I had my Paragard IUD placed 3 weeks ago, and I started my first period with it on Monday. I had bad cramps when the IUD was placed and during my period, but I didn't think it was anything out of the ordinary.
I used my MeLuna cup on day 3 of my period for about an hour, but I removed it and went back to pads no problem. Then yesterday (day 4) I put it back in for about 4 hours. I started to get some cramps, so I went to remove the cup and when I did, I felt a lot of pressure/pain and once it was finally out, I looked down to see the strings to my IUD hanging out of my vagina.
My question is: Is it possible I pulled my IUD out with my menstrual cup? I know during my period my cervix can be pretty low...so low that I switched from the Diva Cup to the MeLuna because the Diva Cup was too long. When I removed my cup, I did NOT break the suction before removing it. I instead pinched the bottom of the cup and pulled from the grooves to remove it.
However, I cannot say for certain that my IUD had not partially expelled during my period. I hadn't checked the strings for about 2 weeks, and I realize I am a prime candidate for expulsion. Also, the IUD expelled during my period, which is a time when there is a higher risk of expulsion.
The doctor who placed my IUD told me I wouldn't have to worry at all about my menstrual cup and my IUD, but I definitely think it played some role in the expulsion, whether or not it actually caused it. I am going to see a different doctor today (I'm in college and am away from my other doctor) to get it removed, and I will talk to her about my concerns with my menstrual cup. In the mean time, any advice would be helpful! I intend to get another Paragard with my new doctor's blessing because I really want it to work!