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Bleeding After IUD Insertion

I just got the Paraguard inserted on Wed (12/22/2010). I was bleeding a very light red color and last night I started to bleed a little heavier, like a light period. It is not a lot of blood and its new blood. I was just wondering how long after the initial insetion will I be bleeding for until things go back to normal. Also, can I use tampons with the IUD? I would call my Dr. office, but they are out until Monday, with the holiday. I appreciate it.

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replied December 28th, 2010
Birth Control Answer A18013
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It is common to have continued bleeding after IUD insertion for about 5-7 days. If the bleeding is getting heavier and prolonged, then it is not a good sign. You should immediately go back to your gynecologist to check for position of the IUD and rule out other possible injuries. Look out for any other new symptom development like severe cramps, fever, heavier bleeding, passing of clots etc.
You can use pads, avoid use of tampons, as it might introduce chances of infection.
Take care.

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