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I've got two points to make, but didn't really want to go ahead and make two separate posts to spam the community. Not sure if that's a good thing to do or not. :P

Just so you know, the first question is a lot more TMI than the other. thankyew.

So... the other day I was just wearing my cup. On mah period. As you do. And I think I feel a leak. No biggie, I've got a pad on. I was going to be out the house all day so decided to wear a disposable one instead of cloth. (the point is it was white and colors showed up easily ;) )
Anyway... few hours and big leaks later, I get back to my house with *gasp* my own toilet. Privacy! Yes! So I go to the toilet and my leaks were almost completely clear. The stuff inside the cup was that beautiful vivid scarlet red colour that we all know and hate, but everything which had leaked out was so colorless.  Is this 'normal'? Could it my vajay being clever and trying to lubricate itself because the cup annoys it or something?

Round 2.
Have you noticed your flow changing on your period depending on what exercise you do? So, for me, if I mope around all the time and barely move then I get a lighter but longer lasting flow, which will immediately become heavier when I get out and about and exercise. If I go out, though, my first day is VERY heavy, but the rest is relatively light and my period only lasts about a week.

Thanks, peoples!
 
juliiie87juliiie87 on January 8th, 2013 11:57 pm (UTC)
1. Well, it's absolutely normal to get some of your usual discharge still while wearing a cup. The reason why it was heavy though... is very individual. Self-lubrication, self-cleaning and infections come to mind. Also, is it possible that the excess moisture came from sweating ? Disposable pads tend to do just that to you.

2. The only single time I ever overflowed my cup, I was visiting London, walking around all day and a good part of the night, and I also happened to be on the birth control from hell that made me bleed like a stuck pig. Oh and it's also possible that I forgot to empty it at some point. But I did make a post about it and people seemed to agree with me that unusual exercise could be a factor. I could see how working out would encourage your uterine muscles to work faster, maybe ?
susannahfragilemacabre on January 9th, 2013 12:49 am (UTC)
I swore I was leaking the first few times I felt that gush while wearing a cup, but it was just my natural lubrication around the cup, the very same that a tampon would absorb and why I felt so uncomfortable wearing tampons. Woohoo! Also, your exercise observation is common as well. I've really taken to exercise recently, though, and I think I need a firmer cup than my lovely ladycup because I think my core muscles have gotten stronger and are squishing my cup. Time will tell!
junexmommyjunexmommy on January 9th, 2013 03:20 am (UTC)
I've used a cup for 3 years now, a good tip if you cup feels heavy, fuller then when you first put it in or lower in the vagina it's a good indicator that the cup should be emptied on heavy days I try to empty it every 4 hrs. On medium every 8hrs on light days every 12hrs.
selofainselofain on January 9th, 2013 06:37 am (UTC)
1. I've noticed that my menstrual fluid sometimes separates in my cup into clear(ish) and dark red fluids. The clear stuff floats on top, and I sometimes get leaks of this stuff. It might have happened to you as well.

2. That exercise factor would explain a LOT about my last period. I spent three weeks in Hong Kong over the holidays, and in Hong Kong you walk EVERYWHERE, and I was usually out all day. I also ate a lot more as my lovely relatives kept stuffing me and my family full of food. My period ended up being twice as heavy. It was not a fun period. I kept overflowing my poor small Si-bell and was forced to empty it in Hong Kong toilets, which are not guaranteed to be clean facilities with tissue paper.

It would also explain why I thought my period was heavier when I was younger (hard to tell when I changed pads based on when I used the restroom rather than when the pad was full). I was far more active then.
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on January 9th, 2013 11:24 pm (UTC)
by now i totally love the feeling :P
most likely your vag is happy, not annoyed. there would be some less nice signs if it was annoyed...

i've only heard good things about exercising, really. interesting if it actually affects things less than it might seem with pads.
ididntdoit83ididntdoit83 on January 10th, 2013 08:21 pm (UTC)
Could you explain what you mean by 'happy', please? :S

Yeah, I quite like being more active on my period. It seems to get things over with much more quickly, and I feel less ill. But motivating yourself to get active in the first place is so difficult. :P
To be honest, I think I've had this heavy amounts of clear discharge on heavy days for a while, but I have never used a white pad as backup. Usually I use my scarlet pads because they don't look as dirty when stained, so I've never had my suspicions confirmed.
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on January 10th, 2013 11:44 pm (UTC)
it's happy that it gets to clean itself the way it wants and tampons are not absorbing the natural lubrication.
Darling Nikkijessiebanana on January 10th, 2013 05:30 am (UTC)
I absolutely hate the feeling. I know people wear cups to not dry out their vaginas and I know it's better for me, but I hate the feeling. It makes me feel like I'm leaking and just gross in general. I sort of like the squee-gee effect of inserting and removing a cup a few times before I get it placed right.

Exercise has zero effect, except in the gravity sense. I have a very viscous flow and if I'm sitting or lying down it doesn't really go anywhere.