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Hi everyone,

I'm new here. This is my first period using a cup. I chose the Diva Cup because I figured it seemed the most popular and I had to start somewhere. I have had the paragard iud for 9 months now and did a lot of research regarding the use of a cup with it. I finally decided I felt comfortable with it.

I'm going to be upfront: this is really hard to figure out how to use properly. It's very frustrating. I understand there is a learning curve so I am going to keep on keeping on. I will post elsewhere about the difficulties I've had to maybe get some advice, but for now I will tell you the thing that is worrying me the most:

After three days of use (and what I think was proper attempted use), my iud strings are gone. I've felt them in the same place for 9 months and now there is nothing there. I'm certain I didn't pull it out as I've been very cautious. I'm guessing it must have travelled upwards. I have an appt with my dr to see what's going on this afternoon and will update with the verdict. But for now I'm worried and discouraged. I really wanted the cup to work for me! This is really unfortunate! :-(
neetzscheneetzsche on November 19th, 2013 06:06 pm (UTC)
That's scary! Shortly after my IUD insertion, my uterus spontaneously sucked one of my strings up. It's rare but I've heard of it happening. I hope this is a similar situation. Most accounts I've read about suspected cup-related expulsion reported that the IUD ended up inside the cup as they were removing it. If you didn't see it come out, they might just be hiding.

IUD Divas has a menstrual cup tag that might interest you. There are reports of expulsion due to cups, but many people are fine using both the cup and IUDs. There are also entries about expulsion and string weirdness that might be helpful.

Edited at 2013-11-19 06:08 pm (UTC)
mercy rainmercy_rain on November 20th, 2013 01:08 am (UTC)
My first IUD, I could never feel the strings after the first few months. They ended up tucked up around the cervical os. If you've had the IUD in place for 9 months, I doubt anything untoward has happened to it.