Digital breakdown

 

My boyfriend says that sometimes he can feel my IUD strings, but every website I’ve looked at says that this is possible but rare. What is the deal?

Sarah: Like so many devices that have made modern life so much easier, the IUD is largely dependent on its user and installer when it comes to consumer success. IUD’s are designed to be one of the least-obtrusive forms of long-term birth control, but not everyone is great at putting them in.

Once the device is in, your doc is supposed to cut the strings but leave them long enough to fold around the cervix. They shouldn’t be sticking out there like the short end of a doubled thread at the end of a sturdy hem. Apparently, not everyone is aware of this, and some people cut them off way too short.

So yes, it’s completely possible that your boyfriend can feel them. If you have doubts, go check it out with a gynecologist and make sure your strings are long enough. If not, your doc will be able to put a good plan together for a fix, which might mean a, um, reinstallation.

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