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Hi everyone, I'm wondering if anyone can shed light on my situation. I am in my early 40's, 2 kids and have been using menstrual cups for about 6 cycles now and I love it. I started with a juju cup size 2 but quickly found that it was a little firm for me and moved to the large sckoon which is softer and much more comfortable! I just love it. Immediately the duration of my cycle started to go down. Previously using tampons and pads it was 6-7 days, but quickly went down to 4-5 days and now it down to 2, barely 3 days. That bit is great but I also noticed that my cycle started to get shorter too. Prior to kids it was 32 days long, after kids it was 28 days long and it was always that way. Never missed a cycle (except when pregnant) it was never late, never early, you could literally set your clock by it.

But since using cups my cycle has consistently been getting shorter. It has dropped from 28, down to 26, 25 and now 24 days. I'm not happy with this trend! I have spoken to my Doctor who hasn't even heard of cups! I am getting older so I guess it is possible that I am entering the early stages of menopause but it seems like too much of a coincidence that this happened when I started using cups.

Has anyone else noticed this trend?

Thanks in advance!
 
bklynmom on September 15th, 2014 02:06 am (UTC)
I don't think it's caused by cup use. I've read about shorter periods for some people, but not shorter cycles. But, shorter cycles are pretty typical for peri menopause. I'd wait a few more cycles and then have your doc do some hormone testing to see if you're nearing menopause or if anything is out of balance if it continues.
rdshin on September 15th, 2014 02:35 am (UTC)
Yes I guess so. It just seemed like such a coincidence to start happening exactly when I started using cups when it was literally clockwork from age 12 up to the cycle I started using them ...

I know everyones different but my family history has women on my mum's side entering menopause pretty late. Not so sure about my Dad's side.
m03m on September 15th, 2014 04:41 am (UTC)
As a data point: I'm 46, and I've been using cups for 6 years. They have not made my cycles shorter.
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on September 15th, 2014 01:24 pm (UTC)
It's probably perimenopause. By chance, is one of your children a girl who's in or going into puberty? Perhaps the same phenomenon that causes female roommates/family members to synchronize their cycles is happening, whether or not she's started having periods yet. Back when I was living in close quarters with 7 other girls (all on BC when I was not), my cycles were COMPLETELY whacked. Once we relocated the following school year and I was sharing a suite (in a much larger house) with another sorority sister who was not on BC, my cycles evened right out again.
Kathlynekathlyne on September 16th, 2014 05:13 pm (UTC)
Yeah, this totally happened to my mom when she was peri-menopausal and a friend and I went to live with her for 2 months for school. Her cycles went all whacko. In fact, I don't think she'd had a cycle for months. She wasn't happy with us at all.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on September 15th, 2014 01:53 pm (UTC)
I agree, coincidence. I don't see how a cup would/could change how your body works.
Kathlynekathlyne on September 16th, 2014 05:14 pm (UTC)
And as usual--I second kuradi.