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Ohsoanxious
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Hello,

I have been interested in the copper IUD, I was on the pill for about 3 years and have decided I no longer want to be exposed to hormones long term. Obviously, the copper coil is the only option and the majority of pros seem to outweigh the cons for me. However I do have a couple of questions. I am curious about the strings that hang down - if I can feel them myself, obviously everything is okay, I know in circumstances my boyfriend may be able to feel them too, if this is the case, how does having sex not push the strings and IUD out of place? I've read that people have said to be careful when checking them not to pull them, does having intercourse not pose the same risk?
I am 19 years old and in a steady relationship, I have never had children, I have been told that this presents no other problems other than being slightly more painful upon insertion. We are both STI free so that isn't a worry either.
It's more the strings that are the only thing putting me off having it done. But I don't trust condoms long term, I am really not ready to have children and for me they pose too much of a risk.

Any light shed on the strings issue would be greatly received.

Thank you [Smile]

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Heather
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The strings of an IUD can move around, and that has no impact on the device. You or someone else grabbing them and yanking them obviously could, but some movement is fine.

They also soften quickly, so it is not likely a partner will feel them during intercourse, especially with all the other stimulation going on. [Smile]

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So fingering for say would be okay? Thank you.
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Heather
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It sure is. A partner just needs to know that if they do feel the strings, they are not something to pull on.

You can also ask your provider to cut them super- short if you like. Many do that now as standard practice anyway.

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