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29 August 2012 @ 02:40 pm
Hello my fellow cuppers!

I have a few questions for you. I've had two abnormal paps and will be going in for a colposcopy next week. Someone mentioned that perhaps my cups is causing changes in my cervical cells. I've been using cups for almost 5 years for approximately 10 days per month. I also have an IUD, which I just read sometimes leads to inflammation (due to the strings) that are sometimes interpreted as an abnormal result. Maybe cup usage causes inflammation as well? Maybe it's one or the other or perhaps a totally different reason altogether?

Although I highly, highly doubt it has anything to do with the abnormal cells, I just wanted to get your opinion. Do you think:

1) The cup could contribute at all to changes in my cervical cells?

2) Do you think it's necessary to bring up my cup usage to the doctor performing my colposcopy? I'm not ashamed of it or anything, but I'm just afraid he/she may not know about cups and may have a negative attitude about it because it's new to them and end up blaming it for my cervical issues.

Does anyone have any experiences and/or opinions about this? Thanks in advance!
zombiebait: seven/acevampireborg on August 29th, 2012 06:44 pm (UTC)
Latex or silicone cup? I got a weird PAP back when we were using latex condoms, I haven't had an odd one with silicone cup use.
ladycontentladycontent on August 29th, 2012 06:48 pm (UTC)
I've only used silicone cups- Diva, Yuuki and Lunette.
anjeaanjea on August 29th, 2012 07:56 pm (UTC)
I can't possibly imagine how silicone could cause a change in your cells.

Do you have any family history of cervical cancer?
ladycontentladycontent on August 29th, 2012 09:00 pm (UTC)
Well I was thinking maybe it has more to do with the friction/pressure/irritation/possible bacteria against my cervix? Again, I don't think it is the cause, I just wanted to get some other opinions.

I have a family history of breast and colon cancer, but not cervical. My Grandfather died of colon cancer, one of my aunts have died of breast cancer, and another two have breast cancer, one of which has just been given 3-6 months to live. Needless to say, this whole issue is very scary for me so I'm trying to get all of the information I can.
juliiie87juliiie87 on August 30th, 2012 01:14 pm (UTC)
Have you tried searching the vagina_pagina lj comm' ?

From reading stuff there, it is my understanding that many things can cause an abnormal pap besides cancer, such as rough sex, your strings, definitely, and it usually clears up on its own.
angelsweep on September 1st, 2012 03:37 am (UTC)
I hope you are going to be ok, I really feel for you. I've been using my cup for about 3 years, I had a pap two years ago, and it was fine, even though the gyno freaked out about a large white spot on my cervix, which I told them was probably from a recent severe case of chickenpox, because I had pox inside and outside everywhere. If you mention it to your doctor, they could possibly suggest not using the cup to be safe or if you are worried about it. IUD's have been shown to lower the risk of cervical cancer so I can't see how that could cause a problem. I can't see how a silicone cup could cause cervical cells to change, unless you are allergic to silicone, or even something you use to clean it with. All I know there is a connected between using Talc powder down there and ovarian cancer.