Can you use tampons while you have an IUD? Prepare yourself!

21 July 2023By Titus Health Care

Many women use tampons during their periods. But what if you have an IUD? Can you still use tampons? In this blog, we discuss the relationship between spirals and tampons. We also look at alternatives such as menstrual cups.

Spirals in brief

Before we get into the specific question of whether you can use tampons with an IUD, it is important to have a good understanding of what an IUD actually is and how it works. An IUD is a small object placed inside the uterus to prevent pregnancy. It can be an IUD without hormones, such as the copper IUD or hormonally. The IUD is placed by a healthcare provider and remains in the uterus for a certain period of time, ranging from five to as many as 10 years, depending on the type.

Tampons and spirals

We start with some good news! You can just use tampons if you have an IUD. The IUD is safely inside the uterus, and the threads are usually curled around the cervix. You don't have to worry about pulling the IUD out when removing a tampon. Have you just had your IUD inserted? If so, there are a few things to watch out for.

Tampons right after IUD placement

If you have just had your IUD inserted, it is advisable to wait a few days before using tampons again. This gives your body time to get used to the IUD. This time you can consider alternatives such as sanitary pads or menstrual underwear, these are options that are always safe. Menstrual cups are not a safe alternative.

Menstrual cups and spirals

As for menstrual cups, the advice is to be careful if you have an IUD. Research shows that women are more likely to lose their IUDs if they use a menstrual cup. If you do want to try a menstrual cup, wait at least three months after the IUD was inserted before using one. When removing the cup, it is important to break the vacuum carefully first. Also, always be careful not to accidentally pull the threads of the IUD and always check that the IUD has not entered the cup. Want to know more about menstrual cups and tampons? Then read this blog. 

All in a row

If you have an IUD, you can safely use tampons. If your IUD has just been inserted, wait a few days before using tampons again. Other than that, don't worry and you can just use tampons if you have an IUD! Be careful with menstrual cups, though. Women who use menstrual cups are more likely to lose their IUDs. You can always use sanitary pads and menstrual underwear safely. Curious about women's experiences with the copper IUD? Then read this blog. 

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(Last Updated On: 22 September 2023)