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Discharge changing with IUD

I saw this come up in a comment thread here in this community, so I thought I would put the question out there since I am curious. Have you noticed a permanent or long-term change in your discharge after having your IUD inserted?

Prior to the IUD, I really didn't have much of a discharge at all. When I did, it was clear and light. Now, I've had a yellow, heavier discharge since getting my Paragard over two months ago. Been tested for everything - BV, yeast, various STIs, etc. All tests come back negative, and the only symptom is the color and consistency change in the discharge. I have been told by two different practitioners that sometimes IUDs just change your natural discharge and that's that.

So, what are your experiences?

Edit, May 28, 2010: Gosh, time flies! I originally posted this in 2007, and now it's 2010. But I do still occasionally receive comment notifications, so I realize people are still reading this particular post and some of them are even finding it valuable enough to continue sharing their thoughts. So here are mine on this particular issue, years later: the discharge gradually subsided to what I would describe as somewhat normal for me. Very gradually. Several months, if memory serves. And by somewhat normal, even though it wasn't the clear and light type I had prior to the IUD, it was a clear and medium, sometimes more if I was near ovulation. At any rate, it was something I was able to easily ignore as time passed, and it didn't diminish my happiness with the IUD. Hope you all enjoy your IUDs as much as I appreciated mine.

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moonstrucky
Jul. 30th, 2007 06:12 pm (UTC)
I was on HBC before getting my IUD, and I noticed a dramatic increase in discharge. It has leveled off, but I still notice more during ovulation, especially.
syducingfate
Jul. 30th, 2007 06:37 pm (UTC)
I've had an increase in discharge, especially close to my period, but it's clear and odor-free. I asked my doc at my post-insertion check and she said it's normal. It is annoying though, when I'm running around the house cleaning or what-have-you, I don't tend to bother with panties beneath my pajama bottoms, and nothing is quite as icky as, um, that feeling, if you catch my drift.
charmedone042
Jul. 31st, 2007 02:00 pm (UTC)
I can completely relate to this....the joys of being a woman :)
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fairnymph
Jul. 30th, 2007 07:17 pm (UTC)
I have more discharge, but it's clear to white and the odour is the same. I have a copper IUD.
sleepwaters
Apr. 1st, 2012 05:57 pm (UTC)
i'm going to kudos this thread from five years ago.
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puttana
Jul. 30th, 2007 07:38 pm (UTC)
i've had a lot more discharge, and it was in some ways startling (not for health reasons just in an ew gross way), i won't go into details... i've watched for the other signs like different odour, fever, pain. but it's always just the discharge. i've kinda made up my own decision that since there's a string always running down through my cervix, that the discharge (i always seem to call it mucus around ob's) is just wicked down into the vagina or something.

i dunno, either way you are NOT alone.
bikutoria
Jul. 31st, 2007 06:00 am (UTC)
That's the best part about communities like this - knowing we aren't alone. Thanks for sharing!
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elkay
Jul. 30th, 2007 08:54 pm (UTC)
I also have noticed an increase in general moistness and volume of discharge--but for me it's a wonderful thing as I think the pill was really interfering with that for me.

Mine may have become opaque (instead of clear) and thicker, but I am not positive.
heavenkittykat
Jul. 30th, 2007 09:18 pm (UTC)
I have a paragard and I had more discharge since I got it. My discharge tends to thicker and gooier too than before. I got tested too for STD's, BV, yeast etc. and the nurse said that I'm completely normal and the increase or slight change in discharge should be expected.
lindam31
Jul. 30th, 2007 11:38 pm (UTC)
Definitely noticed an increase in discharge. Seems clear and thin. Been changing my underwear a lot more lately.
mashuta
Jul. 31st, 2007 05:24 am (UTC)
yes!!!! i've had paraguard in for over a month now, and goo-a-rama! i finally self-diagnosed a yeast infection and tried monistat for the first time in my life - now the goo is back. it's yellowish, and looks like strings of snot. definitely not 'normal' for me! but no smell, no other negative symptoms. le sigh. i really hope this tapers off, it's a bit unsettling!
bikutoria
Jul. 31st, 2007 05:59 am (UTC)
I really thought of it as icky and gross at first because...yellow? I was raised to believe that is quite an unhealthy vaginal discharge color, and for good reason. You might want to get it checked out by your practitioner just in case - I've heard quite a lot about IUD users being at higher risk for bacterial vaginosis.

