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Can You Use Tampons With An IUD?

If you're one of the many women who have an IUD, you may be wondering if it's safe to use tampons during your period. Many women have heard stories that have scared them off using tampons with an IUD. But how much truth is there to these concerns? This guide will explain the reality of using tampons when you have an IUD.

The short answer is yes, in most cases you can safely use tampons if you have an IUD. Tampons will not interfere with or dislodge a properly placed IUD. However, there are a few things to keep in mind to minimise any potential risks.

What is IUD displacement or expulsion?

Sometimes, an IUD can shift out of its ideal spot in the uterus - this is called displacement. In other cases, the IUD might decide to make a full exit and come out completely, which is known as expulsion. While these sound a bit scary, the good news is they don't happen very often. Only about 5% of women with IUDs experience displacement or expulsion. 

Can a dry tampon pull out an IUD?

Tampons alone won't cause your IUD to take an unexpected vacation from your uterus. However, there is one thing to watch out for. If you try to take out a tampon that's still dry, it could potentially catch on the IUD strings and lead to some unwanted IUD movement. The solution? Make sure your tampon is fully saturated before you remove it, and take it out slowly and gently in the same direction you put it in. If you feel any resistance, give it a bit more time to soak up that moisture before trying again.

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When can you start using tampons after getting an IUD? 

Waiting at least 24-48 hours before using a tampon gives your new IUD a chance to settle into its new home in your uterus. Your doctor will give you the green light on when it's tampon time based on the type of IUD you have and how the insertion went. In the meantime, you can try pads or period pants. 

Tips for safely using tampons with an IUD

  • Be gentle when inserting and removing tampons. Avoid forceful pushing or pulling.
  • Make sure the tampon is fully saturated before removal to avoid pulling on the IUD strings.
  • If you have an IUD with long strings that hang outside the cervix, you may want to check that they are not tangled with the tampon string prior to removal. Tucking the IUD strings behind the cervix may help.
  • Consider using tampons with a lower absorbency to reduce dryness and make removal easier. We recommend our 100% organic cotton tampons which are available in regular and super absorbencies.
  • As with anyone using tampons, be sure to change them every 4-8 hours to avoid toxic shock syndrome. See our guide on how to use tampons for more tips.

When to avoid tampons 

In some cases, your doctor may advise against using tampons immediately after an IUD insertion, such as if you experienced heavy cramping or bleeding during the procedure. It's always best to follow your doctor's personalised advice.

If you find that tampons are causing discomfort or irritation after getting an IUD, it might be worth trying organic cotton tampons. Traditional tampons can contain toxins and irritants that might be aggravating sensitive post-IUD vaginal tissue. Switching to a toxin-free, hypoallergenic option could make a world of difference in your comfort level.

And if you simply can't get on with tampons while adjusting to your new IUD, fear not! There are plenty of other great period product options that work perfectly with IUDs. Period cups, pads, and period pants are all fantastic alternatives that can keep you comfortable and protected without any worries. Don't be afraid to experiment and find what works best for you.

Tampons and IUDs: the lowdown 

The bottom line is that tampons are generally safe and acceptable to use with an IUD as long as you take a few simple precautions. Always listen to your body, use the lowest absorbency tampon for your flow, change them regularly, and don't hesitate to consult with your doctor if you have any concerns. With proper usage, you can safely enjoy the convenience of tampons without worrying about your IUD.

So go ahead and enjoy the freedom and convenience of tampons, knowing that your IUD has got your back (well, your uterus, but you get the idea). And if you're ready to make the switch to a more natural, eco-friendly tampon option, check out our organic tampons – your vagina (and your IUD) will thank you!

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