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16 March 2014 @ 11:23 pm
I hope this goes in the right place, but here goes ......

I've been lurking for a bit and have been reading a lot before and since getting my first cup (a Lunette 2). I got it and for the most part it has been going exceedingly well. Honestly I've been converted and never want to go back (why did it take me until 26 to find these things?!?!!?).

Anyway, on to my question. I have an IUD (Paraguard) and have had it for 3 years almost 4 now. Normally my string is curled around my cervix, and because of that I figured I'd give my cup a few tries before I went and got it cut (it is a medium length if I remember correctly). It will occasionally drop some, but like I said it stays curled for the most part. I've been very cautious with my cup so far (been using it for four days) and I will break suction (I can hear and feel that happen) and then fold it as I remove it (I've found it a lot more comfortable and less stressful as I've been a little stressed about dislodging my IUD :P). I removed it this last time and when it was out I could feel the tip of my string poking me, so I went inspecting. It was just uncurled, it hadn't felt like I'd pulled it, no pressure from my cervix or my IUD and I can feel that it is still in place and not dislodged.

But, I couldn't find many, any really, accounts of this happening. Is this normal? Should I hold off on using my cup until I get my string cut, I just keep an eye on it and a feel for it (make sure I remove gently and carefully) and chalk it up to me poking and prodding a lot while trying to get the hang of insertion/removal? I took it out for a few hours and may leave it out over night to give my string a chance to curl up again (if it hasn't already). I know I'm probably being overly paranoid and anxious but I felt stressing myself out would just make it harder to reinsert my cup (I'm still trying to get the hang of that bit) and possibly make me do something stupid, so I thought it best to take a step back and relax.

On a positive note I adore my cup and the idea of giving it up is unacceptable after how well it has gone in the past few days. I can't use any hormone based birth control, so I'm even surprised about the level of my affection for this cool little device as I can't simply get another form of birth control and knew it was hypothetically an issue to have a cup and decided to pursue it anyway - telling myself that at the first sign of any issue at all I would ditch the cup and go about my life (even though I have found more information lately, much of it thanks to this group via links and other comments, that basically gave me hope that a lot of this fear and weariness is more do to a lack of information than any particular danger due to the two being used together).

Thanks in advanced for any comments and help you guys may have to offer me :)
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on March 17th, 2014 01:16 pm (UTC)
Head on over to the Community FAQ. There's a post about IUDs and cups, and I think IUDs get mentioned again in others there too. Also check the replies at the IUD category. My personal opinion is that you're either prone to expulsion or not. I think the number of people for whom cup use is the final straw is very small -- and if it hadn't been the cup, it would have been something else.

But bottom line, if you don't trust the two of yours to play well together then I'd say to ask your Dr/Gyno but chances are "he" doesn't know [much] about them and will agree with you that if you don't want to use it any more, don't.

For what it's worth, I have no issues with the two.
dejean1215dejean1215 on March 17th, 2014 09:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks!! I will keep reading through the posts and responses; I've been reading through all the tags. There are a lot of them :)

I tend to agree with you that either you are prone to expulsion or not as I think you would be just as likely to expel it using a tampon or other method if it was that simple. I think there is just a lot of anxiety and worry because there aren't a lot of studies and a few cup companies discourage use.

I don't even know my current Gyno (I'm army, so we don't really get a single one and since I moved recently I don't have one here yet). I figured I'd ask them, but also agree with you idea that they will probably just go along with what I push especially if I was stressed and worried they would be likely to discourage it just to make me more relaxed. ... That is why I headed over here with my questions. Chances are my doc won't even know what a cup is which is little to no help to me and if they tell me I'm not allowed to use one it can mess with my coverage.

As a side note I actually emailed Lunette just to see if they knew what I was talking about when I couldn't find much to relate directly and they got back to me really fast. They stated that it was likely I just moved my string and that as long as there was no tension or pulling I should just relax and give it another try when I'm ready. They were very very nice and I would encourage anyone who reads this at any point to just send them a message. It is nice to know that their customer support is so quick and kind when goodness only knows how many odd questions they get. :)
tjs77tsa on March 18th, 2014 08:38 pm (UTC)
My strings are 1.5in long and I use a cup with no issues I just tuck my strings back up around my cervix if they are hanging down.