annabanahna5000 (annabanahna5000) wrote in menstrual_cups,

How much blood should I be losing?

I'm 18 and a virgin.
I've had a history of excessive menstrual bleeding. About 9 months ago I landed in the hospital with severe anemia and was about 5 minutes away from needing a blood transfusion. Since then I've been on continual birth control (skipping the inert pills so I don't get a period.) This month I spotted through the whole month and last night I took my last pill, and decided that I'm going to try to get a period this month, as it seems like my body thinks it's time.

Yesterday while still on the end of birth control, the cup was less than half full after 12 hours. Today, its half full after only 4 1/2. It leaks after its half full, I think because the diva cup is too long for my cervix. I read that the average period loses about 2 ounces of blood and in 5 hours I've lost 1/4 of that, so I'm a little worried. I can't go by the standard "get help if you soak through a pad or tampon in an hour" and I'm not used to seeing my blood like this so I'm really not sure how much there is supposed to be or how much is too much.

I'm trying not to be hypochondriac about this or a wuss or anything but the last time this happened I was really, really sick for a very long time.
I can't call my gynecologist until tomorrow.
Tags: disabilities & health problems, divacup, first time use, health risks, heavy blood flow, leakage & spotting, virginity

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