Age 25 – Entire Cycle, IUD

These cervical photos are from a 25 years old woman who has never given birth.  She has a copper Paraguard IUD which was placed inside her uterus about a year ago.  This is not a hormonal form of birth control, so she ovulates, which you can tell from the changes in her discharge.  You can see the strings of the IUD protruding through the os in the photos.  The IUD sometimes causes her occasional cramps or heavier bleeding.

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Her cycle has been somewhat erratic since she stopped birth control pills about a year ago.  Before she went on birth control pills (sometime in her late teens) she was fairly regular with cycles about every 30 days or so.    She has always had normal pap smears.

The notes about each day are below each picture.



1.6

Day One

Minor cramps

Moderate flow



2.4

Day Two

More bleeding

No cramps

Used a tampon today




3.7

Day Three

Used a tampon today



4.4

Day Four

Feeling good

Moderate Bleeding

Used a pad today



5.3

Day Five

Light Flow

Used a Diva cup

More tired today



6.5

Day Six

Spotting

Feeling well

Partner/photographer says cervix is deeper in the vagina today



7.2

Day Seven

Minimal spotting

Tired



8.8

Day Eight

White/yellow scant discharge with no odor



9.7

Day Nine

Feeling well

No discharge



10.4

Day Ten

Had sex 10 hours before photo was taken



11.2

Day Eleven

Some milky discharge at end of the day



12.2

Day Twelve

Slight amount of white discharge



14.2

Day Fourteen





15.3

Day Fifteen





17.3

Day Seventeen

Watery discharge



18.6

Day Eighteen

Cervical fluid is eggwhite consistency



19.2

Day Nineteen

Cervix appears lower in vagina today




20.1

Day Twenty





21.2

Day Twenty-One





22.1 - or early morning of Day 23

Day Twenty-Two





23.3

Day Twenty-Three





24.8

Day Twenty-Four





25.4

Day Twenty-Five





26.7

Day Twenty-Six





27.3

Day Twenty-Seven

A few minutes of very heavy pressure in vagina, some pain, then tingling for about 5 minutes





28.8

Day Twenty-Eight

One minute in morning of feeling pressure and crampy like yesterday morning,  otherwise normal

Slightly fishy vaginal odor




29.5

Day Twenty-Nine

One pang of crampy pain today



30.3

Day Thirty

248 thoughts on “Age 25 – Entire Cycle, IUD

  1. thank you very much for your post. It is very helpful, also. i have one question, i also have on an IUD, i usually feel the stings as soon as my finger gets as far inside, but this month, i feel the string way back as if the cervix turned backwards and the opening is facing my anus instead of the vagina. my question is, is that normal? and sometimes when im having sex i feel as if the cervix gets in the way of the penis. and that usually cause an uneasy feeling. thanks for your time.

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  2. I had the Para Gard IUD ( for 3 years) This is really WONDERFUL information. Each Time I check the strings(monthly) they were within reach.

    With My Husband I could almost feel the strings each time after Sex. I’m also plan on getting another Para Gard in a few weeks.
    Thank You for Sharing

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  3. Ah, so that’s what an implanted IUD looks like. I’ve had mine for two years and I’ve always wondered how it looked. Cervix doesn’t like it though, every now and then I’ll get horrible stabbing pains as if it’s falling out. Ah well, it can deal.

    I told my gyno about your website and they were very impressed. Keep up the good work :)

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  4. I also have an IUD placement called maraina. I had this placed after having an exploratory laporoscopy searching for the cause of my extreme contraction like pain. Nothing was found so they just placed my IUD and I went on with my life. A couple weeks after my surgery the mysterious pain has returned. my obgyn doctor says my pain very closely resembles contractions which is very odd seeing as I am 20 and have never been pregnant. I still have breakthrough bleeding as well. This project makes me wonder if I could “give birth” to my IUD through my “fake contractions”?

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    Kay Reply:

    I had the same contraction like pain, and was also prescribed a Mirena IUD. It did not help and I ended up having a hysterectomy at 25 to end the pain because I could not function. I also had unpredictable bleeding as well.

    I’m wondering how your story worked out.

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    Nikki Reply:

    Absolutely! Essentially, I “gave birth” to the IUD I had. The docs told me that some people’s bodies just reject it. In fact, I tried twice to use Paraguard, as it is the only non-hormonal birth control out there and hormones really mess with me. The second time I tried was 6 years after the first and I thought time may make a difference…no such luck. After about a month of having the Paraguard, I started cramping severely and spotting. Both times, my clinics have opted to remove them. Now, I just chart my cycles and don’t mess with any birth control aside from condoms.

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    Ashley keller Reply:

    For the girl number 6 that commented on this I have the same thing and the doctors dont know what it is they are now trying this now so if u find anything out please let me know! Also me and my hubby can feel the strings if u like slightly pull on them like with normal sex will it mess up the placement of my iud?

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  5. I’m 27 and I have the mirena IUD, I’ve had it for just over 4 years now. My monthly periods are so scant that I could wear a panty liner for the whole day and that would be the end of it for that month. It doesn’t come regularly like it would if you were on the pill and I do feel a lot more cramping and mood swings around that time of the month. When I first looked into this IUD it said the benefits were light menstral cycles, decreased cramping and low hormones put into your body. I’ve also found that I have more hair growth in areas that I didn’t have before. Example on my chest just between my breasts there is a small darker area of hair growing a bit longer than normal and a few on my chin. I should be getting the IUD out next year as it is supposed to last 5 years. My doctor told me once I notice my periods becoming heavier the hormone is wearing off and the it’s almost time to take it out. About fake contractions, I had those when I did a trial on the Birth control patch just before I got my IUD. I’m not sure if this form of birth control is still out but I would wake up in the middle of the night and each night I would have sexual dreams and would wake up just before orgasming in my dream and have what my mom though sounded like contractions. I would wake up screaming but eventually it would go away…needless to say the patch didn’t work out.

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    maggie Reply:

    hi, I have had mirena for about 2 yrs now and I’ve noticed that I have the same problem with hair growing in places it hasnt and darker too. How did you deal with this? and also, for a few months now I havent been able to feel the strings but I’ve felt like a flap(I guess you could say) of skin and it feels like maybe the strings got caught in the vaginal tissue because it feels almost hard in some areas. Will I need surgery?

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    Sarah Reply:

    I have felt exactly what you are describing, after about a week of having the IUD i felt for my strings as instructed by obgyn and could not feel them but instead felt something hard and got scared thinking it was my IUD, i went back for an appt because of this and even had an ultrasound and everything was in place an later that day i finally felt my strings but now im having the same problem. Yesterday I felt the hard thing in my cervix but no strings whatsoever. After having intercourse and felt again in the shower and did not feel the hard part and still no strings. I am going to wait a bit longer before i go in for an appt and just feel everyday and if i still cant feel the strings ill be going back.

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    Ellie Reply:

    How did that turn out for you?

    I got a mirena 9 days ago. I have been checking the strings every day because I am told the time when they expel is in the first while. Anyway, today there was a hard part on my cervix. I can feel the strings and they are not in the same spot as the hard part… Is it just normal to have a hard section of your cervix? I got a pap before it was put in..

    Thanks!

    Micaela Reply:

    Have you felt your cervix before? It may just be that you’re feeling your cervix…

    Ellie Reply:

    Yea, I have. I think there is maybe a time when there are harder parts. I went to the doc and she said it was fine. She said the cervix is cartilage, and is most like the end of your nose, but it moves. It could just have a harder part in the cartilage that can’t be felt all of the time.

    Jessie Reply:

    Hi I’ve had my iud for almost 2yrs now I got the 10yr none hormonal one, b/c the hormones make really ill. I get really horrible cramping it feels like I’m going in labor all over again. I also get a sharp pain the shoots up my left side of my in thigh as well as up under my ribbs my gyn doctor says it’s normal and when I feel like this to take pain killers. To be honest I’m tired of taking pills and the pain just comes back. Is this normal? I’m in pain right now 2 midols later and I’m still in pain.

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    maggie Reply:

    actually, I have taken out my IUD and am just using a fertility monitor because i’m tired of hormones and fertility monitors are 99% accurate too, so all the benefits and no bad! you can look it up, its called lady comp fertility monitor and its around 400 dollars but I heard if you purchase it directly from the company you can make payments. the way it works is you take your temp right after you wake up and it will let you know if your ovulating by a light. green is no, yellow is maybe, and red is yes. so basically, no sex on yellow and red days or use barrier method. good luck!

    Micaela Reply:

    Have you tried taking the ibuprofen right when you started to get cramps, rather than waiting until the cramps get so bad? That might help.

  6. yes i had para guard IUD inserted in me and i missed my period. early this year and had it removed. i only use condoms now.

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    DeeMcC Reply:

    Hey why did you decide to get it taken out after?

