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Amber ~ smells like sunshine and evil!
24 March 2014 @ 08:45 am
Good morning all!

I'm 41 and have one child.  I've been using the DivaCup for about 3 years.  I'll admit, I don't use cups out of choice but out of necessity.  I have extremely heavy periods and a super tampon is useless to me.  I don't particularly like using cups because changing one really IS like a horror movie, very messy, blood goes all over my hand, it's a bitch to clean blood from under your fingernails at work, etc. etc --- but the tampon alternative isn't really a viable option.

As an example, I've been out of bed now for 2 hours and I've emptied a full cup 4 times and changed two pads.  Last night I slept with a DivaCup, pad and a towel under me.  I had to empty a full cup 3 times throughout the night.  I have had heavy days here and there in the past where I've changed a cup every 20 minutes for a few hours.  It's truly horrible.

Seeing as I have no choice, I am wondering if there is a cup out there that is better for very heavy flow than the DivaCup.  I've never tried any other cups and maybe it's time since I should probably replace my DivaCup anyway.

Thanks in advance for any input.  I appreciate it.

I'm going to take some pain killer now  ;)
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on March 24th, 2014 03:59 pm (UTC)
Go to the Community FAQ and check out some of the size and capacity charts. The Diva's capacity is pretty high but there are others with even more. Compare their dimensions to your Diva to figure out what would fit you and suit your needs best.

Next time you're at your Dr/Gyno, mention how heavy your periods are. The good thing about your Diva is that it has little measuring lines. Write down how much you bled (including guessing how much overflowed) each time you empty it and tally it up at the end of each day. That's good quantitative information to give your Dr. Maybe he can prescribe something to lessen your flow and make your periods easier to deal with.
Amber ~ smells like sunshine and evil!ambervon on March 26th, 2014 02:49 am (UTC)
Thank you. I'll check out the FAQ.

My GYN & RE are aware. I have possible Adenomyosis which explains everything. Unfortunately, since we are hoping beyond hope to have a baby, nearly all treatments are off the table so I have to just do the best I can!
nemesis27nemesis27 on March 24th, 2014 04:04 pm (UTC)
take a look

this cup have a very big capacity.
Amber ~ smells like sunshine and evil!ambervon on March 26th, 2014 02:50 am (UTC)
Re: take a look
Thank you! I'll look into that.
sunnybeebop on March 24th, 2014 04:13 pm (UTC)
I've heard the Femmy Cycle also has a large capacity. Bit of a unique cup because of its shape and the fact that it has no suction release holes. Might be worth looking into. I agree with Kuradi8 you should probably mention to your Dr how much blood you are losing during menstruation. You could just have an extremely heavy flow, but it could also a side effect of something...

Hope things work out for you :)
Amber ~ smells like sunshine and evil!ambervon on March 26th, 2014 02:52 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'll take a look at Femmy Cycle. I'm open to trying new things.
missmojorisin71missmojorisin71 on March 24th, 2014 08:20 pm (UTC)
Has this heavy bleeding started more recently once again? Do you have other symptoms with the heavy cycle? When I used to bleed that heavy when I was a teen I would take Advil to decrease flow and take away the pain.
Amber ~ smells like sunshine and evil!ambervon on March 26th, 2014 02:58 am (UTC)
Nah - it's been really heavy for years and years. It's painful because I often also have large clots.

On my wedding day I wore a DivaCup and three overnight maxi pads. I was terrified the whole time. Btw, changing a cup in a public bathroom in a wedding dress is challenging. HA!
Luceafaraluceafara on March 27th, 2014 01:02 am (UTC)
My heart goes out to you! I hope you will find a larger capacity cup that will make your life a little easier!!
Kathlynekathlyne on March 24th, 2014 08:31 pm (UTC)
I got a diva for basically the same reason (although my cycle isn't as heavy as yours). I get more capacity out of the bell-shaped large fleurcup because my cervix is dangly and takes up room in the cup.

I agree--talk to your doctor. Taking my vitamins daily--along with fish oil and vitamin b6 seems to have helped me a little, and I load up on ibuprofen and tea the first couple days of my period.
Amber ~ smells like sunshine and evil!ambervon on March 26th, 2014 03:00 am (UTC)
I live on ibuprofen during my period! I don't know that it helps the flow at all but it helps the pain. ;)
bklynmom on March 25th, 2014 11:05 pm (UTC)
There's a post somewhere in here with comparisons of large capacity cups. I found the fleur and meluna XL both hold more than the diva. I also have the femmy cycle which probabaly holds the most, but it's very different, much larger diameter at the base that presses on my urethra. I know I found the diva and meluna too long for me, but if the diva works for you, you probabaly would find the meluna XL a better fit than I did. I like the fleur best, but I think any of these could work for you and would definitely hold more. If you think about the things you like about the diva and use the comparison charts I'm sure you'll find one that's right for you. I don't know much about the luv ur body, but people seem to love it so it's a good one to look at as well.
neverparous on March 26th, 2014 01:02 am (UTC)
Is this the thread you were referring to?

I agree with the others that you should see a doctor if you haven't already, ambervon. It could be from some sort of disorder like fibroids or endometriosis. And even if it doesn't have an obvious cause losing that much blood isn't healthy, not just super inconvenient. There are medications a doctor could help you choose that could help, such as ibuprofen or naproxen, mefenamic acid, and/or hormones. And there are some dietary things that could help.

Ugg, the blood in the nail beds, I'm with you on that. I've thought about wearing a thin vinyl/letex/plastic to deal with the cup when scrubbing my hands isn't an option, but I haven't tried it yet.

I hope you find the right cup and I hope your periods get more manageable.
bklynmom on March 26th, 2014 01:04 am (UTC)
Yup, that's the thread. It helped me and I hope it helps the OP!
Amber ~ smells like sunshine and evil!ambervon on March 26th, 2014 03:06 am (UTC)
Thank you :)

I've been to GYNs and RE's. I probably have Adenomyosis but we are hoping for a miracle baby so... most treatments for that are out the window.

I do make sure I get extra iron to help with the occasional anemia.
neverparous on March 27th, 2014 11:55 am (UTC)
Ah, ok. Well I hope it gets more manageable for you and well wishes on your journey to have another child :)
Amber ~ smells like sunshine and evil!ambervon on March 26th, 2014 03:03 am (UTC)
Very helpful! Thank you - I'm going to do some research on those.
xquizite_insomxquizite_insom on March 26th, 2014 05:33 pm (UTC)
The Luv Ur Body cup says that it was specifically made for women who have very heavy periods hence the cup's mega size and capacity. Other larger capacity cups off the top of my head are XL Meluna, Femmycycle, Large Yuuki, Large Fleurcup. If your body can hold the large Diva comfortably, you may be able to accommodate the Femmycycle and Luv Ur Body.

Glad that you went to your physician and got checked out. Good luck, hope something works out for you.

Edited at 2014-03-26 05:35 pm (UTC)