February 28th, 2010

gunpowder tea

Questions, cup effect on cycle

I just finished my first cycle with a menstrual cup. This community has been so fantastically helpful for my decision on which cup to use, and other questions, so I thought I'd pose a question directly.

How has using a cup affected the length and weight of your menstrual cycles? My cycles are usually between five to seven days, counting from first to last blood. I use about four pads or tampons during the day, with another for overnight, not always filling each one. Every third or fourth cycle is a bit heavier, with painful cramps.

I had twinging cramps this last cycle, but I can contribute them to my body's reaction to the cup. What's weird is my period was only about four days this time. I can't tell if it was lighter or heavier than normal, but it seemed to be towards the lighter end of what's usual. (I can't tell because it was so easy! I've never been this happy about my period before.)

Any ideas of whether the lighter period was due to the cup? I haven't had such a short cycle since I was on birth control pills, (I haven't taken BC in about a year).

when to enlist outside help?

last night i put in my small lady cup and felt/heard a suction like never before. it actually gave me cramps. (i'm wondering if it's suctioned around my cervix like others have had happen ... it's never sat this high/i've had this much trouble getting it out)
this morning (i'm on the 3rd day of my cycle) i tried to get it out - could barely reach the stem (cut pretty short), beared down - didnt really help. stopped for a little bit. waited till i had a BM cause i knew that pulls it down a lot, but it was literally too slippery to get out with even my nails. then i went out and got some rubber gloves to hopefully get a better grip, but now it's up even higher - too high to fit both my index finger and thumb up to the base to get a good grip to coax it down. bearing down isnt really helping.
i've read the tags for people who have had this problem so i've been taking breaks to relax, yawning, trying to work with my breathing while bearing down, listening to music, etc.
i have to go to work soon where i wont be able to attempt to get it out more until later tonight.
at this point it has been in for around 15 hours. just wondering people's opinions on when it's time to go and have someone else get it out?

Cramps with Instead

Hello, I've just discovered the world of menstrual cups and am hoping I can find something that will work for me.  I bought the Instead softcups and used them for 24 hours with no problems (once I figured out how to remove them--tricky at first!)  Pretty sure I got it in the right place, was not slipping out, I could feel it was behind my pelvic bone where it is supposed to be.  My flow is always really light for the first few days so not much was collecting in cup but I had no leaks.  I noticed some vague crampy feelings but no other discomfort. 

Well, last night the cramping became steadily worse to the point where I had trouble sleeping.  I am lucky enough to normally have little to no cramping.  Sometimes a twinge but never anything disrupting to my life or requiring any medication to manage.  This pain was much worse than any normal cramping I have ever had and I got up at 3 am to remove the softcup so I could sleep.  I have left it out all day today but am still having severe cramps and have been taking Ibuprofen with little relief. 

I have read that sometimes some cramping is experienced at first with new use of a cup, but is it usually this severe?  I had already ordered a Diva Cup because I want to avoid the disposable nature of the softcup.  Now I am worried that the Diva Cup may cause this cramping as well.  Even if the cramping goes away after a few months I'm not sure I could stand it long enough to become accustomed.

Anyone else had experience with such severe cramping?  Will a Diva Cup be better or worse for the cramping?  I know I have to wait til my Diva gets here to know for sure but just wanted to hear some experienced opinions and advice in the meantime.  Thanks!