (if at all) in the first 3 months after insertion. I was breastfeeding at the time I got it, and didn't have a period for about 6 months after inserion, so I'm not sure if that had anything to do with it. BUT, my dr. had also told me not to worry about checking for the strings each month. I just got a replacement IUD 4 days ago, and I am definitely checking for the strings--OFTEN. My period just stopped 2 days ago, and my cervix (and the strings) seem pretty low right now. I am REALLY hoping that I am not the freak fraction-of-a-percent case whose body kicks out 2 IUDs!!!
IUD Woes

Monterey, CA

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#85
Oct 23, 2007
 
After two attempts to remove my IUD the regular way, I had to get a vaginal ultrasound yesterday to determine it's location- looks like it's stuck at the top of my uterus with part of the horizontal part in my uterus lining! I am totally scared that this will make me sterile- and I have an appt with a doctor on Friday to see if he can take it out in outpatient surgery.

It's scary and totally unexpected, this is the second time I've had an IUD and I was singing it's praises the first time, before the birth of my healthy son.

Anybody had an experience like this? This is supposed to be rare...
Beckie

Mold, UK

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#86
Nov 4, 2007
 
Well i can happily confirm that so far the Mirena is working for me.I'm having my first 'proper' period since having it fitted 4 weeks ago(by proper i mean actually due to be bleeding,as i bled for 4 days last week and have had spotting also)The thing i'm actually happy about is the fact that it doesn't look like i've been massacred every time i go to the toilet and i'm no changing every 15-30 minutes for the first 4 days.I feel normal yeeeaaahhhh!!!!!!!xx
Lori

Richmond, VA

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#87
Dec 21, 2007
 
Ladies, Ladies, Ladies,
Thank you all for sharing your experiences and insights. I had my IUD placed about three months ago and neither me nor my husband can feel the strings. I have made an appt. with my doctor. While I hope that the IUD has not wondered off anywhere, it was very helpful to know that this is not uncommon.
Thanks again for sharing.
dee-northampton

Glasgow, UK

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#88
Jan 12, 2008
 
hie yah ladies i was bathing today and i wanted to feel my threads and the i felt my threads but the problems is i felt my coil is at the mouth of my cervix the so im not sure if its ok the coil is not outside but if i try to ut my finger in side my cervix i can feel it is this ok,
tea ali

Monmouth Junction, NJ

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#89
Jan 19, 2008
 
dee-northampton wrote:
hie yah ladies i was bathing today and i wanted to feel my threads and the i felt my threads but the problems is i felt my coil is at the mouth of my cervix the so im not sure if its ok the coil is not outside but if i try to ut my finger in side my cervix i can feel it is this ok,
It's not normal to be able to feel the IUD in the mouth of your cervix. It's placed up higher in your uterus, so if it's placed correctly, you should only be feeling the strings, not your iud. Use a back-up method of contraception, such as condoms, and go see your doctor asap, because it sounds like your IUD isn't in the right position.
Kbal260

AOL

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#90
Jan 27, 2008
 
I had a Paraguard iud inserted 3 weeks ago after about 15 years of using Depoprovera injections. It has been a difficult and unnerving change. I have had a moderate to light period the entire three weeks and since the first week, cannot find any strings. I am going to the doctor tomorrow to see if all is well. Does anyone know if the prolonged bleeding is a side effect of discontinuing Depoprovera?
CaBri

Annandale, MN

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#91
Jan 27, 2008
 
This is the second Mirena I have in place. First one I had used in between my 2 children. Insert and removal went well the first time, and yes my period stopped. I just went to my gyneco this week to have my second Mirena removed, 5 years are already up. The doctor couldn't find the strings. Well she didn't look very long for it (reading other comments, some had their doctors "fishing for 20 minutes"...considering the surgery option, I would gladly entertain having my doctor fishing for 20+ minutes and taking 2-3 painkillers an hour before.) she just said I'd need a US to make sure it is there. I went for the US, and now she says I'll have to go to the hospital to have the iud removed as she needs a hysterescope and they are available only in the hospital ! Thanks to reading posts on the internet, I think I will look up a top doc and ask for a second opinion and a second search. Has anyone any advice for me or been through a similar experience? I feel sad/angry at how quickly doctors order multiple services to be done. I don't feel they always have our best interest at heart, and more their bank account.
On another note, although my overall experience with Mirena has been positive (ie my body didn't expell it, I didn't get cramps etc...), looking back I did have side effects of hormonal contraception; acne, lower libido, mood swing and a slight weight gain. I wonder if the copper iud paragard is better and would avoid me all of these inconveniences. I've often read about the heavier periods, but that is not suppposed to last more than a few months. Considering you can keep them in for 10 years (some even say 12 yrs)...I am considering the copper one as my next move. Thanks for your feedback.
Jan

UK

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#92
Feb 2, 2008
 
Hi ladies, ive got a 5year coil and its a year overdue to come out but i just have,nt found the time to go and have it done due to working. Besides this i wore a tampon lastnight because i was going out and wanted to be extra protected as i bleed very heavily every month. Thing is i cant remember if i took it out as i was quite drunk, so i ad a feel when i was having a bath and felt something so i pulled and discovered its my coil. Its now half way out and im in agony. Im worried now and eager to see my gp on monday.
tea ali

