Can a new IUD cause really weird, gross discharge?!
I already posted about my new Paragard IUD from Planned Parenthood and the BV that I was diagnosed with a week later. The problem now is that the BV's gone, but the symptoms aren't any better.
My IUD insertion was painful, but it was over very quickly. After that, I had really bad cramps for several hours, but they tapered off over a couple of days. Honestly, it really seemed pretty easy at first.
Since I had it inserted on the first day of my period, everything seemed regular for the first week. Then, on the first day after my period (so about a week after insertion), I noticed that my discharge was yellowish and really thick - like snot. The odor isn't bad or even abnormal for me, but it just looks and feels really gross. Then, I thought that I felt a bump on my cervix when I checked the strings, so I went to be checked out at urgent care.
The urgent care doctor said something about my cervix being closed at an odd angle (she said that it was likely due to the new IUD), and she thought that the discharge might be normal after having the IUD placed - but she wasn't a gynecologist or anything like that. Anyway, she did a wet mount just to be sure, and it turns out that I had BV. She gave me Flagyl, and I went on my way.
I followed up with Planned Parenthood a few days later, just to see if I should still be worrying. The practitioner there thought that my cervix looked normal as far as how it was closed, and really had to feel around to even find it to feel for the bump, but she couldn't find the bump and didn't seem worried (even though I can still feel it - maybe it's just my normal anatomy though). She asked me if my paps have come back normal, and they always have - and also, my general doctor tested me for strains of HPV last year, and the results were negative.
She did comment that I had a LOT of discharge, and she had to use swabs to wipe it away so that she could even see my cervix. She also said that my cervix was slightly red, and that it could indicate infection, but that it could also be normal.
Anyway, she did another wet prep, and everything came back normal this time. She tested for STIs just to be sure because of my symptoms, but she said that given my history (been with my fiancé for three years and he has no symptoms and had very few sex partners before me, and I also had routine testing done back in March, plus I didn't have any symptoms at all prior to the insertion of the IUD), she finds it really unlikely that they will be positive. She told me they would call only if they come back positive, but other than that, to give them until Wednesday to call if I want to confirm that they're negative. So far, I haven't heard anything.
If it's not that though, she is basically saying that it's just cervicitis. But WHY? Did any of you experience this? She doesn't seem to think that it's normal, even after a new IUD placement. It's not particularly horrible, other than the fact that it's thick and gross - but mostly it's just the worry that is driving me insane. I am convinced that I have PID because I've been having some cramps over the past few days, but they have also been accompanied by extreme nausea and also gas and #2 issues, and I know that's likely to be the antibiotics that I have to continue until tomorrow morning. Plus the symptoms are on and off, and I think that PID symptoms would be constant.
Am I just really weird or something? At this point, the discharge has not really let up (two weeks after insertion), and it is really thick and snot-like, and ranges in color from really light yellow to almost a dark yellow or slightly tan.