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Jen
Newbie here!  About me: 31, non-virgin, no pregnancies, low cervix, normal period is 7 days with heavy flow in first 2 days.

I was curious about menstrual cups, so I did a bit of online research and decided a small Sckooncup was the way to go.  I wanted something that was soft (because I think I can feel tampons enough to make me cramp), short enough for my low cervix, and available in the US with quick and easy shipping (Amazon Prime!).  I got my period a day early, just before the cup arrived in the mail, so I didn't try it out the first day.  Yesterday was the second day of my period and my first time using the cup.  Only took 2 tries to pop it open - not bad!  I guess I live on the edge, because I then wore it to the gym and proceeded to do high-intensity intervals on the treadmill, 100 sit-ups, and one-legged Romanian deadlifts as part of my usual workout.  If anything will make a menstrual cup pop out, it's that combination, but it didn't even leak!  It was about 2/3 full when I took it out to go to bed, about 8 hours after I had put it in.  I could have put it back in for sleeping, but I guess I was worried that it would leak in the horizontal position (which is silly after that workout, but whatever!).

So today I woke up, went to the bathroom, and there was not a single drop of blood on my pad or the TP.  This is highly unusual for me, since my periods are typically 7 days long (tapering off but still flowing after the first 2-3 days).  Is it possible that the suction from the menstrual cup basically cleared out my uterus and ended my period early?  And if so, consider me an official menstrual cup convert.  A week-long period is such a drag!

EDIT: I'm not using any hormonal birth control, not trying to get pregnant (condoms with the husband), and haven't changed anything else in my life that should affect my period length.

EDIT #2: So my period isn't over after 2 days like I thought.  A few hours after I posted, I started having some light brownish spotting.  Still nothing like what my period normally is.  Hope it stays like this!
 
tjs77tsa on March 30th, 2014 07:06 pm (UTC)
I went from 7 days to 4 when I started using cups and nothing else changed.
Jenfujieyes on March 30th, 2014 07:11 pm (UTC)
Wow! That's great to hear. These things are magical.
m03m on March 30th, 2014 09:50 pm (UTC)
It's been my experience that yes, cups can make your periods shorter (for some of us). Nice, isn't it?
Jenfujieyes on March 31st, 2014 03:34 am (UTC)
Amazing! Where have you been all my life, menstrual cups?
m03m on March 31st, 2014 08:47 am (UTC)
Well, you're nine years younger than I was when I bought my first cup, so as far as I'm concerned you're ahead of the game :-)
KaleidoscopeEydkaleidoscopeeyd on March 30th, 2014 11:02 pm (UTC)
Wow. I am a newbie myself (ordered my first cup today!) and this just makes me that much more excited to try it! I too am plagued by 7 to sometimes even 9 day (kill me) periods. If they go down to 4 days I will probably message every one of my female friends to enlighten them. =P
Sorry to comment with no answer to your question. This just made me so excited I couldn't resist.
Jenfujieyes on March 31st, 2014 03:35 am (UTC)
No problem! Glad you could share in my excitement!

I should edit my post to say that I did have some spotting today after I posted, but just a few drops of brown stuff, nothing like my usual heavy and long periods. I hope it stays like this!
Megan: JazzHandshdsqrl on March 31st, 2014 12:37 am (UTC)
I don't know that I'd consider mine shorter, but they are definitely lighter. I have one day of lots of blood, but the rest are so light that it's practically negligible, and I find that when I empty my cup, there's very little in there beyond a bit of lightly colored slobber. As a result, I've gone without backup liners or pads or anything except for that single heavy day, and basically end up nearly forgetting it's that time of the month at all. It's awesome. :)
Jenfujieyes on March 31st, 2014 03:36 am (UTC)
Excellent! Lighter or shorter would be great; I'd take either!
elisamba on March 31st, 2014 05:07 am (UTC)
I don't know if it's suction, so much as cutting down on potential allergens in disposable products. That's my (completely unscientific) theory. :-)
Jenfujieyes on April 1st, 2014 06:18 am (UTC)
Could be, although I actually didn't use tampons all that often because I didn't like the dryness and the feeling of fullness/slight cramping that they caused. And I was still using pads to catch any leakage, so I doubt it was the pads. You never know, I guess!
Luceafaraluceafara on March 31st, 2014 06:04 am (UTC)
Hmm, the small Sckoon does have quite a strong suction, compared to some of my other cups. I wonder if there is something to your theory, and, if yes, if it varies with the type of cup used.

Congrats to finding your perfect cup, and on the easy transition!!

Edited at 2014-03-31 06:04 am (UTC)
Jenfujieyes on April 1st, 2014 06:19 am (UTC)
Thanks! Looks like I was lucky...well, part of it was research, but a lot was luck!
hairballsplathairballsplat on April 2nd, 2014 02:47 am (UTC)
it has NOT made mine any shorter. i usually have about 8-9 days where i have to use something...cup, cloth pad, both...and that hasn't changed. at least on my really heavy days i can almost function as i would on a non-period day with my cup and a pad.
Dirtiest Girl In Americarenly_stormsend on April 4th, 2014 06:02 am (UTC)
I've noticed that since I started using my cups that my period is usually lighter and not always but frequently a day or two shorter. My periods never were long, 3-5 days but I've had more 3 day ones than 5 day ones since switching. I to thought, hmm maybe the suction has something to do with it, makes it "come out quicker" lol. Either way I love my fleurcup(as well as my other like 8 cups) and never want to go back. I do want to try a sckoon though, but I'm rambling and should stop so..best of luck to you and hope your cup keeps working great