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04 January 2015 @ 11:43 pm
I'm a little unnerved by how heavy my flow has gotten today. For the past couple days it's been basically nothing but a trickle. Visible on the toilet paper, but when it comes to the cup really just a small amount of milky white fluid tinged with brownish-red when I change it.

Today, though I feel like I'm freaking hemorrhaging! I've emptied my cup 4 times today (Diva size 1), and usually I only empty it in the morning and before bed at night.
It does not get completely full, basically just below the 15ml mark, so I suspect my cervix does dip in it a little bit. However, that's never been a problem in the past. I've been using the cup for three years never had problems with leaking before, and certainly never had it fill up so fast! The blood it self has small clots in it which isn't unusual for me, but there is also a lot of liquid (bright red in color).
Otherwise, I feel fine physically. I don't feel particularly weak or dizzy. I'm not in any pain other than a little bit of cramping, but it wasn't even bad enough to inspire me to take ibuprofin. I've had much worse.
I do have PCOS, so my periods tend to be irregular and sometimes long and heavy, but I've never had one this heavy. It's just the shear speed at which my cup is filling up that really is bothering me. Anyone know what could be causing this?
 
yayforcupsyayforcups on January 5th, 2015 07:38 am (UTC)
Hmm Sometimes my period takes a rest day and then fills a few cups the following day before spotting and stopping, if it doesnt happen every period then its probably just an odd flow day having a good clear out. I had that 2 periods ago where my second day was a bit extreme, I was changing every 2hrs!! This period was back to "normal".
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on January 5th, 2015 12:57 pm (UTC)
If this becomes a consistent thing, I've discovered quite accidentally that taking Vitamin E actually seems to help. I started taking it for other reasons last week and this cycle has seemed a bit less heavy than the past few months...between days 2 and 3 I went something like 18 hours with my Rainbow without leaks (and I'm pretty sure it has less capacity than my Si-Bell). That wouldn't have been possible in the last few months.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on January 5th, 2015 02:04 pm (UTC)
It's possible that you're just having a stray ultra-heavy period. Trust your intuition about whether or not you need medical attention. Otherwise, keep track of your flow and mention it to your Dr next time you go.

In the mean time, stay hydrated, eat well and take it easy for a few days.