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Darling Nikki
14 April 2012 @ 06:11 pm
My best friend tried the large Diva in the past and she said her flow was too heavy for it. Now I'm not sure if that was user error, I didn't even know she tried cups until now, or if that was what was actually going on.

In the case that her flow is really heavy, does the XL MeLuna have more capacity than the large Diva? The size charts have the user capacity for the Diva and the manufacturer capacity for MeLuna, so it's a bit hard for me to compare them fairly. I know there can be differences between these two measurements. Does anyone her have both and can do a test or knows a blog post/video they can link me to? Also looks like the large Yuuki holds quite a bit more?
juliiie87juliiie87 on April 15th, 2012 12:36 pm (UTC)
Not quite the info you need, but you should ask Melissa to check this for you, or even re-do the video...
melissa569melissa569 on April 17th, 2012 06:58 pm (UTC)
Its true what kuradi8 said-- just a few ml difference...

I'm not sure exactly how heavy your friend's flow is, or how often she emptied, but I will say a very common cause for leaking is waiting to long to empty it. For us people with a heavier flow, we can't do the "12 hour" thing, unless its like a very light day, lol.

I have kind of an average/slightly heavy flow. I used to fill up a super tampon in like 3 hours on my heaviest day. But a cup, my heaviest day, I go either 6 to 8 hours, and a light day I can do 10 to 12. But I also know some people who have to empty their cup about every 2 to 4 hours, because their flow is much heavier than mine. Yet still it lasts longer than any tampon would...
Darling Nikkijessiebanana on April 17th, 2012 07:31 pm (UTC)
Yeah apparently when she measured with lines on the Diva cup she was bleeding an ounce (~30ml), so she was definitwly filling it up. I can barely fill up my small mini MeLuna -_-.

I guess I underestimated heavy periods. Even when I first started my period and considered myself heavy. I've always been able to wear a super tampon for the max amount of time and I stopped wearing anything but a regular, eventually lights and slender regulars, with age and hbc use.

She wants to use her cup so I might turn her on to cloth liners.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on April 15th, 2012 01:41 pm (UTC)
Even on paper, the practical differences between those cups is only a few ml. I don't know if she would gain much more time with a different cup.

Jumping to conclusions, I think she is trying to go too long without attending to her cup. Just because it can be worn a maximum of 12 hours doesn't mean it won't fill up before then. If it's full, it's full.

And because cups hold more than tampons or pads, it will be less often than with those products -- even if it's more often than she would like.

Of the three, I believe the Diva she has is the only one that has measuring lines. If her flow is really that heavy, she should keep track of her blood loss and mention it to her Dr/Gyno next time she goes. It could indicate fibroids or other issues.
juliiie87juliiie87 on April 15th, 2012 03:49 pm (UTC)
Yeah, filling up a cup then maybe leaking on a pad is still better than just bleeding straight on the pad is it ? She should give it another try.
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on April 16th, 2012 02:40 am (UTC)
but if she claims they don't hold enough just because she doesn't really want to use one, it's up to her.
Darling Nikkijessiebanana on April 17th, 2012 07:33 pm (UTC)
Oh we talked about it. I wouldn't be here asking if I thought she wasn't interested at all.

We're brutally honest people...it's why we get along.
Melon the Sleepermelonaise on April 15th, 2012 04:55 pm (UTC)
In transitioning from tampons to cups, I found I could leave my cup in about twice as long as I could leave a tampon in without leaking. So make sure your friend has some realistic expectations of the cup's capacity.
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on April 16th, 2012 02:35 am (UTC)
^^that's all if the cup is completely full when she removes it.

perhaps these are just leaks rather than overflow. and/or perhaps the cup is too long, as is common with the diva. if the cup doesn't last as long as pads or tampons do, that's most likely a user error.
also tell her about cloth pads (: another possibility is that she just needs a cloth liner to catch the residual slobber (more difficult to eliminate if you have a heavy flow)

oh and some have reported ridiculously high capacities with diaphragms.