After learning/reading about cups a month before my IUD insertion, I decided to buy a small Lunette Diana (I <3 green!). Unfortunately, I never got to try it out sans IUD, and I was too paranoid for a while post-insertion. Finally, after 2 months, I decided to give it a try. At first, I only wore it a couple of times during menstruation, and only for a few hours. I'd only put it in if I knew I had plenty of time to take it out slowly and carefully.
Since this period started on Friday night, I decided to wear my cup more regularly. Success! I checked the strings every time, and everything seemed a-ok, and I got really comfortable getting it out. I decided to wear it to work today--a first for me. I popped it in this morning with no problems, but literally 2.5 hours later, I went to the bathroom and was horrified at the blood! Some had already leaked out into my underwear, and when I took out the cup, it was at least 2/3rds of the way full (it may have been more, since I might have spilled in the process). It was all such a mess, I just threw on an emergency pad and left the cup out.
I just went to the bathroom (5 hours later) and I'm bleeding like mad. Soaked through the pad already! I checked my strings and they seem fine. I definitely don't feel any IUD sticking out. But now I'm terrified that the cup did something to the IUD and has triggered this crazy bleeding (and may have affected it's efficacy).
Is that likely? Maybe I jostled it or something? Is that even possible? Could there be another cause for what seems to be increased bleeding? Should I make an appointment with my Ob/Gyn? (It's a huge hassle to get appointments with her!) I wish I wasn't such a newbie with my cup (and my IUD) so I'd know whether this was something to get worked up about. :P I'm reallly careful with my strings and breaking the seal, but it's kind of hard to tell what's actually going on up there sometimes! Thoughts? Thanks!