Mirena IUD Removal

Katt - posted on 03/10/2010 ( 204 moms have responded )

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So about a week ago I went to have my IUD removed and my doctor couldn't find my strings so she told me I would have to have it surgically removed. I called the specialist office and she told me that I would be given no anesthetic or anything. She said that oh, he'll find them. I had an x-ray done because I was having really bad cramping on my left side..I still am and it showed my IUD wayyyyy to the left by my hip bone. I'm freaking out here. It was the most painful thing I have ever felt getting it put in and now they want to dig in my insides to find these god damn strings. WTF Has anyone else gone threw this?

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Kristy - posted on 03/11/2010

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I had my IUD taken out when I couldn't locate my string and my doctor was no longer able to find them. So they first did a xray to make sure it was still in my uterus. Once that was confirmed. I went into the office you can take motrin or vicodin before hand if you have any and you think you need it for pain control. They first put you in stir-ups then they place the speculum in so they can visualizeyour cervix and look for the IUD. They will have to dilate you some so you will have quite a bit of cramping so just be aware it may not be pleasant if you do not have a high pain tolerance some people end up needing to be put asleep to have there IUD removed in this situation. Once you are dilated the doctor must then use some other instruments to locate the IUD which can cause more discomfort. I was able to tolerate all this without needing to take anything for pain. Once they locate your IUD the MD will pull it out, then remove the speculum and clean you up. If they are unable to locate the IUD or you cannot tolerate the procedure they will most likely set you up with a date to have it removed in the hospital under sedation. Hope this helps. I hope I didn.t scare you with the explanation of what to expect. But mine went fine no problem just some discomfort. But then again I do have a high pain tolerance.

Susan - posted on 03/27/2010

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As a nurse who has worked for a Gynae. I suggest you see a specialist Gynae either at your local hospital or in private practice and ask about the options. - There re a number !!!! The Doctor's receptionist do not always know alll the facts. It often can be painlessly and safely removed in the doctors surgery by a trained Gynae person even when the GP has not been able to visualise it. Local aneasthetic can be administered for such purposes or you coould go to Day surgery and have it removed under a number of different aneasthetics. Just don't take what you were told on Face value. Ask questions and only allow something to be done to you when you feel safe and comfoirtable with the procedure and the proceduralist

Melissa - posted on 03/27/2010

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To find the string I have found sitting on the toilet to be the best time to find it myself. In fact that is my most common place to check mine, it makes the distance shorter than say standing up and trying to check on it that way. So for those of you having some trouble finding it sit on the toilet and try. And the bump area is your cervix and a good spot to check is near the middle of it if you can't feel the end of the string. Because it can and does curl up near and around and to the side of our cervixes is not uncommon. Just swirl your finger around and you are sure to find it.

Lesley - posted on 03/27/2010

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I went threw the same thing in November 2006. I too had the Mirena. When the dr. was inserting the IUD, I thought I was going to die. There was a nurse holding my hand and holding me so I didn't come of the table. I had pain and minimal bleeding for around 3 weeks. When I went back for the follow-up appointment the doctor looked at me and said,"I can't find the strings." He sent me for an ultra-sound and they too said the IUD was gone. I know I would have noticed something that big if it fell out of me, that's the explaination I was given. I continued to have pain, on my right side. I made a late night trip to the local ER thinking I had a kidney stone. When a CT scan of my kidneys came back there was the IUD. When it was put in the doctor punctured a hole in the back of my uterus. It had worked it's way out and attached itself to some fatty tissue on my bowels. I had laparoscopic surgery and it was removed threw my belly button. I was really upset. I hate that this has happened to you. It was a horrible experience!

Valerie - posted on 03/27/2010

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i actually just had to have my IUD surgically removed a month ago. i had it in for 4 1/2 yrs and i was having severe pain in my left side. i had an ultrasound done, and my iud was way up in the top of my uterus. so my dr. wanted it out. he had me go to the hosp for a short surgery. he put me under and got it out in like 15 min. i was so scared to be put to sleep, but it all went well.. i just had my 1st period and everyting is back to normal good luck

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Katherine - posted on 03/27/2010

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Tanisha - posted on 03/27/2010

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I had the Mirena for less than a year, insertion was mildly painful, but in less than a few months I began experiencing side effects, weight gain, piercing pains in my abdomen, and a overall feeling of extreme fatigue. Finally I had it removed only to find the strings were "lost" after a few instruments and much excruiating pain, he found it and pulled it out. It feels wonderful being back to my old self I would never do the Mirena again!!

