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30 August 2013 @ 10:59 pm

I am having terrible difficulty in figuring out which cup to use, I have a very heavy flow which I need a tampon and a pad (changing every 2 hours). I have heard about the cups and researched them and found out there were many different varieties of them.

I am asking for a little advice on what brand would be good with my heavy flow and all?

Thank you to anyone who can help me with this, I have heard positive reviews on the cups and its about time I try!

Thanks again!
n0m_de_plum on August 31st, 2013 04:15 am (UTC)
Just out of curiosity is your heavy flow from PCOS?
You're basically describing what my period was like at 13. A tampon and a pad at the same time, and a note to get out of PE were needed.
*shudder* Damned glad those days are behind me.

Even with treatment, though, my periods on occasion are irregular and longer/heavier than normal.

I use a DivaCup which is one of the longest cups. I'm not sure if it's the highest capacity, but I know it's up there.

Most people can get away with only emptying every 12 hours, but if your flow is really heavy you may have to more often. Although, even so, it'll probably be a lot less often than you have to change a pad or a tampon.
You may even be able to sleep through the night during your period!
That was one of the unexpected benefits of switching to a cup that I experienced.
poster100poster100 on August 31st, 2013 02:31 pm (UTC)
What is PCOS?
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on August 31st, 2013 02:35 pm (UTC)
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. Basically your egg follicles fill up with fluid instead (I think) and burst and are painful and annoying, and the cysts also pump out androgen which messes with your body in a number of ways. One of my best friends from college has this and it also caused her to gain a ton of weight until she got on the right meds.
Megan: WhatSqrlhdsqrl on August 31st, 2013 09:40 am (UTC)
As I read your post, I was thinking I'd recommend the Diva, since that's what I use and I have one day each month where the floodgates absolutely open. Nice to see the commenter above me had the same thought.

I do wear a cloth pantyliner to serve as backup and to catch any residual slobber, but on that super-heavy day (which for you, may be several heavy days) I find that I'm mentally more comfortable dumping my cup every time I visit the restroom, rather than trying to stretch the times between empties. For a while, I was keeping track of the amount of flow I'd catch (Diva has oz-markings inside it) and was surprised at how little it sounded like when written down. Visually, a half-ounce sure looks like a LOT more.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on August 31st, 2013 01:03 pm (UTC)
The good news is that most cups hold more than tampons. Use the size and capacity charts at http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ or at the Community FAQ to figure out which brands would fit/suit you best. Since you have a heavy flow, aiming for one that has a high capacity seems logical. Length is probably the most important factor when choosing a cup. It's not an exact science. But in general, those who struggle most are those who picked a cup that's either way too long or way too short -- so do a little self-exploration first.

Edited to add: Just because a cup can be worn for up to 12 hours doesn't mean in won't fill up before then. Since you're getting 2-ish hours out of a tampon, figure a high capacity cup will extend that to 4.

Another good thing about cups is that many of the brands have little measuring lines for you to keep track of your flow. Write down how much is in your cup each time you empty it and then tally it up at the end of the day. That's good information to give your doctor.

Edited at 2013-08-31 01:07 pm (UTC)
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on August 31st, 2013 02:36 pm (UTC)
What Kuradi said--measure the length of your cervix first by sticking a finger up there to see how far it goes before you can reach your cervix (if at all). Nothing like trying to fish a short cup out of a long vagina (been there done that)!
Charissacharissa on August 31st, 2013 03:48 pm (UTC)
or too long of a cup that sticks outta ya and is painful to wear
(me with a divacup)
ginny587ginny587 on August 31st, 2013 04:12 pm (UTC)
XL Meluna has one of the highest capacities out there. Naturalmamma and large Yuuki also hold more than the Diva. There's a capacity chart at the bottom of the already linked size chart, and a large Diva is kind of towards the end of the list, but there are larger capacity cups.
poet292poet292 on September 1st, 2013 12:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you lovely ladies for your help.
I appreciate all of the replies, this helps and I am going to check with my doctor about the pcos, it seems I have some of the symptoms associated with it, and it never hurts to be sure.

One last question and I swear, I'll leave, lol.

Do you have discomfort with the larger cups, I have a child but he did not come through the birth canal, does that make a difference in you ladies opinion?

Thank you again!!!
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on September 1st, 2013 02:00 pm (UTC)
Re: Thank you lovely ladies for your help.
I haven't tried a ton of cups (only the Melunas, then Lily and FemmyCycle, which I currently use)...but plenty of virgins and people without children have used large cups if their flow demands it. You might want a softer one, though (like, not the Keeper)
juliiie87juliiie87 on September 2nd, 2013 09:41 am (UTC)

Do consider length (while on your period is most accurate) and stiffness as well.

Edited at 2013-09-02 09:44 am (UTC)