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I'm a bit confused here. My periods normally last 5-7 days or up to 21 days due to my weird hormones. Very heavy flow most of that time. I started my period 3 days ago (Thursday) in the afternoon, it was extremely light that day and when I woke up Friday morning I was completely soaked and nearly soiled my bed, though luckily I had baby wipes on my bed so I folded up a few of them and tried to prevent the massive waterfall that occurs when I sit up after that happens during my sleep. So my first day using the cup was Friday. It is now very early Sunday morning (or very late Saturday night) and I went to check on it as it was definitely time for it. I tried something new and sat on the toilet with my foot up on the tub to grab it and pull it out. I was sure it spilled as there was barely anything in it. So I peed and all that and when I wiped, there was no heavy amount of blood. Just the residual stuff! What? I got up before flushing and checked the toilet and nope, no blood spilled. Not on the floor either. Not anywhere! What the heck??

I normally have a full 6 days of heavy bleeding and Saturday completed my 2nd full day on my period. Now it could be that it'll be heavy again soon but this is the first time I've used a cup and the first time my period has lasted this short amount of time. It seems to be due to the using it instead of tampons or pads.

Has anyone experienced this? Is it because the cervix opening has a free area to drop blood, so the flow is heavier than it would be if a tampon was in there against the cervix? It's so odd! I'm super happy about it though! ;)
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..::bella vita::..por_que_no on October 5th, 2014 01:07 pm (UTC)
Mine have been about a day shorter than usual with the cup because tampons are not blocking the flow (as you said)...but I don't think the difference would be that extreme. Might be worth bringing up with your gyno.
xyzpdq84 on October 5th, 2014 06:10 pm (UTC)
Since I can't be on hormonal birth control or any hormonal treatments due to the large possibility of developing life threatening blood clots I can't do anything about how my periods behave or dont be have. I was on low dose BC pills and ended up nearly dieing because of massive multiple pulmonary emboli. :( So even if it was imbalanced hormones I can't change it. The only things I could do are D&C and hysterectomy. I have since decided that unless I am in immediate danger of death I won't be going to the hospital or have surgery. I'm staying away from modern medicine as much as possible as it has caused me more harm than good in my 30 years of life.

I am finally healing from a 30 year (I turned 30 this year) long ordeal of multiple, seemingly unrelated health problems that are in fact all related. No doctor pieced the puzzle together and I had to be the one to research all of it and I finally figured it out about 7 months ago.

It's hard to get an appointment with my gyno. I live in rural Nevada and my gyno is only available one day a week as he works in another city an hour and a half away the other days of the week. I tried to get a hold of him during my previous period and the only suggestions she had were to make an appointment for the other city or to go to the ER or Urgent Care. So I waited out the extremely heavy bleeding, was a bit pale, light headed, dizzy but it finally ended and I survived. Whew!

..::bella vita::..por_que_no on October 5th, 2014 07:06 pm (UTC)
Wow! I'm glad you've figured out the issue and hope you're able to have a healthier life from here on out. A friend of mine has had a lot of similarly serious health issues because she was born extremely prematurely (and is in her early 30s so was born before hospitals were really used to tiny preemies). She's a cupper too but not sure if she's in this group anymore.
xyzpdq84 on October 5th, 2014 07:31 pm (UTC)
Wow I'm 30 and was born at 28 weeks gestation! I was a micro preemie as well! My health issues revolve around intestinal candidiasis, which caused leaky gut which caused severe allergies to many foods and additives as well as every day items like toilet paper and paper towels (yes, I'm allergic to them and now that I've figured it out have to use cloth TP) and rubbery materials which include nitrile and elastic waistbands and neoprene. Oh and leather. I just bought a leatherbound bible and had severe contact allergy to it. I'm also allergic to the flexible kind of PVC. It's been one heck of a challenging 30 years and am so thankful to have found out the cause of all of this. I'm working with an allergist to heal my gut so that I can lead a more normal, healthy life. THe weight loss I've had is from cutting out the foods I am allergic to which leaves me with very bland, boring, small selection of foods to eat. I can't use pepper as I'm allergic. It seems the only food additives I can use are coconut oil (can't use any dairy at all like butter), himalayan salt, garlic and onions.

I think I can use Seventh Generation tampons as just last period I was using them and didn't notice any problems health-wise. But I am loving my cup! As long as I don't become allergic to the silicone I will stay a cupper for the remainder of my child-bearing years. :D
rinaye on October 5th, 2014 02:04 pm (UTC)
My last period the same thing happened to me. Usually my period last about 6-7 days. Last cycle it was 4 days. I used the femmycycle low cycle low cervix cup and sea sponge tampons.
margalee on October 5th, 2014 04:31 pm (UTC)
The same thing happened to me! Though over 7 years of cupping, my memory is a bit fuzzy and my hormonal fluctuations a little less adolescent. I used to have heavy week-long periods. I joke that the cup has given me effectively a 3 day period - only 2 to 3 days that it's heavy enough to require a few changes during the day and therefore any attention. The last two days are so negligible, I hardly need anything, but I still wear the cup for spotting and only change morning and night. However, I think days 2-3 do seem much heavier than they used to be!

