Our expert says:
The C stands for contraceptive. If the strings cannot be seen, the IUCD may have moved up into the uterus, or may even have perforated through it. An ultrasound may sometimes be of help in seeing exactly where it is. If the strings are visible, it is fairly easy to remove just by pulling on the strings and this an be done by a GP or midwife. However, if the strings are lost this is a problem and a hysteroscopy is necessary. If you cannot afford the private fees, you can ask for a referral to a state hospital.
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