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What does an IUD feel like?

H Ladies,

I've had my IUD for over a year and a half now and have really loved it this whole time. For reference I'm 25, never been pregnant, and have had no noticable side effects with the exception of completely losing my period: which I absolutely love. 

I hadn't had a single problem until a couple of weeks ago. I was out running and was convinced that it was falling out. It was like suddenly I felt something in my vagina, and when I wen to feel my strings they felt much longer and more wiry than usual. I went to first the emergency room, and then a couple of days later the gynocologist, who checked and gave the all-clear that it was in place. Like I said, I've had this for over a year now, so I was pretty confused what the hell happened. But I've decided to just live normally and hope that the problem doesn't come up again. 

But since then, I've noticed a couple of times that my strings have felt much longer than usual sometimes and it always makes me freak out a bit. I think it might be happening more often when I'm fairly constipated, could this just be.... shifting everything around?

My point is, what does the actual Mirena feel it? I didn't get the chance to hold one before my insertion and it never really came up before. Does it feel more like plastic or like wire? I've noticed that the longer strings I've been feeling feel very metallic/wiry, opposed to more like fishing line which I'm used to. 

Just a question that I know only you guys could answer here! And an update from a (95%) satisfied customer. 

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knittinggoddess
Aug. 19th, 2012 07:50 pm (UTC)
It's been a while, but I got to poke the sample Mirena in a PP office. It felt more plasticky and slightly bendy, which makes sense because it is plastic!
You've seen similar pictures to this, right?


A thought: Maybe the strings feel different because the amount of discharge or mucus clinging to them varies? The length will change with your cervical position, and sometimes they might get mashed up into your cervical os or just hang out higher. When they get smushed into my os I gently prod at the curls until they fall down, or I ignore them knowing they will fall down eventually.

My strings certainly change length and position, and my doc said not to worry unless I think they double in length (or shorten by half). She also said that if it's expelling, you can feel something distinctly plastic and hard, whether it's the bottom edge of the IUD or the knot where the strings attach. Also, others here have observed that their expelling IUD makes their cervix angry and hard.

Edited at 2012-08-19 08:12 pm (UTC)
dkwgdk
Aug. 20th, 2012 12:27 am (UTC)
I remember the tip of the Mirena feeling distinctly like a cocktail straw, but solid instead of hollow. Ummm, I guess that says something about me. When I expelled the Paragard (before I got the Mirena) it definitely felt like a little piece of plastic sticking out of my cervix. Also during the explusion, my strings got so long that they actually hung outside of my body. Lastly, my strings do seem to feel more or less pokey depending on where I am in my menstrual cycle. I think it's a combination of slight changes in length as the IUD moves around with my cervix and also different mucus at different times of the month.
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