Menstrual Cup and IUD, Tips and Answers

Birth control is an important concern for everyone in the reproductive phase of their lives. People want options that are safe, easily available and convenient. The IUD (Intrauterine Device) is a very popular option and IUD users often want the option of combining it with a convenient menstrual cup.

In this video you will see how to use a menstrual cup and IUD:

Can a menstrual cup and IUD be used together?

Yes, you can use a menstrual cup and IUD together. You just need to follow a few simple tips to make sure that both the menstrual cup and IUD work well together.

You know, information is power, so I’ll first talk about what the IUD is (it’s key to understanding what comes next) and then whether the IUD and menstrual cup can be used together. Here we go.

What is an IUD?

IUDs, also known as coils, are small T-shaped devices that are inserted into the uterus to prevent pregnancy. They last for five to ten years and allow you to have sex without condoms or other methods of contraception.

Your gynaecologist will be able to advise you on which one is best suited to your body and your needs. 

It can be a hormone-releasing IUD or a non-hormone-releasing IUD. Both varieties of IUDs are T-shaped, with plastic threads protruding from the lower end of the IUD into the vaginal canal once it is inserted into the uterus. These threads are the reason why there are so many questions about IUDs and menstrual cups. 

Talk to your doctor if you are using or thinking about using a menstrual cup and ask him or her to trim the threads a bit. Ask when you can start using the menstrual cup after the IUD insertion, as everyone is different.

After the IUD insertion, you will be called for a check-up after 4 weeks. If you forgot to mention that you wanted to use a menstrual cup when you had it inserted, now is a good time to ask if you can start using a menstrual cup. 

Can menstrual cups and IUDs be used together?

The answer is yes. The menstrual cup and IUD are perfectly compatible, although it is always best to check with your gynaecologist first. 

Where are the IUD and menstrual cup located?

The PERIODINO menstrual cup is placed at the entrance of the vagina, while the IUD is a device that is inserted into the uterus. The two parts are separated by the cervix, which is very narrow and prevents them from interacting. It is because of this narrowness that the IUD must be inserted by a professional with the help of a speculum and a special applicator, and also why the menstrual cup can never go beyond your vagina.

Locating the IUD strings at all times

As I mentioned earlier, the lower end of the IUD has plastic strings sticking out to help you check that it is in place and remove it more easily. These threads protrude through the cervix and protrude from the top of the vaginal canal.

It is important to let your doctor know that you use or want to use a menstrual cup if you have an IUD, because he or she may decide to shorten the threads so that they do not interfere with the use of the cup.

In fact, the PERIODINO menstrual cup is designed to be placed in the lower part of the vagina (away from the cervix), so that the lower tail is flush with the labia and the cup does not interact with the IUD. But if your cervix is lower than normal, you will need to be more careful with the IUD threads when handling the menstrual cup. Don’t know what your cervix looks like? 

How to locate your cervix

Knowing this important part of our body and anatomy should be essential, but it is especially so for menstrual cup users. 

How can you find out what your cervix looks like? 

First, wash your hands thoroughly and insert a finger into your vagina, a little at a time. Insert it until you feel the tip of your finger touch tissue that is firmer than the rest – that’s your cervix.

High cervix: If you have inserted your entire finger before touching the cervix, it is high. In that case, the IUD threads rarely interact with your menstrual cup because the two are so far apart.

Mid cervix: If you have managed to insert only two phalanges of your finger before touching the firm surface of the cervix. Again, it is rare for the threads of the IUD and your menstrual cup to touch.

Lower cervix: You only needed to insert one phalanx to find it. 

Low cervix What does this mean?

If you have a low cervix you should be careful when handling the menstrual cup because it is likely to come into contact with the IUD strings. 

If this is your situation, it is best to discuss this with your gynaecologist as only he/she can determine if IUD strings can be kept shorter for you.

Break the vacuum before removing the cup

And most importantly… whatever your cervix, never remove the menstrual cup without first breaking the vacuum effect. To do this, locate the base with your fingers and pinch it before removing it. This will break the vacuum. Then hold it down while gently moving the cup from side to side outwards. 

It is true that the menstrual cup and the IUD are compatible, but if you want to use both, I think it is very important that you know your body and your vagina. The menstrual cup, unlike other menstrual products, allows you to get to know yourself better and can make you discover things about yourself that you didn’t know, such as the position of your cervix. But above all, if you use an IUD as a method of contraception, you should be aware of the presence of the threads when handling your menstrual cup.

The PERIODINO menstrual cup is made of 100% hypoallergenic medical silicone, without dyes or chemicals. It will help you to live your menstruation in a positive way, and to avoid infections, itching and bad smells. On the other hand, the IUD is a very effective method of contraception and can also be hormone-free. The IUD and menstrual cup can be used together, it just requires a little more knowledge about you.😉

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