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  7. Hi ..Im a 52 year old woman who had a minera iud put in a year ago..at the three month check up she said my strings had went inside she said lots of womens do this…when it was inserted i had extreme pain and a blood pressure reaction…low…low ..low she said i scared her…she said i had scar tissue on my cervix..i wonder when i get it removed how it will be done with no strings showing…also since insertion my face is broken and and i have a strange taste in my mouth…could these be from the iud….she says no to all …the dr…ty

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  8. JUST TO LET ANYONE KNOW THAT I WENT TO THE DOCTOR THIS PAST THURSDAY (10-23) . I HAD THE IUD TAKEN OUT AND A CHECK UP . IT WENT GREAT EXCEPT THAT THE STRING FOR THE IUD WAS UP IN MY CERVIX AND HAD TO HAVE IT TAKEN OUT .

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  9. Wanted to thank everyone for sharing their stories but to also remind everyone that people have such different experiences with all forms of birth control. I personally appreciate the IUD a great deal and would suggest that anyone interested in exploring this option to ask their physician about it. (I do get minor cramps but for me, they’re bearable with ibuprofen.) IUDs are fine for women who haven’t had children and for younger women – this is a misconception that many physicians share. (There’s now much literature about this.)

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    Kay Reply:

    My doctor told me the only reason why most don’t recommend the IUD to those who haven’t had a child is that insertion process can be more painful and cause more cramps. ect.
    With paraguard, it usually causes more cramps during your period.
    So, not big issues. but, worth mentioning.

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    Ashley Reply:

    Let me tell you for being 18 and having this put in …. With No kids at all it painfully sucked! My Bp dropped I puked 2x and I can deal with some pain due to stomach pain in the past if ur going to get it and in my boat make sure u don’t work that day and you have a heating pad :)

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  10. Wow, thankyou soooo much for the day by day pictures. Totally helps us ladies out here.
    I had Paragard inserted 4 days ago. So, far so good. Day of insertion, no cramps, no heavy bleeding, and didn’t feel a thing.

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  11. I’ve have a Paraguard IUD for 3 years now, and I love it. The strings are a little too far up for me to feel them, but my OBGYN says everything is okay. I love the Paraguard, and I love knowing what it looks like inside my vagina now! Thanks for the photos, and the website in general!

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    SAMANTHA Reply:

    hi i have a question i am supposed to start my period saturday and i tried to fill the strings of my paraguard and couldn’t do you know if that is normal? cause i have also been spotting for the past couple of days and have never done that before it kind of scares me what do you think i should do?

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    SAMANTHA Reply:

    i started my period

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    Micaela Reply:

    Hey Samantha,
    Couldn’t tell if you’re still worried and if so, about what. Let us know!

  12. i have the mirena iud for a yr now, since insertion it has been UTI’s, trich, cervititis, vaginitis, and one bacterial infection after another. Doctor says iud makes my body more suceptible.. i enjoy the very light periods with the iud but i cant seem to get rid of the bacterial infections, my partner shows no symptoms and im wondering if i cant get completly treated and cured.. will it lead to infertility? ironically a permanent form of birth control due to another long term method…

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    sally jane Reply:

    This may be due to having unprotected sex with your partner or multiple partners who carry these infections. Upon the insertion of my Mirena IUD I was clearly informed to always use a condom with sexual partners as the IUD does NOT protect from STIs and STDs. You should use a condom with your partners/partner. Your partner should also get checked. My IUD has been good to me. Minimal cramping (mind you I had extreme period cramping and pms pre-iud to the point I would be absent from school/work for the first day or two of it) My only complaints would be that during sex sometimes it hurts but I have also had mine “pushed back up” as it had slipped down my cervix. I’m currently experiencing pregnancy symptoms right now and I’m worried it may have slipped down again. Overall: LOVE my IUD (when used right) but not too fond of the slippage. I’ve never had children and it was very painful to insert but the good outweighs the bad since now I can fully function during my period and not lay in bed in the fetal position.

    MIRENA HELPS CRAMPS but apparently the copper paraguard makes them worse.

    This is my own generalization. Certain things work for certain people. I hate these anti-IUD crusaders. There are always chances for failures but the overall good outcomes outweighs the bad.

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  13. Thank you for the pictures. I’m in nurse practitioner school and we practiced on models & 1 live volunteer. Didn’t get to see much in the 5 minutes we had to look. This was so helpful. I feel more confident about performing pelvic exams now.

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  14. This website was extremely helpful to not only see clear pix of wats going on inside there but in reading others expierence, Im currently researching weither or not i want to do it, I’m 25 and dont want kids til I’m truly ready financially and mentally, and this website answered all my questions and concerns, so thank you!

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  15. Thank you so much, I am a 29 year old woman. I have had mirena for almost a year and a half now with no noticable side effects aside from longer lighter cycles. I think this is amazing and incredibly helpful on so many levels.

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  16. I just want to tell you a big thank-you! I just had an IUD put in 2 days ago and I’d never felt my cervix or had any idea what the darn thing looked like. Your website is greatly educational. I know now what the heck I’m supposed to feel for!

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  17. This is such a helpful site. For some reason seeing the discharge is gross to me but I need to get a grip.

    I’ve had a Paragard since 2004 and this year I can feel the strings a lot lower than before. I wonder at what point does a lowering cervix become a possible prolapsed uterus? I always worry mine will fall out completely. I do Kegels and I have a Kegelmaster but I don’t use it as much as I should because i have a fear of grabbing the strings and pulling out the IUD.

    Is it normal to think so much about your reproductive organs? Apparently I’m not alone because people here have actually taken pictures. At least I know I’m not as weird as I thought I was in that aspect.

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  18. Thanks for the pictures! I had a copper T inserted almost a week ago and have had minor cramps, but it seems to have made my period start early. When I feel for the string my cervix is hard and round – is it supposed to be that way?

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  19. These pictures are great. I had Mirena inserted in DEC 07. I had to have it surgically removed in AUG 09 because it porferated my uterus and was in my abdomen!! It was the most horrible experience ever. Not so much the pain, as the whole ordeal of getting a dr to believe me when I told them that the IUD was still in my body even though I had an ultrasound done and they did not see it in my uterus so they told me that it came out and I flushed it. I know a few months after having it put in that something wasn’t right…it took me almost 2 years to get them to listen to me and finally semd me for an xray to find the damned thing. I know that this is just my experience….but I did want to share it.

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  20. Thank you for posting this–very helpful! I had a Paragard IUD placed a couple weeks ago and my cervix is too far back for me or my partner to feel for the strings. So instead, I just bought a speculum from Amazon and will have to start doing a visual exam to make sure the strings are still there & the right length. It’s nice to know how it ought to look!

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  21. These photos were really helpful. I just had a paragard inserted this morning and did a self-exam with a speculum and mirror. I was worried that the speculum may have pulled on the strings because when I used my finger I felt one but after looking inside I saw two. After seeing these pictures, I’m less worried about the speculum pulling the strings and now know that the strings move around and what I saw was normal. Thanks for posting these.

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  22. I had gone to have my IUD removed and they weren’t successful. They only pulled out the strings without the IUD coming out. I am scheduled to see another doctor to have my IUD removed without the strings. What does this mean? Help!!!

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  23. Very wonderful photos! I am so grateful that you took the time to document this for all to see. I have had a paraguard for a few months and I am worried that I can feel the hard IUD protruding slightly, and now I will have a reference when I look w/ a speculum to find out if it really is. Thanks again for making this available!

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  24. I am 28 yrs old, married, never pregnant. I got the copper T 1 year ago. I love to be worry free of getting an unplanned pregnancy. Lately, I have gotten my period twice a month, more cramps, spotting and less intercourse; because I am scared of pain. I have scheduled for my pap smear. Thanks, these are:”Fabulous Pictures”, but still I find myself afraid of doing a self-examination!!! I scheduled for my pap smear.

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  25. Thank you so much for posting these photos. I am on my first week of an IUD, and when feeling for the strings for the first time, I realized, I don’t even know what my anatomy down there should feel like, let alone what it looks like. This makes what I have felt so much more clear to me.

    Thank you again.

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  26. These pictures are great I got my iud 3 weeks ago but my problem is I can’t feel the strings what am I suppose to look for? Help

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  27. I am a mother of 5 and I had enough children so I got an IUD put in, the plastic kind, that’s when I found out I had a herniated cervix. I can’t find any info on it but I guess it’s from having a LEEP done before my last baby and having to push through the scar tissue. When I got the IUD put in my uterus was barely small enough and my first period was over 7 days long and very heavy! After that nothing was normal cause I have a teen who started menstrating and throwing my schedual off so I’m not sure what is supposed to be normal. Good luck! and thanks for the info!

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  28. I just had my mirena removed by surgery. My big issue is what are they trying to hide. Is anyone else having this problem that if its surgically removed the Doctor will refused to take it out of your body unless you agree to let them keep it. My Dr. refused to even hold onto it until I woke up, so I could see it and make sure all parts are there. I wanted to do this because I had 4 scans to find it and I was told by I Dr. strings missing, next Dr. said he found them but they were in 2 diff places, next Dr. said strings were curled up around the mirena inside my uterus, Then the Dr. that did surgery told me that it was fully intact. HOW THE HECK DO I TRUS. ARE THEY HIDING SOMETHING. DOES ANYONE KNOW WHAT I CAN DO TO FIND OUT THE TRUTH. IS THIS HAPPENING TO OTHERS PLEASE LET ME KNOW PLEASE I AM SO UPSET. MacD51@live.com
    I am stressing out so bad any idea’s ladies please.

