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Mechelle
22 September 2012 @ 12:03 am
Usually the first 2 days of my period are wrought with nausea, diarrhea, and PAIN. That means a super heavy flow (sometimes like water) so my diva cup leaks so much. As much as every hour - hour and a half. There are times when I just hate having to go to the bathroom to change my cup because it takes so many steps and I'm so tired, sleepy, and in pain, but I have to because I'll leak all over myself and I hate the feeling of blood running all over the place lol. I mean, pulling it out (in which I have to move some muscle around LOL), pouring it out, washing it, and then putting it back in. Sometimes a tampon seems so much easier, but they can be expensive (I have to buy the super duper heavy ones off the internet. Our stores only go to Super which would leak every 30 so what's the use?) so I tend to put off buying them every period (procrastination much?). Other than that, I have no problem. I just wondered if other people were annoyed by their cups at times. :P
 
chamekkechamekke on September 22nd, 2012 05:22 am (UTC)
I hear you. That sounds like such a pain!

I wonder if there might be any benefit in changing to a larger-capacity cup? Which, according to this comparison chart (and assuming you're already using the large Diva) would be the large Yuuki. It has a capacity of 35 ml, according to the chart, which is 5 ml more than the large Diva (30 ml). I don't use a Yuuki so I can't speak from personal experience, but if it means you'd have to empty your cup less often, it might be worth investigating.

My relationship with my cup is pretty good, possibly because I have a much lighter flow. In fact it's only ever leaked once -- following a five-minute coughing attack! And I was wearing a cloth pad as backup at the time, so, no harm done to my undies.

Speaking of which, have you considered looking at cloth pads as a back-up solution, or even as a primary solution for heavy-flow days? There are some fabulous cloth pads out there, and they range from "liners" to high-capacity pads. (I'm primarily a cup person, but I treasure my collection of cloth pads too, can you tell ;-)
Mechellemechellelemode on September 22nd, 2012 11:26 am (UTC)
I haven't, but I think I may. This may in fact save me even more money! I'm just wondering, where do you buy yours from? I would probably get some heavy duty pads! lol


I have thought about buying a Yuuki in fact and was hoping to buy one from eBay but they're super hard to find there. They have a website though so I really need to give it a go. I'm hoping it makes a difference.

Thanks!
juliiie87juliiie87 on September 22nd, 2012 01:32 pm (UTC)
femininewear.c.uk sells them too.
For cloth pads, there's a lj ommunity... I love cloth primarily for pantyliners, so I can't personnally recommend heavy duty ones, but the community surely can (and already has, multiple times, look through the archives) : http://cloth-pads.livejournal.com/

I remember one maker who specialises in heavy pads due to her own flow issues : http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheLittleBlueRat

And a few others I love :
http://www.etsy.com/shop/MimisDreams
http://www.littlegumnut.co.uk/shop/ awesome slim fit and high absorbency zorb core
http://www.etsy.com/shop/Popples
an Yurtcraft on Etsy and facebook specialise in pads that are wider at the front and back. All primarily do custom orders so you can ask for extra absorbant ones.
wiesoauchimmer on September 22nd, 2012 01:45 pm (UTC)
i ordered my post-partum cloth pad stash from http://amysragbag.com/ - since these were my first (and only, they've lasted me for three years so far and will be sufficient for my second post partum period too i'm sure) cloth pads, i had no idea what i'd actually need, i just knew that they's have to be heavy duty since, considering my periods have always been crazy heavy i was afraid of the flood gates that could open with my post partum flow.

so i just related what i wanted the pads for to laura (the store's owner) and totally relied on what she would suggest that i should get. she was spot on. she made me several sets of the large violin-shaped boosters with waterproof lining as a base, the rectangular boosters for catching the largest part of the blood, and standard toppers. i love how variable those sets are - once my flow lightened up i was able to use the same liners and small boosters without the big parts, and so on.


about the cup getting annoying: my periods have one crazy heavy day too, where i change my XL meluna every 1-2 hours. still, i like my cup better than tampons, because i had to change the tampons about three times as often, which at times had left me wondering if i should even bother to leave the bathroom at all or just put my desk and computer in front of the toilet and let it flow.
Serpent: tr00serpent_849 on September 22nd, 2012 05:21 pm (UTC)
this site is like our sizecharts... http://www.clothpads.org/ click "cloth pad styles" :)
chamekkechamekke on September 22nd, 2012 06:02 pm (UTC)
I'm just wondering, where do you buy your [cloth pads] from?

My favourite pad maker is Yurtcraft, with C-Pop Commodities ("Popples") being a close second. They both use a flared style, usually with quilter's cotton on top, and WindPro fleece on the bottom (= doesn't shift in the underpants, is highly leak-resistant), and they're extremely well made.

