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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?
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!