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Hello,
I wanted to know the possible effects of having a menstrual cup(s) in your cervix a long period of time?
Yesterday I pulled two instead soft cups out of me that I had left in from April. I didn't realize that I left two soft cups in me for that long & I'm worried that the soft cups/old period left up in me for months could have damage my cervix. Honestly thought I was pregnant; missed my period last month, light spotting, light cramps and etc. I thought I missed my period in May and I was getting light brown spotting for June period I noticed something was wrong last night when I pulled out my very light tampon and brown period was only at the bottom near the string. I felt inside & pulled two soft cups. I feel totally immature of my actions but wonder how it is possible for two soft cups to go so far into my cervix that I didn't notice I had them in my body for so long.I already have a schedule for the GYN this Monday and wanted to get a opinion from a Doctor on here. Thanks


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replied July 5th, 2012
Menstruation Answer A36796
Hi,
Welcome to ehealthforum,
If you leave the menstrual cups inside for longer duration than recommended, chances of infection, PID, cervicitis are possible. The symptoms that you describe could be suggestive of infection. Do not delay in visiting your doctor/gynecologist for further evaluation. Get vaginal swab/smear test done to look for causative agent. Delay in taking treatment can lead to PID (if not occurred already) or worsen it leading to future infertility problems. Get started on appropriate treatment as indicated by the examination findings and investigation results. Consider requesting for prescription of a Probiotic (to be used after you finish with taking the other medications) to restore the normal vaginal flora to minimize re-infection/repeat infections or opportunistic infections. Be in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/gynecologist and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately. Drink plenty of water. Take adequate rest. Maintain healthy diet and lifestyle. Avoid vaginal douching, use of harsh soap or perfumes in the area. Use loose cotton undergarments and avoid use of tight fitting clothes. Avoid sweat accumulation in the area. If infective cause is detected, and if you are sexually active, get your partner also treated simultaneously to prevent chances of re-infection, and avoid having intercourse.
Take care.


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