Can I Use Zero Menstrual Cup With An IUD?
Yes! Using a menstrual cup alongside an IUD is possible and safe.
We recommend that you speak with your doctor and read through this guide carefully to take the precautions necessary to reduce the risk of IUD expulsion.
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What Is An IUD?
An Intra-Uterine Device (IUD) is a small, t-shaped device that is inserted via the cervix into the uterus.
It is a long-term form of contraception that works by creating an inhospitable environment in the uterus, making it unsuitable for a fertilised egg to grow.
There are two types of IUD: hormonal and non-hormonal, and are effective for 3-10 years, depending on which type of IUD you opt for.
Can A Menstrual Cup Dislodge My IUD?
Yes, it can. However, it is not that common for an IUD to be moved out of place by a menstrual cup.
In a study of 1,000 participants with IUDs, it was shown that the overall rate of IUD expulsion in the first two months of insertion was very low (at 3.5%). This was shown to be statistically no higher for those who use tampons or cups, than it was for those who use sanitary pads.
At Zero, we would always recommend that you wait 3 menstrual cycles after you have gotten your IUD fitted before you use a menstrual cup in order to minimise the risk of early expulsion.
How Can I Reduce The Risk Of IUD Expulsion?
There are a few things that can be done in order to reduce the risk of IUD expulsion when using a menstrual cup.
Trim The Strings Short
When you get your IUD fitted, your gynecologist will explain to you how to check your IUD placement - the strings will be protruding from your cervix and you will have to feel for them at the end of each period.
In order to successfully use a menstrual cup with an IUD, you will have to be comfortable with your own anatomy. Be prepared to reach for your cervix and to feel for the strings on a monthly basis, as this will allow you to check that your IUD hasn’t been displaced.
When you are getting your IUD inserted, ask your doctor to trim the length of the strings as short as possible. This will prevent the strings from getting caught up in your Zero cup.
Positioning Of Your Zero Cup
Zero cup is designed to sit as low in the vagina as possible. Your Zero cup works by activating a suction seal to ensure that it stays in place to prevent leaks. Therefore, it is vital that your suction seal is adequately released during removal of your Zero cup.
As always, exercise caution when removing your menstrual cup.
Please consult your gynaecologist if you have any queries regarding using a menstrual cup alongside an IUD.