November 27th, 2010

  • bexspee

Flow measurement

I have been trying to chart my moon cycle and I was wondering...

What constitutes a "heavy flow"? How much blood constitutes a "regular" or "normal " flow, and what amounts to a "light" flow?

Thank you!
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Had Diva, Looking for a new one

Hi everybody! I managed to leave my diva cup in another country while packing too quickly, and am looking to (finally) get a new one. I had the Diva 1 before, but had a few problems with it. I'm 21 and neither a virgin nor a mother. I'm relatively active (mainly walking and dance) and have heavy periods, but they taper off toward the end of the week. At the moment, though, I can only afford one cup, or I would look into getting different ones for heavier and lighter days. I live in the US. I don't think I'm allergic to latex, but there is some possibility, and I'd prefer to avoid rubber/latex cups. My mum has a tilted uterus, and once had a... diaphragm? get stuck. I don't know if I have it (I may well), but my cervix does seem to be angled a fair bit toward the back.

I liked the smaller Diva, except for a couple things. The main two were: it would sometimes overflow within an hour. This was before I got on birth control to keep my periods in check, but I still have heavy flows.

It also was rather short for me, and when properly situated, I really had to reach up in there to get it out, even though I hadn't cut the stem at all.

Another problem is that it leaked occasionally, even when it wasn't overflowing. I think that this had to do with it fitting all the way up, because I can't manoeuvres it well because my vaginal canal is so long. It did open fine (used c-fold), and I always made sure to rotate it, etc. It's not a problem with it slipping, I'm pretty sure, so other than it just being too far up there, I'm at a loss as to causes. I'm used to wearing a liner with my cup at this point, but it's still irritating that I have to waste that much because my cup is leaking.

I also would have liked having a solid stem instead of hollow, but that's a minor detail.

As for replacing it, I've been looking at the large Yuuki, with my only real concern being the stiffness - melissa569 posted about it being significantly softer than the DivaCup. There are just so many, though, and I've read a bunch here and at other places, and thought about it, and have decided that help would be immensely appreciated. Does anybody have any advice or recommendations? Thank you so much!