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Hello, I am new to using the Menstrual cup. All of your posts have been wonderful with solving my own issues when using the Diva cup. Now that I feel like I am getting insertion and removal down I noticed other bleeding issues. I have always had gushing, clotting periods, that made life difficult when using pads. Using the Diva cup has been wonderful in that regard. However, I have not noticed any clots and the blood is very thin. When emptying my Diva there is lots of, what appears to be, fresh blood. Is this normal? I just want to make sure I am not injuring myself and the fresher looking blood is normal. This morning when showering I left my diva cup out but noticed I continued to bleed while bathing, normally my period slows or stops when I am in the shower. may be switching cups since I seem to be able to feel a tight burning sensation in my abdomen when using the Diva. I am 36 and using the size 2, never had a baby.
Should I be concerned or is this normal?

Thank you :-)

Update: Forgot to mention, for those who are reading this and are thinking about trying a cup, I usually have debilitating cramps. I call in sick, get the heating pad, and drug myself the first day and then once i get the pain controlled i take a pain killer every six hours to stay ahead of it. This goes on for the duration of my period. When my period started this round, i inserted the diva cup and noted the cramps were not so bad. After a few hours of it in, i had no cramping at all. I did not need any pain killers, at all, this menstrual cycle. Hopefully that will be the norm.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on July 24th, 2015 07:43 pm (UTC)
I think the change in the consistency of your flow is coincidental. It just happened to be thinner this time. Maybe you were better hydrated this time around.

I hope that the burning sensation will fade away. Your body isn't used to this new addition and just like breaking in a new pair of shoes, I think it will get more comfortable with time. Hopefully by the end of your next period. ;o)
jq2thebqjq2thebq on July 25th, 2015 05:55 pm (UTC)
I hope you are right. I would love it if it didn't make me sore. I might look for a cup that is softer than the diva.
Jennifer Monoteasy2begreen on July 25th, 2015 04:55 am (UTC)
I think things just look different in a cup as opposed to absorbed in a pad or tampon. Occasionally I have a layer of clearish yellow fluid on top of the blood, which I wouldn't even have noticed with pads. Some of my cycles are more viscous than others; because of cups I've become more aware of the differences from one to another. It's also possible the blood in the cup just doesn't deoxidize (turn brown) as quickly as it would exposed to more air.
jq2thebqjq2thebq on July 25th, 2015 05:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you, it did slow down finally and I think you are right about it not turning color because it is not being exposed to air. Ended up not using it last night. It was the last day of my cycle and it kept suctioning flat which felt awful and made it very hard to remove. Could hardly get it to budge since I could not get the suction to pop. Might have to try widening the holes like some others have done. I think it was doing this because there is less blood to lubricate movement of the cup?, it also feels swollen, probably from all the fiddling I had to do. Hope it is easier the next round. I really want it to work. Might need a softer or slightly smaller cup.
Jennifer Monoteasy2begreen on July 25th, 2015 08:46 pm (UTC)
Yes, I think cups are harder to open on dry runs or towards the end of a period. There are a couple of tricks you can try before you decide you need a different cup. Some people run the cup under cold water to make it a bit firmer, but I have good luck with 1) using a different fold (usually the origami, but other people like the labia and 7 fold, and 2) making sure that one hole is in the dead middle of whatever fold I'm using. Then I just use a finger to press on my vaginal wall opposite to the hole, air goes into the cup, and all is well. :)
jq2thebqjq2thebq on July 29th, 2015 01:24 am (UTC)
Thank you 😁 I will try that with the fold and the way the holes line up.
margalee on July 26th, 2015 04:59 pm (UTC)
I also find I have fewer/less severe cramps when using the cup vs. tampons or even cloth pads. I'm not sure why this happens. My guess is that the rim of the cup pulls the vaginal walls away from the cervix, making it easier to dispel the fluids. That's the only explanation of why cups might be better for cramps than pads. (Understanding why tampons are crampier is easy.)

I get a few uncomfortable cramps when passing a large clot, but that's it. I can survive without ibuprofen these days. But I also find it depends on the cup. LUB is working wonderfully for me in every regard, including cramp-reduction.