Ridgewood, NJ

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#93
Feb 2, 2008
 
Jan wrote:
Hi ladies, ive got a 5year coil and its a year overdue to come out but i just have,nt found the time to go and have it done due to working. Besides this i wore a tampon lastnight because i was going out and wanted to be extra protected as i bleed very heavily every month. Thing is i cant remember if i took it out as i was quite drunk, so i ad a feel when i was having a bath and felt something so i pulled and discovered its my coil. Its now half way out and im in agony. Im worried now and eager to see my gp on monday.
If it's causing you a lot of discomfort, can you get yourself to an emergency room? Otherwise, by all means, call your doctor first thing Monday morning so that you can have it removed. I don't think you're in a life-threatening situation, but I can imagine that it's uncomfortable.
thea227

Fontana, CA

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#94
Feb 4, 2008
 
I had Mirena put in on 12/05/07, and have been (brown)spotting+(red)bleeding since 1/22/08. After going to my gyno(1/25/08) she said it was normal for the first three months. Sorry,so graphic but I'm kind scared I just passed a large blood clot 1 inch long/half inch wide. I've passed very small clots b4 during my period.This one was not soft,but very hard in texture.Is this normal?Have any of you had similar issues w/Mirena?
oranjpekoe

Fayetteville, NC

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#95
Feb 5, 2008
 
I last had the Mirena in early 2005. I had it removed to conceive our second child. It took a few months but it happened. Prior to having it removed, I don't recall any significant side effects. Orginal placement was in 2003. In early 2004, it got displaced. I found out the doctor who performed the original placement did a bad job. It is VERY important to go to a doctor who has experience with IUD placement. There are few who really know how to correctly place one. It's not an easy procedure. Fortunately, my second doctor did a wonderful job. I had no problems after he reinserted a new one. It is early 2008 and I am going to be getting another one placed. It is the only birth control I trust.
stephanie liecthy

Wichita, KS

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#96
Feb 24, 2008
 
well i actually got mine placed 3 weeks ago...i HAVE NEVER been able to find my strings and trust me i did deep for them....my husband has not felt a poke of anykind and im really starting to get worried. i have a 3 month old and hes enough for me right now...im getting pretty worried! i see my dr. next week for my i month check up....i just hope its still there
kemake

United States

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#97
Apr 8, 2008
 
I got my IUD (Mirena) inserted 6 months after my second child was born. Since the IUD was inserted, I never felt the string. I wasn't too worried about it because I read that some people cannot feel the string but the IUD is still in place. Finally, a month after it was inserted, I called my OBGYN to tell her that I cannot find the string. She called me in the office for the next day to do a visual check. She couldn't find it either. So she sent me to get trans vaginal ultrasound but the tech couldn't find it. Finally, she sent me for an x-ray and they found it in the abdomen area. As soon as the doc got the result of the x-ray, she called me into the office to talk about it. She told me that my uterus is tilted and it's not a straight shot from cervix to the uterus (which is pretty common). So when a midwife inserted the IUD, it went from the cervix, straight into my abdomen. At the time of insertion, I did have pain but I thought it was typical and I took ibuprofen when I got home. It was a little uncomfortable for a few days but after a few days, I could not feel it anymore.

The doctor set me up for a surgery for the next day to remove the IUD via laparascopy. She told me that it needed to come out ASAP because if the IUD moved around in my body and damage organs, it could be really bad. I had to have general anesthesia for it. I am still nursing my baby and she doesn't take the bottle so I was worried about what's going to happen to her. As it turns out, I was able to confirm with a lactation consultant as well as the anesthesiologist that I could nurse the baby as soon as I feel relatively normal and hold my baby. So soon after surgery, I pumped and dumped once at the hospital and I went back to nursing her.

As I write this, I am quite calm about it because it's all over. But at that time, I was frightened since I had never had any surgery and never imagined that my IUD would be lost (1 in 1000 chance as stated in the Mirena brochure). I asked the doc how often IUDs get lost and she told me that this year alone, she has already done 3 surgeries to remove IUD - it's only March....(The OBGYN I go to has 7 doctors and 4 midwives and two office so it's not a small clinic)

Even though I would never get the IUD again, I am not totally opposed to Mirena. Just be prepared for the consequences. And make sure that the person who is inserting the IUD into you is skilled and know where your uterus is. If the IUD is lost, call the doctor immediately!!!
maureen

Totnes, UK

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#98
Apr 16, 2008
 
i had my mirena inserted 3 weeks ago now , found it uncomfortable but not painful. Had period type cramps for a couple of days then no pain, i have had spotting everyday since it was put in and now i think its my period that i have an its really heavy. Tried the other day to find the strings for the first time and i cant find anything. should i wait for my 6 week check or go to the drs now , any opinion would be well appreciated.
mby2008

Denver, CO

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#99
May 19, 2008
 
I have had my Mirena for about 3 months. I have been able to find the threads until this week. I was on Depo right before Mirena and haven't had a period for about 4 years, so I forgot what to expect. I have had spotting, but no "period" like I used to. My boyfriend says he can still feel the threads when we have sex, but I'm a little worried. Should I wait a couple days? Or call my dr. asap?
jessica nyc

United States

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#100
Jun 10, 2008
 
I have had the iud for about years, i havent had a period in 4 months and i began to see a little wait again. I really think about have it removed.

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