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Hey everyone, this is my first time posting here, but I've been lurking for advice now and then and have found answers every time except for now... so I made an account. I got my copper IUD inserted mid-May of 2014. Its been pretty good so far - I have had heavy periods, but nothing I can't manage by conscious monitoring and Super plus tampons and the odd pad. I talked to my doctor about switching because it would be nice to have lighter periods. I wanted to see how I would react to the progesterone in the Mirena IUD, though, so I went on a progesterone birth control about 4 months ago for 2 months. I ended up deciding against switching, not least because of laziness. Since then, my period was much lighter, and came every 3-5 weeks - not regularly, but this is how it was before I ever went on birth control. I had my last period starting around June 20th. Since then, I have spotted nearly every single day! It's never more than a panty liner can handle, but still - I'm worried and confused! I'm especially concerned because it has been more than a year since I got it inserted. Has anyone else had this happen before?

Skyla strings longer after MRI?

I mostly just need a place to vent my anxiety, so bear with me!

I have the Skyla IUD and I just had an MRI of my lower back today. I informed the technician and the doctor that ordered the MRI that I have Skyla, and was told it was not a problem. I happened to feel the strings afterwards and they feel longer than normal. Generally, my strings feel pretty short and do not protrude much from my cervix. Right now they are long enough to curl up around my cervix. Granted, I did not feel them before the MRI so I have nothing to compare it to, and my string length does change with the position of my cervix throughout my cycle. However, they have never felt this long before.

Additionally, I had an MRI of my brain several months ago (at the same hospital with the same machine). I also informed the doctor and technician that time, and was told it was not a problem. After that MRI, my strings felt shorter. I hadn't had Skyla for very long at that point, and didn't realize how my string length changed throughout the month, so I freaked out. I had the placement of the IUD checked after that first MRI and everything was fine, and my gyno assured me that based on the strength of the MRI, it would not have been an issue.

I have an appointment for my annual exam next Thursday. Should I just not worry about it until then? I feel like I should have no reason to worry, but the prescribing info for Skyla states that you should see your doctor if the strings feel too long - and they feel really long! I can't feel the plastic of the IUD, and I don't have any abnormal cramping or bleeding (I do have mild cramps and spotting, but I'm at the end of my period, so it's normal for me). Should I just brush it off until my appointment next week? Use condoms until then? I know it wouldn't hurt to call, but I call a lot about my IUD, so I'm sure they think I'm a hypochrondriac (and maybe I am...).

Paragard Expulsion and IUD #2 Story

Hey all. I am 18 years old and NP. This is my experience of my Paragard(s)- insertion, expulsion, and another insertion!

In April of this year, I decided to get a copper IUD after reading on IUD Divas about them.
My first insertion was totally smooth. There was mild cramping and discomfort, but really nothing compared to some of the stories I've read.

Everything seemed to be going well. The first couple of months I did have some painful cramping. Then, one day I was running on a treadmill and suddenly felt a sort of...grating? sensation in the area of my cervix. It wasn't exactly painful, but it was uncomfortable enough for me to have to stop my run. This happened to be around the time that I was scheduled for my 1 month checkup (my university always checks in after 1 month). I told my FNP about my experience so she checked to see that everything looked ok- only visually and with her hands. She couldn't find anything wrong, so she sent me on my way, saying that some women simply are more aware of feelings in that region, or that it could have something to do with the fact that I was ovulating. But, reassured, I went on with my life.

But, this month in July, I was doing my monthly string check and noticed that my strings were outside of my vagina! They were just barely poking out by about 1.5 cm. This concerned me, so I felt up around my cervix, but felt nothing poking out. I wasn't in pain and I knew that the position of the cervix changes through the month, so I thought I had just caught it at a low time. But, a week later, the strings were still outside of my body, so I made an appointment to have them checked and trimmed.

At my appointment, the FNP checked and told me that the IUD was expelling from my uterus! She was surprised that I hadn't felt any pain, as it was semi-lodged in my cervix. So she removed it quickly (which was painless, almost like pulling out a tampon). She thought it would be ok for me to try another one, so I made an appointment for another insertion, which I have just had today. The insertion went extremely well, even easier than the first, although that one was a breeze as well. It could have helped that I was on my period for this time. Luckily, I qualify for my state's contraceptive care program, so all of this has been free of charge for me.

So far I haven't had any major cramping. There are some mild contractions, but they aren't too distracting. Hopefully this one will stay put! My FNP has advised me to be extra attentive to my strings, just in case I expel this one as well. We have set up another appointment so she can check on the IUD's placement after my next period.

Anyways, I just wanted to share my story about expulsion. When my strings were long, I searched for any experiences similar to mine, but came up empty-handed. I hope this post can help anybody who is experiencing symptoms similar to mine.
Hello all, I'd love some help to ease my mind a little. I found out this afternoon during an ultrasound that my IUD (copper, not sure which model) is sitting very low and the arms are sticking into my uterine wall. This would explain all the cramping I've had for the last four weeks (during which time my period has also not shown up even though due but no idea if that's related). I'm definitely going to need it removed but I'd like to know if anyone has had theirs replaced under similar circumstances. I've looked through a few of the tags but couldn't find anything super relevant.

