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I had an IUD (Mirena) inserted on 11/14. All went fine, bit of cramping but nothing abnormal. I should have started AF between 11/18-11/21 (following previous months pattern it would have been 11/20). AF started on 11/16 instead (no biggie, I know IUD's mess with AF for a while). But it wasn't a normal AF. It wasn't really blood, it was really (really) mucusy, stained with red/brown. AF for me normally lasts 3-4 days. Today is day 10 and it's still there a bit (spotting now). Before I left the dr office on 11/14 she made sure I could feel the IUD strings (I could, no problem). So, today I go to check (they say to check after every AF to make sure it's still positioned right) and I can't find it! I seriously cannot find those strings anywhere. I am FREAKING OUT! What I am feeling though is a small lump (maybe the size of one of those small bouncy balls you get out of the quarter machines). It's hard and doesn't really move much when I try (it does move a little, but not much at all). It's pretty far up too. I did not notice this when I checked after the IUD was inserted. WTH is it?!? I took a pregnancy test on 11/14 and on 11/17. Both were negative (first one I had to take before the IUD was inserted. Second I took because I was a bit freaked out at the strange AF) so I'm not worried about being pregnant.<br><br>
Any ideas? Obviously I'm going to get to the doctor but I need some reassurance in the meantime please <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent">
 

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No idea about the lump but your strings could have migrated into you uterus. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> Hope everything is ok.
 

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Thanks for the response. I still can't get through to the darn doctor to make an appointment.<br><br>
I'm sorta having second thoughts about the IUD. The allure of never having to remember a pill was a big reason why I did it. But so far it's had more complications than it's worth (bleeding for 10+ days, DP got poked the other night by the "strings" (really misleading word, btw) and was not too happy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> Now I can't find the strings and there's a weird lump. If this doesn't straighten out soon I may be tempted to get it out and go back on the pill <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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I had my IUD (Mirena) removed in July, after having it less than a year. I had so many bleeding problems that it actually made my life miserable. Sometimes, I couldn't find the strings and I was feeling around and hitting my cervix. It felt like a ball (like the tip of one of those hamster water bottles, if you have ever had hamsters), and was hard and not mobile. It seemed to be "swollen" at times and I thought that may be due to my period and my cervix being opened a bit. I got vaginosis and started having a strange smell, so I went to the OB and asked to be checked for infection. I had bacterial vaginosis from the IUD, and I had it removed that day. It was just not the right birth control for me. I had very heavy bleeding EVERY month, and such long periods. I am now back on the pill and much happier.
 

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I was going to look into Mirena until I searched around on the internet and found MANY MANY unhappy women claiming lots of unpleasant side effects....side effects that my CNM swore wouldn't happen. One of the most common complaints that I read was irregular bleeding off and on for up to a year and lots of women said that their husbands could feel the strings on their penis and that it actually irritated it to the point of them getting scratched! I also read about loss of sex drive and headaches (these are all things that happened to me when I had Norplant 13 years ago).<br>
I always go with the whole "if it seems too good to be true it probably is" idea LOL<br>
Good luck though and I hope you get it all figured out soon. Ever since Norplant and Depo and Low Estren pill, I have sworn off all hormones for my body!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:
 

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I've had the Mirena IUD since last March. The first month I had lots of cramping and such but no problems since. Unlike a lot of women I've talked to who had it, I have continued to have AF every month, so it is so light that one pad a day works fine.<br><br>
The ball thing that you are feeling sounds like your cervix. One tip that I got on trying to feel the strings was to sit on the toilet and bear down (like you are trying to poop) and try feeling for it at the same time. When you bear down it lowers your cervix and makes it easier to locate the strings. I've never had a problem finding it this way, but absolutely can't any other way. HTH
 

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Please, please please get yourself to a dr as soon as possible to check your Mirena's position. I had one inserted in August of 2006. It perforated my uterus and ended up lodged near my bowels. Doctors all told me the cramping was normal, I was fine, strings were probably cut too short, etc. Finally at the end of Sept. 2006, I went septic and I was admitted to the hospital. I had the IUD laproscopically removed. I urge all women who have had IUDs placed to get the position checked shortly after insertion.<br><br>
Mirena's makers do not want you to know that the risk of perforation drastically increases if you have given birth within 6 months of insertion and if you are breastfeeding. Many many many studies have documented this.<br><br>
Hope all is well with you, but please please get the position checked. I almost died and I hate to think of anyone else going through what I did. Good luck.
 

