Can I use a menstrual cup with an IUD?

Birth control will likely be an important part of your life if you’re sexually active and don’t want to get pregnant. And is there anything better than a birth control option that’s safe, reliable, and one that you don’t have to think about? No? Well, that’s exactly why the coil is such a popular method of contraception. But what does the relationship between coil and menstrual cup look like and can you still use your OVIO Cup if you have an IUD?

What exactly is an IUD?

A coil is a small, t-shaped device that’s inserted into your uterus to prevent pregnancy. The process of inserting it is a quick and easy procedure, although it can be a bit painful for some people. The coil can be removed at any time if you either want to try for a baby or you decide that the coil just isn’t working out for you. Currently, there are two different types of coils: A non-hormonal copper coil, also called the copper IUD and a hormonal coil, also called the hormonal IUS. Both devices are more than 99% effective in preventing pregnancy and will protect you anywhere between 3 and 10 years, depending on the coil you choose. Please keep in mind that no IUD will protect you from sexually transmitted infections, so make sure you’re still protecting yourself against those by using condoms.

So, can you still use your menstrual cup with your IUD?

There isn’t really a yes or no answer to this question as it depends on multiple factors, however, there are many people who happily use a menstrual cup while having an IUD inserted.

Can a menstrual cup actually dislodge my IUD?

The short answer is: Yes, it absolutely can. There have been instances where IUDs have become dislodged when a menstrual cup was used. This can be due to a couple of factors. For example, you might have a low cervix or you’re wearing your cup too high up. Your body might have also simply expelled your coil without your menstrual cup having anything to do with it. Statistically speaking, 1 in 20 IUDs will be expelled in the first three months after insertion. Most often, this will happen while you’re on your period so you might blame your menstrual cup even though it hasn’t got anything to do with it.

Always make sure to check the strings of your IUD after every period to make sure it still sits correctly. If you’re unable to locate them, they feel like they’re a lot lower than usual, or if you can feel your actual IUD make sure you use another form of contraception such as a condom until you can get the placement of your coil checked by a healthcare professional.

Is there anything I can do to prevent my menstrual cup from dislodging my IUD?

It’s unfortunately not possible to fully prevent your menstrual cup from dislodging your IUD. However, you can take certain precautions to minimise the risk by making sure that your cup is positioned properly. This means that it’ll sit lower in your vagina to leave some space between the top of the cup and your cervix. It’s also important that you double check that the strings of your IUD aren’t trapped between the rim of your cup and your vaginal walls as this can quickly lead to it becoming dislodged.

Here are some things to consider when you’re using a menstrual cup with your coil

  • Check with your doc: Before using a menstrual cup, always have a chat with your GP or sexual health clinic. Generally speaking, it’s recommended that you wait at least 6 weeks or about 2 cycles before starting to use a menstrual cup as your IUD is most likely to get expelled in those first few weeks after insertion.
  • Make sure there’s space: When inserted, your menstrual cup shouldn’t touch your cervix. There should always be some space between the two. This means that you might not be able to use a menstrual cup with your IUD if you have a low cervix as you run into danger of dislodging it. If this is the case, we’d suggest to don’t tempt fate and try other reusable sanitary products like period underwear instead.
  • Always break the seal: Never just pull your menstrual cup out without breaking the seal as this could cause your IUD to become dislodged.

Medical Disclaimer

Please be aware that all the information in this article is for informational purposes only and doesn’t replace advice, a diagnosis, or treatment from a healthcare professional. Please always speak to your GP or sexual health clinic if you have any questions about your IUD. We are not medical professionals and can’t provide medical advice.

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