Yes, you can use a cup and an IUD at the same time, regardless of whether you have a hormonal or copper IUD. The only thing you need to remember is that you don't pull the cup straight away, but first release the small suction that is created when the cup is tight between the vaginal walls. You do this by pressing lightly on the side of the cup.
The IUD is a popular protection against pregnancy. It has a T-shape and is inserted into the uterus. Threads from the IUD hang down towards the uterine tap and can sometimes be felt in the vagina. A copper IUD has no hormones, but unfortunately it can cause your period to be more abundant. So abundant that it may not work well with a sanitary towel or tampon and you may need to find another solution.
Many people who have heavy periods find that a cup works very well, as it catches the blood effectively. It also reduces the risk of leakage.
The IUD may affect the amount of menstrual flow in the other direction and you may bleed much less. The cup works very well even for light bleeding, as it can stay in for up to 12 hours. You don't need to take it out and empty it more often for hygiene reasons because the cup doesn't collect bacteria the way tampons and pads can.
If you have an IUD and want to use a menstrual cup, there are a few things you should consider to make it work best. One thing that can be problematic is if the threads from the IUD get between the vaginal wall and the cup. In the worst case, you could accidentally get the IUD out when you take the cup out. If the IUD is out, you can't put it back in on your own.
To avoid this, always remember to take the cup out carefully. Never pull straight out first, but poke the side of the cup, or wiggle it a little, so that air gets into the cup. This will release the little suction between the cup and the walls of the vagina, and you won't risk accidentally pulling on the threads of the coil.
If you pull straight out, without releasing the suction first, you risk creating a vacuum that can actually be quite strong. This increases the risk of accidentally pulling the coil out, but it can also be very painful and uncomfortable.
If you have just inserted an IUD, you should wait 3 months before using a cup. This is to make sure that the IUD is in place before you insert a cup. Please consult your gynaecologist.
It is possible to adjust the threads from the IUD so that it will work with the menstrual cup. For example, a gynaecologist can shorten the threads so they don't bother you when you insert and remove the cup. Be sure to tell your doctor when you have an IUD inserted that you want to use a cup. The threads can then be shortened if necessary.
Over time, the threads of the IUD may also uncurl naturally. If you have had an IUD for a long time, this may be the case for you. If you are not sure what it is like for you, you can consult your gynaecologist.
Be prepared that not all gynaecologists know what a menstrual cup is. Take one with you or show a picture!
The experience of using a cup with an IUD is entirely individual. There are those who use a cup and an IUD without ever thinking about it. Some may never even feel the threads or accidentally take the IUD out. And then there are those who repeatedly get the IUD with them when they take out the cup.
If you have an IUD and want to try a menstrual cup, see if it works for you. You can always test carefully. If it works, it's good, if not, you'll have to use another type of protection. The important thing is that it works for you!
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