elgatofeliz327 (elgatofeliz327) wrote in menstrual_cups,

What is normal flow?

Hi all,

This is my first post to the community (or on live journal at all). I've been using a diva cup for about 4 cycles now and this community has been really helpful. I switched to cups mainly because I have a very heavy flow and tampons and pads just weren't cutting it anymore. At a recent annual check up my doctor suggested that I may have abnormally heavy bleeding which can result in some health concerns. It turns out my iron is pretty low, but not enough that its making me anemic, but the whole thing got me wondering what a normal flow is. How much blood should we expect to loose each period, and at what point should someone go to the doctor if their flow seems too heavy?

Everything I found on-line referenced back to a study done in the 60s that said that anything above 80 mL is abnormal, but I couldn't figure out how they came up with that number. It seems like a lot of people who post here fill their cups several times a day at least. Is there any way we could poll the community about how much they bleed every cycle? I think it would be really valuable information to have out there and if anyone can accurately measure it would be cup users.

Tags: health benefits, health risks, heavy blood flow
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