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The IUD has strings made of thin plastic threads that hang down into the top of the vagina. The strings should not bother you or interfere with sex or daily activities.

In rare cases, your partner may feel the IUD strings during sex. If this occurs and it is a concern, your ob-gyn may be able to trim the strings.

See Long-Acting Reversible Contraception to learn more about the IUD.

Published: October 2020

Last reviewed: October 2020

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