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15 August 2014 @ 10:52 pm
Hi Ladies,

How do I know when my cup is full? Does it leak? I'm a bit paranoid because my tampons always did.

Thank you
 
Sarcasticia Nitpickerson: howl sophietisiphone on August 16th, 2014 06:36 am (UTC)
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m03m on August 16th, 2014 09:34 am (UTC)
It may overflow, but most of us also learn in time to recognise the feeling of a full cup. It may come down a bit or just feel heavier.

And you'll learn how long it takes for it to get full on the different days of your period, so that you can just empty it often enough.
sunnybeebop on August 16th, 2014 08:53 pm (UTC)
Sometimes if my cup is getting near capacity (I can never fill a cup completely- only about 3/4 full) I will sometimes feel a gurgle like air bubbles escaping. Sometimes I will also have a lot of clear discharge before a leak will occur.

These warning signs don't give me a huge amount of time to get to the bathroom though! So like the previous poster said, its best to know how long it takes you to fill your cup!
mshanai on August 17th, 2014 01:30 pm (UTC)
I get the gurgle too, it's so weird :)

OP, it just takes a bit of experience to figure out how heavy your flow is on different days. I am not a heavy bleeder, and for me, the Diva and Yuuki (both large cups) take about 8-10 hours to fill up on the first two days of my period. But this varies a lot from person to person. Keep track of it through trial and error--if you err on the side of emptying it too often, you'll know it; the cup will be filled only to half of less of its capacity. Then you'll know you could have kept it in longer. I would err on the side of emptying it too often, though, because it costs you nothing and it keeps your mind at ease.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on August 17th, 2014 01:11 pm (UTC)
Your cup holds quite a bit more than tampons or pads so start with however long it took to fill them and then gauge how much longer you can go. On the other hand, it shouldn't become a contest to see how full you can get your cup before it overflows. It's not like you're (for lack of a better phrase) "wasting anything" by emptying it when it's only partially full.
perigrine: cupsperigrine on August 18th, 2014 05:07 am (UTC)
I've found that I can have an accurate guess by inserting my fingers and squeezing the bottom of the cup, if it 'drops down' again heavily, it needs emptying.