grenciamars (grenciamars) wrote in iud_divas,

Questions about expulsion

Hi divas,

This is my first post, though I've visited this community a lot as a non-member for the past two years. This has always been a good resource for me, both before and after I had my IUD put in. So here's why I'm posting...

I've had my copper IUD (paragard) in for a year now. I'm 27, never been pregnant. Everything has pretty much been text book...  Longer periods and more painful cramping the first few months, then a gradual return to my normal cycle. I've always been really happy with it.

In early March I noticed a weird rash. Turns out it was a staph infection, so I got it treated with antibiotics (thankfully did not have the drug resistant variety). The antibiotics messed up my cycle though. I spotted for about a week before my period would normally start, and into the week that my period should have occurred. (I will note, at this point, that there is no way I could be pregnant. I have not had sex since November.) My period finally came a week late, and lasted for 12 days, plus another 2 days of heavy spotting. I haven't had a period last this long since I had my IUD put in.

Anyway, now that the bleeding has finally stopped, I went to check my strings and they feel longer than they normally would after my period. Usually when I check after my period I can just feel the tips of the strings. During my period I'll feel them looped around on themselves near my cervix. Right now they feel as long as they do during my period, but obviously I'm not bleeding anymore... Now, I haven't had any awful pain, just minor cramping that I associate with a normal period. I have occasionally felt a pinch in my abdomen when I bend forward to tie my shoe or pick something up off the ground though. When I first had the IUD put in, I'd feel that same pinch but I eventually stopped noticing it.

So I'm not sure if it's expelled or not at the moment. What do you all think? I'm planning on making an appointment in the morning and hopefully they can check. So here are my questions...

  • How do they check to see if it's been expelled? I've moved since I had it put in, so I can't see my original practitioner who would know how short she cuts the strings.

  • If it's been expelled, will they allow me to get another one of the same kind put back in? The copper IUD is the only birth control I feel comfortable using. I get severely depressed on hormone birth control. My mother also had a stroke at a very young age, and the doctors believe it was related to birth control.

  • Am I really going to have to pay for it all over again? I'm uninsured, low income, and I already paid for half of this once already. ;_;

Thank you for any insight you can provide!
Tags: expulsion

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