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20 June 2015 @ 01:55 pm
Hello, everyone! Im new to this forum and have been lurking for a while. Ive tried to search this but havent been able to find anything....

Im 31 and have been menstruating since i was 14. Ive gone from pads to tampons and back to pads in that time. I have had an extremely normal cycle from the get go. Im not on any hormonal birth control and havent been since i was 18. I have had a paragard iud for over 4 years and the only thing that changed with that was my bleeding got heavier. (From 5 day cycle to 6/7 days)

I have been using cups exclusively for 5 cycles and LOVE them. (I will never go back to disposables!) I have 3 different ones that i cycle through....anyway....my question-
My period has been super unpredictable since the switch. My 2nd cycle was 3 days of bleeding then 3rd was 8 then a normal one, then a late (by almost a week),long (8 /9 days) now im not due for my period until next week and ive started bleeding today...

Is this something that happens? I have no other health issues, nothing new stress-wise. Is my body just confused with the switch?? Haha

Any insight would be helpful!!
xquizite_insomxquizite_insom on June 20th, 2015 07:51 pm (UTC)
When switching from chemical laden disposable to reusable, the shortening or reduction of flow is theorized to be from the absence of chemicals.

Hormones and abnormal uterine tissue are the culprits that affect a menstrual cycle. Menstrual cups, the ones made of medical grade silicone are inert and safe. They do not have hormones in them, nor are they disruptive to a cycle. Is your menstrual cup a reputable one? I caution against using menstrual cups of unknown or unreliable origins. It's true composition is unknown. They may sell it as medical grade silicone and it could be made of plastic or contain plastics in them. As we know plastics containing BPA are a health hazard over time.
Stop using the menstrual cup and try a cycle with organic pads or better yet, cloth pads (they are ridiculously comfortable). See if anything changes.

Although you are only 31, is it possible that you are entering Peri menopause? Average age for menopause is 51 according to the NIH/NIA. Some encounter it as early as 35, in their early 40's some in late 50's. It is variable. Peri menopause can last up to 10 years before actual menopause. Classic signs are unpredictable periods, heavier periods, longer periods, periods that are completely out of sync.

Are you under a lot of stress? Stress produces hormones that throw a normal cycle off. If all else fails, see your gynecologist to rule out other problems that may require attention.

Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on June 21st, 2015 02:58 am (UTC)
I think it's coincidence. It probably doesn't warrant a special trip but mention it to your Gyno next time you go. On the other hand, if your intuition tells you to talk to your Gyno sooner, trust your gut and do it.

In the mean time, keep track of what your body is doing. Mark a calendar as nothing or spotting or how many mls you lost that day. Having gone through it myself (hormonal and fibroids) that will prove to be very helpful in diagnosing and treating.
season_changingseason_changing on June 22nd, 2015 03:27 am (UTC)
My cycles, which were clockword regular my entire life from 11yo until about 30ish, suddenly started getting wonky right around 31/32. I'm not an expert on your body but I suspect that it has more to do with aging than anything else. For me, the "switch" to cycle oddness from time to time came about about 2 years after getting the paraguard, causing me to think it was that. However, my gyno suggested it was a normal part of being in my 30s.