Can I use a menstrual cup if I have an IUD (Intrauterine Device)?
After speaking to one of the leading gynaecologists in Denmark, Henrik Vittrup, the short answer is: yes, absolutely! If you have an IUD you can use a menstrual cup.
What is an IUD?
An IUD is a reversible and long-term method of birth control. It’s a small, t-shaped device that’s inserted into the uterus to prevent unwanted pregnancy, which can be removed at any time you wish.
There are 2 different types of IUDs, which are divided into copper IUDs and hormonal IUDs.
Both types of IUDs are more than 99% effective and are inserted by an experienced nurse or a doctor.
The procedure is simple and quick — although it might cause discomfort to some.
Once inserted you can’t feel it or tell it is there and you don’t have think about pills, condoms or any other form of birth control for years.
Sounds great, right?
However, some menstrual cup users worry about using a cup and an IUD together as both products are used internally.
Can a menstrual cup dislodge an IUD?
The major worry for most is if the suction, that’s created when the cup is inserted, can dislodge the IUD.
However, there’s no scientific evidence that show that a menstrual cup can interfere with a fitted IUD or dislocate it.
In fact, a Canadian study from 2011, that examined over 900 women, determined that the risk of your body rejecting an IUD is the same whether you are a menstrual cup user or not.
The rates of IUD expulsion are somewhere between .05% and 8%. Different factors can affect the possibility of expulsion such as your age and pregnancy history and how long it’s been since the IUD was inserted.