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I ask this after a very tiresome night I just had. I use a large fleurcup, and have what I perceive to be a heavy flow (no birth control).  I usually have to get up once during the night for the first 1-2 nights to empty my cup.  Last night, however, (first night) I emptied my cup at 12:00 when I went to bed, then was up at 4:30, 5:30, and 8:00, each time with a more than full cup.  I noticed there being way more clots than usual (literally, the whole cup was one big clot a few times).  I also have a little more cramping than usual (still totally tolerable without pain meds).

Anyway, this post is just more of a curiosity post of how heavy everyone else's flow is, or if you've had an out of the blue franken-period like this one before.  Soo, share away, with what cup you use, maybe if you use bc or not, or whatever else you think is relevant.  :)
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on August 13th, 2013 01:34 pm (UTC)
"Normal" is different for everyone. And we all have a super-heavy gusher once in a while. But if you notice a sudden change that lasts for several cycles in a row, then give your Dr/Gyno a heads up.

The good thing about cups is even if your particular brand doesn't have little measuring lines, you can get a quantitative measurement versus guessing at how full a disposable product is. Write down how much is in there every time you empty it and tally it up at the end of the day. Keeping track is good information to give your Dr/Gyno if you have a sudden and lasting change.

In answer to your question, I kept track out of curiosity. Spot checking, my "normal" flow was consistent at 50-60ml per period. Then all hell broke loose when I developed a profuse bleeding issue. Like I said, my Gyno was happy for the quantitative info. It turned out that I'd developed fibroids. They're under control now. Phew!

As for clotting... drink more water. The more hydrated you are, the more fluid your flow will be and thereby your cramping should also subside since you're not passing large/thick clots.
rbca03rbca03 on August 14th, 2013 02:05 am (UTC)
From the other replies, it seems I'm not too unusual in having fairly heavy periods. I'm curious about the drinking water idea though, because really all I drink is water, aside from a cup of coffee in the morning.

I first used a Divacup for a few months, and loved the measuring lines on it. I never got around to measuring my flow using the Fleurcup.
Ashatenlegspider on August 13th, 2013 01:46 pm (UTC)
You said just curiosity - sorry if you don't really want to hear from light bleeders! I don't normally use my cup at night (sometimes as insurance if I'm sleeping with someone or it's not my bedding). My flow slows down when I sleep, I used to notice it get going if I stayed in bed for a while after waking up. It's been getting lighter since I was 20 and now I could even get through the day with no protection and just wiping every couple of hours, but a cup is nicer.
Ashatenlegspider on August 13th, 2013 03:35 pm (UTC)
Oh and I've been on the pill since I was 17, which may be a factor. Oddly, my periods got lighter when I switched from 3 to 6 weeks between bleeds.
juliiie87juliiie87 on August 13th, 2013 03:39 pm (UTC)
I'm the same way : I hardly ever fill my cups more than half way, I did fill it (Cuplee) about half way yesterday when I wore it for the best part of my first day (5 or 6 hours), then my flow was super light to practically non-existent, so I wore a cloth pad and intend to do so for the rest of my period unless I go swimming or it's too warm outside or something. I feel like it's getting lighter since I switched to reusables, even though I went off hbc in the meantime. And it pretty much stops at night. Then again, I wasn't ever a heavy flower, and only leaked once at night, when I was 13 or so.
Jennifer Monoteasy2begreen on August 13th, 2013 02:47 pm (UTC)
I think my period has actually changed since starting to use a cup over a year ago. They used to be moderate to light over 5 days, but now I have one quite heavy day (often just a morning) followed by 2-3 very light days. The one day my flow is heavy, I can fill a small cup in maybe 3-4 hours and empty it a few times that day. Past that first day, I never fill a cup even after leaving it in for 12 hours.
Marie Intarnetteladylynx on August 13th, 2013 04:19 pm (UTC)
I hope you've gone to the gynocologist about this. It sounds like you might have fibroids or a similar issue. You don't have to take HBC to treat it. My doctor prescribes me Lysteda, which is not hormonal at all and they just came out with a generic. It changed my period from lasting 21 days to lasting 5.

On my light days, I go through 1/3 to 2/3 of the cup in 12 hours. I haven't gotten to use it on a heavy day yet but I suspect I'll need to remove it every 6 hours. I have the Meluna XL, which has the largest capacity. Might want to look into it if you're overflowing.
rbca03rbca03 on August 14th, 2013 02:30 am (UTC)
My periods are no doubt on the heavy side, but it isn't something that I've worried about or been told I should be concerned about when discussed at previous appointments. This period started much more clot-filled than others, but it's already back to what is normal for me. The clots lasted for only 10 hours or so. I'll certainly make an appointment if the clots become an ongoing event; I'm due for my annual anyway.

I really have no complaints at all with my Large Fleurcup. If it's full, it's full. To the airholes, the Meluna XL holds only 1 ml more.
Leen Isabel: I am SO Zen.leenisabel on August 13th, 2013 05:02 pm (UTC)
First Timer
I'm using my Model 1 DivaCup (20ml capacity) for the first time I glad to see this post to start a discussion as I'm curious too. I'm on the heavy part of my period as I write this and here's my experience:

- My "heavy" day usually starts when I start experiencing cramps which happened around 7:00 p.m. yesterday. I had just emptied out the cup so I'm starting fresh.

- I empty the cup around 1:00 a.m. and it's at about 15 ml capacity. I did note that my cervix "dropped" so I made sure to pull the cup a little lower so that the cup doesn't go past the opening.

- I woke up at 8:00 a.m. and found that the cup had reach MAX capacity and I had a major leak into my panties upon standing up out of bed. So, this was after wearing the cup for only 7 hours. I clean up and replace the cup.

