Among the many many various birth-control choices on the market, intrauterine devices, higher often called IUDs, are one of many extra widespread strategies individuals select. Although it isn’t as widespread as taking the capsule — 10 % of girls ages 15-49 at present use an IUD, in comparison with 14 % of girls who use oral contraceptive, based on the CDC — it is an important possibility for these seeking to forestall being pregnant and/or help manage painful period symptoms.
In fact, there are execs and cons to each birth-control possibility, however one purpose why somebody would possibly select an IUD over an oral contraceptive is that it would not require you to constantly take a capsule on daily basis. Side effects from an IUD are additionally uncommon, and “the failure fee for the IUD is lower than one %,” Megan Gray, MD, a board-certified ob-gyn with Orlando Well being, previously told POPSUGAR.
On the opposite facet of that, IUD insertion could be painful for some individuals. As Dr. Grey beforehand informed POPSUGAR, “the ache can vary from sharp ache, interval cramping, or like a ‘intestine punch.'” Folks additionally fear about whether or not or not an IUD could be felt throughout intercourse, since an IUD is positioned contained in the uterus by means of the cervix.
To clear up this query searched on Google practically 1,300 occasions a month, we spoke with an professional who solutions as soon as and for all whether or not or not you possibly can really really feel an IUD throughout intercourse.
What Is an IUD, and How Does an IUD Work?
First, let’s set up the fundamentals. An IUD is a small T-shaped device that is placed inside the uterus by means of the cervix. You possibly can select between a copper IUD, which prevents being pregnant and doesn’t launch hormones, and a hormonal IUD, which prevents being pregnant by releasing estrogen. No matter which type of IUD you choose, the IUD can have a protracted set of strings connected to it, explains ob-gyn Alyssa Dweck, MD, a working towards gynecologist in Westchester County, New York. These strings are “easy, cell, and really skinny,” she tells POPSUGAR. (Assume: like fishing line.) The strings are there so your physician can simply affirm that the IUD is within the correct place, they usually’re additionally used to take away the IUD when it expires or should you select to have it taken out, Dr. Dweck says.
When the IUD is inserted into the uterus, the strings are reduce in order that they arrive out of the cervix and lengthen barely into the vaginal canal. The precise size could differ based mostly on the person and the medical supplier performing the process. Usually, they’ll hang around of the cervix into the vaginal canal, curve across the outdoors of the cervix, or curl up contained in the cervix canal, Dr. Dweck says.
Can You Really feel an IUD Throughout Intercourse?
Sure, it is potential to really feel an IUD throughout intercourse, however the one a part of the IUD that you simply or a associate ought to ever be capable of really feel are the strings, not the IUD itself. Throughout penis-in-vagina intercourse, companions with male intercourse organs could really feel or discover the IUD strings if they’re “pointing” out of the cervix canal at a particular angle, Dr. Dweck says.
“Whereas there isn’t a medical hazard to a male associate feeling IUD strings throughout intercourse, it might be barely uncomfortable,” she explains. “The string is a mushy plastic monofilament however, at occasions, may give a ‘poking sensation’ to a male associate. That is simply remedied by trimming the strings,” which could be completed by a medical skilled. Nevertheless, she says sexual companions feeling IUD strings is “an virtually nonissue” along with her sufferers. Your physician can assist you make the decision on in case your IUD strings have to be trimmed. (And, for the file, your IUD strings ought to solely ever be trimmed by a educated and authorized medical skilled.)
It is also potential your IUD strings could also be felt throughout finger-in-vaginal-canal intercourse, however Dr. Dweck says the associate would really want to strive with the intention to really feel it.
If you happen to or your associate are experiencing ache throughout intercourse that you simply assume could possibly be associated to the IUD — and it is greater than just a bit poke from the strings — it could possibly be as a result of the IUD has moved. If so, it is essential to be aware of your signs and go to your physician to verify your IUD is in the precise place.
How Can You Test Your IUD Strings to Make Positive It is within the Proper Place?
Dr. Dweck recommends sufferers examine for his or her IUD strings each month to verify it hasn’t moved from its correct spot within the uterus. To be able to do that, Planned Parenthood suggests placing your fingers into your vagina and reaching up towards the cervix, the place your IUD strings ought to be. Nevertheless, you shouldn’t tug on the string. (It is value noting that not everyone is able to feel their IUD strings, whether or not it is due to the string size or your anatomy.)
If you happen to often examine your strings they usually really feel longer than common, Dr. Dweck says this might point out that your IUD has shifted place. If you cannot really feel the strings however had been beforehand in a position to, there’s a probability the IUD has fallen out or penetrated the uterine wall — although Dr. Dweck stated this prevalence could be very uncommon. In both circumstance, it is a good suggestion to go to your physician for a checkup, particularly should you’re experiencing any form of ache otherwise you or your associate are feeling the strings extra so than common.