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soft_masc
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I cannot feel my IUD strings. They've softened considerably and I have a lot of thick lubricant, so I suppose I could just be missing them? I know spontaneous expulsion, especially spontaneous expulsion that goes unnoticed, is very rare, but I just recently stopped menstruating and am now concerned this was not due to testosterone but due to pregnancy. I have had a lot of sex with IUD as my only contraception. In addition, I experienced a strange very small amount of vaginal bleeding a few days ago, which I attributed at the time to over-zealous fingering with exceptionally long nails. Is this worth seeing my doctor about? Having been sexually assaulted makes vaginal exams exceedingly unpleasant for me and I want to avoid them if possible.
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It does sounds like it would be best to be seen by a doctor, unfortunately. While the IUD can cause irregular bleeding as a side effect, it is more likely to make bleeding heavier and/or more frequent, not to make it cease altogether. So, together with the missing strings and the spotting you're reporting, it's best to talk to a doctor, just to make sure that everything's okay.

Do you have a gynecologist who you feel comfortable with and who knows about your history of sexual assault?

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Soft_Masc, I just read your other post and realized that I missunderstood what you meant about your periods stopping. I am sorry about that!

I do still think that it's best to talk to a doctor about the missing strings.

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soft_masc
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I have a family doctor who did the IUD insertion. She's lovely and I trust her, but vaginal exams are a pretty terrible experience for me either way. Nevertheless, I'll make an appointment. I won't be able to see her until Monday at the earliest: is there anything I should be doing or changing between now and then?
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soft_masc
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Update: false alarm, I found the strings . It must have been an issue of overlubrication the first time I looked for them. Sorry about all this!
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These things happen [Smile] Glad you're sorted with the IUD!

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