My Tampon and My IUD: Friendly Neighbors?
It’s helpful to think of the uterus as a house at the end of a road. (Your vagina is the road.) Your IUD is an intrauterine device, meaning it just hangs out in the “house” (your uterus) and helps to prevent unwanted pregnancy.
When you have your period, your cervix opens up a bit to release menstrual flow but not enough for your IUD to fall out. Most IUDs look like a capital letter T, and they’re designed that way precisely so they don’t naturally work themselves out of the uterus.
Bottom line, when you have your period, your IUD stays in the “house,” but your tampon is kind of like a car parked in the roadway leading to your house. They’re neighbors, but they stick to their own area and don’t really interact with each other.
Are Organic Tampons Safe to Use with an IUD?
Kali tampons are made with your menstrual cycle safety in mind, actually. Kali cotton tampons are made of one thing: 100% hypoallergenic, certified organic cotton grown without pesticides. The tampons contain no chlorine bleach, dyes, fragrance, or synthetic fibers.
In fact, to prevent any kind of fiber shredding, Kali tampons have a cotton “security veil” around the absorbent core. This security veil makes the tampon easier to extract. In short, organic tampons are definitely safe to use with an IUD.
But What About the Strings?
Most IUDs have strings that poke out from the cervix and stay that way. If you feel inside your vagina and locate your cervix, it’ll feel more or less like the end of your nose. In the approximate center of your cervix, you should feel the strings from your IUD. They might feel a little stiff, like fishing wire or dental floss.
If you’re worried that somehow the ends of your cotton tampons will get shredded on the IUD strings, or the IUD strings will get caught in the tampon and you’ll pull out your device by mistake, don’t worry. IUD strings are generally cut short — short enough not to cause you or your partner discomfort during sex but long enough for your health care provider to remove the device when it’s expired.
If pulling out the IUD is a concern for you, just remember to take it slowly. When you’re ready to take out the tampon, sit on the toilet, take a few deep breaths and relax, and gently pull the string.
If on the extremely rare chance that you feel any tugging or discomfort in your cervical area from your IUD, stop immediately and contact your health care provider for a consultation.