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28 May 2016 @ 10:39 am
When I first started using menstrual cups, I always had some leaking on my first two days, which, incidentally, were my most "crampy" days. Leaking usually occurred before the cup was full, so it was a seal issue, not an overflow. Never had leaking on my final, cramp-free days, even with a full cup.

Over the past year, I've done some major cramp and PMS troubleshooting. I didn't like taking ibuprofen all the time--it wasn't good for my stomach, and while it reduced cramping, it seemed to drag out my period by an extra day. So I tried drinking more water, changing my diet, using various herbal teas (melissa, raspberry leaf), cod liver oil, etc.

The most effective "treatment" I've tried has been magnesium supplements, which I take daily throughout the month. Over the past several months, my periods have gotten progressively less painful (and several other non-period health complaints cleared up as well), and my PMS symptoms have been reduced. Last month, I took ONE anti-inflammatory pill, and only had ONE day of using a hot water bottle. This month, I had NO pain, took NO anti-inflammatory pills, and didn't even reach for my hot water bottle.

The curious part is that the incidents of leaking (which I had already reduced by switching to soft/flexible rim cups) completely vanished, even though my volume of menstrual fluid remains the same.

Now I'm wondering if uterine cramping can cause leaking? It makes sense to me--if the rim of the cup is up against the cervix (which is where mine always wants to sit), a cramp in the uterus could potentially change the shape of the upper vagina and mess with the seal. Also explains why I got less leaking with soft-rim cups, since I suspect they are better able to move with shifting vaginal walls.

I'm curious what you knowledgeable cuppers/vagina experts think!

And also, insert-plug-for-investigating-magnesium-deficiency-as-a-possible-cause-of-painful-cramps. It seems to have been my silver bullet--I actually think I got the suggestion from this community!
 
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on May 28th, 2016 11:33 am (UTC)
There's an old wives tale that drinking more water before and during your period relieves both bloating and cramping. Why? The more you drink, the more you pee, the less water you retain. And the more you drink, the more fluid your flow so the easier it is to pass, ergo less cramping.

If you think there's a correlation between cramping and leaking, then the less you cramp, the less you'll leak.

Me, the more I leak, the CRANKIER I am. (Versus crampier.)
margalee on May 28th, 2016 12:28 pm (UTC)
I suspect a causation between cramping and leaking--it would be interesting if that correlation has any true basis!

I do find my periods are much easier if I stay hydrated. That's an excellent tip.