Colleen - posted on 03/27/2010

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Sorry to hear about that but, I had the IUD for 2 years and in 2007 I got it remove. I never experienced any of the side effects just alittle cramp but, when I got it taken out it didn't split like a T. The Doctor was wonder why it looked different. They were all curious but, to them it didn't matter because it was out and now I just got it after 2007 .I had it placed in me just last month I haven't had any problems but, I am experiencing more side effect than I did in 2004. It said it cause weight increase but with my body its making me loose weight. I don't do anything but, do my usual workouts and eat the way I do. mmmm thats odd. I wish u well and hopefully your surgery or whatever your having goes well.

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Wow I'm sorry to hear that and a little scared cuz I have one to be remo

ved between now and june of 2011 so far haven't had any pain from it...sounds like it wasn't placed in correctly...sorry that happened

Sharon - posted on 03/27/2010

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Just wanting to be one of the few voices on here that stands up for the Mirena. I've had mine in for over a year now and luckily for me, only good things! No pain having it inserted, no cramps, NO BABIES (after haveing 2, 360 days apart), and barely a period.

To you Katt, and those of you who have had problems I empathise with you and wish the best with searching for a more pain & trouble-free way of coping with all these sucky bits of being a woman. I hope you find a better solution for you and that your Dr is more understanding than the receptionist! All the best.

Cristy - posted on 03/27/2010

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I've had mine for over a year and I'm doing good. I have a little bit of spotting occasionally, but no cramping or nothing. I forget to take the pills and the depo shots made me gain a lot of weight, and i didn't want to go through getting my tubes tied so this was the best choice for me. I'm sorry your having all these problems, I hope everything works out for you all.

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Get a second opinion! Preferably from a femal doctor. I certainly would not let anyone do that to me without making sure that there was no other option.

Michelle - posted on 03/27/2010

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I puled mine on my own while soaking in the tub. It hurt more going in then it did coming out. Now having them dig for it???? I would INSIST on something to help you not remember the pain. Like the stuff they give you when they do a colonoscopy. I wish you luck.

Syreeta - posted on 03/27/2010

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I have had my IUD for almost 2 years now, and I have had no problems. I have had it cheked once during my annual and everything seemed to be fine and in place. I wish you luck with your procedure.

Jennifer - posted on 03/27/2010

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I'm on my second IUD...not had a problem....I've never been able to find my string:( But no cramping and very little to no period:) When I go in for my check ups..the doctor has had no problems finding it...after having the IUD it would be hard for me to go back on the pill:(

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I would definately take a pain pill before going in, When i had mine removed i had a lot of cramping. I did not have it surgically removed thought but i was having the cramping like you. I would deffinatley ask the doc again for some meds.

Tiara - posted on 03/27/2010

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HELL No that has to be the worst thing I ever heard.... My 5 yrs w/ my IUD was up on da 24th and I am switching to the thing that put in ur arm.... Has fanyone heard any badthings about that????

Samantha - posted on 03/27/2010

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I had the IUD and had it removed right away. The side effects are so much worse than they should be. I hate the pill, I get nauseas from it. Please ladies DO NOT THINK THIS IS YOUR ONLY OPTION! The Nuva Ring is so easy and has given me no problems. There are other options.

Carmen - posted on 03/27/2010

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My experience w/ Mirena was horrible! I had the IUD in for apprx. 4 months, and one morning I woke up and barely took a few steps when I had to drop to the floor doubled over w/ pain in my abdominal area. I could barely walk to get myself to the ER, but eventually managed thanks to my hubby. After running numerous tests, the docs couldn't figure out what the heck was wrong w/ me. Everything seemed normal. I just went ahead and insisted they remove the mirena...(process of elimination) and what do ya know? The cramping and pain almost instantly was gone. Bottom line: Just like the commercial used to say..Mirena is NOT for everyone.