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  30. It is a beatiful project and it gives a lot of information. I like this project.

    Plz send me the complete set of Pics as my PC cannot display them all. i would be very thankful to your good self if you plz send me these pics. Thanks.

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  31. I had the IUD fitted about 5 years ago and have just had it removed today and a 10 year copper IUD fitted. I have not had any children and are not planning to for at least 3 years. I have personally found this to be the best form of birth control although I did find it painful when inserted (didn’t really hurt when removed) and for about 2 weeks after, but obviously not too painful otherwise I wouldn’t have done it for a second time. The only complaint I have is about 10 days following the last day of my period I get cramping pains (similar to period pain)for couple of days with slight bleeding, had it checked out, no problems,only thing they think it could be is when ovulating? I do find my periods are slightly heavier and slightly more painful but on the whole it’s a good option and mostly forget it is there. The pictures on this website are very useful as wasn’t sure if type of discharge I was having was normal, but can see it is and interesting to see what it actually looks like! My partner says he has felt the threads before but not that much – he doesn’t seem that worried about it.

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  32. inserted an IUD bout a month ago and have been bleeding slightly ever since and also some minor cramps off and on,asked my obsgyn & he said its normal but am getting kind of worried ! anybody experienced this b4?

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  33. I’ve had the ParaGard for the past 4 years and I’ve pretty much liked it. The only thing that I don’t like is that I get really heavy periods that sometimes last up to 7 days. Also I get cramps and feel so exhausted I even feel my knees and back hurt before and while I’m on my period. Other than that I’m very happy with it specially because it doesn’t contain any hormones. These pictures have helped alot in getting a picture on what it looks like inside. I had an idea of how it was placed but now I see why I sometimes get pain during intercourse and see that the discharge is normal. Thanks alot I can’t wait to show it to my husband.

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  34. So would you say the smell is normal? Because I am 18 and got an IUD in May (It’s now October) and had the fishy smell. It comes and goes and I had a massive infection and now that the infection is gone, the smell still comes and goes.

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    Micaela Reply:

    If you’re still having the smell, definitely go in to see your doctor! It may be nothing, but a fishy smell could indicate an infection.

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  35. Wow! Just had the para guard placed today. I’m so lucky my friend told me about this website. I’ve never seen my cervix (like most women) and now feel so much more educated and comfortable. I am a doula in training, thank you very much for the photos!

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  36. I had my copper iud removed yesterday due to having some sort of allergic reaction to the copper, well at least i hope its for that reason! i had it fitted 5 wks ago an about 2 an half wks ago started feeling a burning sensation down there with frequant urination at first i thought maybe its a spout of thrush or another uti but doc took swobs & urine culture no infection present i was going out of my mind with worry to what it could be i am in a long term relationship with 2 beautiful children & just recently married…. after reading forum after forum i came across allergic reactions to copper or nickel so decided its not for me! i still dont know if this is the cause as its only been 1 day but do feel a little better after removal has anyone else suffered from this with the paragard.

    GREAT PICS THO, VERY INTERESTING TO SEE HOW IT ACTUALLY LOOKS INSIDE! XX

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  37. I am a mother of four and thanking that I’m going to go for an iud for birth control but after I saw this website I don’t want the iud anymore. It’s a good thing that I saw this website first before I start. Thanks for the pix. All of the picture that I have seen makes me don’t want another babe. This site is very helpful but scared me.

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    Micaela Reply:

    Chong, I’m really curious what scared you about these photos. Personally, I think an IUD is an excellent form of birth control. I’d love to address any fears you had, but I first need to understand what are your fears.

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  38. So, a couple years ago I had the mirena iud put in. After a couple months, I had intense Sharp pain during the time of the month when i was naturally cramping. I would be sitting at work get flushed, vision tunnels, and a little bead of sweat would pour down. It was awful, no one believed me when I was saying I’m in extreme pain. I now know I was experiencing contactions. But then I got so scared I went to the er. No answers there. When I had the mirena taken out I was told it came out too easy. No other explanations provided. Now on the nuva ring and I have low sex drive. From now on I will be condom friendly to see if I can start to “reboot” my system and get off all the extra hormones. Wish me luck!

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  40. Hi this is so amazing I too have always wondered what the heck cervix looks like.I am a mom of two and have had a copper T iud for 2 months now.Its the greatest thing ever.No hassle just effortless birth control.I just hate the discharge which is more than its ever been,yellowish need panty liner sometimes how can I reduce it as sex is sometimed too wet!Please advise its driving me crazy!Ilove the iud though!b

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  41. Thankyou so much for doing this, I have recently has a mirena inserted and not really having a good visual understansing of where it was actually inserted I was struggling to determine changes in the strings but now i so much clearer. Mines been in for 2 weeks now and was quite painful insertion followed by a near fainting event, ive prob blead for 2 weeks now but was due for my period on the day of insertion. Just want to remind people that your periods are expected to be erratic for the first 3 months while the body gets used to the new hormones. Stick it out till your 3 month check up at least everyone I know that has one loves it

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  42. so glad to see the photos-I was advised today by the doctor to examine my cervix myself (which I’d never done before) to get used to the feel of it…was alarmed to find it like a big hard lump as I never thought it was like that…till your pictures put my mind at rest! I’d been to see a pelvic floor physio as feeling pressure pain in intercourse as if my vagina has become shorter-was told this likely to be because the progesterone in the merina coil causes the cervix to be lower…has anyone else had this problem?

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  43. I’ve had the paragard since the fall of 2007, it is the easiest form of birth control I’ve ever used! However, I felt placement was painful, I had severe cramps for about a half an hour after insertion with spotting. After a few months I developed reoccurring bacterial vaginosis, I was convinced that my partner must have been reinfecting me, but my gyno said that bv was not sexually transmitted, so it must have had something to do with the iud, right? Also, my periods are alot heavier, longer in duration, and now I suffer from menstrual cramps and occasional spotting and cramping in between periods, which I never had prior to placement of my iud! And the weirdest thing that has happened was that somehow several strands of my long head hair got into my vagina, most likely during a bath or during sex, anyhow, I did not notice it because I had become used to the slightly scratchy feeling I had due to the iud strings, make a long story short, next time I checked the string placement I discovered the hairs, wrapped around the end of the strings of the iud in a small matted clump! Gross! I tried to pull it off, but I couldn’t get a good grip on it, even while squatting and bearing down, and I was also afraid of pulling too hard and accidentally pulling my iud out! So, I called my gyno and had to explain this unbelievably embarrassing situation, and my gyno couldn’t believe it as he had to cut my strings shorter in order to remove the ‘hairball’ lol, he said that it was the strangest thing he had ever seen! The hairball was a combination of tangled hair matted around what appeared to be a small piece of a tampon from my last period! No joke! Thank goodness I caught it in time before an infection or toxic shock syndrome

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    Cal Reply:

    Has this ever happened to anyone else before having their strings trimmed???

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    Satmayr Reply:

    Omg I just had the same thing I thought this clump was the iud coming down and went to the doctor who said everything was fine but failed to see or feel this hairball! I ended up fishing if out and pulled out my iud the day after I saw the doctor! I’m a bit nervous to go back as I didn’t think a tiny pull would make my iud come put!

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  44. i am confused because this woman is not pregnant right and she is having the changes in discharge. it looks similar to when u r pregnant. so unless u confirm your pregnancy observing discharge is not enough. this was great. thank you. is it possible to do one with a person who is pregnant to show the changes in that discharge.

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    Christina Reply:

    Discharge changes with the menstrual cycle.

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  45. THANK YOU SO MUCH !! I’m 32 TTC my 1st child so I’m trying to get all the help I possible can. The pictures truly helped me to detect the differences in CM. Thanks a bundle!

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  46. Just want to add my mirena story to others on here. I had the mirena placed in fall of 2005. I had horrible pain when the cervix was clamped, excruciating pain when my cervix was measured, and was in horrible pain the rest of the day/night after it was placed. I had not been pregnant before it was placed. I didn’t always have a period with the mirena but when I did bleed, it was heavy. I had cramping every now and then, sometimes pretty painful, sometimes they were definite contractions. My strings disappeared, OB couldn’t find them even in the uterus! We had to do an ultrasound to find the IUD and make sure it hadn’t gone through the uterine wall. In July 2007, I was having full blown contractions–knocking me down to the floor, able to pinpoint the start, peak, and end of each contraction. This went on for a day and I finally called my OB and was scheduled for an emergency for the IUD’s removal. It had lodged itself on my uterine wall and was almost through. Thankfully it didn’t mess with my chances of having children as I became pregnant in 2009 and had my son January of 2010. I let women know my story as it seems to be somewhat common, especially for women who have not had children. I know each woman is different and one should not base their condition off of another, but sometimes it helps to know other women have had something similar happen. I do not plan to have any form of birth control; hormonal or non, and have been successful with Natural Family Planning. Also, before I had the mirena put in I had tried so many different types of birth control–the Nuva Ring, the Patch (which was recalled due to stroke, death to name a few!), many different types of pills, and I’m allergic to latex. These forms never helped with my cycle, made it worse actually, and my acne never cleared like it said it would. I had a reaction to Yazmin which has a small amount of antidepressant which my OB didn’t tell me about. We went with the mirena as a last choice because my OB (which I no longer see) believed that NFP is another name for unexpected pregnancies.

