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21 April 2009 @ 09:14 pm
I've been using my cups (first a Diva, and then a Moon cup UK) for over a year, and I've noticed that with use I have slowly started having a shorter and shorter periods, and (a bonus) way less cramps while the cup is in.

My period was fairly short when I started using my cup, but since using it, it's gone from 4 days MAX, to my most recent period was 1 day of flow and one day of light light spotting.

So I'm wondering if anyone else has noticed having shorter periods?

(I did look in the tags but I didn't see anything that fit this.

TIA gals!
Current Mood: curiouscurious
panshiko on April 22nd, 2009 01:23 am (UTC)
My periods have been longer and more inconsistent since I started using my cup.
However with both of our cases I'm sure it has nothing to do with cup use.
Jenn: greenbutterflyfaery nakedfaery on April 22nd, 2009 01:27 am (UTC)

I definitely noticed a decrease in flow and duration when I switched from tampons/disposable pads to the mooncup/cloth pads. I got less YI's too, when I was using disposables I ended up with a YI pretty much every month after I'd finished my period.

It's been a topic of conjecture frequently on womens communities, whether or not they put any kind of chemical in disposable products which can make you bleed more and thus encourage you to buy more products.
The Abbess of Cockaigne cthulhu_shuman on April 22nd, 2009 11:23 am (UTC)
Snopes has weighed in on tampons making you bleed more:

Short answer, no, no the manufacturers don't spike the tampons. The author's clearly not a fan on tampons in general, which is nice.
Using stars as icecubes in my moonlight punch kaelstra on April 22nd, 2009 01:28 am (UTC)
My periods also seem shorter, and less crampy since I started using the cup, and I have absolutely no idea why on the latter of the two that that is. I can surmise that perhaps the cup collecting the flow instead of it having to take the time to trickle down may make it seem shorter, but that's really about the best guess I have as far as that.
noptimum on April 22nd, 2009 01:29 am (UTC)
I remember reading here somewhere and also on the DivaCup FAQ (might have been from lunapads site) that shorter periods is one of the results that you MAY get from using the cup, along with less cramps too. Different for everyone though.

I'd try to look for it but I'm supposed to be studying.......I just keep watching this community though because its so interesting...
hmm eversochili on April 22nd, 2009 01:35 am (UTC)
This might make no sense at all, but given my rudimentary understanding of the actual science of menstruation, maybe the gentle vacuum suction from the cup allows the flow to be pulled out more smoothly and quickly--reducing cramps and duration?
erica057: LadyCup erica057 on April 22nd, 2009 01:43 am (UTC)
This is exactly what I was thinking.

FWIW my period is no different from before I started using my cup, but I was using Insteads instead of tampons, so who knows.
Lorien blueberryeyes17 on April 22nd, 2009 01:48 am (UTC)
I actually posted that theory here a few months ago... I wonder if I can find it again. It makes so much sense to me!
Lioness: Cute Tiger autumns_lioness on April 22nd, 2009 01:55 am (UTC)
That does make a lot of sense! let me know if you find the post :)
Lorien blueberryeyes17 on April 22nd, 2009 02:00 am (UTC)
I found it! http://community.livejournal.com/menstrual_cups/1107635.html I posted it last year though haha so I'm glad to hear input from all the people who've joined since then. :-)
Lorien blueberryeyes17 on April 22nd, 2009 01:54 am (UTC)
http://community.livejournal.com/menstrual_cups/1107635.html here it is! Phew, that was some digging haha. Yay for the "find text" feature. And by a few months... I meant last year haha.
hmm eversochili on April 22nd, 2009 01:37 am (UTC)
It's often 8 or 9 days before my period stops completely. While the cup has transformed my attitude and relationship with my period, I would still be excited if the cup somehow shaved off the last couple of days of spotting. We'll see!
Lorien blueberryeyes17 on April 22nd, 2009 01:47 am (UTC)
Me! They went from about 5-6 total days to about 3-4 total days. I've been using my cup for 16 months.
daimere daimere on April 22nd, 2009 02:08 am (UTC)
Before I started using reusable cups, my period was 2-3 days. I think when I switched to insteads, I'd get a random period that was 4 days. Now, my periods can be a week long with two days of extreme spottiness.
latch_22: Bridge...duh latch_22 on April 22nd, 2009 02:10 am (UTC)
I've now used my cup for three consecutive periods, and each one has been shorter. They used to be maybe six to eight days. I've shaved off maybe three days, I think. My theory on this is that what I thought was my period was probably just spotting from residual blood, but you never know. Either way, it's been very nice.
neurotic_orchid neurotic_orchid on April 22nd, 2009 02:20 am (UTC)
My period is half as long with the cup as it was with tampons.
morejellytoast morejellytoast on April 22nd, 2009 02:29 am (UTC)
Yeah, mine have gotten shorter too. Over the course of 4 years it went from 5-6 days to 4-5 days. And I don't bleed as much as I used to.
Naoko Kensaku mistressnaoko on April 22nd, 2009 02:34 am (UTC)
From 5 days to 3-4 days. :D

I had massive crampings the first two cycles, but since my third cycle (just passed) it's been hassle free.

