Although we might be familiar with the usage of a menstrual cup, the real confusion arises when it comes to using the menstrual cup with IUD (intrauterine contraceptive device). This concern bothers both; the one who already has an IUD and decides to use a menstrual cup for the first time or the one who is a regular user of the cup and wishes to insert an IUD now. If you happen to belong to any one of the category, read through the write-up to know in depth about the things to consider while using a menstrual cup with IUD.
What is an IUD?
An intrauterine contraceptive device is a small, flexible, T-shaped piece of plastic that is inserted into the uterus, by a gynecologist, and the strings that stay attached to it, sticks out of the cervix, high up in the vaginal canal. The device helps in preventing pregnancy since it is designed to change the movement of sperm cells on the way to reach the female egg. Although it is not permanent, it last long, approximately 12 years in certain cases. Doctors can remove it, once a woman gets ready for motherhood.
What is a Menstrual Cup?
A menstrual cup is a U-shaped silicone device that is pushed into the vagina for collecting waste blood during monthly periods. It is leak free and can be reused for several years.
Precautions to Consider while Using a Menstrual Cup with IUD:
Thus, we can see that while an IUD sits in the uterus, a menstrual cup stays below the cervix. Now if you are worried thinking whether the IUD strings will interfere with the cup or not, then let me assure you that this is not going to be an issue, maximum of the time. If the strings are too long, you can easily trim them off by your gynecologist. The vital thing to be noted is that the strings should be either above or inside the menstrual cup. If they stay outside, the suctioning of the cup will not function well and this can lead to leakage of menstrual blood. Always remember that while removing your cup, if you feel sharp pain, immediately stop everything, because most probably you have pulled the string of the IUD. Change the way you are gripping the cup and later see a doctor to shorten the strings.