namphon (namphon) wrote in menstrual_cups,

Menstrual Cup and PID??

I am a new-ish user of the DivaCup and the IUD, and I am happy with both. But does anyone have concerns about the risk of PID with menstrual cup use? Although nothing is indicated in my reading on the DivaCup, PID becomes more of a risk for any IUD user due to the new channel for bacteria to travel up. I, of course, wash my DivaCup and my hands thoroughly and empty it every 8-10 hours to be on the safe side, so I'm sure I am as safe as one can be. However, read below:

"The DivaCup is not suggested for use with an Intrauterine Device (IUD)...If you are concerned about PID or have symptoms of a PID, please discontinue use of any menstrual cup. As with all gynecological concerns, please consult with your physician." (from

If I am concerned?? Should I be concerned is what I want to know. Is there increased risk of PID or not? Is the risk the same as with a tampon, less, or greater? My doctor seems to think that anything apart from a maxi-pad holds bacteria in the vaginal canal for too long, but maxi-pads are so 8th grade. I can't go back! What have you all learned/been told?
Tags: divacup, health risks, iud

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