How Do I Know If Something is wrong with my IUD or IUB?

How Do I Know If Something is wrong with my IUD or IUB?

How Do I Know If Something is wrong with my IUD or IUB?

“Chances are that you’ll have no problems with your IUD. But it's still important to pay attention to your body and how you feel after you get your IUD. Here are the warning signs to watch out for. Call your nurse or doctor right away if:


·         the length of your IUD string feels shorter or longer than it was

·         you can feel the hard plastic bottom of the IUD coming out through your cervix

·         you think you might be pregnant

·         you have bad cramping, pain, or soreness in your lower belly or stomach

·         there’s pain or bleeding during sex

·         you get unexplained fever, chills, or have trouble breathing

·         your vaginal discharge is different than normal

·         you have vaginal bleeding that is heavier than usual


If you have unprotected sex with someone who has an STD, see your nurse or doctor for any tests or treatments you may need.


How Do I Know if my IUD is Coming Out?


1. Go to your follow-up appointment.

Most doctors will ask you to come back about a month after insertion just to check that the IUD hasn't moved. Since complications are most likely to occur in the weeks just after insertion, it's important that you keep this appointment.

2. Check your strings.

At the end of every IUD there are two thin strings that the doctor will eventually use to pull the device out of your body. When the IUD is in place, the strings will hang down from your cervix into the very top of your vagina. Most doctors will advise you to reach up and feel the strings once a month, at home, just to make sure that the IUD is still in place.

If you're unsure of how to reach them — or you just want to know what they feel like — ask your doctor to teach you right when you get the IUD inserted.


It's important to check your strings every month. Not being able to feel them doesn't always indicate a problem, but it could mean that your IUD has moved.


"If you've always felt the strings and all of a sudden you don't, call your doctor and come in and get checked”.


 3. Check the toilet (seriously).

It is possible for the IUD to be expelled from your uterus. But don't worry — it'd be really difficult to miss.

"Normally you're going to have some pretty bad cramps, maybe some bleeding, and you're going to find your IUD either in your underwear, in your vagina, or in the toilet," Dweck said.

If that happens, call your doctor.


4. Know about perforation.

Perforation — when the IUD pushes through and out of your uterus — only happens in about 1 in 1,000 IUD insertions. But it is possible, and if it happens, you may need surgery to get the IUD removed.

If the IUD has traveled outside your uterus, you'll probably have significant pain or discomfort. Women who've written accounts of their own IUD perforations usually say that the pain is incapacitating.


 5. Look out for abnormal pain or bleeding.

After insertion, you should expect some amount of cramping and irregular bleeding, but excessive pain and bleeding could signal that something's amiss.


"After a day or two [post-insertion], requiring medication for pain is not expected," Dweck said. If the pain is that bad, make an appointment to see your doctor.


"Foul-smelling bleeding should be checked out, because that could be a kind of infection," she added. "Very heavy bleeding, where you're soaking or saturating a pad or two every hour — that's way too much and should be checked out."


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