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30 January 2013 @ 08:23 pm
Hey guys, I'm looking for some advice on changing my cup at school. I'm 15 and I've used a cup for a year (also a virgin). I use a Lg FleurCup. I have a cervix that hangs inside the cup slightly so my capacity is a little reduce (I'm not sure by how much) The cup is always 3/4ths full when it leaks if that gives you an idea.

Recently my period got really heavy (for me). I ended up changing my cup every four hours last period. I just got my period again yesterday and I am changing my cup every hour. Yes, every hour! My question is do you think this amount of changing is normal? How do you guys get through work/school with changing so often? I only get two breaks throughout my 8 hour school day that I can empty my cup. Should I just wear pads tomorrow?

Any advice is appreciated!
Meganarwen_17 on January 31st, 2013 03:34 am (UTC)
Can you ask to use the restroom more often?

At your age, periods can fluctuate quite a bit. However if you are concerned or are losing significant blood, please do not hesitate to call/see a doctor. I've had periods like that, but the heavy bleeding ceases within 24 hours. That being said, everyone's situation is different.</p>

Lastly, wearing pads tomorrow is your choice, however I don't see that there would be much of a difference in capacity... good luck!

foggyimagefoggyimage on January 31st, 2013 04:08 am (UTC)
My school is pretty strict about not leaving to go to the restroom but I guess I could ask. My teachers aren't mean or anything! Thanks for your reply.
pinkmathpinkmath on January 31st, 2013 05:30 am (UTC)
Oh my school was too!! I would get a nurse's pass to go change (at the time) a pad or even to blow my nose.

The teachers were forced to be strict about restroom passes but not nurse's passes. That poor nurse... I'd walked with the pass and say I need to change my pad or blow my nose. Go into the bathroom take care of it. She'd sign my pass and I'd walk back to class.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on January 31st, 2013 03:33 pm (UTC)
Wow. I understand that some abuse the privilege but it just seems barbaric to limit access to rest rooms and/or to force students to "go to the nurse" instead.

In the mean time, I agree with what others have said. Cup plus a pad for back-up.
serenebean: writingserenebean on January 31st, 2013 07:03 pm (UTC)
In the district I teach in, "some" abusing the privilege equals "almost everyone who asks to go." I truly wish I could trust the kids I work with to come back in a reasonable amount of time.

Edited to add:
OP, I think everyone has good ideas for you, but if it continues to be an issue in the coming months, maybe talk to the school nurse about getting a permanent pass for those times. You'll probably have to say, "Hey, I have really heavy periods and need to use the restroom several times a day," but the nurse will be able to keep that information to him/herself. :)

Edited at 2013-01-31 07:08 pm (UTC)
Jessica Lynnlovedroppp on January 31st, 2013 05:15 am (UTC)
I have personally only had one experience where my flow became extremely heavy, and it lasted about 12 hours. My doctor said it was nothing to be concerned about for such a short amount of time, but if it continues heavy enough to change your cup ever hour I would definitely suggest going to a doctor about it!

As for school, I think wearing pads as well as your cup is a good idea. When I have to go to work on heavy days, I always wear an overnight pad along with my cup, just in case I can't get to the bathroom for a while. I second the notion of talking to your teachers and letting them know you may need to go to the bathroom more often. In my experience teachers were always understanding about that in school.

Good luck! I hope this gets better soon.
juliiie87juliiie87 on January 31st, 2013 09:35 am (UTC)
This, speak with your teachers privately before you have to use the bathroom, or even better, have your parents write a note to let them know you have heavy periods that require frequent changing, so they shouldn't give you a hard time over this.

I also second wearing a pad AND your cup, that's what will buy you the most time and avoid accidents. No pad alone holds as much as a large Fleurcup, I think. If you're concerned about the amount of blood, if it lasts for more than 24h. at this rate or you start feeling weak, light headed, etc., don't hesitate to call a doctor. They could prescribe something to slow down the bleeding. In the meantime, eat plenty of iron rich foods ! lentils, red meat, leafy greens, etc.

Edited at 2013-01-31 11:15 am (UTC)
foggyimagefoggyimage on February 1st, 2013 12:24 am (UTC)
Thanks guys for all the quality suggestions! Luckily, my period slowed down between 1Am and 5AM. I was able to last 3 hrs between each change but I did start out with a pad just to be safe
moonhoney925 on February 1st, 2013 09:13 am (UTC)
My advice is to wear a pad for back up and to see your doctor. When I was a teenager I bled heavily and never told anyone until I was 25YO when my period cramps were completely unbearable, turned out I had endometriosis. I'm not saying you do but you definitely want to get checked out. Changing a large cup every hour is excessive.

When I said bled heavily, I mean that I would go through a pack of 40 sanitary pads a month.

Edited at 2013-02-01 09:15 am (UTC)
foggyimagefoggyimage on February 2nd, 2013 01:18 am (UTC)
See, I have told my mom and she isn't concerned at all which is slightly maddening since she told me herself her periods were never heavy nor a real problem. Endometriosis runs in the family (not sure if it's genetic or not lol) and I don't have cramps so my mom has already warned me of this, but thanks!