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perigrine
21 April 2013 @ 10:12 am

I've just come to the end of my period, only to feel some surprise that it is over so 'quickly.' It wasn't really, it was the same length as always, but it feels like it was shorter due to the number of 'changes.'

Pre-cup, time was marked by how long it was between changes, some days having up to 8. My average period was about 22 changes over four days. (I counted wrappers once or twice to see).

A cup period is now about 12 changes for the entire duration, making me think that is was only over a couple of days.

Is anyone else surprised by how 'short' periods seem to be?

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trejoytrejoy on April 21st, 2013 12:24 am (UTC)
My period actually IS shorter than it used to be, but that's due to progesterone cream. I began using it about the same time I discovered cups. Periods used to last 5-7 days, now 3-4.
selofain: Yuukiselofain on April 21st, 2013 01:32 am (UTC)
I found that my periods have become top-heavy since I started using a cup. It used to be that my periods started out heavy and gradually slowed to nothing over a week- a linear progression, if you will. Now, my periods are very heavy over two days, light over two days, and I have spotting and discolored discharge for the rest of the week. I'm slightly peeved at the change, since this means that for the first two days, I have to empty in the middle of the day instead of just morning and night for my whole period. (lol oh noes)

So my period got shorter, but I'm still wearing a cup for a week because discolored discharge is yuck.
juliiie87juliiie87 on April 21st, 2013 10:09 am (UTC)
The same has happened to me over the last couple of periods ! Although I can still manage a whole day, I've never seen my cup so full before, except for one incident with the birth control from hell. And I wear cloth pantyliners for the spotting and discharge part. So 2 days wearing a cup... yep, that's *too* short... :/
kindofalotocomxkindofalotocomx on April 21st, 2013 12:49 pm (UTC)
Just out of curiosity... What was the "birth control from hell". Lol
juliiie87juliiie87 on April 21st, 2013 08:26 pm (UTC)
It was a combined pill with the synthetic progesterone desogestrel ("Desogen"). It made my periods heavier and watery. I switched to another brand than quit altogether. YMMV.

Edited at 2013-04-21 08:26 pm (UTC)
Jennifer Monoteasy2begreen on April 21st, 2013 03:10 pm (UTC)
Me too! Now it seems like I lose most of what I'm going to lose in a single morning, and then no more than 5-10ml over the next couple days. It meant that I had to get a higher capacity cup for the one heavy day, which was annoying, but otherwise can wear a small LadyCup or Meluna mini for the rest of my cycle -- both of which are super comfortable.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on April 21st, 2013 02:12 am (UTC)
Mine stayed the same.
Maxine of Arc: Blood Sinmaxineofarc on April 21st, 2013 02:15 am (UTC)
I haven't noticed any difference.
perigrineperigrine on April 21st, 2013 02:37 am (UTC)
Mine *aren't* shorter, it just feels like it coz there aren't half as many sanitary changes.
manuka91 on April 21st, 2013 06:31 pm (UTC)
I also don't think mine is actually shorter, but it does seem shorter/better simple because I spend a lot less time thinking about and dealing with my period.
Megan: DangCathdsqrl on April 21st, 2013 06:45 pm (UTC)
What I've noticed is that I'll get that brownish discharge for about a WEEK before any true bleeding starts (really light, though - not enough to even really require a liner), then 3-4 days of bleeding (one of which is a pretty heavy day) and then a couple more days of the discharge. So...like...10-14 days, total, when you toss in the discharge. I mentioned this to my doctor and now I'm caught up in this whirl of ultrasounds, hysteroscopes, and biopsies to see if he can figure out what's going on. Of course part of me is wondering if I've been this way for longer than I've noticed it, and it's just since using the cup (began last fall) that I've been more aware of what's going on. Sigh. I suppose it's good to at least know everything is fine down there, right? Though I can do without all of the cameras and pinchy things up in my business like that. :(

Edited at 2013-04-21 06:46 pm (UTC)