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05 December 2012 @ 01:58 am
Hello everyone! I fell in love with my lunette (blue, size 1) back in September and am still very much in love. I've been exploring birth control options and hormones are a no no, but so is a baby. I've decided on a Paragard IUD. I had my consult a few weeks ago and go into the clinic for the insertion process Thursday. I'm a little nervous about it, really hoping that 1. I'll be able to get the IUD in the first place 2. I won't expel it and most importantly 3. I don't have to give up my cup!

Lunette's website says that they're fine to use with IUDs if the strings are short, but I want to be safe and not use it the first month or two as that's when expulsion rates are highest. I've read studies that show that there is no increase in expulsion rate based off of menstrual products but...I'm a worry wort.

Are there specific do's/don't's of IUDs and cup use?

Here are some notes on my specific situation:
I'm non virgin, never been pregnant. I love lunette, size 1. Blood flow on day one-two is heavy but I've heard of heavier, after that pretty easy. Once I get my IUD, however, I'm not sure what the change will be. I'm not sure how long my cervix is, but I do know that the stem of the lunette is fully intact and once it settles up into place if I slip in a finger I'm met with the stem 1cm, 2cm max inside, never higher. Sometimes it gets annoying and the tip is right at the entrance but I'm content with the length as is. I break suction by bearing down, grabbing the stem and bearing down while tilting it back and forth until the whole stem is outside of me. I then pinch the base (at this point it's right at the entrance...or for the cup, the exit...of my vagina) and from there pull it out. Lately I've been doing it the messy way out of laziness/habit and popping the whole thing out but have been exploring youtube and found another method thanks to MenstrualCupInfo that involves tilting slowly.

Are there any other miscellaneous things to take note of, do, not do with an IUD and menstrual cup?
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on December 5th, 2012 01:44 pm (UTC)
I am of the opinion that someone either is prone to expel their IUD or not. I don't think using a cup or any internal product has very much to do with whether or not it stays in place.

Some cup manufacturers say that you can use their cups if you have an IUD. Others say not to. And yet others say to ask your doctor. I think that's their legal departments talking, not their medical advisors.

You are already an experienced cup user. You already know how to break the seal for removal. Assuming you are not someone who is prone to expulsion, I think your cups and coils can coexist peacefully for decades.
Cailinweasleyismyking on December 5th, 2012 04:46 pm (UTC)
I did not have any luck with my IUD. My uterus expelled it in about a week. I had really heavy bleeding throughout the whole week, and used my cup to try and keep it under control. My MD had originally said using the cup should be fine after a few weeks. I don't think the cup had anything to do with my IUD expelling itself... I just think I wasn't meant to have an IUD. So sad!

I hope you have a better experience!
juliiie87juliiie87 on December 5th, 2012 09:03 pm (UTC)
Just... be super careful, at least in the beginning, know where your strings are and avoid tugging on them when you remove your cup (don't pinch it hard and high). I don't think suction really could dislodge your IUD, only some serious tugging would. You seem to have you removal method down already, so as long as it works painlessly, than you should be good to go ! And yeah, most often it's a uterus being all unhappy and contracting shortly after insertion or during a period that can make an IUD expel.
thismanynames on December 6th, 2012 05:50 am (UTC)
I've had a paragard for one year and have used a cup the whole time. I haven't had any problems with it I just always make sure to break the seal before anything else. I squeeze the bottom of the cup and make sure that I don't grab too high. My strings are about medium length.
karenoh on December 7th, 2012 01:12 am (UTC)
I've had my Paragard for over a year, and I definitely use my cup less now that I have it.

I have no desire to go through insertion again or worry about the effectiveness of my birth control, and I can't erase some of the "horror stories" I've read about people pulling on their IUD strings with their cup.

I would recommend giving your IUD a month or two (one or two period cycles) to settle in. Then, I would resume using your cup by using it ONLY when you know you'll have ample time to change it. My main stressor with my cup is worrying about getting it in and out quick enough during a busy day -- without messing up my strings/IUD.

I personally am just more comfortable not using my cup most days. I don't even like using tampons, though, because I'm paranoid about pulling out a "too dry" tampon that has the IUD strings stuck in it.

That said, I LOVE my IUD and tons of people safely use their menstrual cups (and tampons) with an IUD without any issues.

Good luck: just take it slow and be extra careful at first!
Kai: FatThelmakuradi8 on December 7th, 2012 07:12 pm (UTC)
On the other hand, I've had a long succession of IUDs for decades. When I first got a cup, I panicked during my first removal (a dry run) and yanked the cup out. OUCH! It felt like I'd given my cervix a hickey. If that didn't suck my IUD out, nothing will! While it doesn't hurt to be cautious, it's probably in there more firmly than you think.