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09 January 2016 @ 03:15 pm
I successfully completed one period using menstrual cups. It was easier, cleaner, and more comfortable than using tampons.

I have noticed that my period lasted longer with the menstrual cup. When I turned forty I started to worry that I was starting to get peri-menopausal because my periods were getting so short, only about three to four days. I have noticed that when using a menstrual cup my period was four days long with spotting on days five and six. I'm thinking it's because the tampon was absorbing everything and drying me out. I would rather have a longer and healthier period with the menstrual cup and the cloth pads for backup that I plan on using from now on.

Has anyone else noticed that menstrual cups changed their period?
rattlebellrattlebell on January 9th, 2016 08:23 pm (UTC)
My period is 1 day shorter with my cup :)
mi_er: audreymi_er on January 9th, 2016 09:30 pm (UTC)
same here!
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on January 10th, 2016 10:33 pm (UTC)
Yup, mine's a little shorter because blood is not getting backed up and taking longer to flow out as it was with a tampon in the way. In the OP's case I think it's perimenopause making cycles wacky.
julieaqsmith: pic#125746147julieaqsmith on January 10th, 2016 10:58 pm (UTC)
What makes you think I'm perimenopausal? How old are you? Do you have a lot of experience with peri-menopausal symptoms? I ask because i have read about the symptoms but I don't think I am unless I have been forever.

I haven't had a change in my period for at least the past five years until this one when I used a cup and I had two extra days of spotting. I never said my cycle was wacky. When I was around forty my period started seeming shorter but it's been that way consistently for several years and I really do think it was the tampons drying me out. It's been quite predictable otherwise and I just noticed the difference from using a cup instead of tampons.

Edited at 2016-01-10 11:17 pm (UTC)
shadowstar2shadowstar2 on January 9th, 2016 09:39 pm (UTC)
Mine is 2 days longer for the 3 cycles I've used my cup. But after 40 my cycles have gone crazy so sometimes I skip 1 or two and can have 2 in the same month. But I did notice that mine used to still only go for 4 to 5 days and now it's been 7 all 3 times with the cup.
Sayga: cat-artemis runningsayga on January 12th, 2016 09:34 pm (UTC)
It is hard for me to tell. I still used tampons between my 2 kids' births, but I bought a menstrual cup and was ready to use it my very next cycle...and then I got pregnant with my second kid and didn't get to use it for 10 months of pregnancy (she was 3 weeks late!) plus another year (thank you breastfeeding! Though I breastfed my first daughter for 2 years as well and still got my period again at 9 weeks. Sometimes breastfeeding works to delay the period's return, sometimes it doesn't). So maybe it's the post-baby changes that I've noticed.

I am definitely more sensitve to changes and more intune with my body since starting to use the cup 7 years ago. My period these days (age 34) starts with an underwear-soaking gush of blood, then about 3 days of nothing else, then my period starts like normal. It's odd, but it's been happening for 2 years, so...
gigglygecko on January 17th, 2016 03:26 am (UTC)
After using the cup the first time, my period was also one day shorter. Other than that, I think it's too early to tell if any other things have changed.

Ever since I had my first period, I have always had terrible cramps. After a friend introduced me to a wonderful herbal tea, they have been greatly reduced, so I can't tell if the cup has made a difference with cramps or not.