Melissa - posted on 03/27/2010

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I have been using the copper iud too and no trouble! This one is my second. Twinge going in, hardly felt it on the way out.



To let you all know a little more about mine. I had the T-38 Copper IUD in for 7 years it has a life of like 10 years and had it out about a little more than a year ago so that I could get pregant. Got pregnant about 2 mos later! And after my baby girl was born I had another Copper IUD put in the T-380. I have been super pleased with mine, no issues what so ever. My first one the dr left it fairly long and my second doctor trimmed it purposely so it would have some leeway while my uterus returned to normal at my 6 week appt. and then he trimmed it more at my follow up appt. I told him it needed to be trimmed since it had been poking me inside. He said yes cause they looked like fangs hanging there and since they are shorter than my first one. But this one even tho slight bit shorter, I can still feel it. No issues with hormones either since there are NO hormones in it. And we already have copper in us so this lets off a very very little bit. Prior to haveing this one placed I did do research on the IUDs and other contraceptives I had read there were issues with the hormones in mirena my doctor told me his patients hadn't had any issues with the mirena. but since I knew of the copper one I wanted to go with what I knew.

Katt - posted on 03/27/2010

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So I haven't checked this in a while, and thanks everyone for the support and comments!! Who ever said this is a nightmare, it sure is!! I've wanted to have this thing removed since February and I now have to wait until April 21st. I will then have had it for a year and so far in that year I've had roughly 24 periods...all in which we extremely heavy, passed large clots every time. Pretty much every symtom! I will never get another on of these. I really think the doctor that put it in, didn't place it properly!



Dominique, when my doctor went to take it out she had me cough several times. Six times I do believe, She had my whole cervix up and in the speculam. She even took these little twezer things and dug around in my cervix and nothing!!



I'm so nervous to have it removed..I realllyyy hope the doctor can remove it with no problem because I leave for Holland 6 days after that appointment!! If he tells me he is reffering me to someone else I will seriously snap!!

Dominique - posted on 03/27/2010

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I almost went through it. When I got it put in they cut the strings too short so I went two years without strings. When I wanted to get it taken out my doctor said the same thing as your doctor. When I actually had made my schedule to take it out, I scheduled it with a DIFFERENT doctor and when he took it out, it was VERY quick. He went in, said "cough for me", I coughed and it was out JUST LIKE THAT. So maybe you should get a second opinion from a different doctor. I was very scared based on what the first doctor said so I am very glad that the second doctor was able to get it out with nothing more than a cough.

Mandy - posted on 03/27/2010

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make sure you check for your strings and when i had it placed i should have questioned how short the strings where being cut i guess. Good luck i hope yours doesnt travel like mine did...i'm finding out it happens pretty frequently

Penny - posted on 03/27/2010

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OMG! I have the same IUD and hope to God I don't have to go through this. What do you think caused this?

Mandy - posted on 03/27/2010

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OMG YES! i have the same problem...my doctor cut the strings too short...and i went to have it taken out and they couldnt find it! I was having really bad side effects from it as well, i've had it for 3 1/2 yrs and didnt start having these problems till about the last 10 months. They told me i would have to have it surgically removed after they did an ultrasound to find out where it is, it's traveled into my uterus..the crazy thing is now i dont have insurance and they qouted me a price of 5,000 dollars to remove it! Now i'm sutck with it floating around in my uterus because i can't afford to have it removed! I wish i never would have gotten it

Danielle - posted on 03/27/2010

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well katt i know what your goin through as my doc had to put one in for me as i was bleeding for a month and that was the only way to stop it not i still bleed from time to time and you name it back,craps ive had it now im going in for surgery to have sists removed and the weird thing is that was the bleeding for that month then 4months after that went to other doc and i have sists on my overysso i think it was that all along,and im getting it out when i go in on the 8th april,so get it out i think katt

Tracie - posted on 03/27/2010

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Wow! thanks ladies for all that info- i will be checking mine weekly now for those strings!! and waiting for the all clear from hubby's Vasectomy, then it's coming straight out!! (she says not risking a fifth 'Blessing'!)

