Yes, you should check that Mirena is in proper position by feeling the removal threads. It is a good habit to do this once a month. Your healthcare provider should tell you how to check that Mirena is in place. First, wash your hands with soap and water. You can check by reaching up to the top of your vagina with clean fingers to feel the removal threads. Do not pull on the threads. If you feel more than just the threads or if you cannot feel the threads, Mirena may not be in the right position and may not prevent pregnancy. Use non-hormonal back-up birth control (such as condoms and spermicide) and ask your healthcare provider to check that Mirena is still in the right place.
Hepatitis C is an infection of the liver. It’s caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV), a contagious virus that’s passed through the blood. Originally diagnosed in the mid-1970s as non-type A/non-type B hepatitis, HCV was not officially named until the late 1980s. Some people with hepatitis C have an acute (short) illness. Acute HCV does not often cause symptoms. But most people with HCV develop chronic (long-lasting) hepatitis C, which typically does cause symptoms. These symptoms can include fever, tiredness, and pain in your abdomen.