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Hi all!

I just recently got the liberte 380 IUD (it's one of the copper ones) and I've had nothing but good experiences with it. My GP told me to wait on condom-less sex for a month, so the cervical mucus could fill in from when it was inserted, and then come back for a checkup after my first period.

So, that came and went, she checked, said the IUD was placed right, and the strings were where they should be. She also told me to check the strings before and after sex, just to make sure it hadn't expelled. Now, I'm trying to find it but I really cannot find the strings.

I have a sneaking suspicion that my internal architecture is changing--I've been working out a lot, and the last few months it's been harder and harder to remove my menstrual cup because my vaginal canal feels longer and the cup itself seems to be further and further back. That, or my fingers are getting shorter. [Razz] Because of my extensive use of the menstrual cup, I do know the position of my cervix changes during the month, and based on arousal, etc...but even squatting, bearing down, and being totally unaroused, I still don't think I can touch my cervix with my fingers.

If anyone has any suggestions for how to reach my strings, or otherwise check placement, I would be super grateful! Positions/tips/etc...Would rather not have to go into the doctor every time. I'm new to non-barrier method sex and so it makes me a bit paranoid.

Thanks so much in advance!

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Robin Lee
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Hi Cas,

Working out isn't likely to make your vaginal canal longer. [Smile] It's possible that your pelvic muscles are stronger, and gripping your menstrual cups more, though I couldn't say for sure.

You've described doing all the things I'd suggest for finding those IUD strings, so I'll let other people more familiar with IUD use weigh in here.

Were you able to feel the strings before?

Can I just check in that you're up-to-date on your STI testing? IUDs, unlike condoms, only provide protection against becoming pregnant, and I just wanted to check in about STIs since you're no longer using condoms.


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Hi Robin,

Thanks for your response. No, I wasn't able to feel the strings before she checked for them. I know the vaginal canal can't really get longer, but my GP did mention that she thought that losing weight can alter how that area feels, because there's less tissue around it. Especially with strengthening of pelvic floor muscles (as you suggest) and with the subtraction of visceral/internal fat. I apologize for the inaccuracy.

Yep, up to date on STI testing (they make you test before inserting), with a monagamous (also tested) partner. Thanks for checking though.


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