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01 June 2015 @ 02:35 pm
So, I've been using my Mooncup for about 3 months now. I'm very pleased with it, it has made my menstrual cycle earlier (so now I only bleed heavy on weekends, which is like a dream, YAY!), faster (1,5 day heavy bleeding, than just spotting) and a lot more comfortable! I still have some cramps and severe PMS, but a menstrual cup can't fix everything, right?!

Anyway since a few months I have a boyfriend. I hadn't been using birth control for over a year because I didn't like what the hormones did with my state of mind. Now since we are sexually active, I decided to go for a copper IUD. So now I have it. Since I am not allowed sexual activity a week after placement, I asked my gynecologist for advice on the use of the moon cup in this week. I was shocked when she asked what it was. She was totally against menstrual cups, said you couldn't get it cleaned properly and sterile and there would always be bacteria of your own staying stuck on it like Streps… First of all I wonder if she is talking about toxic shock syndrome here? Can someone explain further?

Now I guess I better use pads in my first week with the IUD… But she was kinda advising not to ever use the moon cup again, claiming it was not save… I sure as hell don't want to go back to tampons forever, so I am asking on your experience with copper IUD and Mooncup. Is it okay? I'm kinda worried it will get sucked out or something :P
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Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on June 1st, 2015 12:56 pm (UTC)
Yeah, my last Gyno was anti-cup too. Since he didn't know about them, fit me for one, prescribe it, etc then I was a fool for using it. And I was a bit insulted that he didn't think I was capable of keeping it or myself clean enough to avoid infection.

On the other hand, my new Gyno thinks cups are wonderful. She had never heard of them either but after some show-and-tell, especially after I had charted my blood loss during a series of massively heavy periods, I suspect that she recommends them for others who need to keep track of their loss.

As for IUDs, the copper ones can increase the amount that you bleed. You might eventually want a higher capacity cup. If you don't like the size/capacity charts at http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ there are others at the Community FAQ.

Also follow the link to the Common Questions from that page. There is a section about IUDs there.
titaniumtrinitytitaniumtrinity on June 1st, 2015 07:30 pm (UTC)
Yeah she's completely wrong :P I've had a couple of gynecologist who were pro-cup and told me they were ok to use with my IUD. As long as you're rinsing it off between uses and sanitizing it every cycle, it should be fine. As for pulling the IUD out, yeah it's a little bit of a risk, but a lot of people do it. The important thing is to make sure you're not pinching the strings when you squeeze the cup and remove. Personally, I don't believe any suction created could really be strong enough to actually dislodge the device. There are some cup-related posts over on this community, as well as a lot of other IUD information http://iud-divas.livejournal.com/2161367.html
love_rumpslove_rumps on June 2nd, 2015 03:29 am (UTC)

I have an IUD and am only new to the cup world so by no means an expert but I'll let you know what my experience was and hopefully that will help. I found my gyno had some bad but also some good information about cup use. She told me I HAD TO secure/suction the cup to my cervix in order for the cup to work. Kind of off putting for a new user but after lots of research and a successful first run I found this wasnt the case. I also have a copper IUD and a good tip she did give me was that you should ensure the suction is broke before removing the cup by breaking the seal as close to the rim as possible (apologies if TMI but put your finger up the side of the cup and press to break the seal rather than pinching the bottom). Also by avoiding pinching the end of the cup to break suction, you are less likely to accidentally pull the strings. She also said although it is not impossible, it would be pretty hard to dislodge an IUD so mainly just be careful and go easy when you are removing. Hope this helped!

..::bella vita::..por_que_no on June 3rd, 2015 01:58 pm (UTC)
I probably just wouldn't use a hole-less cup like the Lily, or one with really tiny suction holes like the Diva, along with the IUD because of the risk that the suction could dislodge the IUD. The Mooncup may be one of those tiny-hole cups so you may want to take a piercing bit or whatever they use to enlarge holes and do that.