In many ways the IUD has been great for me, but I'm worried about this happening again. Especially because apparently in this position isn't not working effectively as birth control so I will still need to use another method. If this happens again with a new IUD but I don't realise, then I would be at risk of getting pregnant, which I really do not want.
Hi all,

some time ago I started this thread:


In short my IUD (flexi-T 300) is partially expelled and need to be removed (I have been told it's so low in the cervix that it's unlikely that it will go back in place all alone).

I have no idea about the causes of the partial expulsion, as my only period after the insertion was light with no cramping or whatsoever and the size and position of my uterus seem totally suitable for the placement of an IUD.

I should probably also mention that I also had a 1st insertion of the flexi-300, which however turned out to be too low from day-1 (so I think the GP just didn't do it properly) and got removed the next day (so sic, this will be the 3rd insertion since the end of April!!)

I now wonder if I should give another try to the flexi-T or if I should try to go directly for the Gynefix.
I live in the Netherlands and there are some (not many) trained providers that should be able to handle the Gynefix insertion (it's a bit more a hassle than getting the standard one)
I've read some good experiences about the Gynefix, but the standard copper IUD worked well for me as long as it was in properly (no pain during insertion, no spotting, almost normal period...).

Any suggestions on how to proceed?
Am I so likely to expel again with a standard IUD?
Is it worth trying again with the flexi-T and only if things go wrong, go for the Gynefix as a last resource?

Thanks in advance for any advice Divas!


Just wondering, does anyone have any clue how the Dalkon Shield was inserted? Because compared to how current IUDs are inserted, getting the Dalkon Shield in there seems pretty near impossible.

Replacing Mirena with Paragard

Hello everyone!

I've had Mirena since VERY early January 2014... I've enjoyed MOST of it since then, especially the lighter cycles (I had very light previously, never cramps, and usually only 4-5 days). Now I'm experiencing 1 day, maybe 2 if it's "bad".

HOWEVER --- I've gained SO MUCH WEIGHT. I'm sitting at a stocky 175 (I'm only 5'4 & have a very slender frame naturally).
I gained about 45 lbs (!!!) in less than 2 years! I'm doing more cardio, less heavy heavy weights (just average weights), and the weight just keeps climbing! I've even gone pescatarian (fish only).
Nothing is working...

So I'm wondering: Have any of you switched from Mirena to Paragard?
I think I'll like the non-hormonal birth control option. Plus the benefits of an IUD (not having to remember to take anything, use any creams/condoms, etc).

What are your thoughts? What are your experiences?

Pregnant or Paranoid?

Hello everyone!

I've been searching for a couple days on this site and others, and can't seem to find someone with a similar situation as me.

Anyway, I recently switched from Ortho Tri Cyclen pills to Skyla. On my last pack of the pills, I was put on antibiotics (amoxicillin) for a sinus infection. For some reason I had unprotected sex when I was taking these, knowing that they make the pill less effective.

Fast forward to a week later, my appointment to get my IUD inserted was made on the day I will usually have my period. The day of insertion, my period it seemed to be more spotting than anything. It has never been that light and short. I went to get my IUD inserted and she did not take a pregnancy test. She said there was no need since I was going straight from the pill to an IUD and I failed to tell her about the antibiotic dilemma.

I have read so many stories that the period after insertion is heavy and long. I have only had very, VERY light spotting since insertion, which was 4 days ago. 2 of the days I did not see any blood. Keep in mind this is the week I'm supposed to have my period...

I did not even know that you could get spotting if you're pregnant ("implementation bleeding" is what I see it being called). Do you think this light spotting is normal after insertion, or should I be worrying? I will try to get a pregnancy test but for some reason I can't get myself to do it.

My Journey with Mirena

This community became a good source of info while I was researching IUDs and I finally decided to join. I've noticed a severe lack of information about switching from Depo Provera to Mirena, which is what I just did so all my questions have gone unanswered. I decided to start some posts about my journey in the hopes that it helps someone else out there and a little bit for me too.

First off a little background info about me. I'm 24 and attend college full-time while working part-time on the side. I have never been pregnant (nulliparous). I don't want children any time in the near future and have had multiple issues with my period and various forms of birth control in the past. I just got my Mirena inserted on Tuesday of this week (today is Saturday) and so far so good. Hopefully it stays that way.

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My IUD story (so far)

Hi everyone, I've found so much helpful information on this community, I thought I'd add in my two cents! I read a bunch of forums that just sounded terrifying with respect to IUDs, but everyone on here seems well-grounded and more realistic (not just horror stories).

I got my first paragard IUD about a week and a half ago after being on BCP for 10+ years. My reason for switching was that my new health insurance refused to let me get three BCP packs at a time, making it so I had to go in monthly or pay for them out of pocket. For someone who travels a lot, this is just not convenient (why do insurance companies still do this???). Plus I wanted to try being hormone-free.

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Long story short, I'm on my second paragard in less than two weeks, and I'm crossing my fingers that this one doesn't also get expelled! Otherwise it's back to BCP for me :(. Feel free to ask any questions in the comments about insertion/expulsion, I'm glad to answer in excruciating detail (I'm a teacher, can you tell?).