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14 June 2009 @ 11:13 am
This feels like a dumb question, but here goes.

I have a small Lunette and I love it. I can't imagine going back to pads. It works well 99% of the time. However, at the moment, because of some new medication I've started, my period is sort of out of whack. Normally I have two or three very heavy days followed by four or five light days. At the moment, though, it can sort of go heavy-light-heavy-light-light-heavy or even switch up during the day.

Normally for the first two or three days of my period, I change my cup more often (every 4-6 hours or so). However, now I don't know when my cycle is heavy and changing it every four hours for my whole period is a bit impractical since I haven't quite mastered changing it in public bathrooms. However, when the cup is full, I obviously leak.

Basically - how do you tell when your cup is full, beyond all the leaking? (If it's full, I will attempt emptying and reinserting in the public restroom because that's probably better than leaking, but if I don't have to deal with that, I'd rather not.)
ever so slightly obsessedscien on June 14th, 2009 03:50 pm (UTC)
I can usually feel it when it starts to leak. It just starts to feel like I haven't got a cup in - I can feel the warmth of the blood starting to escaaaape. And the cup feels heavier and fuller. I can also usually tell if I'm bleeding heavily because it makes me cramp and feel a bit woozy.

I really would recommend learning to change it when you're not at home if you can, and there's some stuff in our 'cleaning - public' tag if you want advice on how, but if you'd rather not you could always use pads as backup so that it's not the end of the world if it does leak.
hiriel1804 on June 14th, 2009 05:05 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that's about how I feel it too, kinda the same as when I wore pads, and could feel the blood trickling down. I've had this happen a few times, and I had time to run to the bathroom each time, without any bloody mishaps.
ever so slightly obsessedscien on June 14th, 2009 05:46 pm (UTC)
Mm, I think you can feel the blood in a warm wet way before it actually reaches the outside world.

If I'm home I'm happy to wait for that feeling and then go change the cup, but if I'm at work and might not be able to run to the loo exactly when I want to I use a pad for backup.
XDeasilydistra on June 14th, 2009 06:13 pm (UTC)
I have a Ladycup, so my experience may be somewhat different, but I can feel the suction breaking. Feels kinda like a bubble popping and then a little oozy.
Dina Clare: dreamlintilla on June 15th, 2009 08:42 am (UTC)
My method probably doesn't work for everyone, but when my cup's full, my cramps get worse. Every time. :P
DQ: lunettedamned_queen on June 15th, 2009 06:57 pm (UTC)
If my (large) lunette is full I just feels a lot heavier and at a certain point when it's really full I always have the "get it out out OUT now!" feeling *shrugs* strange but it works