I got my second Paragard inserted Friday. It was MUCH less traumatic than my first insertion and I'm feeling back to myself already. My doctor didn't mention anything about only using pads for my period this month but that's what I've been doing anyway and now I'm feeling ready to use my cup again. I used my cup with my IUD in the past so I know all the precautions but my strings are substantially longer this time around (I'm hoping she'll trim them at the check up). The strings are probably nearing two inches in length. So I have two questions. 1) Is it okay to use my cup for my first period with my IUD? and 2) Assuming it's okay to use it, is it safe to use with the strings being as long as they are?