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18 September 2010 @ 09:39 am
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. :)
Current Mood: blahblah
Kai: pic#78985186kuradi8 on September 18th, 2010 01:48 pm (UTC)
Don't panic yet. But look into birth control for the future. And/Or get into the habit of using condoms.

Isn't it convenient to be able to wear your cup in anticipation?
Andreafushigi_na_chou on September 18th, 2010 01:51 pm (UTC)
Normally we do use condoms -- it's just that the few times we haven't it's been an issue of convenience (they weren't on hand for one reason or another, excuses, excuses, excuses -- to be honest, I feel silly for even putting myself in this situation in the first place D:).

And I will be starting birth control (tomorrow if/when my period starts). I just haven't had the opportunity to get on the pill until now.

I do love being able to just wear my cup -- it makes things alot simpler in that respect.
gf_girliegf_girlie on September 18th, 2010 02:43 pm (UTC)
Go to the dollar store and grab a cheapie pregnancy test.

Pee on it.

Blammo- your period will start. It's laws of science. Unless you are actually pregnant in which case you will pop positive and come back to tell us.
Andreafushigi_na_chou on September 18th, 2010 03:13 pm (UTC)
I took a test a couple days ago, and it was negative, but my guess is it would have been too early to tell anyway, so I guess I'll just have to wait until tomorrow and see what happens. The waiting is the worst part. DDD: (why do I do this to myself?? :<)
uathannuathann on September 18th, 2010 03:45 pm (UTC)
*hugs* No one is infaillible, it happens.
Andreafushigi_na_chou on September 18th, 2010 03:49 pm (UTC)
-hug- Thanks. Probably all this worrying and anxiety is gonna make my period late now, and that's not going to do anything for my nerves. 8D;;
gf_girliegf_girlie on September 18th, 2010 06:11 pm (UTC)
I'm married and do it to myself every month. *snort* You'll probably be okay. All we use is pull out and we've been "lucky" so far. We have a 2.5 year old, a pregnancy right now would not be ideal, but it wouldn't be the worst thing ever either.
Andreafushigi_na_chou on September 19th, 2010 01:00 am (UTC)
Well, good news is that the blood I saw today was my period starting -- so yay, no babies for me yet. :) I appreciate the advice and encouragement though. :)
gf_girliegf_girlie on September 19th, 2010 01:01 am (UTC)
Woo! It's always a good day when you appreciate your period. LOL. No problem, that's what we're here for, right?
Andreafushigi_na_chou on September 19th, 2010 01:23 am (UTC)
Yes. :) ♥
Serpent: arpiserpent_849 on September 18th, 2010 04:06 pm (UTC)
some said here that cups made them notice blood that they wouldn't have noticed otherwise...
Andreafushigi_na_chou on September 18th, 2010 04:14 pm (UTC)
Yeah. I'm wondering if I had been spotting before (if that's what this is) and I just haven't noticed any blood until now because of my Diva. Hm.
Serpent: arpiserpent_849 on September 18th, 2010 04:26 pm (UTC)
aw you're a new user? before i switched to cups i'd get blood on my finger if i put it into my vagina several hours before my period started. there was nothing on tp or underwear, only if i put it there..and if your cervix isn't low even this might not be enough to notice.
if you're ok with it you may check beautiful cervix project, there's blood on it shortly before the period (contains actual photos)
Andreafushigi_na_chou on September 18th, 2010 04:36 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm not a new user. It's this particular situation I'm new to. I know that before my period actually starts, there's bound to be a little blood on my cervix (it just hasn't reached the point of coming out of my body yet). But I'm thinking I might be in the clear. Gonna do another test though to be sure, especially since if this is my period starting early (just checked my cup and there was a little bit of blood in it, but again, it seems different from usual first day flow :/ less, with alot more CM), then I get to start my new birth control tomorrow. :) But thanks for the link; I'm sure it'd be interesting to check out anyway.
Serpent: arpiserpent_849 on September 18th, 2010 04:30 pm (UTC)
oh and apparently sex itself can make blood come out of the cervix
Andreafushigi_na_chou on September 18th, 2010 04:37 pm (UTC)
Well, I haven't had sex since .... Wednesday? So yeah. :/ I don't think it's related to that. Unless it takes days to have an effect?
melissa569melissa569 on September 19th, 2010 03:07 am (UTC)
Not sure about the spotting, but I know how you feel about all the pregnancy scare stuff. That's happened to me lots of times. I'm married and 29. But we DO NOT want kids right now. I've been trying to look into other methods of birth control besides condoms. It seems like there is something wrong with everything else though! Ugh!

I'm scared of anything that deals with hormones (the pill, IUD's, the patch, Nuvaring, etc), because the women in my family all gain weight with such things, and I already have weight issues. Plus, a lady friend fo mine from church now has to shave her upper lip and under her chin, because of how her body reacted to the time-released hormones in her IUD... Dark hairs started growing in like crazy, yikes! The poor dear... Then there's all those blood clot and cancer risks... I just don't know about all that.

I was thinking diaphragm, but I have sensitive ph levels too, so things like spermicides (foams, gels, etc., which are used with a diaphragm) may upset my ph...

It looks like for now, condoms are all I can use without scary reactions, but hubby just hates them, lol.
saraf3msaraf3m on September 19th, 2010 06:40 pm (UTC)

Copper IUD is the only thing I've found for BC that is sans hormones. It can also be used for non drug/non chemical EC (I think its within 5 days, but check the PP site for Paraguard stipulations).

Copper may cause heavier flow, cramps and can take over 6 months for your body to adjust to. Insertion for NPs are less fun, but removal is less painful and Paraguard can safely remain in the bod for 10~12 yrs.

Mirena IUD is progesterone releasing and *seems* to be more popular/more talked about, but both share equal time at:

OP - glad to hear that things have worked out, good luck with your new BC! Another site to read for BC/menstrual/general bod things:
mousebebemousebebe on September 19th, 2010 05:36 pm (UTC)
Just FYI, there's a community called vaginapagina that's actually pretty good about questions like this, it's linked over in the user info.
Andreafushigi_na_chou on September 19th, 2010 05:45 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I've heard of it; wasn't really sure what all it was about. I just thought it was slightly related to menstrual cup stuff since I'm sure plenty of women used their cups in anticipation of their periods starting, only to find out they were pregnant. Thankfully, I am not. XD
mousebebemousebebe on September 20th, 2010 01:34 am (UTC)
Oh, it is related, especially consider that so many women use cups in anticipation. I just figured I'd let you know! It's actually a pretty good resource for vagina-related questions.

And I gathered the rest from the other comments... I figured my contribution at that point would be moot. :)