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Hey guys. I just started using my MeLuna cup and it's great, and the posts on here have really helped me get used to it!

Buuut, I keep noticing a light brown discharge both on the inside and outside of the cup, even now that I've definitely started bleeding. I'd think it was the obvious thing, but I haven't had a BM since my bleeding started. My impression, from years of pad and tampon use, is that the old blood is drier and darker than this. Is that just because once it's been on my pad or tampon for a while it darkens and dries? I've really never noticed this discharge before I put in my cup two days before I started my bleeding for real.

Also, no blood has gotten out of the cup, but I'm still finding this discharge on the outside of it.

juliiie87juliiie87 on June 15th, 2012 04:05 pm (UTC)
Hum, I'm not entirely sure, but it sounds like you are having what we refer to as residual slobber - a small amount of blood that the cup couldn't catch because it was already hanging lower in your vagina. Menstrual blood can often be / become brown when it gets in contact with oxygen and while using a cup, it can still get mixed up with other natural secretions (discharge), but that doesn't mean it's a whole different thing, it's still blood... I'd say if a small pantyliner (or even just wearing black panties) can take care of it, you shouldn't worry about the efficiency of your cup.
Ashatenlegspider on June 15th, 2012 05:52 pm (UTC)
Oh gosh, I wouldn't have considered poo an obvious thing at all! That would take some work.

I agree that it sounds normal. Menstrual blood (which includes a lot of non-blood tissue) can be red and thin or dark and thick, or whatever. A lot of the time I get through a whole bleed with only the dark stuff, other months it's bright red. It's also going to look a bit different when it's not absorbed by stuff, but you're fine.

Oh and there's no such thing as TMI here.
everyoneisemoeveryoneisemo on June 15th, 2012 06:09 pm (UTC)
The thing that worried me is it's not dark colored. /facepalm
Ashatenlegspider on June 15th, 2012 06:48 pm (UTC)
Ah yes, I see. I get light brown after my period, when the old blood mixes with white or colourless fluid that's around. I'd expect it's something like that that's given you that colour. As long as you feel ok and don't have any really funky smells I don't think you have anything to worry about.
melissa569melissa569 on June 15th, 2012 11:38 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't worry about it, I too notice that older blood turns brown and when it mixes with natural fluids it can be anywhere from dark to light, thin or thick.

You'll find you notice all kinds of things now with a cup that you never noticed before. Here is what I have noticed so far:

--There is a TON of clear plasma and cervical mucus that tends to rise to the top, while all the red stuff sinks to the bottom, so you've got these two layers of clear over dark red. Some people thought pee was somehow getting in there, but really there is no way since the urethra is on the outside of the body.

--There are pretty BIG clots I never noticed before.

--I bleed a lot less than what I thought... Using pads or tampons, I was almost certain I must have been bleeding cups and cups of blood, because that's what it felt like! But it takes me 4 to 6 hours to fill a cup on my heaviest day. So that was interesting to know.
everyoneisemoeveryoneisemo on June 15th, 2012 11:50 pm (UTC)
I did notice the plasma and mucus stuff, yeah. I wasn't so worried about that because it didn't seem like it was a sign of infection. Hopefully you guys are all right!
juliiie87juliiie87 on June 16th, 2012 11:38 am (UTC)
When and if you get an infection, you'll have other symptoms, the most common of which is an awful smell that doesn't go away with standard hygiene. Or, you may get itchy. But you'll know something's up.
farmerchlo on June 16th, 2012 01:14 am (UTC)
RE: tmi
Hey there,

I know exactly what you're talking about with the light-brownish-dischargey-stuff, and there's no need to worry--one thing to remember is that blood isn't the only thing that comes out when menstruating, as this monthly cycle is your uterus cleaning itself, so uterine lining is being dispelled along with the bloody discharge. The outside of your cup is never going to come out clean, unless perhaps you just took a shower and thoroughly used a removable showerhead (tmi? lol...) and happen to be squeaky clean before inserting the cup. There being this same unnamed substance on the outside makes me think even more that it's simply uterine lining broken down by the enzymes that are responsible for breaking down and regenerating your uterine cells. No need to worry, this is normal, and please never worry about tmi on this site: this is a place where you can feel utterly at ease to discuss things like this openly without fear ;o)


Edited at 2012-06-16 01:16 am (UTC)