You Can Use a Menstrual Cup If You Have an IUD — But Here Are 2 Ways to Make It Safer

While some experts say that those with IUDs can use menstrual cups, it's understandable if you're still a little worried about the possibility of expulsion. Menstrual cups sit inside of the vagina to collect blood, and IUD strings hang through the opening of the cervix, so they are in fairly close contact when used together.

However, according to a new TikTok video from Jennifer Lincoln, MD, a board-certified ob-gyn, there are two things you can do to make wearing a menstrual cup when you have an IUD in place even safer.

First, Dr. Lincoln said to avoid using a menstrual cup with suction if you have an IUD. "That suction may actually help the IUD come out. Instead, opt for a suction-free version, like the Nixit Cup," Dr. Lincoln said in the video.

Nixit claims that because its cup is free of suction, it's easier to remove. Unlike other menstrual cups on the market, the Nixit cup doesn't have a ridged tip.

Dr. Lincoln said you can also ask your healthcare provider to trim your IUD strings, so that they are "flush" against the cervix. "If they are longer than that, you could potentially grab the strings when you go to remove the cup," she said.

Remember, if you have an IUD and want to try using a menstrual cup, you should always check in with your ob-gyn first. Planned Parenthood actually advises against the pairing and notes that if do use a menstrual cup when you have an IUD, to check your IUD strings monthly.

If you notice any changes in your IUD strings or have any discomfort, you should call your doctor as soon as possible to ensure your IUD is properly in place.