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Discharge with IUD

4 May, 2017

Question:

I had an IUD inserted about 6 weeks ago, at my 6 week postpartum check–up. It caused me to have heavy bleeding for the first few weeks, then it slowed to spotting and thankfully, I was able to get to the mikvah a few nights ago after being nidah for almost three months.

I'm still spotting but I'm able to contain it with a pantiliner; however, today, the spotting became a bit heavier and I'm unsure how to continue with this. I understand that if I need to wear a pad, as opposed to a pantiliner, then I would be nidah. I'm able to wear a pantiliner (although I do change it every so often), but I also noticed that this heavier spotting isn't red. It's more brownish with a reddish or pinkish tinge, sometimes containing green or yellow. (I apologize for being so graphic.) Can I disregard it as discharge? I've never had bleeding/spotting this color, and I don't know what to think of it. I definitely don't want to be nidah again since I was in nidah for so long. Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you.


Answer:

Mazal tov on the birth of your baby!

The line between heavy staining and light bleeding is not completely clear.  

Based on your description, the discharge you've had would still be categorized as staining and does not make you niddah.  

If it increases to the point at which it would soak a liner or stain heavily on undergarments around a liner, please get back in touch with us with details.

Should greenish discharge become heavier and persist, you may wish to speak with your physician, as that can be a sign of infection.

You may find it helpful to review our articles "Stains" and "Toilet Paper."  Please be back in touch with any further questions.


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