I checked and dumped the liquid 5 hours later, about 3.5 hours ago and it was right above the 7.5ml so maybe about 8.5ml was there. I have never known how much I bleed per month so this is a very cool thing that I can now learn about my body.
And yes, the first time I dumped it, I gagged. That was disgusting! But the second time I put it over the toilet and looked away and dumped it. LOL
Normally I'm not too squeamish but wow that is gross! Haha, crazy.
No leaking, some residual light blood flowed down but it didn't stain anything since I was able to wipe it away when I peed each time. And I don't recall much of ANY blood remaining after I dumped it the second time today. This is awesome!!!
I will probably have to cut the stem some as it is a little irritating and I don't want it to cause any problems in that area. But it's not as irritating as I thought it would be when I was doing dry-runs a few weeks ago. Oh and the cramping is non-existent this afternoon and evening.
I have found that the C-Fold doesn't cause cramping whereas (the first time I used it this morning I used the Punch-down method) the Punch down method caused much more suction that I think is what caused the bad cramping this morning.
I've lost more weight since I purchased the second one (the first was apparently used but looked new from the manufacturer, it has a definite strong tea tree fragrance to it and this one does NOT. During the dry runs I was trying different folds and found that the punch down method was easier for me to insert. But actually now that I've lost more weight and possibly due to the changes in my body during menstruation the C-fold is just as easy if not easier to insert and I haven't cramped from it. So that works!
This is so liberating! Not having to worry about massive leaking or changing the tampon just in the nick of time, no risk of TSS, no fibers remaining in my vaginal canal, no waste for the landfills, no bad reaction to the medical grade silicone (I'm allergic to a LOT of products and chemicals)... This is just wonderful! I don't mind my period anymore!
Ok enough rambling. I just wanted you all to know there is another successful convert to cups!