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The Moaner Lisa

when you lie down, where does the blood go? does it just slosh around? could it go back in? i was just thinking of this because i have a terribly heavy flow and i was lying in bed procrastinating dumping the cup (which was most definitely almost full)... and then it crossed my mind that while lying down my vagina must just be full of blood!

so menstrual_cups , is it true?
bad_pixie_000 on March 12th, 2009 10:17 pm (UTC)
If the cup is full, it might flow back out of it, but otherwise it could just puddle still inside the cup (but more horizontal puddling than vertical). There's space in your vagina *above* the cervix (fornix), so if you were lying down and the blood flowed backwards - or if stood on your head - the blood would go there. It wouldn't go back inside the cervix any easier than you could get liquid through the end of a funnel.

Also remember that blood separates out in a cup, so thick clotted blood could be more likely to stay inside the cup and what actually flows out would be the clear-ish liquid (separated blood and normal girly goo).

It was theorised by a doctor that one woman could have got endometriosis from blood flowing back when she used a Keeper, but it wasn't proven and I haven't heard of any more cases.
Shoneé: Self-Portraitscarletfbl on March 12th, 2009 10:42 pm (UTC)
I absolutely agree. And since your menstrual fluid doesn't have a chance to "go bad" from exposure to air and/or heat like it does with tampons and disposable pads, the fluid that is inside of you is exactly like the fluid that is continuously coming out anyway.
RO ROiminfullblo0m on March 12th, 2009 10:38 pm (UTC)
omg i was wondering the exact same thing! i think the person above me explained it very nicely
Ms. Kanegenericjanedoe on March 12th, 2009 11:20 pm (UTC)
I've pondered this before, but with the strong seal I get when using my cups, I have a feeling it doesn't go much of anywhere...kind of like if you put you hand over the cup and turn it over, water wouldn't escape. But that's just me postulating.
melissa569melissa569 on March 13th, 2009 12:58 am (UTC)
As bad_pixie said, it cannot go back up into your womb. The only thing it can do is touch the skin of the vagina up at the opening of the cup... Which is why its a good idea to change it ever few hours, even if its not full. Particularly if you know you are going to be at certain angles, or lying down. Because you really don't want the blood or clear plasma getting too old, and then comming back in contact with your skin. In nature, it would flow out of you, so that issue would not exists. So cleanign often is a safer way to go, for the same reason you shouldn't leave a tampon in too long. When used properly, cups are safer. But in the end, how safe ANY menstrual product is, ultimatly depends on how often change/clean them.

Cleaning the cup more often also reduces stains, because you are lessening the amount of time that your blood sits in/stains your cup. It also makes removal less messy.
fireaphidfireaphid on March 13th, 2009 02:08 am (UTC)
I'm not sure there are any negative effects of the blood coming into contact with the skin of the vagina, and I don't know why there is any danger in blood "getting too old" from up to 12 hours inside the body. What exactly do you mean by that?
divababbie on March 13th, 2009 10:27 am (UTC)
In my precup days, while I was sleeping I had very little come out of me on to the pad, so I suppose during the night the blood, for the most part, was settling somewhere in the vagina till I moved or stood up in the morning, which was a flooding experience and messing up the sheets at that time, not necessarily during the night, which happened less frequently.
Sounds of Freedom: divacupecwoodburn on March 13th, 2009 02:47 pm (UTC)
Same thing happens to me. I use "overnight" cloth pads during the day (if I don't feel like using my cup); at night, I usually don't need even a liner until I'm up and about the next morning.
SaraTheSlayer: Donesara_msilf on March 13th, 2009 08:57 pm (UTC)
I know. Nighttime on a heavy day is such a gamble. Whenever I put a super heavy cloth pad, I wake up with it empty. Only when I go to pee do I get the gush of what all pooled in my vagina overnight. But if I don't put a super heavy pad, flood everywhere.
cherry8blossom on March 13th, 2009 06:05 pm (UTC)
You had me thinking about this last night...I wonder does it slosh around when you're exercising?