zenveggite (zenveggite) wrote in menstrual_cups,

Removal issues, a bit worried about my IUD...?

I've given my small Lunette a couple of "dry runs" now, once for just a few minutes when it first arrived and again today in anticipation of an upcoming period. The first round was fairly uneventful, but the recent one was... Slightly complicated. I actually ended up inserting it in a public bathroom with no problems. I wore it comfortably for 6 hours or so, and when I got home, I decided it would be prudent to remove it (primarily to check for blood).

Removal was tricky, but not horrible. I managed to break the seal after a few minutes and wrestled the thing out of me with a minimal level of strain. There were a few spots of blood, so I figured it might be a good idea to reinsert in case I started REALLY bleeding. I washed it off and went for round two for the day... which went incredibly poorly. My cervix is quite low at the moment, but I'm not sure that that was the problem? Maybe I'll try a different fold next time (I used the punch-down fold), but I couldn't get it to seal. After much tampering with the placement and suction, it eventually seemed to work its way sideways and intently latch onto my vaginal wall. I remembered at this point how hilarious I'd found a comment on here regarding a similar experience, just how amusing the idea had seemed at the time; it's not nearly as funny when there's an IUD involved. :/ Once I realized it was sideways, I also found that I'd disrupted my strings. While I'm fairly certain that I didn't pull on them at all, all of that activity jostled them from behind my cervix and sufficed to thoroughly freak me out. I finally broke the suction (I really wish I had longer fingers...) and slowly maneuvered it out, but now I'm a bit nervous about using it for my actual period.

I have read that using it while really bleeding is an entirely different experience, and I'm sure it is, but I just don't know about the risk... As much as I love the idea of menstrual cups, I also love the idea of never having children, and pulling my IUD out of place would not be conducive to this end. I can't afford to keep buying disposable menstrual products (entirely disregarding their loathsome side-effects and sordid environmental ramifications), and I do intend to make cloth pads for primary use next month, but... I dunno, what would [probably] be the best way to remove my cup, do you think? I break the seal first, but I'm worried about pinching strings when I do this... I then pinch the bottom of the cup (which it would be damn near impossible for my strings to be pulled by) and move it side to side while still pressing on part of the rim to keep suction from forming. Is there a more IUD-friendly way to remove cups? Any reassurance or advice would be greatly appreciated. :)

(A bit of background: I'm 18, have had my ParaGard IUD for 2.5 months, am completely new to menstrual cups, and my strings are about 1" long.)
Tags: dry run, iud, lunette, removal - painful or problems, seal & suction
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