mjulys (mjulys) wrote in menstrual_cups,

ParaGard + MeLuna Soft?

I had a ParaGard inserted yesterday and so far everything is good. I'm 31, NP, and this is my first IUD (IUC?). I've used a Keeper for the past 10+ years and while it wasn't perfect (most notably with leaking), it was far better than the alternatives. My periods are on the heavy side so prior to using the Keeper I had problems with bleeding onto pajamas/sheets at night and having to change pads frequently for the first few days of my period. I tried tampons but they made me feel woozy and that scared me which was what pushed me to find an alternative. (The reason I ended up with the Keeper wasn't because it was the best choice, but rather the only one I had at the time. I didn't even realize until I found this community just how many options there are!)

I've been using pads since the ParaGard was put in, but already I'm missing my Keeper very much. I'm planning to wait at least 3 cycles before trying any kind of cup, but once I do I'm wondering whether the MeLuna Soft might be a good choice.

I noticed there aren't many posts here about it yet, but for those who have experience with it, and with IUDs, what do you think? I know that there are multiple mechanisms for how cups might contribute to (or cause) IUD expulsion. The two main ones seem to be pulling the IUD strings when the cup is grasped for removal, and the suction action at removal causing the IUD to move downward.

My thinking is that maybe the MeLuna Soft would make the suction thing less of an issue since (according to the little I've read about it) it's much easier to remove, with less suction?

I haven't felt for my strings yet so I don't know how long they are, but I plan to do that (I'm a little nervous for some reason) so I can be aware once I do start using a cup again. It's really the suction issue that worries me, especially since my Keeper seems to exert a rather massive suction effect when I take it out. (I remove it by breaking the seal on the sides and then pulling it out, but I can see how even in doing this an IUD's position might be affected somehow.)

Also, does anyone know if I could order directly from the MeLuna website (I'm in the US)? Has anyone successfully done this? Any hints for that would be much appreciated.

Any thoughts you have about the ParaGard + MeLuna Soft combination are very welcome...this is an amazing community and I'm so glad it exists!
Tags: iud, meluna - soft, where to buy
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