pn28 (pn28) wrote in menstrual_cups,

IBD and menstrual cups

Thanks to help from people on this list, I was able to get the hang of inserting and taking out the diva cup so it wasn't too painful to wear, which involved putting it in much higher than I had been.   However, with the cup higher, I think it pressed on my colon too much, and I don't think I'm going to be able to use it.  I have had chronic inflammation in my colon for the last few years..... was diagnosed with IBD (inflammatory bowel disease) about five years ago; my diagnosis has switched back and forth between Crohn's colitis and ulcerative colitis (it can be hard to tell them apart, but my doc leans towards Crohn's).  I'm not flaring, but I'm not in remission either .... have symptoms every day, but they don't hamper my life too much now (I was really, really sick a few years ago, including 18 days in the hospital)..... but the cup definitely exacerbated things, could feel the difference when I took it out, and it still hurts some 24 hrs later.

Just wondering if there's anyone on the list who has IBD focused in the large intestine and has been able to use menstrual cups.....    or others who tried and decided not to.  I didn't find anything searching under IBD, Crohn's etc.

I'm seeing my gi doc soon so will check in about it.....     I know some of what's in the mix for me now is fear because that's always there when you have a chronic illness that gets better and worse.......  and I am a little annoyed w/myself for taking more than baby steps w/the cup, as there clearly was a risk for me ..... I just wanted it to work......

thanks again.
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