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Hello all,
I really, really want to love my soft Organicup B, but three cycles in, things do not seem to be working out well :( I'm 33 and sexually active, no children, with a copper IUD, which I've had for 12 years (not the same one the whole time, this is my third).

1) My cup quite often doesn't unfold on insertion, and I have to remove and re-insert it. My cervix is really low during my period, and I think it might be getting in the way. This might just take more practice, and even if it persists I could live with it, but ideas would be welcome!

2) I'm nervous about my IUD: I saw the article saying that IUD expulsion is not more likely when using a menstrual cup, but since my second cycle of using my cup, my IUD strings feel a bit longer than they were - could I have accidentally pulled it partway down?

3) On my second and current cycle, I experienced severe soreness and itchiness post-period, as well as spotting for a full week after my second period with cup. I'm now on day 8 (usually they last 6 days) of my third period using the cup and still spotting, though the soreness and itching aren't as bad as last month. I used to get frequent yeast infections when I was on the pill (that's why I switched to IUD), and I've had a couple since after courses of antibiotics, and this is definitely not yeast.

I will be going to see my doctor on Friday, but if anyone has had similar problems or has any advice to offer, I'd be really happy to hear from you! Thanks!
 
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on May 12th, 2014 05:39 pm (UTC)
Check out my Answers to Common Questions at http://kuradi8.livejournal.com/ It addresses insertion, unfolding, and even IUDs. A little "residual slobber" is normal. There are ways to combat it but some of us (like me) never conquered it fully. A liner or two a day is a small price to pay for all of the other benefits of cups.

As for itchiness... it's probably a mild yeast infection. It could be brought on by some of the foods that you (we all) crave before and during our periods. Or it could be a monthly pH (etc) imbalance. Or it could be that you haven't rinsed all of the soap off your hands when handling yourself and the cup -- some ingredients in soap can cause yeast to bloom.

There are many home remedies online. Systemic such as probiotics to get you back in balance. Or applied directly for relief of symptoms.

Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on May 12th, 2014 06:10 pm (UTC)
PS - Bring your cup with you to your Gyno because chances are that (easiest pronoun) "he" is not familiar with them and/or in case he wants to trim your strings to fit.

BUT... don't be surprised if he implies that it's not good for you. He has probably never heard of cups before, he didn't fit you for it, he didn't prescribe it for you -- so therefore it must be either no good for you or a silly passing fad that he'll hold against your judgement. (My last Gyno did.)

On the other hand, my current Gyno and her staff had never seen cups before but thought they were a great alternative after they saw mine. I had developed a profuse bleeding issue and they appreciated that I had kept track of how much I lost per day using the little measuring lines and adding things up at the end of the day. Good quantitative info, not just guessing at how much was in a tampon or pad.
ccharli80 on May 12th, 2014 06:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks Kai, I've read those, and it doesn't cover my issues I'm afraid.

Unfortunately I could probably write a book on yeast infections and their causes and cures: I've had over 30 in my life, and this is definitely not a yeast infection.

I'm not sure if you mean the same thing I do when you say 'residual slobber', but I've suddenly started to continue to bleed intermittently for another full week after my period has ended, which has never happened to me before in 20 years of menstruating, which is why I think it's related to the cup and possibly to having accidentally moved (not removed) my IUD.

Thanks for the tip on bringing the cup along to the doctor's, will do!
elisamba on May 12th, 2014 07:18 pm (UTC)
Residual slobber is the MC jargon for the small drops of residual blood clinging to vaginal walls that the cup doesn't catch after being reinserted.

If you find the itching is not from yeast infection, I agree that soap could be an issue. Try only boiling your cup next period and rinsing it thoroughly with water only before reinsertion.

I have an Organi A and the half-diamond works well for it to unfold.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on May 12th, 2014 08:26 pm (UTC)
Aw, bummer. I hoped the section on Insertion and the new one on Leakage would help.

You're describing spotting between cycles rather than residual slobber. And yeah, that's something to have checked out. For me, it was caused by fibroids. A course of hormones and a D&C finally eliminated the symptoms.

I have also had a long string of IUDs and it's OK if they move around a little. It's better that they move than if get embedded into a wall. Removal is (ahem) unpleasant.

Try going back to your old tampons or pads for a few cycles and see if things improve. I personally don't think your cup is to blame but if you decide it is, then maybe you'll want to reconsider using it.