bad_pixie_000 (bad_pixie_000) wrote in menstrual_cups,

Did my cup make my period start early?

My cycle is usually 35 days, and has occasionally been as long as 42 days (a couple of occasions) and has been known to be 28, but generally 35. Because I was staying away from home on day 28 to day 30 I decided to wear my Lunette to be on the safe side.
That was June 30th and just before I went to bed I removed my cup to clean it and there was a streak of blood in with my mucous. Because it was close to my period I was very dry and inserting my cup felt very suction-y and painful but because I was away from home I was too paranoid to go without it as my periods start with a flood! In the morning again there was just a tiny streak of blood.

For the next 3 days there was, at most, a blob of blood after each 12 hours. On Monday I stopped using my cup and just used a cloth liner. The liners stayed almost completely clean but if I put my finger in my vagina I could see I *was* bleeding just so lightly that it mostly wasn't actually making it outside my body. If I hadn't put the cup in to begin with I might not even have realised my period had started.
I carried on with cloth pads until Thursday (so I'd been bleeding lightly for a week and was now actually on the day when my period was due) when I made some parsley tea. I thought that since it can make a late period start it could make my flow speed up. I got some cramps and the flow *has* sped up but is still not normal for me: the first line in 12 hours overnight (7ml), then another 7ml in 6 hours, then just now (again 6 hours later) it was quite a way below the 7ml mark.

I've worn my cup in anticipation of my period ever since I started using them just under 3 years ago, and this hasn't happened before, although usually I only use the cup when I already feel "period-y" with cramps and pressure starting. I've also never heard of the suction doing this to anyone else.

So what could be causing this?

For the purposes of anticipating my next period, should I count this cycle from the day I first had *any* blood, or count it from what should've been day 1?

I'm 29, never been pregnant and never had an STD (and my last smear test was a little under a year ago and was normal). Usually my periods are 4 days long with 2 very heavy days and 2 days that are so light it's barely worth using my cup; so at this rate of bleeding it could go on for another week! :( I have an underactive thyroid and my last blood test (6 months ago) showed I'm on the correct dose of thyroxine; but 18 months ago I had a very heavy period lasting over 2 weeks that was due to my thyroid.
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