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Safe to use Diva Cup with IUD

I know it's been asked before, but I want to ask it again.
I would like to purchase a Diva Cup. I have never used one. I've been on their website to find more about it. They suggest the DivaCup not be used with an Intrauterine Device (IUD). It is possible for the IUD to become dislodged, displaced or removed when the menstrual cup is removed by inadvertently pulling on the IUD string. This is confusing to me because the Diva Cup is worn low at the base of the vagina and is away from the cervix, it should not interfere with the IUD right? How many of you ladies wear a Diva Cup with no problems? My last period was heavy that I stained my underwear. I wore my tampon for too long and with my job I can't be changing my tampons too often. So, I figured something like a Diva Cup would work for me.


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Nov. 23rd, 2009 02:03 am (UTC)
Depending on how long your strings are, they may be in the same part of your vagina as the divacup. Also, since many women's cervixes tend to be lower when they're menstruating, this may be more likely than it would be at other times in your cycle. But while it's potentially possible to grab your strings when you remove a cup, the suction involved in removing a cup is the bigger concern for IUDs. Basically, if you don't adequately break the seal before starting to move the cup out, the pressure could cause the IUD to expel.

A lot of women have no problems using their menstrual cup in conjunction with their IUD, but there are some women who've reported that they pulled out their IUDs because they weren't careful enough when they removed their cup. I suspect that people who already have some practice with menstrual cups before getting their IUDs are generally more successful, but that's just an impressionistic view. I would have continued to use my diva cup after I got my mirena, had my periods not gotten so light that I no longer need to use anything.
Nov. 23rd, 2009 03:08 am (UTC)
My doc said (and I've heard others report this as well) that if the suction from a cup could dislodge the IUD, the suction from sex would cause expulsions, and it doesn't. Her only concern about my use of the cup was infection during the first month. But I don't think anyone knows how much suction a cup generates. Or how much suction it would take to pull an IUD out (if it's possible at all to pull an IUD out with suction).

I think the thing of it is that no studies have been done. So we have no idea if women who use cups are any more likely to expel than women who don't. If women who use cups are more likely to expel, we don't know if that has to do with strings or suction. I think there's an issue where people pull their cup out, find their IUD in it, and assume that the IUD caused the expulsion when the expulsion probably just happened because expulsions are more common during menstruation.

So basically, anything that anyone says about risks is speculative unless anyone's done a study about cup use with IUDs. Plenty of women are using cups with IUDs with no problem.
Nov. 23rd, 2009 02:39 am (UTC)
I used a diva cup before getting and IUD, and I've never stopped using it and been fine. The strings do hang in the area where the cup is for me, as my cervix seems to be fairly low and my strings are long, but I'm just careful about breaking the suction and not squeezing so hard that I grab the strings.
Nov. 23rd, 2009 02:53 am (UTC)
I've had my IUD since the middle of July. I've used a Diva Cup for YEARS. I couldn't even last one period using tampons again so I only waited a day or 2 and then went back to my cup. I've not had any issues. As someone who can process "before" and "after" I think that my strings might make it so I don't get as good of a seal because I do have a little more leaking with IUD than I ever did. But overall it's fine and I don't see HOW you could pull the strings when removing the IUD. I am careful to break the suction before pulling, but that's not too hard, especially when you go through your work day and get the cup full.

Good luck!
Nov. 23rd, 2009 04:15 am (UTC)
I got my diva cup AFTER I'd had my IUD for maybe 6 months. I had no problems using the two of them together. I was just extra careful about removal.
Honestly, I didn't think it had THAT much suction (could just be the way I'm built) and I can't imagine it having enough to suck out my IUD.
Nov. 23rd, 2009 04:16 am (UTC)
More info is welcomed ladies. I really would like to get one. I've got my credit card ready. It's just that I don't have any experience using them. I've watched some youtube videos already on how to insert them and it doesn't look complicated. I guess if I can break the suction I will be fine.
Nov. 23rd, 2009 04:19 am (UTC)
I would say get one, they're awesome, but the first time or two you use it try taking it out at home and getting familiar with how to break the seal and doing so carefully so you don't grab the strings too. It is possible to do this without making a mess but if you've never used one before you probably don't want to be out in a public restroom the first few times.
Nov. 23rd, 2009 04:36 am (UTC)
o.k. I just found a website that sells the MoonCup and someone asked a similiar question:

Please can you tell me whether it is perfectly safe to use with the IUD?

There should be no problem with an I.U.D as long as you remember to place the Mooncup low down in the vagina and take care to release the seal properly when removing the Mooncup.
When an I.U.D is first placed, please wait one whole period before using the Mooncup. This will help the I.U.D settle in. Also, it’s a good idea to ask your GP/clinic if they can trim the IUD strings to keep them short. You should continue to check your IUD strings periodically to make sure it hasn't been dislodged.

o.k. I"m buying it making sure I buy the right size. I will be practicing.
Thanks ladies!
Nov. 23rd, 2009 04:56 pm (UTC)

There should be no problem with an I.U.D as long as you remember to place the Mooncup low down in the vagina

Most of the cup literature says that, but not all bodies are the same.
I've been using a LadyCup for about 1 1/2 years.
My cervix always sits in my cup, but I've had no issues using it with my IUD.
From what I've gathered on here, pulling out your IUD with a cup is no more likely than pulling it out with a tampon.

Have you been over to menstrual_cups yet?
menstrual_cups has a ton of good info that can help you choose the cup that's right for you.
Diva is one of the longest cups and Mooncup UK is one of the shorter and there's lots of other brands in between.
Nov. 23rd, 2009 03:17 pm (UTC)
my doctor said it was fine to use a diva cup with an iud. i've had no problems. :)
Nov. 23rd, 2009 08:50 pm (UTC)
I started using a Diva Cup after I got my IUD, when my periods got heavier. I haven't had any problems at all, and even when they've gotten lighter (which they have), make my periods much more pleasant.... at a risk of TMI, I feel like I smell better using the cup, instead of the old/musty blood smell I got from using tampons.
Nov. 23rd, 2009 09:34 pm (UTC)
I use a Lunette and a Lady Cup and have had no problems. I take them out slowly and gently, making sure that I've broken the suction before pulling down. I also feel to make sure I'm not grabbing onto the string.
Mal Lory
Jan. 23rd, 2014 05:25 pm (UTC)
I dispelled my first iud after about a year, I was using the diva cup until then and while I have no proof I felt like the suction from the cup helped pull it out a little.
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