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strings too short

I'm 29. 1 child. My Mirena was placed May 2009. The sounding was terrible. I cramped terribly for several weeks afterwards but I could deal with that.

The issue is my strings. They were cut way too short. I went back for my 2 week check up to find that they couldn't find them. At all. I was sent for an xray and a sonogram/ultrasound to confirm it hadn't gone anywhere that it shouldn't. It hadn't and I was told everything was fine. Since then I've had some cramps, random spotting and spotting after sex. And occasionally my boyfriend gets stabbed. I've been hoping the strings would 'soften' as my doctor told me, but no such luck. 

The bleeding after sex concerned me and I've since moved to another state. I made an appointment with a new doctor who examined me, was concerned she couldn't see my strings/IUD at all and sent me for another xray and sonogram/ultrasound. Good news is that it's still there and still in the right place. But she's concerned that the strings might be stabbing me and causing the bleeding. She also found I have a vaginal infection and put me on some antibiotics. She's referred me to an ob-gyn to be checked out further. 

At this point, I'd almost like to have this one removed and another placed. I'm hoping it's not going to be an ordeal to have it removed but it sounds like it could be considering the strings are missing in action. I was wondering if anyone else has gone through this? And how soon another can be placed after one is removed? I understand my circumstance might be different depending on how difficult the removal is. I'm starting to worry already. -.-  I really love my IUD. I've been through the pill and depo and this works so much better for me, san the short string issue.



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Apr. 15th, 2010 02:37 am (UTC)
I haven't been through this but what you're describing makes sense. You're getting stabbed by the strings and it's causing an internal infection.
The removal should be pretty easy. I imagine they'll do the removal on your period and give you misoprostol/cytotec (a cervix softener) to make it easier for the removal/finding of strings. They'll most likely use a vaginal ultrasound/regular ultrasound to find it.

I'm probably overthinking it. I think you'll be fine and on your way to a new IUD very soon! Good luck.
Apr. 15th, 2010 02:40 am (UTC)
I got my Mirena in 6 months ago. My strings went missing after about a month after insertion. My doctor could just barely see them up in my cerix so I had an ultrasound to confirm placement and it was ok. So on the advice of my doctor I just went on about my business. My period turned into very infrequent random light spotting. I've had very light spotting and a bit of cramping after sex too.

Eventually my strings came back. Now and then I see if they are there. Some days I can feel the very tips of the strings sticking out a little and some days I can't, so I don't worry about it.
I wouldn't worry about it now. Even it if is a little harder to get out later, it shouldn't be any worse than digging it out the same way now and getting another one.
Apr. 15th, 2010 02:58 am (UTC)
Could the bleeding have been caused by the infection itself? I wonder if it'll get better now that you're treated for it. Can you feel your cervix, and just not the strings? Or nothing at all?
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