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11 September 2012 @ 10:57 am
After thinking that DivaCup specifically stated not use their product with an IUD, I found the following on their website:


"It is not necessary to remove The DivaCup for urination or bowel movement; however, as The DivaCup sits low in the vaginal canal, it cannot be worn during intercourse. The DivaCup is not a birth control device and should not be used for this purpose. The DivaCup is regulated by the US FDA, Australian TGA and Health Canada solely for use as feminine hygiene protection.

Please note the following when using The DivaCup with an internal birth control device such as an IUD or NuvaRing®.

"The DivaCup is worn low at the base of the vagina and away from the cervix. This means that it should not interfere with an internal birth control device. However, please use caution when using any internal feminine hygiene product with an IUD as there is the possibility that they can be dislodged. When using The DivaCup, it is important to carefully follow the directions in our User Guide, paying close attention to inserting The DivaCup low in the vaginal canal and breaking the seal (suction) before removal. Many of our customers use The DivaCup with an IUD or NuvaRing® simultaneously, but we recommend that you become familiar with your birth control device’s risks (such as the body expelling the IUD, etc.).

"As with any gynecological concerns, please consult your physician prior to using any kind of internal feminine hygiene product, including a menstrual cup."


http://divacup.com/how-it-works/your-first-questions/

That's as close as they will probably get (for legal reasons) to stating that it's okay to use a DivaCup with an IUD.

I've had my ParaGard for about two months now and have gone through one cycle using pads and tampons.  After having used my DivaCup for years prior, I was miserable.  I think I feel good going back to using my DivaCup.
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femininewearfemininewear on September 11th, 2012 10:40 pm (UTC)
I set this page up on my website a couple of months ago http://www.femininewear.co.uk/iuds-24-w.asp and the information on the DivaCup website was different. This is what I found:
"Please use caution when using any internal feminine hygiene product with an IUD as there is the possibility of dislodging it. Many of our customers use The DivaCup and an IUD simultaneously, but we recommend that you become familiar with your particular IUD risks (such as the body expelling the IUD, etc.).

As with any gynecological concerns, please consult your physician prior to using a menstrual cup."

I will change the information, to update it, but it seems as if they have been a lot more thorough with the information that they have on their website. Most of the menstrual cup companies seem to offer similar advice about consulting your physician before use.


Thora: Delvianthoraofthenord on September 11th, 2012 11:46 pm (UTC)
I've been using both my Diva and MeLuna cups ever since I got my Mirena inserted in July (I'm still spotting, but not every day anymore and very little--just enough that I like to use a cup if I'm doing anything active) and I haven't had any issues. I don't even always check to see if my strings are out of the way of the rim. At first I was very careful when I removed my cups, but I just don't feel it's necessary to be overly cautious anymore, and things have been going just fine.

It's good that you posted the "official word" on it, though. =)
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on September 12th, 2012 02:12 am (UTC)
they've realized that people might choose another brand if their site is less iffy on the matter of iud's :D

also, lolololol at "away from the cervix". ughhh...
juliiie87juliiie87 on September 12th, 2012 10:50 am (UTC)
As it is well known we cup users all have 10+ cm vaginas and our cups magically stay put right at the entrance... ;D


(although I'd guess for most people, realistically a Diva wouldn't be able to ride very far.)
kaw2 on September 12th, 2012 05:44 pm (UTC)
My DivaCup definitely sits right inside of my vagina. How high up it goes is another story. I don't know about that because I never had a reason to check.
kaw2 on September 12th, 2012 05:43 pm (UTC)
I've been debating with myself whether or not I felt a menstrual cup was safe to use with my IUD. For some reason having the DivaCup state that it's not okay to use with an IUD (and have my doctor say the same thing) made me feel wary. DivaCup's new statement gave me that final push. I thought it might help others too. :)
Taffyprincesstaffy on September 13th, 2012 05:54 am (UTC)
IUDs aren't the only kind of "long acting, reversible contraceptives." I have the implanon and as it goes in my arm and not my uterus, there is absolutely no risk of there being any conflict with my cup. I did use my cup with nuvaring for a while before getting the implanon, which was fine but annoying- just a lot of stuff to stick up there sometimes, but never uncomfortable or anything- still I was reading this and realized that since I got the implanon I haven't had to think about it at all.