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06 June 2013 @ 08:19 am
Does taking iron make your periods heavier? It seems to be for me. My doctor told me three months ago I had to start taking iron as my levels were too low, and ever since then my cup won't last me through the night without massive leakage.

I've had a medium Meluna for about... nine or ten months?... and I never had a leak once I got through the learning curve. But the last three months, I've woken up to a huge amount of leakage.

I'm tossing up whether to invest in a larger-capacity cup, or whether to use backup pads at night for now. I can't really afford a new cup right now, since the things aren't cheap, but a few packs of pads costs the same so that will end up more expensive in the long run. I think it might be best to use up the pads I still have left from pre-cup days and then in a couple months I'll have a bit more money to get a new cup.

But which cup to get? It was hard enough choosing the Meluna! :)
teacupcake89 on June 5th, 2013 10:32 pm (UTC)
I take 2x 14mg iron tablets daily and haven't found this to be the case but I also take 800IU Vitamin E for relieving heavy periods and period cramps, plus Evening Primrose Oil and loads of high quality fish oil. :)
selofainselofain on June 6th, 2013 01:43 am (UTC)
I started taking multi-vitamins with iron in them a few months ago, and I've noticed that my flow has become a bit heavier, but it's also more consistent in the amount bled from month to month.

My two heavy days now contain the bulk of my bleeding, so I know what you mean about night time leaking. I had to wash my sheets for the first time in years due to leaking (which was weird, because leaking usually wakes me up, and I'm off to the bathroom before the leak even gets that far).

If you like your Meluna, why not get a large?
Eireinneireinn on June 6th, 2013 11:59 am (UTC)
Glad I'm not the only one who has heavier periods on iron!

I think the large Meluna would be too long, as it is the medium juuuuust fits as I have a very low cervix during my period. I need to go have a squizz at the size comparison and find something the same length or shorter but with a higher capacity.
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on June 6th, 2013 09:18 am (UTC)
was it normal for you to have heavy periods before? maybe it's more like they have been lighter BECAUSE your iron levels were low and your body was protecting you from even more iron loss?
talk to your doctor again. hopefully the insurance etc is not a problem...
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on June 6th, 2013 09:52 am (UTC)
as for a new cup, i don't think a meluna large is a good idea. the large fleurcup has very similar dimensions but a much higher capacity.

also, it's not enough to say you have a meluna :D there are over 20 possibilities if we take the sizes and stiffness into account, and that's while ignoring the stems.
so, which size do you have? what do you like about it? is there anything you hate about it?
Eireinneireinn on June 6th, 2013 12:03 pm (UTC)
I've never had heavy periods. They have always been short (usually 3 days, never more than 4) and heaviest on the first day but pretty light after that. Never as heavy as they are now, though they still last only 3-4 days, thank heavens.

I've got a medium Meluna with a ball stem. I think it was the classic but I forget. The only thing I dislike is that it is ever so slightly too long as my cervix is very low. I'm going to go have a look at the size comparison when I get time, since anything longer would be useless for me.
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on June 6th, 2013 12:15 pm (UTC)
cervixes are tricky. do you have an "old" medium meluna? 45x45?
i have an extremely low cervix, but what i can wear depends on the shape and width greatly. i can wear a large ladycup inside out, for example, but my small lunette sticks out too much.
there seem to be very few people for whom the large fleurcup is too long.
in what way is your meluna too long btw, does it stick out or not? it it doesn't, a different shape might do the trick.
Eireinneireinn on June 6th, 2013 01:33 pm (UTC)
The ball stem occasionally sticks out a little, but only by a tiny bit. Usually it's all in, but barely. If I had a normal stem I'd have trimmed it off, since that would stick out and irritate me, but the ball stem doesn't bother me.

It's a blue glitter Meluna, and it's medium, but that's honestly all I remember about it. I've had it nine or ten months, if that's any help at all.
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on June 6th, 2013 04:50 pm (UTC)
this doesn't sound as low as mine, and even i can wear a large ladycup inside out.
here's a pic comparing the old and new styles: http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/2744356.html
blue glitter is classic, used to be the only kind of stiffness available. nowadays there's also soft which is obviously softer (much softer), and sport which is stiffer. but as i said i don't recommend getting one more of the same brand - for a good capacity you'd need a meluna XL, and that's definitely out of the question.
juliiie87juliiie87 on June 6th, 2013 12:24 pm (UTC)
Seconding the large Fleurcup or possibly Sckoon cup. Wider cups can often sit higher around the cervix. And you can trim the stem off those completely. You could consider a femmy cycle, but I don't think we've heard of how it would work with a low cervix. Perhaps Teresa from femininewear.co.uk has some insigth?

You can tell the stiffness of your Meluna by its color.
juliiie87juliiie87 on June 6th, 2013 10:51 am (UTC)
Here are a few options for you :

- Reusable cloth pads, also an investment but you only need 1 or 2 for your heavy nights. http://clothpadsales.livejournal.com/ has some cheaper 2nd hand pads & http://cloth-pads.livejournal.com/ provides good rec'. C-Pop Commodities, IKarly, Mimi's Dreams, Caroline's Cretaions, Yurtcraft (all stores on Etsy) come to mind.

- For a cheaper cup, try http://mc-sales.livejournal.com/ they also happen to have a Meluna co-op going on there.

How high does you Meluna sit ? Do you know where your cervix is ? A short-ish, wide, bell-shaped cup such as large Fleurcup/Si-bell/Sckoon seems like a safe bet.
Eireinneireinn on June 6th, 2013 12:04 pm (UTC)
I hadn't though about a cloth pad, I might look into that if I don't find a higher capacity cup I like, especially given my very low cervix that needs a short cup.