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mshanai on February 11th, 2015 02:22 pm (UTC)
"I used to have terrible, terrible cramps,” Bailey told HuffPost. “The first time I used a menstrual cup, the cramps were much less severe … I felt so much better.”

^^ is that at all typical? I found that the cup made my cramps much worse, especially at night... I take it out, cramps stop. It is not a deal-killer for me, but I find the claim surprising. What would be the mechanism by which cups stop cramps?
titaniumtrinitytitaniumtrinity on February 11th, 2015 02:42 pm (UTC)
I've heard multiple people on here say that cups eliminated/lessened their cramps. For me I don't think it makes a difference either way.
trejoytrejoy on February 11th, 2015 04:43 pm (UTC)
I think it depends on what is causing the cramping. In my case, the cup creates internal counter-pressure which reduces basic abdominal muscle tension and pain, but it doesn't change the cramps and pain that I experience due to the shedding of uterine lining.
Ashcarefree on February 11th, 2015 09:06 pm (UTC)
It's true for me! Wearing a cup greatly reduces my cramps.
titaniumtrinitytitaniumtrinity on February 11th, 2015 02:46 pm (UTC)
Oh, interesting, filing this away to read after my exam today. I did skim through it though, and for some reason I'm bothered by it being framed as mostly a way to "give up tampons" and they talk about TSS, but then say TSS isn't actually a big risk anymore (is that true? first I've heard of it) and then quote some cup user saying she still doesn't want to risk it. I don't know, maybe that accurately describes some of us, but I don't hate tampon myself. I used them for a lot of years, and I still have a bunch tucked away for emergencies. I don't use a cup because I'm trying to stay away from tampons, I use one because (for me) it's the best option out there. Am I just being crotchety?
trejoytrejoy on February 11th, 2015 04:53 pm (UTC)
I find you entertaining. =)
I actually am relieved to not have to use tampons. I hated the strings and the internal fluff as well as the waste basket full of disposables. I have bought (and sold) so many cups I don't know that I've gotten the economic benefit, eek! But that may come once I've exhausted my curiosity?!
I agree that the article takes the negative spin rather than an "I love cups for themselves" ecstasy, which would be cool. But I generally have low expectations of news reports, so it doesn't surprise me.
chamiletchamilet on February 11th, 2015 08:57 pm (UTC)
I was impressed by the 60 year old woman who still has her period...
metalhead of milky chocolate goodnesshallo_katzchen on February 11th, 2015 09:36 pm (UTC)
I can see that. My mother had periods up until age 65, and two of my sisters had them well into their 50's.
trejoytrejoy on February 11th, 2015 11:16 pm (UTC)
I think that woman might have been talking about 30 years or more ago when the Tassaway was available.
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on February 12th, 2015 01:42 am (UTC)
Yeah, the writing was a little sloppy so I wasn't sure if she was still getting her periods. However, my mom had them pretty much until 57 (I think). Which means either I'll get quite a bit of use out of my cups or I'm cutting out my ovaries as soon as I'm done with kids, if I ever even have any LOL