My theory is that the crampings happen because your uterus is shedding the lining, some of the old ones might not have been absorbed when during the last period, so they clot. When your new cycle comes, you hurt/cramp as the clot's shed.

Hope that made some sense.
Joni little_joni on April 22nd, 2009 02:43 am (UTC)
I wish my period would get shorter, I can say I've noticed any significant difference and I've been using a cup for about a year now. Also, my cramps are the same as ever. Sometimes worse because my cervix is low and my cup sits very close to it. That seems to cause more pain then usual but that's usually only on the first day, then my cervix rises a bit and I have no problem.

There are other benefits though so I'm not going to complain...I love using a cup!
Dina Clare: dream lintilla on April 22nd, 2009 07:32 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'm the same.
Baby Bloodheart babybloodheart on April 22nd, 2009 02:46 am (UTC)
There's certainly suggestion that cups can have a positive effect on menstruation.

With tampons you have ulceration which in theory may add to flow in a very small amount. You also have lessened cramps, that may be related to expansion of tampons adding to bloated feelings and expansion into the cervix...thus women often find they cramp more with lengthways expanding brands like tampax. You then have chemicals within tampons that could have any number of negative effects - we know dioxin can cause endometriosis, perhaps then some of the chemicals still within tampons can contribute to health problems too. General poor vaginal health as a result of tampon use may also cause increased menstrual problems. Emotions have a massive effect on menstruation, including causing heavier periods, you compare users of commercial sanitary products to users of alternative (arguably more body-positive options) then the latter will be the happiest. It is all theory of course, without proper testing and transparancy in manufacturing we'd not know effects of commercial options on our health, and as for emotions effects although most gynos would agree with this idea in theory there's little can be done to prove the connection.

Whatever way though, I'd not expect such a substantial change to be down to using a menstrual cup.
zandperl: Daisy zandperl on April 22nd, 2009 02:56 am (UTC)
I have primarily perceived a difference in the texture towards the end of my period. With tampons/pads I had more clotting on the last day or two (out of 4-5 days). With less clotting, the flow seems to be weaker on those last days, but I suspect it's the texture that's changed primarily, not the quantity.
Dina Clare: murphy lintilla on April 22nd, 2009 07:33 am (UTC)
My doc told me that some of what people think are clots are actually bits of blood that dry in your vagina (ew). So maybe since the cup holds the blood in a non-absorbent environment, it appears there are fewer clots? I hope that made sense outside of my brain...
iudmama iudmama on April 22nd, 2009 02:51 pm (UTC)
That's kind of what I was thinking. Since the cup keeps the blood and debris more contained, the "corners and crevices" of the vagina aren't filled with leftover menstrual fluid to clean out.

While it's not particularly heavy, I have a ridiculously long Paragard period (9-10 days).
My period also stops and restarts about midway through - 1-2 days of nothing followed by 1-2 days of fresh bleeding.
The cup has been great for that - I just leave it in and expect my period to drag on for 10 days.

My last period seemed slightly shorter - about 8 days long. I'll have to see what my next few cycles do before I join the "my menstrual cup shortened my period!" camp.
DQ: lunette damned_queen on April 22nd, 2009 07:06 am (UTC)
Before I got on HBC I had an extremely light period of about three days. Once I got on HBC I started to get killer cramps (so bad I just had to take painkillers all the time to get through the first two days) and a period of more or less 5 days. Now I've been using the cup for over half a year now and I don't think my period has actually shortened, BUT I don't even notice it has started anymore = zero cramping. I only use my cup the first 3 days though, because when I use it on the really light days my cup tends to get smelly and it is too much of a hassle to get out and in at that time.

I was wondering if the less severe or no cramping at all may have something to do with the way you look at your period? I know that before I started to use the cup I was absolutely DREADING that time of the month. Now, I'm experiencing it in a much more positive way and I'm almost glad to see my period coming through :-)
Natalia softy5310 on April 23rd, 2009 12:34 am (UTC)
I just got done with my last period. It was three days long. That's shorter than it's ever been, aside from my first period I had when I was 12. My last period with the cup was like five days. Usually it's 6/7. So yah, I'd say mine has shortened and I didn't notice that with cloth pads alone. I also had no cramps this month while using the cup. I don't remember the last time I have none.
Take care,