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sweetrumbelle
Ha, was channeling my inner Chris Traeger from Parks and Rec for a second.

Anywho...

Tried the Large Soft Yuuki for the first time this entire cycle and I had no leaks!!!!!

Man, I am so so happy and I hope this continues with future uses.

I had other new cups I really wanted to try first, but I just wanted to know how much menstrual fluid I produced.
It was 72ml in less than 40 hours!!! Yikes! (Average for most women is about 30-40ml in I don't know how many hours/days)

I was keeping a record of the amount of hours and ml and I was averaging about 2mL per hour.

Along with this high flow, I also have a high cervix.
So, this cup rode up as all my other cups do.
When I go to the bathroom, should I bring it back down a bit?

I ask because sometimes it felt like maybe I was going to leak, it felt weird, so I was afraid that maybe it was riding up and then maybe my cervix would dip into it and cause the seal to break. So, I tugged it down a bit, but then I was afraid I would break the seal doing that. Paranoia?

I guess time will tell, I just don't want to leak when I'm not home.

That's about it, I hope I get to try my other cups on my next cycle, but I love my Yuuki so much that I will wear it at work.

For reference, I had leaking problems with the small and large Lunette cups, I plan to give the large Lunette a couple of more chances to make my final review. But the small Lunette would break its seal within 2-3 hours and I have no idea why.
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..::bella vita::..por_que_no on December 9th, 2014 11:19 pm (UTC)
Nice! Glad you found a cup that works well. About the amount of bleeding, another poster said her doc told her that normal range tops out at about 85ml per period, so you are still within that (then she found out she was bleeding 185ml and used that to prove to her doc that she had a problem. But now I don't remember who the poster was)

I also don't think it's necessary to pull the cup down while in the bathroom, and that might actually break the seal/make it more likely that you'll leak. My cervix is quite high too and I just make sure to get cups with stems long enough to reach.
sweetrumbellesweetrumbelle on December 9th, 2014 11:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
Yeah, I can't cut the stems, I need them.
The small Sckoon cup got "lost" up there once, I could barely reach the stem.

I know that I still am in the "normal" range, but I did expel all that in less than 40 hours, like 36 hours. And that was weird to me because my period has never been this short.

I also use cloth panty liners now.

So no more disposables at all. I keep reading/viewing experiences where women stop using disposables and their periods get shorter or lighter. Makes me wonder.



Edited at 2014-12-09 11:35 pm (UTC)
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on December 10th, 2014 01:08 am (UTC)
It's true, and my periods became a day or two lighter with the cup (they were already on the long side, 7-8-9 days, now they are like 6ish). It's probably because the tampon blocks some of the blood from flowing out freely and causes some of it to clot, so it actually drains faster by going into the cup and then being emptied out.
trejoytrejoy on December 10th, 2014 07:08 pm (UTC)
Yes, my period went from 5-6 days down to 3-4. My flow is lighter now as well, but that is probably due to hormonal changes over time rather than cup usage.
dhrachthdhrachth on December 10th, 2014 01:05 am (UTC)
It seems like I know more women who are at the top of the range or higher than I do women that have a flow in the 'average' range. Personally, my period is right around 80ml per cycle, but that's theoretically the top of the range. With disposables, I wasn't changing out more frequently than every 4 hours (and with pads could usually go longer than that if it weren't gross smelling by then) and I don't think of my flow as particularly heavy.

Maybe the 10-80ml I've seen quoted is just the blood, without the additional mucousy discharge that comes with the blood?
yayforcupsyayforcups on December 10th, 2014 09:01 am (UTC)
Cut my 10 day period down to a solid 7! Tho on my heavy days i can bleed 90ml in a day. I think it opens you up more to release the blood more freely, no pesky chemically-charged tampons obstacles!! Plus pads contain amounts of oestrogen which promotes bleeding, let alone formaldehyde and petrol based products! (Watched a pad-burning video comparing naturpads to always- man! Watch that baby go!!!) ive ordered my pads and soooo excited to see if it helps my flow :)
pinkydoodler on December 10th, 2014 10:47 pm (UTC)
Pads contain estrogen? What?! Where did you find this information? O.O
blauwemaan on December 10th, 2014 08:05 pm (UTC)
I have always considered my menstrual flow light (despite a copper IUD) when compared to my friends. Ever since I use a cup I am pretty sure I lose about 60 ml in 5 days, so 30-40 ml seems like a conservative estimate to me. The cup btw has so far not had any influence on the duration of my period.

Out of curiosity, could the use of a cup also reduce other period related symptoms such as PMS?
yayforcupsyayforcups on December 10th, 2014 11:32 pm (UTC)


Sorry I checked my info, it was the tampons that contained oestrogen according to the first link, the pads contained amongst other things, parabens which have an effect like that of oestrogen. That's mentioned in the second link 13th post. The next two links say how pads have petrochemicals in which can disrupt an imbalance hormones and i think it mentions infertility. You can practically see the petrochemicals on the video burning pads. Enjoy!

http://www.organicbuenosaires.com/2012/12/03/toxic-chemicals-in-pads-and-tampons/

http://welltellme.com/discuss/index.php?topic=155.0
(Its the 13th post thats interesting)

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/3359581

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/05/22/feminine-hygiene-products.aspx
sorceress_jade on December 14th, 2014 09:41 pm (UTC)
A normal cycle is considered 30mL to 80mL over the course of 2-7 days. 3-5 days being the most common range.

I'd guess you might be on the heavy end of normal for a 40 hour time frame.

It's super interesting to actually observe and take note of isn't it?

I'm the one por_que_no referenced. My two most recent cycles came in at 185ml over 4 days for one, and more than 214mL over 4-5 days for the other (I think I forgot to track day 5). On a heavy day (24 hours) I've tracked 120mL plus spillage. Crazy.
sweetrumbellesweetrumbelle on December 15th, 2014 06:31 am (UTC)
Wow!!! That is heavy indeed.

Do you use a cup, pads, medication to deal with your period?

I know someone who has a young daughter that has a very heavy period too.

sorceress_jade on December 16th, 2014 06:06 am (UTC)
And until recently, I didn't even know that! I thought it was "a little" heavy.

I use cups right now but 1 or 2 night per cycle I can't make it through the night. I really should use a pad in addition to the cups, I guess I'm dumb for not. I just hate them.

Part of my challenges is I'm limited to relatively small cups, which means relatively low capacity. I keep forgetting that the SkoonCup theoretically can take 23mL, it seems smaller than the MeLuna Medium although that's listed as 20mL. You're Yuuki, for reference, bills itself at 25mL capacity.

I'm getting a Merina IUD placed later this week in the hopes the side effect of lessened flow will apply to me. Crossing my fingers.