    This site is amazing!! I am so happy I looked it up!

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    Brandy Reply:

    Jer’s reaction to her IUD is extremely rare. Do not let her story deter you from choosing the correct contraception for yourself. Her doctor sounds totally inept. They should have checked the IUD much sooner.

    The BC patch Ortho Evra was never recalled, it is still on the market and has a 99% effectiveness rate. Yasmin does NOT have antidepressant in it. It contains only drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol. These are both hormones. Hormonal birth control and antidepressants are never mixed together.

    Not every birth control is right for every person. You might have to go through a few different options before you find the right one. It is wonderful to have options. Don’t settle until you are happy.

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  47. Hi, i am 17 and just got the IUD Mirena about a week ago. Today i just checked myself and it seems that the strings are pretty far down. I dont know if this is normal. As soon as i start to feel i find it. its not far up at all. Is this normal? I am thinking maybe its my body pushing it out.?

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    Micaela Reply:

    Hey Victoria,
    Many doctors choose to leave the strings long because they can curl up in the vagina. Sometimes, if you cut the strings too short, they can be prickly. As long as you can feel the strings, rest assured the IUD is in there. If you’re worried though, call your doctor.

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  48. hi, i’m curious to know of which IUD to decide upon. I’m 17 and found out my insurance pays for it fully and it’s a lot cheaper for my mom, I get severe cramps when my period starts and was wondering which one would you say is the best for that? I never had too many problems with birth control as long as it was lo, and I also want to thank you for the images they really helped me feel more comfortable now about going to my first visit for the gynecologist(still nervous though) and actually knowing what it looks like is also helpful! and was anyone able to use tampons for when they had their period?

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    Micaela Reply:

    Hey Elizabeth,
    Your doctor can definitely help you decide which IUD to use. In short, the copper IUD (paragard) has no hormones, which many women like. However, it does cause menstrual cramping and longer periods, so if you have severe cramps already, this may not be the one to use. The Mirena is a low dose of hormones – many women actually have improvement of their menstrual cramping and some women have only spotting and stop having long periods. With either IUD, you can definitely still use tampons. The IUD goes in your cervix and into your uterus, and the tampon stays in your vagina. Good luck at the doctor! Tell your doctor it’s your first time, so the doctor will know to explain everything s/he is going to do.

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    Elizabeth Reply:

    That was unbelievably helpful thank you:)
    I have my appointment on Monday and a tiny bit nervous. but you information helped me decide a little bit easier
    thank you again Micaela!

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  49. I’ve had an IUD for about four months and I’ve always wondered if it was normal that the string kinda tangled around the cervix, thank you for these pictures they were extremely good help and now I feel better about this. Great job!

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  50. I hav had the mirena since feb 24th..it has taken my periods completly away.i dont kno if i should be worried or not..my last period was may 22nd im kinda worried about it..my cervix i can feel kinda feels hard n low..i cant sumtimes feels the strings..but not all the time..should i be worried or is that just normal??

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    Micaela Reply:

    Hey Mandy,

    For many women with a Mirena, they will not get regular periods. (It’s something that some women really like and another advantage of that IUD.) However, if you’re still worried you might be pregnant, go to your doctor and get a pregnancy test. The Mirena is >99% effective (better than oral contraceptives and much better than condoms), but it’s still possible to get pregnant, even on the IUD.

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  51. UPDATE!

    I went to the doctor a few days later, and in fact it was 2cm in my canal!! I had to have a new one inserted.. And no it feels sooo much better. Relief!! When in doubt just go to the doctor!!

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    Micaela Reply:

    So glad it’s feeling better. :)

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  52. I just wanted to know is this a healthy IUD or not? To me this looks scare especially since i got it today. Does anyone use tampons and is it dangerous to use it in two days?

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    Micaela Reply:

    Hey, yes, this is definitely a healthy IUD. I don’t know if you can use tampons right away (I don’t see why not), but you can definitely use tampons while you have an IUD. You don’t really ever see the IUD, unless you choose to buy a speculum to look at the inside of your vagina. You can feel the strings, if you put your fingers inside your vagina.

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  53. Hello,
    I had the Paragard inserted feb 2011 and since the insertion; I had heavy long periods( 2 1/2 weeks), more cramps, fatigue, bruising, dizziness and really irritable. I have an appointment next week but if anyone had the same experience please do share. Thanks!

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    Micaela Reply:

    Yep, a possible side effect of the Paragard is longer and heavier periods. However, if you’re bruising and dizzy, I wonder if you are anemic? Hope the doctor was helpful!

    If you still want an IUD but the bleeding is too much, a side effect that many women like of the Mirena is LESS bleeding. Some women just spot and don’t bleed much at all on the Mirena. (And many women get less cramps.)

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  54. OH I get it know I SEE YAYAYA. Learn something new everyday how cool!!! But why didnt I ever feel that hole before??? So can I get pregnante now that I have been able to feel the hole???

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  55. I have had the paragard a little over 9 months now and in the last 2 cycles my periods are almost non exsistant where before id go through 2 boxes of the strongest tampons… what could be causing this?

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    Micaela Reply:

    Not sure – sometimes on the Paragard, women may bleed really heavily at first and then somewhat less as time goes on. Probably worthwhile to just check with your doctor, though, to make sure everything’s ok.

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    kara Reply:

    Now its so heavy on one day i cant even get to work. My biggest concern is i have a posterior cervix and cant feel my strings…. Even when i first had it in…. Is there any other way to tell its in position? Can the iud break a condom?

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    Micaela Reply:

    Hey Kara – how many times do you soak a pad or tampon in an hour? If it’s at least two pads in 1-2 hours, call your doctor now.
    An IUD cannot break a condom.

  56. now this morning it decided to be so heavyi need a super tampon every 30 minutes…… thinking of getting it removed….. I cant call out every month….

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    Micaela Reply:

    Have you considered using a Diva Cup for periods? You can go longer without changing them. (Google Diva Cup).

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  57. Cal – I just had the same hair clump experience. I removed my tampon but felt something else. I tugged on a bunch of hair that was tangled around my strings. I was able to get it off but it was soo gross. I check my strings regularly so I cant believe it was there long ..but how would that happen in a few weeks time?? I also have long hair. I considered it could be anyones hair?? Wtf so gross I am going to the doctor to make sure I do not have an infection. This seems pretty dangerous if it stuff just gets caught in me? I have had the paragard since 2007 and I love it. I never had my strings trimmed and theyve stayed out of the way..

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  58. Hi I’m 29 &I have had my Para guard iud since 2008 so far everything was as expected(the heavier periods,and cramping) but recently I been spotting alot and instead of my 5 day cycle(which 3 days are heavy)its been 10 days of bleeding slowly not even enough to wear a tampon but enough for a panty liner. My string feels longer also, does this mean my iud has moved? Is this another side affect after some years of use or do I have reason to go to my doctor? Confused please help

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    Micaela Reply:

    Not sure! May be worthwhile to just check with your doctor. (Let us know what your doctor says!)

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  59. I love this website! I had gotten Paragard in April 2011 and definitely get the longer periods. No cramping, but it’s a 2 weeks on/ 2 weeks off of bleeding. It’s annoying but I was told it should go back to “normal” in about 2 more months. Even if it lasts a year like this, I’ll be pleased of the 9 more years of normal periods and no additional hormones! I was previously on Nuvaring for 3.5 years so I attribute it all to my body still adjusting without hormones after so long.

    Anyone that has Paragard: does the longer periods really subside after 6 months to a year after insertion? Thanks!

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  60. Hello,

    thank you for the pictures they are helping me slightly!

    I had a copper iud fitted yesterday morning, found the fitting absolute agony. Have had the most painful cramp like sensations since then, they come in waves of pain & I cant sleep.
    I am getting very worried, I spoke to the nurse that fitted it, she told me to ‘persevere’, she said to check for the strings. I have never felt my cervix before, I have tried to reach & find them, but i can’t seem to find an ‘end’ as such to my vagina – does anyone have any pointers or ideas?

    i am in a lot of pain, so have called my doctor to see if they can spare 5 mins to check on me – typical, no one answers the phone!

    any help would really be appreciated.

    thank you – Hannah

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    Micaela Reply:

    I really hope the pain is getting better by the time I write this!! Yes, the fitting can hurt badly (like horrible cramps) – especially if you haven’t been pregnant before (meaning nothing has been into/out of your cervix before). Generally, I suggest taking ibuprofen about half hour before having the IUD inserted. Afterwards, continue to take ibuprofen for about 1-2 days because the crampy feeling feels bad but is normal.

    Hannah, has the pain improved by this point? Does ibuprofen help? If not, call your doctor again.
    Also, this may be helpful for you to better visualize in your head the internal anatomy: http://www.scarleteen.com/article/body/anatomy_pink_parts_female_sexual_anatomy
    Write back if you have more questions!

