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The strings of my Mirena IUD are really sticking out. Help! #706/9
My Mirena IUD strings are really sticking out. I just got the thing put in today. Is this normal?

When you say “really sticking out”, what do you mean?  Are the strings out beyond the opening of your vagina? 


If you have intercourse now, use condoms until your first visit back with your clinician.



Good luck!


Her reply on 7-7: “Yes, the strings look like a short tampon string (just thinner and stiffer).  I have put in 3 calls to my doctor, none of which have been returned as of yet.  Is this an emergency that I should just go ahead and make an appointment for (the appointment phone line will answer calls.)? Or should I wait to hear back from my doctor or the nurse?”


“Any information would be appreciated…as I can’t seem to get any help from my local doctor at the moment.”


Have you considered going to Planned Parenthood?  How far is the nearest Planned Parenthood clinic?


If the strings are not actually outside the outer opening of your vagina, you are probably okay.



My email to her on 7-20: When you said that your strings were really sticking out, did you mean that the strings could actually be seen and felt outside the outer lips of your vagina?


What is going on today?  Have you been seen by someone?

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Posted 7-13-2009, Updated 7-20-2009

Robert A. Hatcher MD, MPH
Emeritus Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Emory University School of Medicine
Atlanta, GA

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