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24 June 2015 @ 05:15 pm
It's been about a year and a half since I started using my menstrual cup (diva cup) and about as long since I've posted here, but I'm definitely a lurker. Lots of good info! The menstrual cup has changed my life and made it so my periods are SO not a big deal and I can go about life as usual.

I had a Paragard IUD inserted yesterday morning and since then I've been wearing pads to be safe due to things I've read online and on this board. Though my GYN herself (a Paragard AND Mooncup user) said there was absolutely no reason I couldn't use the cup right away. She said a well placed IUD won't be expelled due to a tampon or menstrual cup, and seemed pretty confident about her experience with placing them, saying she'd never had a patient expel it in the hundreds+ she's placed over the last thirty years. Also note - she cut the strings deliberately short so I can use the cup.

That being said, I'm still a little nervous because of how I need to remove the cup. The base has always been too slippery for me to grab without pulling down on the stem at least a little bit to get it outside of the opening of the vagina so I can get a good grasp. My normal removal is pull down a little bit on the stem, pinch the bottom to break the seal, done. I've tried inserting a finger up the side to break the seal that way, but I guess I have short fingers because I've never been able to feel the top rim to do it successfully. My thought process here is that if sometimes bearing down can get it close enough to the opening to grab, then pulling on the stem should also be NBD, right?

The last 2 days of using pads has been so disgusting and miserable and I want to get back to using my cup ASAP. I was just hoping to get a little reassurance/advice first :)

TL;DR: I want to use my divacup with my IUD - inserted less than 48 hours ago. Want to confirm that my removal method is okay :)

Thank you <3 <3
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Saruwatari Aiko - love seems to hate mestephynee_c on June 24th, 2015 09:33 pm (UTC)
I don't have an IUD so I can't comment on that and I don't know if the removal method is right or wrong.

I just wanted to share that I use the same method too. I can't insert my finger in too far as it hurts too much. I've only ever been able to get two fingers in (one on top of the other, never side by side).

I'm sorry that I'm no help. Just wanted to show solidarity that you're not alone in using that removal method.
Stefaninastefanina on June 24th, 2015 11:55 pm (UTC)
Honestly, I can never reach the rim, so I just pinch as far up as I can go and tilt 'til I feel the suction release. I typically have to cut off all the stem, so I never have one to grab.
I can't give any advice about the IUD, I've never had one.
iudmamaiudmama on June 25th, 2015 04:20 am (UTC)
Your removal method sounds more or less like what I do. My ParaGard has been in place longer than I've used a cup (8 and 7 years respectively), so the fact that I've never had a problem doesn't particularly speak to your concerns regarding the safety of using a cup with the newness of your IUD. For what it's worth, I do regularly have sex with my cup in and have never had my IUD dislodged, or any other issue. I'd be inclined to trust your GYN, but do what you feel most comfortable with. Congrats on the new ParaGard!
Kai: BugsBunnykuradi8 on June 25th, 2015 01:12 pm (UTC)
You are an experienced cup user. Just do what you used to. If it feels "wrong," then fix it. ;oP
Saráhwhimaway on July 5th, 2015 10:28 am (UTC)
You know, we hear a lot of stuff about how cups can encourage IUDs to expell, but I don't think it's actually true. They did a study looking at pad v tampon/cup users and found the latter were not more likely to expel the IUD. Here's a link with more info:
http://plannedparenthood.tumblr.com/post/79366103798/is-it-safe-to-use-a-menstrual-cup-when-you-have-an

I think you're pretty safe removing it any way you please :) As long as your not yanking on the threads, I don't think anything bad will happen.

Oh also I have had no problems with my IUD (mirena) and cups.

Edited at 2015-07-05 10:29 am (UTC)