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30 December 2012 @ 01:05 pm

I have recently had an IUD fitted and its made my cervix quite low and tender when I have my period. I can't use tampons as I was getting unbelievable pain when I did. I've had two children and I'm 40. I bought a small lunette as I didn't want it to touch my cervix, I didn't think it would fit but it does. Sometimes I'm finding it uncomfortable though, it opens fine, sits just behind my pubic bone and the stem just protrudes outside which doesn't bother me. The pain is from my cervix I think. I've read other posts and I'm not sure my cervix is in the same place as other people. When I insert my fingers I can feel the side of it rather than the bottom where the blood comes out. It is long hard and nose like when I'm having my period so I don't see that it could fit into my cup at all as it points in the wrong direction! I've ordered another cup and the lunette wasn't big enough to collect all the flow and I'm hoping it will stop the pain. Has anyone got any ideas? This forum is a godsend! Thanks in advance.

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Sarcasticia Nitpickersontisiphone on December 30th, 2012 01:08 pm (UTC)
What about using pads for a while instead, to give your IUD time to heal up? When I've had mine put in it takes a few months to be comfortable using any insertables at all.
welsh777 on December 30th, 2012 01:54 pm (UTC)
It's an idea. Tampons have always made my flow and cramps worse. I was hoping a cup wouldn't.
juliiie87juliiie87 on December 30th, 2012 02:19 pm (UTC)
Cups definitely tend to sit around the cervix for most people, no mater how smal they might be. The softer the cup, the most comfortable it usually is, but given you've had an IUD inserted recently, it's normal that your cervix is more tender and needs some time to heal, so don't despair on your cup just yet.

Maybe a wider rim would encircle the cervix better ? Fyi, Fleurcups are on sale. ;) Which cup did you order ? Where does your cervix point to ?
Sarcasticia Nitpickersontisiphone on December 30th, 2012 09:30 pm (UTC)
It's not something you need to do forever; I've had an IUD for some years, and usually manage with a cup just fine. But for the first few months it can really be sore and cranky, especially around your period.
femininewearfemininewear on December 30th, 2012 02:59 pm (UTC)
This page may help you http://www.femininewear.co.uk/iuds-24-w.asp I have pulled together the information from the menstrual cup companies. JuJu recommend waiting until you have had 2 periods with your IUD before using a cup
welsh777 on December 30th, 2012 03:24 pm (UTC)
I've bought a large fleurcup just waiting for it to arrive. My cervix points towards my stomach. I don't know whether this is normal or not but its not going to fit in my cup as it points the wrong way! Thanks all for the help. Hopefully time will help. The iud insertion was very painful the worst ever, and I've had 3 iuds in the last 2 years.
juliiie87juliiie87 on December 30th, 2012 03:58 pm (UTC)
Hum... I'm not very good at picturing things in 3D, but you do know the vagina is mostly horizontal or at a slight diagonal, NOT going upwards ? Also the cup doesn't need to stand upwards regarding to the floor not to spill !

I'm glad you got the Fleucup, I was about to recommend it ! ;)

Edited at 2012-12-30 10:57 pm (UTC)
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on December 30th, 2012 04:32 pm (UTC)
It'll be fine. Many of our cervixes point in odd directions. As long as you aim the opening of your cup so it will sit (O) around it during insertion, it doesn't matter which way it points. The large Fleurcup will probably work out well. You have what we call a "dangly" cervix and a wider-rimmed cup like the Fleur often accommodates them well.
welsh777 on December 30th, 2012 05:15 pm (UTC)
That's good news. Here's hoping :)