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Dr. Miguel Cano
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Intrauterine Device (Definition)

A small object that is inserted into your uterus ...Read more


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I want to pursue getting an IUD. I am worried the strings will poke/hurt my significant other. How can this be avoided?

I want to pursue getting an IUD. I am worried the strings will poke/hurt my significant other. How can this be avoided?

Understand it: These products were in development for decades before they were approved for public use. Millions are now in use & by definition they are use by those with significant others who don't seem to mind. The tiny filaments that help with insertion & retrieval were modified over the years of development with such issues in mind. You don't fix what's not broke. ...Read more

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Cant find strings to IUD I just got it put in yesterday?

Common: See your gyn, and use condoms until you are told the IUD is in the correct place ...Read more

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Since iam feeling IUD strings that's mean its in the righ place...

Since iam feeling IUD strings that's mean its in the righ place...

Correct: If you feel the string coming out of your cervix then it's in the right place. ...Read more

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Will checking IUD strings right after inter course have any effect on its effectivennes?

IUD after intercours: Not sure why you would check the strings afterwards? Generally, IUDs are effective and no need to routinely check ...Read more

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How hard would you have to pull on IUD strings to move it out of place? Would the strings feel longer if that happened?

IUD: You would probably feel it being pulled through your cervix and it would be very uncomfortable and the string would certainly be longer ...Read more

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Got IUD 2day. I just checked strings&moved them a bit to verify what I was feeling was strings. Bled after checking. How would I know if I dislodged it

Got IUD 2day. I just checked strings&moved them a bit to verify what I was feeling was strings. Bled after checking. How would I know if I dislodged it

Iud strings: One could not dislodge an iud by simply manipulating the strings. The strings come out of the cervix Inside of the uterus. The IUD is located much higher up inside of the uterus ...Read more

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I recently had some rough and hard sex with my boyfriend and now I can't feel my iud strings can they be there still I'm just scared that they went far up to were I can not feel the strings anymore?

I recently had some rough and hard sex with my boyfriend and now I can't feel my iud strings can they be there still I'm just scared that they went far up to were I can not feel the strings anymore?

See your GP or OB: Usual advice is that if you can't feel your IUD strings, then you need to see your FamilyDoc (GP) or OB. But given that this occurred after some fun times, wait a day or so (unless you report stomach/abdominal/pelvic pain) and chances are you'll find the strings again. I'd worry about dislodged IUD if you had pain. Without pain, IUD is most likely in place. ...Read more

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I have the 5 year IUD and on the 13th I am due to have it out. I was feeling for my strings tonight instead it appeared to be swollen?

I have the 5 year IUD and on the 13th I am due to have it out. I was feeling for my strings tonight instead it appeared to be swollen?

Swelling can occur: Hypertrophy of the cervix is common with Progesterone impregnated iud. There are many other causes. Please see your physician soon. ...Read more

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I just had an IUD placed in the past month. I can feel the strings more often on some days than others, as they're closer to my vaginal entrance. Why?

I just had an IUD placed in the past month. I can feel the strings more often on some days than others, as they're closer to my vaginal entrance. Why?

Normal: Iud strings can often hang straight and they're easier to feel. Over time, they'll usually wrap around or next to the cervix & makes it more difficult to reach them. If they bother you, your doc can shorten the length at your next visit. ...Read more

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Hi, I have had the paragard IUD for a little over a month now. I noticed that strings tend to change length. Is this normal or should I be concerned?

Depends...: It would be worrisome if they got longer and longer. This would indicate that the IUD is not in the top of the uterus where it is supposed to be. But if you are just noticing that sometimes they are a little longer and sometimes a little shorter, its probably ok. If there is any question, you should see your doc who can do an u/s and verify that the IUD is in the correct position in the uterus. ...Read more

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If can't find IUD strings, its saturday night. Should I wait to get checked tell monday or go to insta care? Having little burning feeling when urinatt

If can't find IUD strings, its saturday night. Should I wait to get checked tell monday or go to insta care? Having little burning feeling when urinatt

Use backup: If you cannot fill your iud strings, it is recommended to use backup contraception, like condoms, until you are seen by your doctor. You can schedule an appointment for string check. If you are having burning with urination, you may have a bladder infection. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, you may want to be seen soon for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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I am having a hard time finding my strings for my Iud but my boyfriend can because he has longer fingers. Is this a problem?

Shouldn't be a probl: If your IUD remains in its proper position within your uterus and your boyfriend can reliably confirm the presence of the strings, "this should not be a problem". ...Read more

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Is it alarming when the IUD strings are lower when a woman is on her period?

No: If you are worried about your IUD placement (they can shift) you need an exam with a doctor; I would not worry out of hand though. ...Read more

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How Much Do The Chances Of Pregnancy Increase If I Can't Find The Strings To My iud?

Impossible: That is impossible to say. Have you had a sono to see if the IUD is still in place? Use alternate birth control method until you know for sure. ...Read more

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I got an IUD about 4 weeks ago&after my workout I'm experiencing intense cramping&after checking my strings there are very low. Should I worry?

Call Your OB: Uterine cramping can occur for weeks after IUD placement, but if it seems like the strings have moved to you, call the OB who put it in, so that they can check the placement. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I've had an IUD for 14mo with no bleeding. I recently just started a period and have noticed my strings are significantly shorter. Is something wrong?

I've had an IUD for 14mo with no bleeding. I recently just started a period and have noticed my strings are significantly shorter. Is something wrong?

Not to worry!: The strings can be drawn up into the uterus with contractions that occur during your cycle. If this persists, then I too would recommend you see your gyn doc. ...Read more

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IUD inserted 2weeks ago. Initially I was able to feel the strings but now I barely can. Gyn said this is normal for some women. No pain. Shud I worry?

IUD: Inability to feel the string few weeks after IUD placement is not unusual.
You can ask your doctor for the following :
1. Speculum visualization of the cervix to confirm string.
2. Pelvic ultrasound to confirm adequate placement of the iud.
Goodluck. ...Read more

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If my IUD strings cannot be felt, should I see my physician?

If my IUD strings cannot be felt, should I see my physician?

Yes: Assuming you were able to feel the strings before, not feeling them now should be evaluated. Most of the time, inability to feel is simply because if their position in back of, or by the side of, the cervix. It also depends on their length (sometimes they were cut too short). Nonetheless, it's a good idea to simply have the iud's position assessed by your md by an exam or sonogram. ...Read more

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Had IUD inserted 2 weeks ago. Continuous light bleeding since then. Cannot feel the IUD strings with my finger. Should I be worried?

Just concerned: Please see the physician who inserted the iud to see it fell out or the string broke. Don't be worried but don't have unprotected intercourse until you have the iud checked. ...Read more

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I recently had an IUD put in, and since then my boyfriend says that during sex he feels like something keeps poking his penis, like a pin. Why?

Contact with IUD: The IUD is a physical device which has size and shape. His penis is likely contacting that device, and can be felt. This might cause it to dislodge and then fail to prevent pregnancy. You may need to explore different positions that limit his penetration, or a different birth control method. ...Read more