ccharli80 (ccharli80) wrote in menstrual_cups,
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New cup user with problems: irritation and spotting

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!
Tags: cervix position, chafing/irritation, iud, organicup
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