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20 July 2015 @ 10:05 pm
Hi friends! I'm currently on my third cycle with my cup and I've been having some trouble. I'm 22 years old, a virgin, I have a low cervix and I'm using the Ruby Cup Medium. I use the punch-down fold to get the cup in and make sure that the bottom part is fully inflated before I kegel it into place. My uterus is also slightly tilted to the left.

Here are some of my cup woes:

1. On my first/second day, I get intense cramps. I do get cramps on tampons and pads as well but I hoped that the cup could help eliminate the cramps altogether. They aren't that much lighter and still leave me weak and lying in bed the whole day. Does anyone know any natural remedies to get rid of the pain? I'm currently using a heat pack which helps a little, but it would be great to get rid of the cramps altogether.

2. I have to empty my cup every one hour over the entire day. My periods have always been heavy but not this much when I was on tampons (I'd change a super plus tampon once every 2 hours for the first few changes, then I can go 4-5 hours between changes). It's not too bad when I'm at home the whole day but can be an inconvenience when I have to go out. I suspect that it could be because of other gunk (e.g. uterus lining, clots) that take up space in the cup and cause it to overflow so quickly. Should I invest in a bigger cup? I'm eyeing the new Super Jennie cup which is pretty huge (41ml) but I'm afraid it won't make much difference considering I'm already using a Ruby Cup Medium (34ml to the rim).

On my other days the cup is fine but it's just the first 2-3 days that are the worst!! I would really appreciate some help please :-( :-( thank you!!
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on August 15th, 2015 07:04 pm (UTC)
There's an old wives tale that says that drinking more water before and during your period helps alleviate cramps by making your flow more fluid and therefore easier to pass. It works for me. Will it work for you too?

If you need more capacity then go ahead and try cups that hold more. Yes, it's an inconvenience to have to empty so often but if it's full, it's full.

The good thing about cups is that many of them have measuring lines. Write down how much is in there each time you empty it and tally it up at the end of the day. That's good quantitative information to tell your doctor if you think you are losing "too much." What's "normal" for everyone is different -- but it's worth mentioning if you see a sudden or dramatic change.
gwenevera on August 20th, 2015 09:39 am (UTC)
Thank you for your comment! Yes, I do notice that water helps a lot! I also took a little apple cider vinegar this month which may or may not have helped with my flow. I went ahead with getting the SuperJennie and it did help a lot more as I discovered that I have a dangly cervix towards the end of my 2nd day. Hopefully I'll be able to position it better next month to see if it really will work for me on my heaviest day. 3rd day has been smooth sailing, thank God for that!

I'd love to measure my flow. However, i realise that a lot of the blood gets displaced when I remove the cup as I have to fold it in a "C" shape to get it out. I'm still figuring out a way around this.
Elizabethfrogs_n_turtles on August 15th, 2015 10:21 pm (UTC)

I would suggest investing on some "Natural Calm". Magnesium helps with cramping.

gwenevera on August 20th, 2015 09:40 am (UTC)
Thank you, I'll look into that!