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  61. I’ve been using the copper T Iud for 15 years now. The first one i had it replaced after 5 years but the second one i already had it for 10 years now. I am 45 years old and I am wondering if I could just let it last until i get to menopause, maybe 5 years more. Is it just safe? It never bothered me since I started using it.

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    Erica Reply:

    no.

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  62. I am so thankful for this website. I just had a Mirena IUD put in today. The cramping while insertion was pretty bad but within an hour or so it subsided almost completely.

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  63. I had the paraguard inserted on wed. They said spotting was normal but I have been bleeding as if its a light day on my period since. When can I expect this to stop? And it id normal correct?

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    Belle Reply:

    Hi Nicki,

    I was wondering if you could provide an update on whether this got better for you? I got the copper IUD fitted on Monday (today is Wednesday) and I have been suffering from blood and discharge ever since. The blood is also nearly heavy enough to be a period, even though I only finished my period a week ago!

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  64. HI, I HAVE HAD AN IUD FOR 36 YEARS. AFTER THE FIRST YEAR MY HUSBAND WANTED ME TO GET A NEW ONE JUST TO BE SAFE. WHEN I WENT TO THE DR. HE SAID IT WASN’T NECESSARY TO CHANGE IT OR DO ANYTHING UNLESS I WANTED TO GET PREGNANT. LONG STORY SHORT, I AM NOW HAVING SYMPTOMS OF A PID FROM THE IUD I ASSUME. I HAVE A SLIGHT DISCHARGE WITH A FOUL ODOR, SLIGHT BLEEDING, PAIN IN MY LEFT HIP & LOW BACK PAIN, THE PAIN HAS BEEN THERE FOR A LONG TIME, BUT I THOUGHT I HURT MY BACK. I AM 62 & NOW HAVE TO GO THROUGH HELL TO FIND THE PROBLEM & FIX IT AND PAY FOR IT ALL!(NO INSURANCE) SO BEWARE AND MAKE SURE THE DR. GIVES YOU ALL THE INFORMATION NECESSARY, MINE DIDN’T. AND NOW I FEEL REALLY STUPID!

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    beautifulcervix Reply:

    If you are 62, you are most likely post menopausal and not at risk of pregnancy anymore, so your should definitely get the IUD out (I couldn’t tell from your comment if it was still in), especially if you are having symptoms of PID

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  65. hi,
    please excuse me for trying to enter into female territory,?
    very interesting job done by you all,being male these things have always attracted me,specially in India ladies don’t talk on sexual issues to any male(even their husbands).

    please tell me how can i take photographs of my wife’s cervix and what are the hardware requirements for it ?

    can you mail me the series of pictures of planting copper Para guard IUD ?
    thank you,

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    beautifulcervix Reply:

    Please check out the participate page for info on how to take photos if your wife agrees to it.

    http://www.beautifulcervix.com/participate/

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  66. Hi I had my iud put in on Friday the 21st. We had intercourse last night and afterwords I checked for the strings. I can only feel one string. Is this normal or has someone had this happen to them. Tryn to make a appointment at my docters is a pain and a very long wait. Thank you

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    Micaela Reply:

    If you can feel one string, it’s probably fine! (And the strings may be stuck together.)

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  67. My girlfriend had IUD but the pain for her was quiet unbearable, we’ll still hold hands as we wait to find out how she’ll cope. we hope it’ll all workout for us.
    Thanks for the pics, they really encouraged us.

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    Micaela Reply:

    What kind of pain? Has she tried ibuprofen?

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  68. Thank you for those pictures, i’ve searched for internal pictures forever to see what going on in there! 21, no kids. long term relationship. Had it inserted july 2009, I am one of the lucky ones that haven’t had a period since!! Thank Goodness! when i first got it, the first 2 wks to a month, were miserable. i mean, fetal position, screaming into a pillow. But after that, it’s been great. The first year I had it, sometimes during sex, I would have sharp, stabbing, eye watery pains that completely killed any passion i had. Also, i’ve always had a slight smell and discharge but since mirena, the smell has been strong and discharge heavy. my bf doesn’t mind but its embarrassing! i find myself wearing pantyliners or using lite tampons to keep the smell/discharge away. What should I do? there you see the pros and cons–no period, no baby. but smell and discharge, that 90% of men wouldnt put up with. Make your own decision ladies, personally, i would do it all over again in a heartbeat. pros outweigh the cons.

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  69. I’ve had an IUD for 10 months now, and i love it. Only down fall to having the copper IUD is cramp now are stronger than previous to having it. I have a question about my IUD at the opening of the cervix where the strings come out it tends to be sore and have a slight sting or pinching sensation to it. Is this a normal? this is not all that often that it happens, but when it does it usually lasts for two or three days?

    thanks for the pictures of the cervix, its so help full to see what you are feeling when checking for IUD strings.

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    Micaela Reply:

    Hmmm…. I’m not exactly sure about that. I might just have your doctor check them and make sure that the IUD is up high enough in the uterus. Do specific things/times bring on this feeling? Are you feeling it when you press against the cervix with your finger?

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  70. I’ve had an IUD for 10 months now, and i love it. Only down fall to having the copper IUD is cramps are now stronger than previous to having it. I have a question about my IUD at the opening of the cervix where the strings come out it tends to be sore and have a slight sting or pinching sensation to it. Is this a normal? this is not all that often that it happens, but when it does it usually lasts for two or three days?

    thanks for the pictures of the cervix, its so help full to see what you are feeling when checking for IUD strings.

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  71. Oh, so that’s what the bottom of a cervix looks like.

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    Micaela Reply:

    Yep! And I’ve been told the tip of the cervix feels like the tip of your nose.

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  72. This is my second paruad IUD. I got it put in yesterday. Today I’ve noticed this really musty strong odor aling with blood. Is the odor normal. U cant remeber if I had this prob with the 1st iud please help?

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    beautifulcervix Reply:

    A foul odor can be a sign of infection – Please call your health provider

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  73. Had my iud for almost 5yrs never once had a period now i am spotting is that my bodys way of saying its time to come out??

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    beautifulcervix Reply:

    Please call your health practitioner if you are concerned.

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  74. Hiya!! I’m so worried as I had my mirena fitted yesterday. I’ve had the cramps ect.. But I just felt for the strings and couldn’t feel anything nor can my partner! When the mirena was fitted it was so painful I wouldn’t have it again lol. And I’m terrified of it having to come out . Did anyone else have trouble feeling it the following day? Thankyou x

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    Micaela Reply:

    It probably did not come out – but just for safety (and because I assume you don’t want to become accidentally pregnant right now!), I would just have your doctor quickly check it. Alternatively, you can buy a cheap speculum (try a sex toy shop, for example) and have your partner look for you.

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  75. I’m 29 and had the IUD put in about 7 months ago at my 6 weeks checkup after giving birth to my 5th child. Insertion was painless, light cramping for a few days afterward. I continued to bleed normally for about 4 or 5 weeks (spotting mostly the last 2 weeks). So, no period or spotting this entire time…until yesterday…I started what looked like spotting and now i’m bleeding it looks like my period…is this normal? Should I be checked for cysts or pregnancy? I’ve also had an ectopic pregnancy in the past and had my entire left fallopian tube removed but I still have my left ovary. I’m not cramping but have been feeling very gassy and bloated…???? What should I do, please help?

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    beautifulcervix Reply:

    If you are concerned, call your doctor or go in for an appointment.

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  76. iv been wondering what is an IUD?

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    beautifulcervix Reply:

    Check out
    http://www.birth-control-comparison.info/iudinfo.htm

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    danielle Reply:

    its an intrauterine device and it provides birth control to women who want a more “long acting” provider for bc. it also relieves manstrual cramps in some women. I’ve had mine for 5 years and I think it is great, I have endomeetriosis and it has helped amazingly with the pain.

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  77. I just wanted some advice, as I cannot find it anywhere. I had mirena put in last week. I switched from the patch, as I wanted to try and get off hormones ( I need some due to cystic ovaries-according to my doc). Since the procedure, my cramping has slowly lessened, but I feel off. Is this normal? I assume/hope this is my body coming off of the hormones. Also I felt for the strings today, and when I felt my cervix, on the back, I could a hard spot, that felt like the iud itself (inside, not coming out) should I be feeling it? Or is it possibly too low? I would really appreciate the advice. I am concerned!

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    Micaela Reply:

    Hey Elaine,
    In terms of feeling off, can you wait a few weeks and then see how you feel? You’re right – it may just be that your body is transitioning. As for feeling the cervix, an IUD would feel like a sharp poke if it was really protruding from the cervix – pretty unlikely. (If it was protruding, it would actually be more likely to just fall out completely.) I’m wondering whether you’re either feeling your cervix or a (usually normal) polyp on your cervix? If you’re super concerned, either go to your doctor or buy a plastic speculum and a flashlight and check inside for yourself.

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  78. hi im 21 years old i’v had mirena iud in now for about 6 weeks, my period has finally stopped but now im having pains in mt left hip kinda were my tube would be and i use to be able to feel the tip of my string and now i cant i have a appointment in two days but idk if u have had this happen

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    Micaela Reply:

    Hi Kara,

    What ended up happening at the doctor’s?

