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23 June 2014 @ 10:26 am
Hi Everyone! I've been using the Diva Cup for about 3 months now with great results. I love it and I feel like I have joined a special sisterhood (or cult? LOL). Anyway, I've noticed that the last two months I did not get any cramps. Like none. This is almost unheard of in my world. I am used to at least one day, usually my heaviest, being a very crampy day.

I'm not complaining or anything, but I am really curious as to why this happens. What is the mechanism that causes that? I can't find any articles about it, other than the anecdotal evidence that cramps are reduced or eliminated when using menstrual cups. I am guessing that it has to do with the suction, but I don't really know. Thoughts?
m03m on June 23rd, 2014 02:50 pm (UTC)
It's a menstrual mystery. No one knows for sure.
Some people believe that tampons make cramps worse; others are convinced that the cup creates a very mild underpressure (suction is too strong a word), and this helps the uterus expel the menstrual fluids, so she doesn't have to work quite so hard.

But no one knows for sure. Lovely though, isn't it?
bedlam-n-bedlahbedlam_n_bedlah on June 23rd, 2014 07:36 pm (UTC)
It sure is. Weird how no one knows why though. I guess there is no money in finding out! Although I am sure women with dysmenorrhea would love to find something to reduce cramps.
Yawnk: sadsavannahjan on June 24th, 2014 04:41 am (UTC)
Sadly, it doesn't work for all of us. Some of us love our cups, but still want to take a knife to our uterus when AF comes around. :(
bedlam-n-bedlahbedlam_n_bedlah on June 27th, 2014 02:01 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry! :(
elisamba on June 23rd, 2014 05:47 pm (UTC)
Maybe you didn't know you had allergies to the ingredients in your old products?
bedlam-n-bedlahbedlam_n_bedlah on June 23rd, 2014 07:34 pm (UTC)
Maybe, but I was pretty good about using only organic cotton tampons.
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on June 25th, 2014 04:03 am (UTC)
It could be that you no longer have blood backing up into the uterus (since the tampon, when fully expanded, could seal off your vaginal walls and cause blood to back up a bit). I know when my hole-less Lily and Femmy cups are fully sealed and I've gotten lazy about changing them, I've started to feel a little crampy from the backup, and it disappears as soon as I empty and reinsert.
bedlam-n-bedlahbedlam_n_bedlah on June 27th, 2014 02:03 pm (UTC)
That's an interesting theory. I did use pads a lot instead of tampons because I hated tampons, so I am not sure how that works.
juliiie87juliiie87 on June 25th, 2014 04:31 pm (UTC)
Tampons gave me awful butt cramps. I'm pretty sure they were pressing on my cervix (or irritating my walls or both). In hindsight I was trying so hard to shove them as far as possible, I was probably squishing them gainst or next to my cervix. Cups just sit nicely around or underneath it, no painful interactions, for most people anyway.
Baby Bloodheartbabybloodheart on June 27th, 2014 01:05 am (UTC)
To add to theories...

One theory is that tampons expand into the cervix - especially if using lengthways expanding tampons such as Playtex (it seems lengthways expanding tampons are more common in the US).

Another is that by absorbing flow tampons pull at the vaginal walls, which would be worse if using rayon tampons (I believe this is the theory Scarleteen gives to explain the phenomenon).

I personally think two other factors may contribute;

1. It gives resistance against vaginal muscles - if you look at menstrual release/Sherman Method many users say their cramps are reduced and they attribute it to working-out their muscles.

2. Body-positivity, lots of research suggests that attitudes towards menstruation has an effect on PMS and menstrual symptoms...cup users tend to be a lot more positive towards menstruation; don't dread it as much, can relax more because they don't have to worry about leaking or constant changing, no tampon/pad companies telling them they're gross, etc.
bedlam-n-bedlahbedlam_n_bedlah on June 27th, 2014 02:00 pm (UTC)
Interesting. I used pads a lot too when I was on my period, especially at night when I knew I was going to sleep longer than 8 hours, and sometimes those cramps would be just as bad as tampon cramps, so I vote for 1. about the resistance.