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I go to the doctor next monday to get it checked.<br><br>
alysonb- I've got to run out now (ds's therapy, grocery shopping then work) but when I get home tonight I'm going to try to feel it that way!<br><br>
Thanks everyone!
 

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I went to the dr today to have her check. She checked, and can't find it. She used a speculum with a swab and can't find the IUD anywhere. I go tomorrow morning to have an ultrasound done to see if they can find it anywhere.<br><br>
HELP! A little freaked out here! I never saw it fall out so I'm pretty sure it's still in there, somewhere....
 

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Dude. That's scary. My last one fell out but it was copper. I have a mirena now. Could it have fallen out? I sort of cramped mine out. However, i knew mine came out because it hurt.
 

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As someone who puts IUDs in:<br><br>
1.The "lump" is probably your cervix.<br><br>
2. If hubby was getting poked by the strings, they were cut WAY too short. The strings are actually more like really thin fishing wire. So if there is not enough length to them, they will feel very sharp to a sexual partner.<br><br>
3. If your doc couldn't bring the strings down through your cervix, the strings have probably migrated up (because they were WAY too short).<br><br>
4. Defnitely go for the sono. It will confirm placement. If the IUD is correctly placed in the uterus, it can stay there even if there are no strings to be found. The unfortunate part about having strings cut too short is that if they get "lost", there is nothing to pull on to get the IUD out. Now you're looking at a more complicated procedure to have it removed.<br><br>
Sorry you're having so much trouble. My patients usually do really well.
 

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Uh oh. I will be thinking of you tomorrow. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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I'm so sorry this has happened. I really hope it didn't perforate.<br><br>
I also hope I didn't scare you too much by my earlier post. I just hate the fact that this product is still on the market. It has caused massive devastation in my personal life and I've met so many people who have been similarly affected. If the IUD perforated, it is usually pretty easy to remove by laproscopic surgery. My case was extremely unusual.<br><br>
When my perforation happened, they also sent me for an ultrasound. They couldn't find it by ultrasound, only by xray, as it had migrated so far up and lodged in my bowels. If they can't find it by ultrasound, ask for an x-ray! And also, don't let them press too hard while doing the ultrasound. They did while doing mine and it caused more damage in the long run.<br><br>
Keep us updated, please. My thoughts are definitely with you. I know how scary it is. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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They talked about doing an x-ray this morning but said it wouldn't do any good because the IUD is plastic and an x-ray won't pick up plastic. That's why the went for the ultrasound. She wanted to have it done today but the hospital/clinic I was at, along with the hospital by it, were both full today so tomorrow morning at 8 was the earliest I can get it done.
 

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Wow, please keep us posted.<br><br>
And to all of you who have had problem with IUD's I am so sorry. They have always scared the crap out of me (like since I was old enough to know what they were).<br><br>
I no longer have tubes (blocked and removed prior to IVF). I have been told to take hormones (because my doctor thinks it will help me not to pee every time I cough or sneeze) but after 2 months I stopped it.<br><br>
But if I needed BC, I would do the Nuva ring again in a heartbeat.<br><br>
Just reading this thread made my insides hurt.
 

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The body of the Mirena IUS is compounded with barium sulfate which makes it radiopaque. It most definitely will show up on x-ray.<br><br>
Perforation is rare, and not caused by the IUD itself. Perforation is directly related to the skill of the provider who is putting it in.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">The body of the Mirena IUS is compounded with barium sulfate which makes it radiopaque. It most definitely will show up on x-ray.<br><br>
Perforation is rare, and not caused by the IUD itself. Perforation is directly related to the skill of the provider who is putting it in.</div>
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Ah, makes sense. Not sure why the doctor didn't know that.... kinda scary <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<br><br>
Is it possible it perforated the uterus if I felt the strings either the day after it was put in or 2 days after? I can't remember which it was now, but I know I felt them after we left the doctors office but before I started bleeding (which was 2 days after).
 

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My IUD came out and I didn't notice. I don't remember what kind it was, but it's totally possible for them to do that.<br><br>
I'm glad you're going in to get it checked out!
 
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