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Hailey Michelle
06 May 2010 @ 12:05 pm
So I just got a Mirena 2 weeks ago, while on my period. my "period" has stopped and now i juat have a TINY amount of spotting. before I got the iud i was using a diva cup model 1, which worked for me okay, but i think i only got it cause it was available at the whole foods by my house, and i wanted to try one bad. so i bought a small meluna the other day, because i didnt feel i needed the capacity of the diva, and thinking it(meluna) would be better suited for iud strings cause it is shorter, and i thought maybe it would ride lower in my vagina and not ride up to my cervix... but now i think this is wrong, right? i mean arent all cups supposed to ride up to the cervix? I dont really think my strings will be an issue, since i can barely feel them, and i think they are curled up past my cervix(not hanging down). i read on melunas site that they were safe with iud's if the strings were short. i dont really know if mine are short or long, cause they are curled up. the doc said they were about and inch and a half i think... is that short? i dont know.
but basically i wanted to know if it is possible to wear a cup lower down if it still has a seal, or will it just ride on up there on it's own? like i said i dont believe it will be a problem, and i will still try it. just wondering
it would be great if someone actually uses a meluna and an iud to give me some pointers too, but it doesnt seem like very many people use the meluna(small)
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fireaphidfireaphid on May 6th, 2010 07:26 pm (UTC)
Technically, cups aren't supposed to ride up by the cervix; in the manufacturers' diagrams, the cup is usually close to the vaginal opening, and the space between the rim of the cup and the cervix is exaggerated. But each cup sits differently in each individual, and many folks find their cups sit high. The cup will migrate wherever it wants, so you probably can't control whether it's high or low.

I don't think your strings are particularly short. But, they're about the same length as those on my IUD, and I use a small Lunette that sits way up at my cervix and haven't had a problem. Just be careful not to grab the strings when you remove your cup. And with any luck, Mirena will lighten your flow so much that you won't need the cup at all, so you won't have to worry about it.
Hailey Michellehaileysrad on May 6th, 2010 07:41 pm (UTC)
this is what i figured, i did just look at the diagram that came in the pamplet and it shows the cup sitting low. i am pretty sure my diva was all the way up there close to the cervix, but maybe that was just cause those things are really long...
And i figure the mirena will pretty much make my period go away, which has been the case with other non-estrogen hormonal methods for me. I have been taking shepherd's purse, yarrow, and cramp bark(for lightening uterine bleeding and cramps) and i have to say, some days i am not spotting at ALL. but i was using panty liners, just in case to save my panties, and i got pretty chafed up, and fed up, which is why i purchased another cup. thank you for responding...
Hailey Michellehaileysrad on May 6th, 2010 07:45 pm (UTC)
also thanks for the input about my string lengh. i will make sure not to pull them, but when i removed the diva i always just squeezed the bottom, and it slid right out, i didnt ever have to put my fingers around the rim to break the seal...
fireaphidfireaphid on May 6th, 2010 09:03 pm (UTC)
If you decide even a small cup would be overkill or if you would prefer pantyliners, minus the chafing, I'd recommend looking into cloth liners. They're just as comfortable as regular cotton underwear and no more work to clean, not to mention they'll save you tons of money over disposables, just like cups.
Hailey Michellehaileysrad on May 6th, 2010 09:54 pm (UTC)
i don't really like the idea of reusable liners, just because I don't have a washer and dryer at my house, and have to go to the laundry mat to do laundry. I don't think I would be able to clean them enough by hand, and they would take forever to dry.... but I know it is an option out there...
fireaphidfireaphid on May 6th, 2010 10:01 pm (UTC)
I've actually been using cloth liners while sharing dorm laundry machines with hundreds of other people for over two years now without issue. I just treat them exactly like regular underwear; throw in the hamper after use, wash with everything else whenever I get around to it, dry with everything else, etc.
Hailey Michellehaileysrad on May 6th, 2010 10:45 pm (UTC)
oh wow. i feel like i would have to have a lot of them then, cause i dont do laundry very often... i have A LOT of clothes.
fireaphidfireaphid on May 7th, 2010 05:36 am (UTC)
Ha! Yeah, I have a lot (like 10) because I'm also extremely lazy about laundry.