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I've had an IUD inserted as of Wednesday last week - insertion went fine - no cramping as of now (Thursday a week later) I used tampons the Friday after with no troubles. I joined the IUD- Divas community as I was interested about using a menstrual cup with my IUD - the catch? I've never used one. I have used NuvaRing prior to having my IUD inserted - so I'm okay with getting up close and personal so to speak with myself in that respect of inserting a menstrual cup. My doctor advised it would be perfectly fine and I have been checking my strings on my IUD every so often (about three times to check position, etc) - seems they are tucked securely to the left of my cervix - I can't find the ends and boyfriend couldn't feel them either - they aren't poking anywhere so I can't estimate length since I haven't found the end to them yet and don't want to accidentally tug on them to find them and end up expelling my IUD. I have my follow up appointment in about a month so I could probably ask my GYN to give me a length then.

I purchased the Lunette size 1 IUD Aine and it arrived today but haven't gotten the courage to open it or try a dry run yet. haha I hate to be such a chicken about it but being new at something like this - and having no friends or relatives who have any experience with menstrual cups - I'm out in left field with this.

Any tips for a newbie to both IUDs and menstrual cups? i'm trying not to be paranoid but I just keep imagining I'm going to pull out my IUD or something silly like that.
 
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on December 21st, 2012 02:57 pm (UTC)
Go ahead and use it. :o)
Cenamenhoneypie3251 on December 21st, 2012 04:33 pm (UTC)
I've had my IUD for 5 months now and use a cup with no problem. I was nervous at first to use my cup. I went ahead and used it anyway. What I do to try not to snag my strings when removing the cup is to pinch the bottom portion of the cup so I can release the seal. Then I rock the cup side to side and remove it that way. When you remove the cup try not to do it in a rush so you won't accidentally snag the strings.
a DJ who lived in seclusionknittinggoddess on December 21st, 2012 04:47 pm (UTC)
Thing is, it's not a silly worry! People have done it, and a new iud is more likely to expel than a situated one. What about giving your iud a month or three to settle in? That way your cervix won't be as sensitive, you'll know exactly what your strings are supposed to feel like, and what your range of normal is like.

There's a study from Vancouver on menstrual product use with a new iud. It didn't find evidence that cups contributed to iud expulsion, but the cup user group was small and I don't trust the results for that group. You can read more about the study under the "menstrual cups + iuds" tag on iud_divas.

When you do it, go sloooooooooooooooow and avoid grabbing or whacking the strings or your cervix with the cup edge or your fingers. It's not horrible if you do, but steering clear will help you avoid encouraging an expulsion.
karenoh on December 21st, 2012 05:11 pm (UTC)
be sure to break the suction on the cup as you remove it. also make sure the cup isn't pinched together with your strings stuck in it as you remove.

I will be honest: I use my cup way less now that I have an IUD. I bought a meluna soft hoping it would be easier to remove than my DivaCup. They sent me a free meluna classic and I find both are easier to remove than the Diva because the Diva is just so long! (Never tried a Lunette though)
Hheatherrebecca on December 21st, 2012 06:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you guys! I appreciate all the info and support. I've been muddling around the community some more - I think I'm gonna wait a cycle or two - most likely after my GYN appt so I can ask her how long my strings are, maybe have her cut them shorter so I have a definitive "this is how long they are now" answer to start from - I had my IUD put in right after my period (a week I believe) so I had some bleeding for a few days, so I'm expecting my next period to be in a week or two although it could be more given the IUD may have cleaned me out pretty well as well as my period.

That being said: random question, I've seen suggestion with cups that are too long, so far the diva being the most common, to turn it inside out, is this possible for all cups? Just curious since I hadn't seen it mentioned for any others.
Just trying to gather info incase the Lunette doesn't pan out what my next cups should/could be but trying to avoid buying one of each! Haha</p>

juliiie87juliiie87 on December 21st, 2012 07:54 pm (UTC)
If the Lunette were too long for you, you'd be left with very few options... (Mini Meluna, or possibly large Fleurcup for a different fit). And you probably already know if it's the right length based on your cervix explorations. Most cups can be turned inside out, except for the Meluna I think, and the Fleur which just keeps its shape and length inside out.
Darling Nikkijessiebanana on December 21st, 2012 09:25 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't say it's silly, but I don't think it's something to worry about. When I had an IUD I, eventually, barely had a flow and the rare times I did I wore tampons. Now a lot of us know how much friction a barely full tampon can create when pulled out and I never had a problem. I can't imagine a cup being much worse.

I think if you're going to expel your IUD it's going to happen and it will have nothing to do with cup use. Some people just can't keep them in.
Hheatherrebecca on December 22nd, 2012 02:34 am (UTC)
Thanks guys! Yea I'm gonna try the Lunette to start and if it doesn't work out - go from there.

I tried to bring it up to my mother and her response, "that sounds unsanitary, gross, messy and I don't even want to hear anymore about it. Don't even bother showing it go me" (I've never used it.) so that was an epic fail. Woo.</p>

Thank you guys for being supportive, it's clear I'm not gonna have much of that from my own female family counterparts.

Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on December 22nd, 2012 10:19 pm (UTC)
On the other hand, my mother used Tassaways way back when they existed circa 1970. And my Gyno had never seen a cup until I showed her mine but now everyone at her office thinks they're great.
juliiie87juliiie87 on December 23rd, 2012 08:40 pm (UTC)
In the "personnal stories" genre, I managed to get quite a few of my lady friends interested, and three of them got themselves a cup thanks to me, two of them are now happy users, one has yet to try her cups. Not to mention all the random acquaintances I babbled to. My mom was skeptical too, but she's going through perimenopause anyway... so don't get discouraged just yet ! It takes time for people to get used to what they perceive as a "new" idea, but many will still agree that it's a fantastic one ! Changing the world one person at a time, LOL.
Hheatherrebecca on December 24th, 2012 12:23 am (UTC)
I am happy to read this! Makes me feel like maybe my two best friends will come around - one was interested and got talked out of it by my other best friend but now that I've become a tad obsessed they've began to come around.

Too bad my mother has practically abandoned any idea of any mention of it sets her off. She's for other issues tough. Haha.