Evelyn - posted on 03/27/2010

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Hi Katt, going by what you've said I wouldn't recommend you get another. You seem to be suffering the worst side effects from the IUD. Is it the Mirena or just the standard IUD that you have. Probably doesn't matter anyway they seem pretty severe side effects. I have had 4 different IUD am now on my 2nd Mirena IUD with having great success with the first. It's not the insertion that hurts it is when they measure your uterus that sends me thru the roof (most awful sensation!). I have never had any major side effects like you have and I probably would've been to the doctor a lot sooner if I had had the bleeding, cramps hairloss etc like you mention. They are pretty serious. Unfortunately not everybody suits IUD's but you have to try them to find out. I would recommend to anyone about to try them to give it 6-12weeks and if things haven't settled down by then I would be thinking of other methods of contraception and having it removed. Good luck with all Katt and I hope it all goes alot better than you anticipate! best wishes.

Dolorese - posted on 03/27/2010

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I had my Miranda IUD removed and I asked my doctor if i should have any bleeding following the procedure, she said no. Two days later I hemorrhaged and required a hysterectomy. The funny thing is, whenever I tell my story, it has happened to someone else with the Miranda IUD!

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I've had about 10 friends that had it and only one out of the 10 had issues. But she had
hers removed and a new one put in.. and no issues since. These are all the Mirena though...

Kate - posted on 03/27/2010

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Oh geez, doesnt sound good, no i havent had this situation, I hope u r ok.

It now concerns me if they r worth getting in?.Im having some surgery done in april and my gyno has suggested i get an iud. At this stage i am, i dont know anyone thats had one, can i have your opinion plz?

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It shouldn't have been that painful to put in. I had mine done in September.. it didn't feel like that at all. It was minor cramping and that was it. Sounds like your Dr. put it in too far. I think you need to find someone who will give you anesthetic for sure.. WHATEVER! Good luck and hope it all works out for you! :)

Marcela - posted on 03/27/2010

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i've heard that they can travel. i've had four IUD's and obviously have been happy with them. actually, my first IUD was put in and was causing a tad bit more cramping, so then that one was taken out and another put in almost immediately. no problems on that one. no anesthesia for any of my insertions. had that one removed when we got ready to get pregnant with our now 4 yr old, then had another put back in after she was born and then removed when we were planning our now 20 month-old. i now have had the fourth one in and continue to be happy. i have had them say that they couldn't find the string, but do find it. no cramping on removal ever. for me, strong menstrual-type cramp on insertion and some very mild cramping during that day. worth not hassling with pill, shots, etc... oughta sight, oughta mind. ask maybe you can take an oral pain-reliever beforehand or a xanax (just to take the edge off of your anxiety about having to go through this) b/c it sounds like you've had a traumatic experience. i would be worried that you may be more uncomfortable (in pain) due to the anticipation of more pain/cramping since you've had a bad experience already. best wishes.

Karen - posted on 03/27/2010

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Please do not take the Lord's name in vain. It greatly offends me and probably most of the other moms on here. However, I do wish you the best in getting your IUD out. I would ask for a sedative of some sort! From not just a mom, but a grandmom at that.

Jessica - posted on 03/27/2010

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I just got my Mirena put in March 5th i believe. how long did u have urs in for. I can feel my string every time i check it. The day i had it put in they told me that i would get a lil dizzy. They put it in and i stood up right after words, and I had a loud ringing in my ears, felt like I was going to be sick then my face felt cold but i was sweating badly, and things started getting spotty and dark. I came so close to passing out it scared me.

Anita - posted on 03/27/2010

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forgot to say...i m on my second mirena coil and in ten yrs i ve only had 2 periods.

Anita - posted on 03/27/2010

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the strings came off mine too and i had to go to hosp to have 2 local anaesthetic injections...they were more painful than labour so in end i had to have a general anaesthetic to have it removed but at same time they put a new one in. altho its a painful procedure esp as my cervix is tilted and the docs have to use forceps to insert or remove i think its well worth it

Denise - posted on 03/27/2010

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I currently have the Mirena in and for the past month I have had a really bad pain inmy right said I go to the doc in 2 weeks I hope she can find the strings you are right it was very painful to put in and hate to have to go through something like that to get it taken out good luck keep me posted

Donna - posted on 03/27/2010

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I had one put in a few years ago and had no trouble. Still have strings & didnt hurt when it was put in. Kinda makes me wonder if it hurt if they really new what they were doing...

