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Embarrassing for me because I have to ask, that is! I had a mirena inserted after ds2 (about 10 months ago) and I've been really rubbish about checking the threads (I know, I know I should have) but I am a bit squeamish about poking about down there. Anyway, I thought I should have a look and I can't find them, though I'm hoping that's because I'm too crap to know what I'm looking for. Are they difficuly to miss? Because I had a good poke round and couldn't feel anything that didn't feel like it belonged to me. Feeling a bit worried about it now, so any advice gratefully received. And yes, I know about Twinkie and susanmt: that's why I'm worried!
ponygirl, my bf had a very similar problem to you. Sometimes she could feel the threads, sometimes she couldn't. In the end she couldn't take the stress of not knowing whether it was an effective contraceptive for her or not so she went to the doctor's to have the coil removed. Unfortunately the young male doctor then couldn't find the threads, he paniced and told her she would need a "little operation". Luckily my friend insisted on seeing another doctor who did find the thread and removed the coil for her.
PS My friend actually got pregnant about 3 weeks later, but that is a different story !
I had a mirena fitted a few weeks ago & I think I can feel the threads, but I'm not sure. I think it's quite hard to tell what's what (IYKWIM)!
Definately go & get it checked anyway & ask the doctor/nurse for some advice on what it should feel like.
2babies - in answer to your question, it saves having to remember to take the pill every day, it;s also a lot less hormone than the pill, as the hormone is released in situ, as it were, and also with a lot of people it reduces if not stops your periods!