Edited at 2014-10-05 04:55 pm (UTC)
xyzpdq84 on October 5th, 2014 06:14 pm (UTC)
I think it's wonderful that your heavy days are shortened! I will likely wear the cup until there is no red or pink left in it. I don't see it as it can possibly harm my body by having it in there so I'll probably use it until the spotting is over.

I'm wondering what it will be like when my period goes hog wild and is extremely heavy. I wonder how often I'll have to dump the contents. I guess I'll eventually find out. Haha!
xyzpdq84 on October 5th, 2014 06:03 pm (UTC)
I just woke up and checked it and there is still only a tiny amount. The funny thing is that the cup itself inside had what looked like a full amount of blood residue (possibly enough to leak if it was actually that full) but very little blood in the bottom, and I checked and no it didn't spill into the toilet. I'm still confused. Overnight flow was the same as it was last night for probably 8 hours. And it's probably been the same amount of time, 8 hours that I had this in prior to waking up and checking it today. I'm guessing my period really is going to be significantly shorter. Although since I am still bleeding some in 8 hours It may take the full amount of time but I won't need to be as vigilant to check every 4 hours. :)
trejoytrejoy on October 6th, 2014 04:49 am (UTC)
My experience is similar: period lasted 5-6 days before but with cups I'm down to 2-3 (a big, huge Hurray!!) I agree with the concept that my flow is more efficient, able to "git 'er done" faster with a cup collecting instead of the tampon obstacle.
strawberrymussistrawberrymussi on October 6th, 2014 03:16 pm (UTC)
It's the other way around for me =/
My periods actually last a day or two longer than using pads and tampons, I'm not sure why. It was normally 5-6 days, but ever since using the cup it's been about 7-8 days. I still prefer the cups, though. Has this happened to anyone else?
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on October 6th, 2014 05:51 pm (UTC)
Are you wearing the cups long enough that flow could back up into the uterus if it fills awhile before you get a chance to empty it? This is only possible with some cups (the lily, maybe the Femmycycle--basically any cup that doesn't have holes or whose holes are so small they get clogged easily). Even though I have done this a few times I never experienced a longer period because of it, so it might be totally unrelated.
m03m on October 7th, 2014 08:31 am (UTC)
Do we know for a fact that this is possible at all... with any cup? Is there any proof of this? You seem pretty certain, so you can probably point out a source.
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on October 7th, 2014 01:09 pm (UTC)
I've personally experienced that, so that's as reliable of a source as it's possible to get. As soon as I break the suction on any of these cups, before I remove them, blood comes pouring out (even though the cup is still upright and I haven't really squeezed it to the point that blood actually inside the cup could spill out) but when I remove the cup itself, it's also full. So the extra blood was whatever backed up.
m03m on October 7th, 2014 01:24 pm (UTC)
Backed up, sure. That makes total sense.
But backed up inside the uterus, and what's more, flowing back into the uterus after having flowed out before? How would you know?

Couldn't the blood simply have been backed up in the higher part of the vagina, above the cup?
grammarneurotic on October 8th, 2014 12:43 am (UTC)
Hi, I just wanted to explain a bit about what a cervix is, in case anyone wants to know more. It is simply the opening of the uterus. It is a thick muscle about 2-3 inches long and is no more "open" than your urethra, the place where your pee comes out. In fact the big difference is there is no sphincter action - no ability to make the cervix opening squeeze shut.
The menstrual flow goes through the cervix because the uterus pushes it out. That's what cramps are, the feeling of your uterus squeezing. The vagina is the birth canal, and the cervix is the connection between the uterus and the vagina. If you're wondering, the outside part where the clitoris is, is actually the vulva, although everybody thinks that's what they're talking about when they say vagina.
It seems to me like any blood that was in the vagina/birth canal would come trickling out just because of gravity, that's just based on my personal experience.
I found this community because I am trying to figure out what kind of cup and just thought this info might be helpful. Cheers :)
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on October 8th, 2014 01:06 am (UTC)
My cups all settle right around my cervix so there wouldn't really be a "higher part of the vagina above the cervix" for the blood to accumulate...my cervix also seems to be on the wide side (just fits inside a Lily). I don't think blood was actually backflowing but it could have been just sitting there in the uterus after my cup filled up. I can sometimes get pretty clotty so I know the cervix is open enough to allow for those to pass.
strawberrymussistrawberrymussi on October 7th, 2014 04:20 pm (UTC)
For it to come pouring out, seems like it was already in your vagina (probably on the recto-uterine pouch). The cervix has a really small opening, blood just drips from it.
strawberrymussistrawberrymussi on October 7th, 2014 04:14 pm (UTC)
I wear them for about 4-8 hours, depends on how heavy the flow is on each day.
My cervix is always inside the cups (they are always about half full or not even that when they leak). I just own a small regular meluna, a medium sport meluna and a small fleurcup, all of them with holes.

It's probably unrelated, but I'm considering using pads and tampons the next cycle just to check.