Andrea (fushigi_na_chou) wrote in menstrual_cups,
Andrea
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Cups and implantation spotting?

I didn't see a tag for this, so I thought I'd go ahead and ask -- please let me know if the question is not appropriate for the community.

So, my period is due tomorrow, and I've been wearing my DivaCup since yesterday. Normally, I'm a girl whose period works like clockwork. I have never had an issue knowing when it's going to start, and my PMS symptoms have always been the same. I usually don't get cramps until the day my period starts, but for the past week (since Monday), I've gotten cramps every single day, and they've all felt like my period was starting. I've been popping Naproxen like it's candy, at the suggestion of my doctor for managing my cramps (they're generally pretty debilitating) (and by popping Naproxen like it's candy, I mean taking two tablets three times a day), and half-expecting my period to just show up out of nowhere.

But then, on a concerned whim, I did a quick search on Google for cramping as a symptom of possible pregnancy (since I have been having unprotected sex, and the withdrawal method is not an appropriate backup technique :x), and pretty much everything said that it's not completely uncommon, and that it usually does feel like your period is about to start. Most of the sites mentioning this information also mentioned implantation spotting. I hadn't noticed any spotting since I started cramping, but this morning, when I went to clean my DivaCup, I noticed a tiny amount of blood along the rim of the cup. Do any other women in the community have experience with implantation spotting and using a cup? What would it look like? I felt like the blood I saw on my cup was not the same as my usual flow, and I know my period hasn't started, because, like I said, my periods have always worked like clockwork, and my PMS and first day symptoms have always been the same.

I apologize if this question is not appropriate for the community; I just wasn't sure where else to ask, and I'm kinda paranoid at this point. Any help is appreciated. :)
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