Menstruation and pregnancy go hand-in-hand, the same with the devices or products that are used to each of their use.
Other than the menstrual cycle, birth control is a tremendous significant concern for those women who are in the reproductive phase of their life. With this said, some women are sexually active but do not want to have a child yet.
Thus, birth control was invented for that sole purpose. Women want options that are safe, convenient, and is readily available. In this case, an IUD or Intrauterine Device often serves as a good option for the said features of the birth control device.
On the other hand, menstrual hygiene products are as significant and vital as birth control devices. Thus, it is crucial too to choose the right product for you. However, if both menstrual cups and IUD are used, can you even properly utilize them?
Find out and read on as we discuss menstrual cups and IUD to help you understand if these two can get along just fine.
What is an IUD?
If you are currently planning to have IUD as birth control and is still not sure as to what it is really, then here is a walk-through explanation of what it is.
IUDs are usually small t-shaped devices which are inserted into the uterus to block the egg cells from being fertilized, which prevents pregnancy. In addition, the IUDs usually lasts between three to twelve years and have few side effects.
This type of birth control is pretty affordable and comes in both hormonal and non-hormonal options, wherein it can also be removed when a person decides to get pregnant —which makes it more a great of a choice, don’t you think?
However, you may have heard of a phrase along with the lines of “can’t have the best of both worlds.” Since menstrual cups and IUD are both inserted inside the vagina, many people worry about using them both at the same time. Thus, here is the information that you need to know about inserting menstrual cups with an IUD intact.
Can a Menstrual Cup Dislodge the IUD?
Well, the answer to this question is that: yes, it can happen. However, a study has backed it up that the chances of menstrual cup dislodging the IUD are only slightly higher than those who do not use menstrual cups—think of menstrual cup vs tampon comparison.
There are testimonies of women that have been using IUDs and menstrual cups together for years, and it has been their shelter from all of the women’s biological phenomena. Although it isn’t as rosy of an experience as you thought it would be, many still preferred menstrual cups than other products.
Since IUD displacement can happen occasionally, there are specific ways or method that you can do to minimize the risk.
How to Prevent Menstrual Cup from Dislodging the IUD?
In preventing the menstrual cup, the first thing that you need to make sure is that your menstrual cup is positioned correctly. Menstrual cups tend to sit low in the vagina (since the cervix is at their lowest during the period), which means it shouldn’t be touching your IUD strings.
Now, if you have an IUD, you also need to know and make sure where your strings are located, then place your cup accordingly.
In addition to that, is another tip to make sure that you are using the menstrual cups and IUD effectively together. How? Just make sure that you check your IUD strings each month to make sure it hasn’t shifted or changed in length.
Another tip would be talking to your gynecologist and tell her that you are using a menstrual cup and would prefer to have your IUD strings clipped a bit shorter so that it won’t interfere with the menstrual cup.
Can the Suction of Menstrual Cup Interfere with IUD?
Since menstrual cups primarily rely on the suction to avoid leakage during use and when removing the cup, it is vital that the seal on the cup is released correctly before removing the menstrual product, or else it will pull on the IUD.
This, the checking of the IUD strings and going to the gynecologist are the main precautions that you can do to use both of the products together without compromising your health nor convenience.
Lastly, if you have any concerns or questions such as an unusually low cervix, make sure that you visit your doctor ask for those things. You know, it is always best to consult a professional!
To sum it all up, there are pros and cons in using both of the products together, and it is up to you if you will believe any of the information gathered and discussed beforehand.
With this said, make sure that you take all the precautions and be observant as to how it affects or feels for your body.