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Q. I have spotting, and my vagina smells horrible after getting an IUD. Is it normal?

Answered by
Dr. Sameer Kumar
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jul 02, 2017 and last reviewed on: Nov 09, 2021

Hi doctor,

I got an IUD about four months ago. Before the IUD, I would bleed for 3 to 4 days with no cramps. With the IUD, I spot almost every day, and the days I do not spot, it smells horrible. Then I get the worse cramps ever. Is it normal? My vagina has the worse smell.

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  • IUD (intrauterine device) does not really cause any infection, but in the initial 1 to 2 cycles, spotting may continue for long before it stops in some women.
  • The concern here should be foul smell and discharge, which is likely due to vaginal infection mostly bacterial vaginosis. This has to be ruled out with a high vaginal swab culture and may require a course of antibiotics for a week.
  • IUD per se is unlikely to cause these symptoms if it is a non-hormonal IUD like copper-t. Please get a vaginal swab culture done. Regards.

For more information consult an obstetrician and gynaecologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/obstetrician-and-gynaecologist


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