Post # 1
I just got my first menstrual cup after reading about it here. I got the lunette and am very excited. I have an IUD, and my doctor said it shouldn’t be a problem, but I am a little nervous about dislodging it. I have read that the key is to break the suction, but any tips? I also keep hearing about a steep learning curve. Hoe did you learn to use it, and is there anything else you wish you had known? Also, any advice with the IUD? Thanks!
Post # 3
Look here for different ways to fold the cup for insertion: http://community.livejournal.com/menstrual_cups/453392.html?thread=4016400
I use the punch-down fold!
For me, the learning curve wasn’t that bad but it was a couple of occassionally leaky cycles before I figured out how to tell if the cup had popped open properly once inserted. It also took a few cycles to learn how to tell when the cup needed emptying. If you have a low cervix and a pretty heavy period, that cup fills up alarmingly fast. I highly recommend using panty liners at first!
Also, when boiling the cup to sanitize it in between periods, be very careful not to burn the damn thing. The water boiled off once and the cup did not look happy! It was a little singed, but I washed it off and continued using it. I’m sure the DivaCup people would’ve recommended buying a new one but it has been fine.
I can break the suction by just putting a finger up behind the cup and pressing on the rim of the cup. Keeping my finger there, I can grab the stem and out it comes no problem. Sometimes I’m lazy and I just yank it out, which isn’t the best feeling but I don’t have an IUD to worry about. Sorry I can’t help you there.
Post # 4
It shouldn’t affect your IUD at all. I’ve had an IUD for about 6 years, and a DivaCup for not quite that long. It doesn’t touch my IUD strings or anything.
There is a bit of a learning curve just getting used to it, but I don’t think it took me longer than 1 cycle to figure it out.
Post # 5
I use the extreme 7 fold and insert/open while turning.
I second using pantyliners until you get used to it, especially if you decide to use it over night or are a heavy bleeder.
As for your IUD, just make sure you break suction (if any) before removal.
I’m seconding the link @jayce: gave to that livejournal community — tons of info (though at times graphic some of it is really helpful).
It took me about 3 cycles to be entirely comfortable with my cup.
Post # 6
Yay, good for you! I got my diva cup 3 years ago and I have had an IUD for about a year now.
For the menstral cup – just practice and you’ll get it figured out. Let’s be real, everyone is abit of a different shape so just use it with panty liners for a while and you’ll get the hang of it. The one thing is that you can’t be shy about getting all up in your business.
My main tip is that I always take a shower after emptying the cup and before re-inserting to get all nice and cleaned up. Sure it makes for two showers a day but it can just be a quickie.
When I got the IUD I didn’t have any problems with the cup – didn’t even think about it actually. But after a couple of months on the IUD I stopped having a period entirely so haven’t dealt with that in a few months (woot!).
Hope that helps, good luck!