But in a more anecdotal vein, my mom had a copper IUD back in the 70's and 80's before having me, and she remembers having a yellow-ish discharge for the duration as well. Random!
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__onthebound
Jul. 31st, 2007 11:43 am (UTC)
thank you! i have a mirena (since april) and have had huge discharge increase. it is definitely....stringy and massive. but it doesn't itch and it doesn't smell or look different. but knickers are usually a must now since i have so much discharge. my boyfriend loves it though, he thinks i'm turned on all the time
__onthebound
Jul. 31st, 2007 11:44 am (UTC)
oh the thank you was because i thought it was just me. i was going to make a post here...but i forgot. so i'm very glad you did!!!!
sand_woman
Jul. 31st, 2007 11:46 am (UTC)
Mine is wetter and thinner now - instead of thicker stringer ovulation discharge, it's more like copious amounts of liquid.
charmedone042
Jul. 31st, 2007 10:10 pm (UTC)
My discharge at times seems yellowish in color, but my doctor says it's normal. Some times of the month it's a lot thicker and other times it's almost liquid, and sometimes it's even slightly blood-tinged, but then other days it's clear. I was on hormones for 4 years before I got my Paragard, so I know my body is going back to its natural state, although the blood is probably me still adapting to my IUD. I'm going on 4 months now since insertion
erinrocks
Aug. 1st, 2007 12:23 am (UTC)
My doc says yellowish discharge is normal for copper IUDs and increased discharge for any IUD. Mine got thicker and yellower, but it smells the same as ever and works just as well for lubing up teh sex.
bikutoria
Aug. 1st, 2007 01:22 am (UTC)
It seems like quite a few of us are hearing this same thing from our doctors and practitioners. I wonder if there is anything documented in writing that we could cite as a source beyond our combined anecdotal information? Thank you for sharing!
h0rsegurrrl
Aug. 1st, 2007 05:04 am (UTC)
I've always been a discharge-laden girl, even on HBC. With the copper IUD, there's not more of it per se, it just changes in consistency and amount depending on where I am in my cycle, while it was pretty constant when I was on HBC.
cathy_cathy
Aug. 7th, 2007 11:04 pm (UTC)
goo
I am so relieved I found this post! I got the copper IUD 2-3 months ago and started noticing an increased gooey discharge and have been slightly embarrased. I had a little bit beforehand around the time I ovulated but this is double that and its surprising to me but I'm glad I did a search and found this post -it makes me feel a little bit better. I was tested a few years back and was negative for everything. There's no smell or anything associated with it. Does anyone know how long it lasts? months - years? thx.
cathy_cathy
Aug. 14th, 2007 05:52 pm (UTC)
Re: goo
I just went to the doctor yesterday "just to be sure" and found out I have a bacterial infection (my first one ever and I'm almost 34). She said getting an IUD put in can mess up the natural 'flora' down there and cause an imbalance so now I am on antibiotics. Anyway I'm very glad I went and had it checked out.
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ooo_wee
Mar. 16th, 2008 08:22 am (UTC)
I'm so thankful to have found you all! There are so many things that can cause you to worry yourself to death, until you see you're not alone!

