11:45 am - 06/08/2010

IUD+Tampons

I feel stupid asking this, but my doctor didnt tell me one way or the other-can I use tampons with a newish IUD? I'll get my period after having the IUD for a month, and I really hate pads, but if I have to continue to use them for a while, so be it. Advice?

Anything else you can tell me about the IUD is apprectiated too :D
bigchoice 8th-Jun-2010 03:58 pm (UTC)
I was told not to use tampons for six weeks after insertion but that a menstrual cup was ok.
knittinggoddess 8th-Jun-2010 04:18 pm (UTC)
Woah, really? A menstrual cup was ok right off the bat? What kind of iud did you get?
jarien 8th-Jun-2010 04:52 pm (UTC)
I got the exact opposite -- tampons were okay, but I should wait to use a cup. :) So I think the advice varies from provider to provider!
bigchoice 8th-Jun-2010 09:37 pm (UTC)
Copper. They said that the main reason not to use a tampon was residual fluff/pulling the strings but because the cup sat lower it'd be ok. Plus after using pads for post-insertion bleeding I wasn't due on for 3-4 weeks after insertion so everything had a little time to recover.
knittinggoddess 8th-Jun-2010 04:17 pm (UTC)
On the other hand, Planned Parenthood told me I could use tampons (and have sex) as soon as I was ready.
paraxeni 8th-Jun-2010 04:50 pm (UTC)
I was told that nothing could be inserted for a week, (like er... someone's fingers *ahem*) and that tampons were ok after two weeks when I'd had my post-insertion check-up. Unfortunately I had a post-op infection, so he ruled out tampons for another two weeks, and I was left with crotch-rot from the constant bleeding and pad use!
svexsal 8th-Jun-2010 07:38 pm (UTC)
I was okay to use tampons on my next cycle.
The gyno at Planned Parenthood also advised me to get used to feeling for the strings within that month.
Check out iud_divas. They're fabulous.

Edited at 2010-06-08 07:39 pm (UTC)
amyb0223 8th-Jun-2010 09:54 pm (UTC)
After having my paraguard inserted, I was told no tampons or anything inserted in there (sexually or otherwise,) for two/three weeks. So, for that period, (I had my IUD inserted when I started my period because that's what the woman at Planned Parenthood advised for best results, diminishing risk of expulsion, etc,) I could not use tampons or a cup. That being said, as long as I had no issues with the IUD, I could resume as normal after that time.
So basically I went back to tampons my next cycle. I'm extremely paranoid about using a cup with the IUD, (I'm a member of IUD_Divas,) and I know that many people use them without issue, but that's another story. =)
fireaphid 8th-Jun-2010 11:19 pm (UTC)
After getting my Paragard, I was told that I could use tampons, cups, or sponges, and insert penis, fingers, and toys as soon as I wanted. Since practitioners vary so much in their recommendations, I'd say just do what you're most comfortable with.
elephantus45 9th-Jun-2010 11:09 pm (UTC)
Maybe they told me no tampons after insertion but I don't think so, and they said nothing about fingers, sex, anything. I used cloth pads for the first period and then my cup ever since. I know that they say not to use a cup for the first 3 months because of the possiblilty of expelling but mine didn't, and I don't think I could have handled another heavy paragard period without a cup.
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