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  79. I got my copper IUD on the 28th of December. I’m 23 and have never been pregnant. The cramps I get are still sometimes as bad as the day it was inserted. My doctor said it was normal because I’ve never been pregnant but I’m so scared somethings wrong. Its mainly at night when I get contraction like pain. Has anyone experienced this? I’ve used motrin and even percocet and it doesn’t take them away.

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    Micaela Reply:

    Yep, it’s normal with the copper IUD. Actually, ibuprofen will work better than percocet. Keep attention to your body and note when you think you’re going to start getting cramps – then take ibuprofen as soon as possible, rather than waiting until the cramps get so bad (you don’t want to have to play “catch up” with the pain.) In my personal experience, the cramps started to get much much better a few months after the IUD insertion.

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  80. IS IT POSSIBLE FOR RUFF-SEX TO CAUSE ANY COMPLICATIONS WITH AN IUD? I’m 25 years old, with no children, and have had my IUD in for one year. In 3 days my IUD will be taken out,and IT CAN’T HAPPEN SOON ENOUGH! About 95% of the time we have sex, my boyfriends penis will ends up hurting from him hitting the strings of the IUD. I’ve never experienced any discomfort myself until about 1 month ago, now I get extremely sharp pain from him hitting the IUD. I’m scared the IUD isn’t correctly in place and that it might cause infertility. Any type of insight or help on the matter would be grealty appreceaite.

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    Micaela Reply:

    Hey – I would definitely check in with your doctor. Your boyfriend’s penis normally shouldn’t hurt from hitting the strings of the IUD – they might be too short and therefore poking a bit. If they are longer, they just curl up in the vagina and, while you may feel them, they shouldn’t be painful to touch. Rough sex should not, I think, cause complications with an IUD.

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  81. I have had my Mirena for almost 4 years. I have a lot of cramping on regular basis. And now I can’t find my strings. I have been experiencing nausea like no other which is always a tell-tell sign that I’m knocked up. I don’t know what to do. I keep hearing of people getting pregnant on Mirena, and I’m scared!

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    beautifulcervix Reply:

    Call your healthcare practitioner!

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  82. i have had Mirena for a year now, right about the time my youngest was 7 weeks. i bled for 12 days straight after it was done, when in for my check the 2 weeks after they said it looked great. for the last year i haven’t had 1 period but i was nursing but to 5 times a day. well today i ended up getting my period is that normal? i have slowed down to almost stopping nursing and the doc. said that would be why the nursing kept it away for so long. i have never once had a feeling a may be pregnant if that i have lost a good amount of weight from it. just wanted to see if anyone else has had this happen.

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  83. I had my paraguard put in about a months ago and my Doctor never mentioned not to have sex. She only said don’t use a tampon right away and said that if I’m going to be sexually active to use condoms for the next two weeks so we did. about 3 weeks later i got my period and used a tampon, and as I pulled the tampon out, the IUD came out with it!!!! what is going on? I have an appointment already but why would that happen? I thought the IUD and tampon wouldn’t stay in the same place?

    HELP! Should I get a new one or is it not worth it?

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    Micaela Reply:

    Talk with your doctor about that. The rate of expulsion (meaning the likelihood the IUD will fall out) is highest in the first few months after being inserted. After that, there is a much much lower likelihood the IUD will ever fall out. http://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-topics/birth-control/iud-4245.htm
    I can’t remember the percentage of IUDs that get expelled in the first few months, but I think it’s pretty small – about 2%.

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  84. Something far off top: I’m 24 & have been sexually active & going to the gyno for 6+ years now, on traditional contraceptive pills.

    I just got a new gyno (mine transfered out of state). New Gyno said my service was small, and asked if my boyfriend ever had problem having sex? (the answer is no, at least not that he’s told me). Additionally her spectrometer got stuck on my cervix? I’ve never masturbated, but this prompted me to feel around a bit and do some research… but nothing that i’ve found online would (in my mind) lead her to ask me this question. I’m too chicken to ask her myself what she meant, so: do you have any idea? I can add more details as needed

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    beautifulcervix Reply:

    That’s strange that the new gyno would say that when you’ve been being examined for years and had no comment by the doc before. The size of your cervix shouldn’t affect sex as the penis doesn’t enter the cervix, so that seems unrelated. Was s/he saying your vagina felt tight or small – or your cervix?

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    Confused? Reply:

    I’m not sure… she was finishing the exam, and she said i might feel some discomfort because the spectrometer got stuck on my cervix… then she asked if my boyfriend ever had problems when we were having sex… I answered no… I really have no idea what she was alluding to…

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    Micaela Reply:

    That does seem strange to ask – if you feel comfortable, I would ask your gynecologist what she meant next time you see her. But I wouldn’t be worried about the comment – the cervix should have *no* effect on your sex life, nor should your vagina. The vagina can expand during sexual activity so it shouldn’t matter how “small” or “large” a vagina is. If you’re having painful sex, it could be many things (not enough lubrication, positions, etc) and worthwhile to explore ways to make sex enjoyable.

    Micaela Reply:

    Also, insertion of IUD can be mildly more painful/crampy in a woman who has never had a baby. The insertion of the IUD can be somewhat more challenging because of the smaller uterine cavity. That’s possibly what she was talking about with placing the IUD.

  85. can vigorous exercise cause IUD to come out of place? I have had Paragard since 9/2009, but it hadnt been until the last year or so that I am constantly paranoid that it is going to come out. I visit my gyno so often I think they might be sick of me, I never felt like I needed to be paranoid up until within the last year. what are the chances of it coming out after 3 years?

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    beautifulcervix Reply:

    I don’t know that answer, but I doubt it – if you are concerned, you should call your doc – its her job to answer your questions and concerns. Sounds like you’d feel better if you asked your question to her – don’t worry about what she thinks about you. Its your body and your health…

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  86. I am 22, have had an abortion, and am scheduled to get mirena within the next two months. I’m scared it’s going to hurt when they put it in and from what I’ve read, I’m wondering how common the bad smell is. I am getting the IUD because, whether on birth control or not, I am on my period. My last period lasted 36 days and only stopped after I stopped taking the newest pill my doctor had prescribed me (I decided to give a different pill a shot seeing as how I’d already been on my period for so long). So, anything you can tell me to help prepare me for the side effects and whatnot?
    Thanks

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    Micaela Reply:

    A great website about IUDs to start with is here: http://www.reproductiveaccess.org/fact_sheets/iud_facts.htm
    It can be crampy during the IUD insertion – I would take ibuprofen about 30 minutes before the procedure. There shouldn’t be any bad smell, but perhaps you could explain what you mean?

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  87. Hello,

    I had the copper IUD insert three days ago. The cramping was bad at first but start to die down on the evening of the second. But then on the afternoon of the 3rd day the cramping came back and then about an hour later blood and discharge came out. I think I am definitely ovulating because it has been about a week since my last period ended, so could this be why there is discharge and blood?

    Thanks

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    Belle Reply:

    Oh and it is quite a lot of blood – as though I am in the final few days of my period again…

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    beautifulcervix Reply:

    Heavy bleeding does not usually accompany ovulation – sounds like you ought to call your doc and check in.

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  88. Tmi. I just had my paragard inserted 3 days ago. I didn’t check the string until yesterday and noticed that they seemed long. I don’t know what length they should be. They are about an inch from the opening of my vagina. Ihad bad cramps the first day and now they are subsiding. Are my strings too long or am I expelling? I am going to call my doctor when she is in. I don’t know if this makes a difference, but I am 22 and have never had children.

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    mary Reply:

    Also I had white tissue like substances along with my reular period blood. That has never happened before. I missed my last period so it may be the extra lining :/

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    Grace Reply:

    You are probably not expelling. Spotting and bleeding are common with all IUDs post insertion (for up to like, 3 months) and it is especially common with the copper IUD. Cramps are normal, too. Some doctors cut the strings shorter than others– if they are cut too short they apparently have a tendency to “poke” the tip of the penis, which can be pretty uncomfortable. Mine are cut long too. I hear that they will probably eventually curl up around my cervix. If you are experiencing serious pain or filling up a supermax pad in like, an hour, or if you have a fever, there could be a problem, but otherwise it sounds like you are totally normal!

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  89. Wow, interesting to see! I have always been a horrible curious person. … One of the less pictures I could find of a cycle focussed on the cervix, just for checking how stuff works inside seen I sometimes wonder how the discharge works and what I am feeling with my fingers while exploring, en how that stuff would look and where/how it comes from. Here I see the more lumpy white discharge at the end of a cycle is rather normal, thereby the comment about the light ‘fishy’ smell made me chuckle in recognition.

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  90. Do you think I could be pregnant? Please help! I’m afraid. My friends told me I’m not but want other opinions!?
    I had sex Sunday and when we finished his condom slipped off and was halfway in me. The end was laying on the bed and he pulled it out with ease. I freaked out cleaned and took a plan b like 2hrs after the incident. I’m on BC but I just recently gotten off of antibiotics that possibly wouldn’t make it work. I am due to ovulate on the 7th – 9th of this month! So I cut it real close. Im on loestrin 24 fe which is supposed to not make u ovulate but since I was on antibiotics for 3 months I am afraid. Like I said I took a Plan B right afterward. So what do y’all think? All the factors matter or should I not worry because I took a plan b I’m off antibiotics and started a new pack of BC Monday. I’m still freakin out I’m only 22 still in school(nursing school) and we are not bf/gf. :(((( afraid!!!!

