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28 July 2015 @ 09:49 pm
I browsed posts in this group for a month or two before buying a ruby cup and all the info helped a ton. I have had my iud for a year and confirmed it was in the right spot before I started using a cup. My first period with the cup went amazing, although I noticed my iud string seemed a lot longer. This period my cervix seems a lot lower and my cup did not work at all. I'm a little nervous that something might be wrong and am really hoping someone might be able to help with my questions.

My cervix is about 3 inches in and normally the OS is out of reach and my iud string can barely be reached. After using the cup the strings came down almost to the vaginal opening. The strings were never trimmed so I suspect that that accounts for some of the length but is it possible that the iud moved since they are so low now?

When removing, I put one hand on the stem and use the middle finger of the other hand to break the seal. My cup was overflowing all day, I heard air flow in, and there didnt seem to be resistance when I pulled but when the cup came out I heard a pop as if it had only broken the seal after it came out. Then I noticed that my cervix was a lot lower than normal. Is it possible that the cup was sealed all the way out and pulled on my cervix to make it extra dangly? Will that affect the iud? If the cup does make the cervix more dangly, are there any tricks to reduce the effect?

When I remove the cup I check the os to make sure no part of the iud is protruding except the strings and it feels like there is a small flap of skin on the os. Is that normal? Could it actually be part of the iud?

Thank you in advance!
tkamockingbird on July 29th, 2015 10:46 pm (UTC)
Some will say that they have used a cup while having an iud without complications. It sounds like you are removing it correctly as well. Now, some doctors and menstrual cup companies will tell you not to use a cup if you have an iud. I think your best bet is to call your doctor and ask. They might give you a piece of mind or have you go in so the doc can check it out. Good luck :)
jolie2388 on August 6th, 2015 02:33 pm (UTC)
I was using a cup before I got my IUD and was nervous about using it once my IUD was inserted. I waited a few months after insertion before using my cup.

I am ALWAYS SUPER careful about breaking the seal before I take it out. To do this I insert a finger all the way up alongside up to the rim of the cup and then collapse the rim in before I pull it out. This inevitably results in quite a messy time (as the blood spills over and out if it's a heavy day, rather than staying nicely in the cup - you can end up with a lot of blood on your hand). So far I haven't had any problems with this method, but I think it helped that I was well practiced with a cup before I got my IUD inserted.

Usually my IUD strings stay wrapped up around my cervix. Sometimes I feel as if my cervix is low and is really inside my cup, which can make that technique difficult as you collapse it into the cervix, but I've had no real problems with it.

Once I'm not sure what happened, I leaked a lot even tho I don't think the cup was too full, and it did seem to be more painful than it should have been. I wondered if my strings had come down and gotten trapped between vagina wall and cup and therefore messed with the seal. Just a theory. It has never happened again tho.

Not sure where you are in the world but if it's not too expensive maybe you could get one of those scans to check your IUD is in the right place still?