- I get to work at 9:30 a.m. and out of curiosity, went to empty the cup again. It was already 1/4 full (maybe 7.5 ml).

So, from this learning curve, being one with a heavy flow, I'll have to empty out at least 2-3 times today to stay comfortable. I use a reusable pad to pick up any residual spotting. (Probably from any escaped liquid that's under the inserted cup.)

It's a messy business, but I am happier now than I was w/ tampons and pad. Overall, its still cleaner. I think I will have to buy a larger capacity cup for the heavy days of my menstruation.

So, for me my questions are:
- Is there such a thing as a higher capacity, but shorter cup???
- I'm athletic. Is a stiffer cup really a good thing against your muscles?
- Any recommendations for heavy flow, athletic types?

Edited at 2013-08-13 05:11 pm (UTC)
juliiie87juliiie87 on August 14th, 2013 12:12 pm (UTC)
Re: First Timer
The Diva being one of the longest cups, you're in luck, there are shorter, higher capacity cups : large Fleurcup, large Si-bell/Mamicup, Rubycup and femmycycle fit in that category for sure, you'll have to check the capacity of the large Sckooncup. http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/
I'm fit but not athletic so I really can't say. I wouldn't get a much stiffer cup just for the sake of it, only if you can tell your muscles are crushing your current cup. A cup that is too firm can put pressure on your bladder and even cause cramping for some.
Leen Isabelleenisabel on August 14th, 2013 05:51 pm (UTC)
Re: First Timer
I was looking at the Cuplee L and the Fleurcup L. Both cups being on opposite ends of the hardness scale.

However, I know for sure my muscles "crush" the Diva. While suction is there, it is always a narrow oval shape than actually being round.

I DO feel pressure on my bladder, though. But my cramping is FAR less severe this time being on a cup vs. tampons.

I'd be willing to experiment, but not spend a small fortune on cups. But I guess I have no choice!

What are reputable places online to buy cups?
juliiie87juliiie87 on August 14th, 2013 06:03 pm (UTC)
Re: First Timer
The Cuplee is very soft, but the Fleurcup isn't firm anymore, it's actually medium soft, very popular high capacity cup : http://menstrualcupinfo.wordpress.com/cup-stiffness-comparison-chart/
(You'll see I just replied to your other post before reading this...)

You could try a large Yuuki : similar length and shape as the Diva, higher capacity, comes in both firm and soft so you could by both, save on shipping and re-sell the one you like the least. Or an XL Meluna, again, it comes in 3 stiffnesses, but Melunas do tend to become oval while worn due to their material so maybe not. Besides the actual manufacturers (Meluna.org, fleurcup.com and Yuuki's website as well, which are totally reputable), femininewear.co.uk is a good place to shop multiple brands, outstanding customer service and decent postage.
Oh and if you're on a budget, mc-sales on LJ is your friend ! (link on the side bar)
Jennifer Monoteasy2begreen on August 14th, 2013 05:07 pm (UTC)
Re: First Timer
If your cup isn't leaking unless it's full, it doesn't sound like you need something firmer. I do find that exercise can cause soft cups to leak a bit, but the Diva is not super soft (it's considered medium). Why don't you try exercising with your cup in? If it leaks, then it might be worth it to get something firmer, but my guess is that it won't. I'm pretty active and do fine with medium firmness cups when I'm exercising.
Leen Isabelleenisabel on August 14th, 2013 05:59 pm (UTC)
Re: First Timer
I did stretching, aerobics & pole danced last night. Climbed, stretched, inverted, squats, abs -- everything that could affect the PC muscles and had 0 leaking.

So I think I may need something firmer!
Baby Bloodheartbabybloodheart on August 13th, 2013 07:29 pm (UTC)
Thankfully my flow lightened when switching from tampons to cups, but if I've not done anything to lighten my flow I still have to empty my large Ladycup every 30 minutes on a heavy day. I normally lighten my flow with dietary changes, chaste tree, and tranexamic acid - in this case I can go up to 2 hours on a heavy day.
Kathlynekathlyne on August 14th, 2013 04:10 pm (UTC)
Wow. Every 30 Mins! And I was pissed last month about having to empty my large Yuuki or large Lunette every hour last month. I might try the Chaste Tree. Thanks for sharing.
tjs77tsa on August 13th, 2013 10:46 pm (UTC)
That is how the second day of my period goes every month. My Meluna L and Lunette L I have to empty every hour. However every other day I can use a Meluna mini med and never even come close to filling it.

Edited at 2013-08-13 10:53 pm (UTC)
sydney_p on August 14th, 2013 12:45 am (UTC)
frequency of cup changing

My moontime has changed over time. I was on hormonal birth control for years with what I would consider a regular period - about 5 days long, heavy at first, medium, skip a day, light at the end. Then I went off birth control entirely and my periods all but disappeared - 3 days, only spotting. I got a copper IUD earlier this year and my periods are longer - depending on what you consider actual period time, anywhere from 7 to 10 days. Also extremely heavy at the beginning, I change my DivaCup1 maybe every 3 hours the first two days. I sleep with my cup in. I have light but persistent spotting for the rest of the time. I am thinking about getting a softer cup for the last 5-7 days of my period. My periods are very painful now and sometimes I feel like the rigidity of the DivaCup doesn't help when I am already woozy from copper IUD cramps. Also - when I was younger, before I was on BC, I had huge clots. No clots on hormonal birth control. And now small clots with copper IUD.
Meganarwen_17 on August 14th, 2013 04:01 am (UTC)
I have a large Ladycup- every hour on the worst days. I have a period like that about once a year.