Heather - posted on 03/27/2010

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Been there...freaked out about it, too...and then the OB/Gyn had those strings in 2 seconds tops. No pain, no trouble - and no anesthesia. He just used a little tweezer thingy. (And I, too, nearly passed out from pain when my doc inserted the darn thing!) I couldn't believe how easy it was. Hopefully yours is just that easy, too. Just breathe...

Lynnette - posted on 03/27/2010

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This is very interesting as I too have been having some strange things happening to me. I have had this Mirena for almost two years. The installation was painful as.... I have had three week periods, terrible headaches. Just recently I experience excrutiating back pains that literally took my breath away. I also bleed so heavy that I passed clots and had a pain on the lower right side of my abdomen. I went to the doctor and he order a pelvic ultrasound and took blood to determine if I am anemic. Crazy right. I getting this mess up out of me as soon as I can.

Di - posted on 03/27/2010

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I am in the same situation. The string on my mirena IUD has gone up into my

cervix also. My doctor is very good I am to go and get an ultra sound to see where it is. Then it will be taken out. I haven't had the ultra sound yet but will in the next few weeks. Will let you know how it goes. Di P.S. I am sure it will be fine. Hey you went through child birth. This will be easy LOL

Nancy - posted on 03/27/2010

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yes, I sure did go thru the exact same thing, many many years ago, very painful when the IUD was inserted, only to find out that it had been pushed thru the wall of my uterus, and I got pregnant, they were concerned about me losing the baby, and lose of blood myself, and suggested an abortion. I refused, then they thought I would never carry the baby full term, I not only carried her full term, I carried her an extra three weeks, never bleed, had no complications during the entire pregnancy, delivered a healthy baby girl, and had surgery to remove the IUD a few days after the baby was born. The surgery was really very minimal compared to the pain when it was inserted. Any more questions, feel free to e mail NancyL1950@aol.com



good luck and relax, it will be fine.

Deanna - posted on 03/27/2010

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Well, I didn't have your problem, but I had a yeast infection that wouldn't ever go away. I kept trying the things they sell for yeast infections over the counter because that's all the doctors could even do for me. Finally, I decided to have the IUD removed and the over the counter stuff finally worked. Of course, before I had the IUD removed the nurses insisted it had nothing to do with the IUD. I'll never have another IUD or anything that just sits inside my body like that again because of all the issues it seems to cause. I do remember the intense pain each month with my periods also - glad to be rid of that. I hope everything works out for you, I'm sorry your having so much pain, I will be praying for you Katt :)

Richelle - posted on 03/27/2010

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2 years ago I had my 2nd IUD taken out. After going to my doctor and nurse who both could not find it, I had to have an ultrasound and then several specialist appts and was told I would need surgery too. I was moving from one end of the country to the other so ended up having to go to a different doctor in the new town about the matter. The doctor was fantastic, she read all my notes and asked me to move into a strange position on my side with my leg up, poked around and went all done and showed me the IUD. Both times inserting the IUD was painful and the first time it was removed was horrible but this doctor just knew exactly how to do it. Maybe going for a second opinion somewhere else may help. Good luck, I feel the pain!

Mollie - posted on 03/27/2010

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Im dealing with this now. My strings are gone so I will be going into the or on April 27th to have mine taken out!

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I'm so sorry to hear about all the problems you are having with your iud.

i hated my iud. i would never get another one. I had mine removed after having it for a year. I bleed like crazy for several weeks. It was a nightmare.

Judie - posted on 03/27/2010

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yes im happy you have but thats not how it worked for me and other woman and i had it in for 5 months ty

Rebekah - posted on 03/27/2010

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Katt, have you been going once every year for them to check your strings? I've had my Mirena for a little over a year and have thoroughly enjoyed it. I hate that you're having trouble with it. I would definitely INSIST on having some type of anesthesia if your IUD has shifted that much. I also think that it wouldn't hurt to get a second opinion...it sounds like your doctor didn't really do what he should have especially if it hurt like crazy when he/she put the IUD in. I hope things get better!! Good Luck!

KARINA - posted on 03/27/2010

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after reading all the stories i wouldnt want to get the iud. im happy with the nuva ring and love it wouldnt change it

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