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how do you know if your IUD is embedded?

Anyone else experience pain a year after insertion? What was your diagnosis?
I tried looking in memories, but didn't find much helpful or recent.

I've had a ParaGard IUD for a year. My experience had been pretty good. No pill to remember, no change in hormones, ability to have spontaneous sex.
All my periods before IUD were accompanied with minor back aches and the occasional odd internal sensation which (only because of the comparison to with IUD) I now know was the barest of cramps. All periods with IUD always have pain and cramps, especially on the front left side, and have odd tinge spotting for 2-4 days before and after real period flow.

I often felt the IUD was there. Nothing painful or all that irritating, but definitely noticeable. But the past few months have been increasingly uncomfortable. It's irritating, and sometimes it's like there's a thorn in my side, my left side. Additionally, if I sleep weird or am sitting or have any intestinal problem, I feel similar left side discomfort as with my period.

Last month, though, alarmed me. I'd had lots of sex for the first time in a couple months, and about 36 hours later, I experienced left-side dominant pain and cramps and spotting that lasted 2 days, with general irritation in the same left side spot and occasional pain continuing since. I've also experienced a lighter version of the tinge spotting with each of the more significant pains.

I've gone to my gyno, who did an exam and sent me for an ultrasound, all with normal results. IUD appears in place. No ovarian cysts (which is what my gyno most suspected the moment I mentioned left-sided pains).
I got the impression that ultrasound would not show if the IUD was embedded, and I'm now wondering if that's what I'm experiencing.

Anyone else experience something similar? Was your IUD embedded? What do I do to alleviate this irritation?



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Apr. 13th, 2011 01:43 pm (UTC)
I think that you should ask your doctor outright what he thinks about the IUD being embedded. Just make it clear about your concerns.

I will also say that I've had pain similar to yours that turned out to be a minor sex injury. For me, it seemed to be a kind of internal bruise after a particularly rigorous go at it with my SO. At the time I didn't have an IUD, so it's possible to feel that kind of pain and it not be the IUD embedded. For me, the pain faded after a few days.
Apr. 13th, 2011 03:03 pm (UTC)
I still have painful cramping for a couple of days following a very rough session with my guy, and I've also bled for a couple of hours once. I've also had my Paragard for over a year. From what I understand, pain centered on 1 side is totally normal, I always cramp on my left side since my insertion. Considering how unlikely embedding is, I just don't worry about it. I pop a couple of ibuprofen or Aleve and get on with my day. Where did you see that an u/s would not show an embedded IUD?

I should note that my sister had a Paragard for 5 years until she finally decided she could not tolerate it. She had very painful cramping most of the time, even though everything was in perfect place. Some women just have a lot of pain with Paragard even after it settles, and that doesn't mean there is anything seriously wrong. So her experience has certainly given me a lot of perspective and helps me deal with the odd cramp now and then.
Apr. 15th, 2011 03:12 pm (UTC)
I didn't see anywhere that an ultrasound wouldn't show any complications. I asked my gyno if the ultrasound would show irritation from the IUD or if it were embedded, and she said it wouldn't. But perhaps I did not understand her reply, or misunderstood that maybe it wouldn't reveal irritation but would answer the question of embedding.

Rayanne Strickland
Nov. 12th, 2013 06:28 am (UTC)
I have had my mirena since novermber 2010 3yrs later im scheduled for surgery to have it removed, after experiencing similar signs of pregnancy i took a test an it was positive i assume it was an ectopic pregnancy bc even tho i experienced signs for weeks my levels said i was 2 weeks preggo then four to six weeks then a sudden miscarriage during that time i learned i became preggo bc my mireana was no longer in my uterus but had migrated to my cervix and embedded its self i not once experienced any discomfort or pain just some bleeding after intercourse which i begain to think was normal bc it had happened since i got the mirena. I was always told by my bf that he could feel the strings so i never worried aboit it. No pain. No cramping. Nothing to cause concern. Until i found out i was pregnant.. with that being said if you ever have concern about your iud go to the dr. Bc just bc you can feel it dosnt mean its in prporlly
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