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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: 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.