I've been experiencing copious amounts of discharge, that is colorless, and odorless, and just flat out makes it seem as though I've wet myself. When I was younger (early teens), I questioned a doctor, because it seemed my underwear were always wet...and right now, I feel like I'm 13 again!!!
erinleigh86
Aug. 28th, 2008 12:53 am (UTC)
I have defitily experienced WAY more discharge since I've had my IUD. For me, it is white and thick but doesn't smell or anything. However, it does keep me from getting wet or staying wet sometimes. Does anyone else have this problem or advice on how to avoid it?
Thanks!
Erin
hotelyorba13
Nov. 18th, 2008 03:26 am (UTC)
Oh god, I thought i was going to die!
Of course the worst things possible come up in our imaginations when we cant explain things..
Anyways this is extremely helpful, but at the same time unsettling...
I've had a DEFINITE increase in discharge as well, but it's been changing a lot. I just got my IUD in last last friday (the 7th) and at first the discharge was super liquidy and had an odor to it, but not an unnatural one--meaning i've had discharge that came and went and was not connected to any problems with the same smell. Now it's changed all over agian! The past couple of days the discharge has changed to a brownish color (always unnerving) and has gotten a lot thicker. The consistency is much like what's described throughout these comments but the color is what's making me worry. You all say clear to white to yellow, all--more or less--healthy color. Could it be the brown is just from blood left over from my period?
A couple hours ago it changed again to clear with some traces of blood. Am I totally going to keel over any second? Please help!!
justchez
Mar. 12th, 2010 04:57 am (UTC)
It is just the left over blood. Sometimes it stays in your vagina a little while. Ever have the brownish colour after a period pre-IUD? Just your body cleaning out the old blood. You're not going to keel over, hon. I worry about the same things with mine. Only had it for two months, and every new thing that happens makes me thing something is wrong. Lol. So far it all seems to be an IUD normalcy. Makes you wish guys could be the ones on birth control, huh?
sols_mami
May. 16th, 2009 03:39 am (UTC)
thank u
just want to add my thanks too! im experiencing the exact same issues with discharge after getting my new copper friend (ive had it 2 weeks now). I cant take the pill as i turn into a depressed pimple ridden grouch but damn this goo is DIS GUS TING! im crossing all my fingers and toes and legs at the moment hoping it calms down but im starting to think maybe i could bottle it and sell it as glue! ok sorry gross but you know what i mean. But im glad im not alone. I think i might buy shares in the panty liner industry....
fallon4chy
Jun. 30th, 2009 03:26 am (UTC)
Hi, I have had my copper IUD for almost 5 months now. This discharge is driving me crazy. I have been to see my doctor 3 times already and I will be going back to see him in the morning. I just though that I would share something with you all. I work at a pharmacy and I told the pharmacist about this and she advised me to take some probiotic feminine supplements. I have been taking them for about 3 weeks and it makes alot of discharge come out and then its gone for a few days. It comes back but not as often as before and it gets lighter. It is giving me some relief. You can find it at wal-mart or other pharmacies with the feminine products. It's called PRO-B.
GOOD LUCK TO YOU ALL!!
aw_lala
Jul. 8th, 2009 03:58 am (UTC)
thanks for the tip! I am definitely going to go buy some :)
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foxyjen24
Nov. 25th, 2009 10:06 am (UTC)
iud discharge
I have had my copper iud in for about 5 or 6 months now... at first I noticed that I felt more ummm "slimy" and it was a white thick discharge now it has become just awefull! It is dark yellow and thick and stringy and just gross. I get so embarressed that I don't even want to have sex with my partner! I don't want to say "oh hey by the way don't pay attention to the slimey yellow nasty discharge down there!" UGH lol it is all so silly but so gross.. I have gone to the doctor ooohhh idk about 4 times since.. thinking all the worse because i am that kind of girl.. on top of it all I get bv all the time! So I went to the doctor all 4 times and made them all 4 times check for any stds or infections i might have and all was negative! Which was great but I am still uncomfortable with the idea that I am going to have to deal with this discharge that doesn't make me feel very "sexy" for as long as i decide to have it in! (and all you women know what I mean!) lol So I have decided after researching the removal of the iud for the last 2hrs that I am going to get it taken out. (Which if some are wondering appears to be non painfull!) I will let you all know what happens after the removal!
lover_of_r0b0ts
Feb. 1st, 2010 06:41 am (UTC)
iud discharge