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    beautifulcervix Reply:

    Sounds like your chances are pretty slim.

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    Dr. Mary Reply:

    Did you conceive Janell?

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  91. This is amazing. I love the whole project! I have always wondered what the cervix looks like at different times in the cycle, and as someone who has the Paragard IUD, this is absolutely amazing. Vagina power! :)

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  92. I had the Merena inserted on May 9. On the evening on May 20 my husband and I had sex and at the end after the movement seemed smoother and we then realized the condom had slid slightly down and semen had come out the edges. When i went to the bathroom I whipped and a good amount was on the toilet paper, it seemed mostly to lie on the outside of my vaginal opening not within, however, some may have ventured in. The end of the condom did not break, and some discharge was still inside the condom. I panicked and thought about plan B but it is a contraceptive as well so the pharmacist informed me it would not really make a difference since i was on a consistent contraceptive. Should I worry??? Because i am (worry wart)…. :(

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    Micaela Reply:

    What ended up happening?
    In the future, I would probably use condoms for 7 days after insertion of the Mirena and call your doctor to ask about getting Plan B if the condom broke.

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  93. This is awesome!! I had myaragard inserted 8 days ago and so far so good. Still terribly worried about perforation (how strong and durable is the uterus anyways?) and expelling (heard expelling and perforation hurt so bad! The Internet is scary!) – I am 23 with no children (1 pregnancy but it didn’t make it past a month). This was awesome to see someone else with. Paragard!! However I’m worried because I could feel my strings this morning but could not after sex. Is that normal? Will they come back out?

    Again, this is amazing!!! Hope to get a reply!

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    Micaela Reply:

    Shouldn’t worry about perforation – it’s rare, and it really happens only during the actual insertion of the IUD. (Which is why you want to make sure you get it done by a doctor who has inserted IUDs before!). It’s rare but possible for it to be expelled – it’s less likely the longer it is in you. Basically, it would feel like some intense cramping and suddenly, you would see the IUD! Have you been able to feel your strings again? If not and you’re worried, you could always go to your doctor.

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  94. Thanks for including IUD photos. I recently had a mirena put in, and I haven’t managed to feel the strings yet but I’m due for a schedule soon anyway. We’ve been using condoms since, as I want to wait for the checkup to make sure it’s sitting correctly (still having pain about 3 weeks after insertion) but it’s really interesting to know the strings could poke my boyfriend’s penis.

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    Micaela Reply:

    What did they say at the checkup? Hopefully, the strings are long enough (the doctor cut them long enough) so that they hide in the back of your vagina and don’t poke your boyfriend’s penis.

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    ella Reply:

    Yes they can and my husband said its like being poked in the head of his penis with a dull needle. I have had 2 mirena IUDs. Strings too long and scraped sides of penis first time. And the last they were too short and stabbed right into tip of penis. Not getting another one! Good luck to anyone else, men don’t like them…

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  95. I have the paraguard and I always check my strings! I had my period two and a half weeks ago so I check my string and noticed it longer than usual. I literally inserted my finger no more than an inch and felt the string! Wanted to see if this is something to worry about? Oh and I love this website! I think every woman should know about their bodies to help them recognize from what is normal and what is not!!!

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    Micaela Reply:

    It’s most likely fine, but if you’re worried, see your doctor! :)

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  96. I tried to get the iud.copper today but I failed the Dr said that my cervix was to tight does anyone know why is it normal I was really looking forward to get it and know I’m so disappointed. :(

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    Micaela Reply:

    Sometimes the opening to the cervix can be small, especially if you haven’t had babies yet. Some doctors can use a dilator to make the opening a little bit bigger in order to insert the IUD. (Take some ibuprofen before the IUD insertion to help minimize the cramping that happens.) Don’t worry – having a “tight” cervical opening is likely normal.

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    Micaela Reply:

    You could also try to get the IUD when you’re menstruating – it can make the insertion easier.

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  97. I love this, too! very interesting to see the photos throughout the entire cycle. I was looking for changes in pregnancy, but no photos of that yet :) I would offer myself for that, if you say it is possible to take the photos myself with the help of one of your kits? If you send me a kit, i’ll send you some photos :) i am six weeks pregnant now (and became so while having a copper IUD – that was poorly positioned, but the doctor said it would still be effective – nah!)

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    Micaela Reply:

    Here’s how to participate! http://www.beautifulcervix.com/participate/

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  98. thank you for the wonderful experiance,i have the IUD on i am turning a year with it,i dnt have any cramps nor period pains the thing is that when i go on my periods i became heavy that i had to use a tampon and a pad together.Up to so far i am loving it even though i am scared that is not 100% safe and i can still fall pregnent, ii have 02 children. thank you.

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    Micaela Reply:

    Glad you found the pictures useful. Any form of birth control, other than not having sex at all, is not 100% effective. *But* an IUD is just as effective as tying your tubes (over 99% effective!!) and it’s not permanent.

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  99. I had the paraguard iud inserted 11 days ago. I haven’t expiereced any bleeding yet. I have had this odorless milkish discharge and it seems to be very uncomfortable to sleep on my left side. I have had dome very terrible cramps too. Is this normal?

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    Micaela Reply:

    Yep! This is normal – just take some ibuprofen or naproxen, and the cramps should go away. :)

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  100. Hi,
    I had my mirena fitted 4months ago. My initial bleeding lasted about 6 weeks which was very tiring! I am already noticing the benefits though – far less cramping and a much lighter flow, although for me this still lasts around 7 days so far.
    I’ve a question. Depending on the time of the month I sometimes can’t feel my strings at all. During a bleed they hang so low that they are pretty much hanging out (sorry if tmi!) Usually I can feel then a bit, but right now I haven’t been able to for about 3 or 4 days. I’m sure they’ll reappear as they have before but wondered if I should be worried about this?! Has anyone else found this happens to themselves?

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    Micaela Reply:

    That should be fine. To be honest, I do not check my strings more than once a month and sometimes forget to check for a few months. If it was expelled (fell out), you would probably feel an immense amount of cramping and then see the IUD. But you can always have it checked by your doctor.

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  101. hello,
    i inserted the copper iud 12 days ago and have been having fever.please what should i do,i need answers.
    thanks

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    Micaela Reply:

    Sorry I did not see this until now – I hope you called your doctor. It’s a little farther out than normal to be related to the IUD, but you should probably get checked out.

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  102. So discharge is normal? ever since I had the IUD (about a year) I’ve had a discharge more often than before I had the copper IUD inserted. what causes that? and is it ok to take water and vinager douches? I’m just very self conscious about it

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    Micaela Reply:

    Some discharge is absolutely normal. Call your doctor if it smells fishy, is green in color, is clumpy and cottage cheesy. Don’t do douches! You have normal bacteria in your vagina, and the douche will get rid of that and could cause a yeast infection.

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  103. Please I had a copper IUD fixed 2weeks ago,had sex twice dis wEek and I cant seem to feel d strings anymore. I have inserted my whole finger,swiped left right cant find it.went to d hospital but was told its normal, probaby curled up.I’m worried cos don’t wanna get pregnant now. My baby is barely 6months.

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    Micaela Reply:

    If you went to the hospital and got it checked out, it most likely is fine and likely is just curled up inside. If you’re really anxious about it, you could always ask to have an ultrasound to look for the IUD placement. (However, that might be expensive.)

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  104. I had my paraguard put in 13 days ago and recently started noticing that I had to change my undies 2 times a day and started wearing liners due to having clear discharge wet my undies too much and today I woke up and noticed a slight fishy smell, still clear discharge, showered and a while later had that smell again. Is this normal? Im not itchy, no yeast infection and only had sex twice with my partner since getting my IUD.
    Its the first time since 12ish years that I get completely off birth control pills so is this my bodys way of adjusting itself maybe? I am now 29.

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    Micaela Reply:

    Very well could be normal, especially since it’s clear discharge. Also – your body may be readjusting itself, like you said, since you’re now getting off hormones. Or maybe you have a yeast infection or bacterial vaginosis? Maybe wait a few days and if it persists and especially if it’s making you itchy or worsening, call your doctor.

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  105. Hey! I hv had a copper IUD last 15 nd hv bn bleeding and having cramps? Is this normal nd shd i b worried? My doctor said i should wait for a month to c if it ll continue

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    Micaela Reply:

    Hi, Could not really understand when you had the copper IUD in but, yes, it can cause worse bleeding/cramps during your period. Try taking ibuprofen or naproxen.

