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17 November 2015 @ 10:39 pm
I hope you guys can help me out, I'm kind of nervous and a little scared.

About three months ago, I got an IUD (the Mirena) inserted. It was a horribly painful experience that I tried to walk home after, and couldn't move for a couple days from the cramps and pain. Anyway, eventually the pain went away and I've been mostly symptom free for a while. Unfortunately, my periods haven't stopped.

I always use my Schoon cup when on my period even with the IUD, and I haven't had any problems with it. Tonight, however, I went to remove the cup and it stuck a little, which is normal, but when it popped free I felt a sudden pain. At first I assumed that the cup had snapped open or around as I was pulling it out, as the pain was around the area at the upper side like I had just gotten a good thump there. However I came across the thought that it could have been the suctions, and the pain could have been my Mirena. I felt a little sick when the pain hit, and I'm pretty sure I felt the blood drain from my face. Eventually though the pain subsided, though I still felt like I was "sore". I carefully felt around to check my cervix for the IUD coming through, but fortunately I didn't feel anything poking out. The string was hanging down though, whereas normally it's curled up around my cervix.

I read some online, and most said there was little risk but the risks mentioned were: 1) accidentally tugging the cord of the IUD if it gets stuck between the walls and the cup, and 2) the suction dislodging the Mirena.

Is it possible I dislodged or otherwise jolted my IUD? I have a really really bad habit of just tugging the cup out without properly breaking the seal because I've never had a problem, but I'm really afraid of it now. I still hurt a little, a kind of crampy, throbbing feeling. I really hope I didn't dispel the IUD or help it work free. I'm also afraid if I irritated it then it might react similarly to when I got it inserted, and give me really painful cramps.
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jourdanicus on December 2nd, 2015 02:49 am (UTC)

I actually just decided to finally join this group (been lurking for ~2 years) because I saw your post and thought I could help out. :) I know it's been a couple weeks since you posted but... maybe you're still wondering. Idk.

So, from my own experience, the kind of pain you're describing sounds like you hit your cervix. Maybe the rim of your cup bumped it during removal.

I wouldn't worry about the strings changing position. Mine do that all the time and it definitely used to freak me out but after a couple of panicked visits to Planned Parenthood I am now sure that that's normal. As long as they don't change length, and you can't feel the plastic tip of your IUD poking out of your cervix, any other string "weirdness" is fine/normal.

I would say try to break the seal a bit more from now on when you go to take it out, and go slow. The way to take it out that works for me is to grab the stem with the fingers of one hand to stabilize it, and use the fingers of my other hand to pinch the base to begin to break the seal. Then slide those fingers up toward the middle of the cup to start to fold it by pressing my thumb toward my back, and kind of remove it in a folded position.

From what I've read, there's really nothing you can do or not do to cause/prevent expulsion. As you can find out here, a menstrual cup really doesn't create "suction," and even then vaginal suction cannot pull the IUD out of your uterus. I personally am not really sure what causes expulsion... but after over a year of IUD + menstrual cup use, I feel pretty confident that nothing I do will really affect my IUD's position.

Edit: Also, you may know this already, but there is an IUD group on LJ too - http://iud-divas.livejournal.com/ :)

Edited at 2015-12-02 02:51 am (UTC)
heartinwv95 on December 3rd, 2015 06:40 pm (UTC)

I know this is a little old, but I thought I'd just second what jourdanicus said. It's almost definitely your cervix - when I had my IUD, and I didn't properly break the seal before tugging on it, it hurt like hell. From what I've read, it happens because the IUD can keep your cervix constantly inflamed, so bumping or tugging on it hurts way worse than normal. Also, having had my IUD out recently, I know it's not that difficult to remove, though I highly doubt the suction would be enough to do so and it never was in my experience. However I have read accounts of people tugging theirs out by the strings accidentally, so if you're worried about that, you can ask your gyno to trim them shorter. When I told mine I was going to use a cup, she said she trimmed the strings a little shorter so I wouldn't have any problems.

Hope that helps!