Lisa of Yurtcraft is in such high demand that most of her work these days is custom orders. If you'd like to try one of her pads, I recommend PM'ing her and asking for a custom order of 1 or 2 pads to start with. You can choose any fabric that she currently has in stock. (I'm in love with her batik selection in particular!) And if you use the LJ10PERCENT code when you check out (under "Apply shop coupon code"), you'll get a 10% discount off the cost of your order before shipping :-)

Anyway, those are my top two (and there are lots of others I think are great!)... BUT you may find that you're looking for other things in a pad. For example, just in terms of fabric alone, you may prefer cotton flannel, bamboo velour, or minky (a fluffy-soft polyester fleece) as a top on your pads. There is plenty of choice out there and honestly, the very best thing I can recommend is to research the sellers that seem most promising, then only order 1-2 pads maximum from each seller (to start with). That way you won't blow a lot of money finding out what works best for you.

And two other recommendations:

Read the cloth_pads comm and ask questions there. It's a treasurehouse of information. Read other people's posts and reviews, ask questions! It helped me hugely when I was starting out.

If your funds are limited, you might also like to check out the clothpadsales comm. Sometimes people sell pads that they've bought, then discovered weren't quite right for them. Plus, some pad sellers also run promotions there.

And lastly, this site is devoted to cloth pad reviews, so you may find it worth a peek: Cloth Pad Reviews.

But one final warning... you might get hooked on pads! They can be kind of addictive ;-)

Edited because I am butterfingers this morning

Edited at 2012-09-22 06:04 pm (UTC)
loveyourcuploveyourcup on September 22nd, 2012 08:28 am (UTC)
I imagine if i had to change my cup every hour, it would be tiring, i only have to do it twice a day. I agree with the comment above you should conside a cup with a larger capacity like a large Yuuki or a MeLuna XL.
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on September 22nd, 2012 11:25 am (UTC)
another option is a fleurcup. here's a comparison of the highest capacity cups: http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/2761581.html
is your cup full when it starts leaking?
Mechellemechellelemode on September 22nd, 2012 11:33 am (UTC)
Yup. I'm just glad it's leaking when it's full because I can remember when I first started using my diva and it would leak all of the time because I hadn't grasped it yet. Sometimes, when my cervix is lower it leaks faster.

Using your list, I think I want to try the Large Yuuki although Fleurcup is another one I've recently looked into. :)
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on September 22nd, 2012 05:17 pm (UTC)
for your low cervix days, a fleurcup sounds like the best choice.
juliiie87juliiie87 on September 22nd, 2012 01:47 pm (UTC)
I hated it too, that one time my flow got out of control and watery. Since I'm not used to it, I spilled all over my hand. In a public bathroom. With no sink inside the stall. Yeah! But usually, when on the right sort of hbc, my flow is light and life is good. At the end it's almost to light too bother with a cup, so (dark colored) cloth pads come in handy too. I don't ever stain my underwear any more, since I wear cloth pads almost all the time.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on September 22nd, 2012 06:16 pm (UTC)
Ha! I would so much rather empty my cup than change a tampon!!!

If I'm not at home, there's the logistics of how do I get a new tampon to the ladies room. Take my purse? That's a dead giveaway. Smuggle it in a sleeve, in my sock, down my bra? But it makes that tell-tale crinkling noise! And if I'm at my outside job, my purse is all the way in one direction while the porta-potty is all the way in the other direction. Unlike with my cup, there's no way of doing it discretely.

And high capacity cups hold much more than tampons or others so they need attention less frequently.

I can't sing the praises of cups loudly enough!
Mechellemechellelemode on October 21st, 2012 12:19 am (UTC)
Your attitude is atrocious.
Zita DMzitadm on September 23rd, 2012 10:52 pm (UTC)
One more thought... have you been to your Ob-Gyn lately? Such heavy flow may be due to some uterine myomas (benign, don't worry). Furthermore, you may be anemic due to the heavy bleeding.
Mechellemechellelemode on October 21st, 2012 12:20 am (UTC)
I don't have insurance. The last time I was there (years ago), I had cysts on my ovaries so I'm pretty sure you're right. And yes, I do get anemic during my period.
Zita DMzitadm on October 27th, 2012 12:11 pm (UTC)
Darned insurance...
fluffmyflamingofluffmyflamingo on September 24th, 2012 10:53 am (UTC)
I hear ya! I hate changing mine too and I don't have to do it half as often as you so you have my sympathy! I do get mega watery menstrual fluid though which is why I started using a cup in the first place as tampons just weren't cutting it! I particularly hate changing mine when tired, drunk, ill or hungover but it's certainly never a prospect I look forward to!
comedylover01 on November 24th, 2012 12:19 am (UTC)
Yeah that does sound like a pain. I have a pretty heavy flow, but I go sleep 8 hours with my small lunette (big lunette is too stiff that it leaks!).

Maybe you should look at some remedies for heavy periods. Often, heavy periods are caused by hormonal imbalances. Look into that.
comedylover01 on November 24th, 2012 12:43 am (UTC)
Google "regulate menstruation home remedies"