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    Dr. Hamilton Reply:

    Hello, Dr. Hamilton here, I was curious in your response to many worried people as to why you would recommend ibuprofen for bleeding patients. Ibuprofen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NAID) that does in fact decrease inflammation within the muscular tissues but is the most commonly misunderstood drug when it comes to the reproductive system. If anyone on this website is experiencing bleeding as well as cramping, I would recommend to them Tylenol. For instead of decreasing inflammation that you would expect ibuprofen to do, it actually causes increased GI bleeding and will increase the chances of anemia, or even cause more inflammation. So again those of you experiencing prolonged bleeding and cramping, go for a Tylenol or Advil rather than ibuprofen. PhD Hamilton. Practiced for over 20 years.

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  106. I got the paragard 8 days ago. First 3 days i was passing blood.clots and now im just bleeding.. Is this normal =( when is the bleesong goong to stop? I called my doc and he said to go bck in 2 wks if bleesing hasnt.stopped.. Im kinda scared

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    Micaela Reply:

    How much are you bleeding? If you are soaking (like, literally soaking through and not just mild/moderate bleeding) 2 heavy pads in 2 hours, call the doctor. Otherwise, it probably should pass.

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  107. I had my merina inserted on the 22 of october and got my period on the 6 of this month i am having mild cramps but today is the 16 and im still on my period with lasted 5 days before merina…is that normal

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    Micaela Reply:

    It may be your body adjusting to different hormones. I’d say watch and monitor your body over the next few months, likely fine.

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  108. I had the mirena IUD placed about two weeks ago, and I am still experiencing some pretty intense cramps. Some odorless discharge, and a tiny bit of bleeding. I don’t feel feverish or sick, just crazy cramps. I didn’t wait a week to have sex after the placement, only a few days. I called my doctor a week after, he said it was normal. Are these cramps okay? Should I be worried? I’m not too sure what to expect with this.

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    Micaela Reply:

    Cramps are ok – take ibuprofen or naproxen, they will be your best friends for the next few days! I’d say take them every 6-8 hours around the clock for 1-2 days to get ahead of the pain.

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  109. Hi,
    I’ve had the paragard for about 8 months now. Recently, I haven’t been able to find the string. I found it again today… it feels softer and almost as if it was thinner. My husband and I had intercourse a couple days ago.. did something that felt deeper… and quick little bleeding (sorry tmi)… I was worried, but like I said string was no where to be found after that until today. My inside of my v area feels odd. A bit uncomfortable.. not so much a pain… just discomfort. No major pain or pang… is that normal/

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    Micaela Reply:

    Probably is normal. Try ibuprofen, call your doctor if you’re concerned!

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  110. String disappeared again. I spent five minutes fishing fr it…and it curled up!!!! It feels closer to my cervix. I was relieved though.

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    Micaela Reply:

    Oh good! Honestly, I don’t really check my strings that often. It becomes less and less likely that the IUD is going to fall out the longer it’s in there – and I would probably know too. (Like, I would have cramping and would probably even see the little T-shaped thing!) I maybe check my strings once a month and probably less.

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  111. I have had the mirena iud for about 13 months for the last 6 months they have not be able to find it vaginally. But the doctor can find it with an ultra sound it is a little scary but they want to wait til my five years is up to take it out. They have also told me that I might need surgery since they cant find it vaginally what should I do?

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  112. Hello, I had the copper IUD fitted two days ago I have bleeding that is getting lighter everyday and cramps are getting better every day, I checked my strings today for the first time, I went as far as I could go and felt around as much as I could but I couldn’t find my strings, is this normal or should I go to see the doctor?! I do not want to poke round and agitate anything as it’s only been two days! Thanks for reading and helping!!

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  113. Hi! I think this is beautiful. I can’t believe that i didn’t know how a cervix looks like! And it’s ironical because I have one. I feel very sad that in my country (Chile) this ignorance is so common and nobody cares… But thank you to help me to know myself a little bit more. Some time i will try to see my own cervix.
    (Sorry about my english, it’s not my native language)

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  114. beautifull cervix! that’s wonderfull.. it really helps anderstand a lot..
    i also do have a white creamy discharge before and after my periods, even before getting the copper iud. i wonder why it has increase in amount?? is it normal?? of curse no itching, just white and creamy. i got d iud since 3month now.
    waiting for yr reply,thanks
    ruby

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  115. I am seriously considering a copper IUD because of medication that makes any hormonal-based birth control not as effective. My question is a little different. My partner is “well-endowed”; are there any issues that might arise with an IUD during sex?

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    Micaela Reply:

    To answer your question, there shouldn’t be any issues, as the IUD is inside of your uterus and only the strings come through the cervix. It’s important to point out that some hormonal based birth control methods are extremely effective. The Mirena, the progesterone only IUD, is also over 99% effective.

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  116. I have had my Mirena IUD for 3 years. I loe it and hate t. I am a plus sized girl and was never able to feel my strings. I recently thought I was pregnant and went to the doctor. The doctor said I wasn’t pregnant, and that my strings had wrapped themselves around my cervix. My question is, should I be worried about that? My Mirena also causes me tons of cramps and sometimes sporadic periods.

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    Micaela Reply:

    Shouldn’t be worried about it at all! And Mirena is known to cause intermittent periods and sometimes even no periods at all. It’s why some women love it and some women don’t like the method as much.

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  117. I had the Paragard IUD inserted in November of 2010 after my now 3 yr old daughter was 6 weeks old…..Ive NEVER had an exam after that(still havent) and never checked my strings…the one time I heard that you were suppose to check them was 2 yrs afterwards (last year) I was married at the time and my husband and I took “full advantage” of the contraceptive…….I have NOT been able to feel my strings AT ALL…but I also cant feel the Iud (which im told is a good thing)……but I figured after all this time and after sex (sometimes rough) the strings more than likely got pushed back into my cervix area. Should I be worried about NOT feeling the strings after 3 yrs?

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    Micaela Reply:

    I bet you it’s probably still there – but if you’re worried, you can see your doctor and they can do an ultrasound if they can’t see the strings during a speculum exam.

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  118. I just had a paragard put in a second time about 3 days ago, I hadn’t checked the strings but I was experiencing some discomfort and felt something poking me I decided to check my strings and they’re actually coming out of my vagina oRifice a bit. Theyre really uncomfortable and I dont know if it’s that my cervix is lower now or what. My question is shoyld I go back to the doctor? It really is uncomfortable and with my first iud I never had any problems the strings curled up after a while but thst just seem too long…. I havent expelled it because I don’t feel the tip of it coming out. Help!

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    Micaela Reply:

    I wonder if the strings are too long… your doctor can cut them shorter, if you find they’re not curling in the back of your vagina.

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  119. I have had the marina for about a month now just got my first period and the flow was lighter but it has been longer then norm going on almost 10 days the pictures are very helpful considering I’ve never been able to look and see what my cervix is so I don’t even know what I’m feeling for and if its normalI felt my stream a couple of days after I got the Mirena it felt a lot higher up than it does now since I’ve had my period so it has given me a little bit of a concern on whether or not it’s inserted right or if its an expulsion the first couple of days of my period my cramps seem to be a little bit worse but I have no pain now although I am still concerned about the expulsionI have read so many reviews it’s just so confusing on what I should be looking for in an expulsion situationto sum it all up your 30-day photos were a brilliant idea cuz its giving me a a little bit more confidence in what I’m actually feeling

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  120. I have had my IUD in for 8 months now. This is my second IUD. I have to wear a panty liner because I have this watery clear discharge without a smell. I sometimes think I am urinating on myself. Is this normal, or is my bladder leaking?

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    Micaela Reply:

    Probably normal. If your bladder was leaking, it should smell of urine.

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  121. I got my paragard almost a week ago, so far so good. Cramps the first two days but I had my period during insertion so I can’t really say if the cramps were “worse or not”. I finally felt up for working out today but honestly I’m so nervous of expelling. I felt the strings before and they felt curled, now they feel straight… I’m so nuerotic hahaha. I chose the paragard due to not being able to be on hormones anymore with some health issues but not being on hormones makes me feel as if it’s less effective..

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    Micaela Reply:

    Congrats on getting the paragard! It’s just as effective as the Mirena – in fact is 99% effective (as effective as tubal ligation but with an IUD, you can take it out when you want to have kids). Unless you’re post-partum, expulsion is rare – and you would probably see the IUD coming out. So enjoy, don’t worry about it, and just take some ibuprofen/aleve if your menstrual cramps are worse than usual! (Take meds at the onset of the cramps, so the cramps never get too bad.)

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  122. I had a copper-IUD for almost 1 year until I got pregnant. Apparently it just didn’t work. It was placed right and hadn’t changed position at all but it didn’t work. According to my calculation we must have concieved on one of my fertile days. Since then, I got another copper IUD just as a back-up and we use condoms on my fertile days. However, I am now 4 days late.. although according to my calendar/calculations we were safe during my fertile days. I am freaking out, this cannot happen to me again.

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  123. I have a iud called paraguard I was 5 days late on my period n finally had one but i quit bleeding n now I’ve got thick mucusy blood coming out when it hits my pad it black n mucusy looking what is this ? Is this normal? I don’t use protection during inter…”

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  124. I just had a mirena placed a few days ago and so far, loving it. the insertion was honestly not bad. I had read so many bad experiences, but i didn’t feel the sounding part, only the actual release of the iud. My obgyn places these frequently so maybe thats why… here’s hoping for no periods soon!

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