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Hello,

I'm new to the community but have been reading the posts for quite while. The information on here is really useful and it's great to see so many people willing to share their experiences.

Anyway, I was told by by nurse during my last smear that I have an ectropion (aka an erosion) on my cervix and was wondering if anyone knows if a cup would aggravate this or make it worse. I got a small Mooncup UK about a year ago and love it, and last month brought a small MeLuna classic ring stem too. I have a very high cervix even though I'm only 5'1'', and both cups seem to ride low so I don't think they actually come into contact with my cervix. I was just wondering if anybody had come across any info on this, my nurse couldn't tell me anything as she said she hadn't ever had a patient who used a cup. Any opinions or advice would be greatly appreciated.
 
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on March 21st, 2012 03:39 pm (UTC)
has she told you what can cause it? if diaphragms/cervical caps can't cause it i'm sure it's okay:)
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on March 21st, 2012 05:16 pm (UTC)
If you look up sizes of cervical caps, they max out at about 30mm. Menstrual cups start at 40mm so theoretically, they're wide enough not to touch, rub or aggravate an ectropion. However, if you think that your cups do, then don't use them.
fairyella_86 on March 21st, 2012 08:15 pm (UTC)
The nurse said that it can bleed a little when touched i.e by a tampon, penis, speculum etc. And was most likely caused by bcp hormones. On dry runs I have tried recently my cups haven't caused any bleeding but I was just wondering if anyone else had this and knew any effects it could have. The nurse didn't like the idea of me continuing to use a cup, and instead recommended I go back to tampons as they had been 'better researched'. I don't think I will be taking this advice as I'm not convinced she knew much about cups. I also contacted Mooncup UK and they said it should be fine as the cup sits low in the vagina away from the cervix - I know this isn't the same for all of us, but it's the way it sits on me thankfully.
Arrow_Bright: Green Gablesarrow_bright on March 22nd, 2012 01:51 am (UTC)
She said your cervix can bleed when touched by a tampon, but she wants you to go back to tampons? What?
lizsterineglizsterineg on March 22nd, 2012 01:51 am (UTC)
I'm not a medical professional, but logically concluded opinion is, if the nurse said a tampon (an internal use item) is OK, I cant' see why a less abrasive internal item (the cup) would be worse.

Arrow_Bright: Green Gablesarrow_bright on March 22nd, 2012 01:54 am (UTC)
Yes, exactly. Especially since even with a slow cervix a cup will encircle it and not touch it.
lizsterineglizsterineg on March 22nd, 2012 02:15 am (UTC)
I think a tampon will mostly come in contact with the cervix, where a cup won't necessarily, and it seems from what the OP said, her's most likely doesn't. But I wouldn't say "no contact" is true for all cups users, especially not me. I have a low riding, cup-pushing cervix....the big bully! :P
Arrow_Bright: Green Gablesarrow_bright on March 22nd, 2012 02:33 am (UTC)
Ah, that's true. I was more thinking for high cervix people, I guess. Mine's generally super high that I forget how low they can get.
juliiie87juliiie87 on March 22nd, 2012 09:58 pm (UTC)
Not to mention the nasty chemicals and bacteria overgrowth associated with tampons... yuk ! I can't see how that would be good to your potentially bleeding parts.

If you're really concerned, there's cloth pads. They're quite an investment, but I find them easy to deal with, at least for light flow days and people.
Arrow_Bright: Green Gablesarrow_bright on March 23rd, 2012 03:15 pm (UTC)
I know! Between the dioxins, the lack of sanitation standards, the drying and bacteria growth, and the mystery fibers used in most mainstream brands ("ingredients: cotton and/or rayon"?! could you be less specific?), I don't understand why more medical personnel aren't looking into it other than the "gross" factor.