Im so thankful that Ive found this. I had my paragard copper iud for about 1.5 weeks, and have been cramping and dealing with this discharge ever since. It looks mostly opaque but sometimes seems bloody, is that normal? Will this become an every day thing or does it eventually stop? Its a little embarrassing and Id rather not wear a panty liner and/or tampon every day for the rest of its stay in there. I get so uncomfortable when I am walking around and it decides to say hello.
Also, Im still cramping. It goes away sometimes, but everyday Ive had cramps. The dr mentioned I would cramp for the first 48 hours, but not this long. Did anyone else experience this after getting theirs?
iudcurious
Feb. 12th, 2010 11:38 pm (UTC)
Re: iud discharge
I got mine and had pretty awful cramps for almost a whole week. Did yours go away? I've only had mine for about a week and a half now and they've gone away in the last couple of days. I'm also having very thick snot-like mucus (odorless) but I went to the gyn a week after insertion and she said it was fine, just lots of cervical mucus and I'm probably getting used to the IUD. Said I should come back if it's greenish or smells or I get a fever and such. Pretty gross though, regardless, I hope this isn't a regular occurrence.
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spellkat
Feb. 11th, 2010 01:02 pm (UTC)
IUD discharge
I am so relieved to find this information on line. I just had paraguard inserted 2 weeks ago and the same thing is happening to me. I was really looking forward to it after using a diaphram and spermicide for so many years that really inhibited what you could do. This may sound really bad but I wonder what if it tastes weird! Any feedback?
adow729
May. 16th, 2010 06:44 pm (UTC)
IUD and excessive discharde
I just got my iud in feburary and it has reduced my heavy bleeding, but my normal discharge has quadrupled,can't do without a panty liner sometimes I have to change them 2-3 times a day,when I went for my checkup my gyn said everything was normal that the discharge must be old blood, but my discharge is beige and it lasts between my entire period which is very annoying. its something about this iud that is not listed in the side effects. I hate the excessive discharge because I cant sleep without a panty liner and I want my butterfly to breath while I sleep.
adow729
May. 16th, 2010 06:45 pm (UTC)
IUD and excessive discharge
I just got my iud in feburary and it has reduced my heavy bleeding, but my normal discharge has quadrupled,can't do without a panty liner sometimes I have to change them 2-3 times a day,when I went for my checkup my gyn said everything was normal that the discharge must be old blood, but my discharge is beige and it lasts between my entire period which is very annoying. its something about this iud that is not listed in the side effects. I hate the excessive discharge because I cant sleep without a panty liner and I want my butterfly to breath while I sleep.
prevention4sure
May. 28th, 2010 11:17 pm (UTC)
Week 9 after the Mirena insertion; thankful I found you guys! I guess the good news is that we're all having the same issue. The bad news is that we're all having the same issue and our doctors haven't created a solution. This is disturbing. I mean they told me that the IUD was a very effective birth control method, but failed to tell me it was because I would be too embarrassed to have sex with a thick, mucusy, yellow, booger looking discharge. Way to go Doc! I too have been tested for everything under the sun and the discharge has no odor. For clarity, I also had the stringy bloody and brown discharge for awhile, which occassionally returns with my cycle. I also wanted to add, that in week 4, after sexual activity, I bled significantly for 12 hours and passed blood clots the size of my hand. Talk about scary! An emergency room visit determined I was "shedding lining". I've been afraid to have sex ever since. I'm curious to know if any of your partners have noticed or commented on the vagina boogers. Should the IUD stay or go?....that is the question.
bikutoria
May. 28th, 2010 11:33 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear about the issues you're having. Your comment inspired me to post this update:

"Edit, May 28, 2010: Gosh, time flies! I originally posted this in 2007, and now it's 2010. But I do still occasionally receive comment notifications, so I realize people are still reading this particular post and some of them are even finding it valuable enough to continue sharing their thoughts. So here are mine on this particular issue, years later: the discharge gradually subsided somewhat normal. Very gradually. Several months, if memory serves. And by somewhat normal, I mean it wasn't the clear and light type I had prior to the IUD, it was a clear and medium, sometimes more if I was near ovulation. At any rate, it was something I was able to easily ignore as time passed, and it didn't diminish my happiness with the IUD."

Good luck with your IUD.
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