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05 May 2016 @ 12:50 pm
Hi Everyone!

I stopped using my DC because I had several years of really heavy periods and enormous blood clots. I would have to empty my cup after 2 hours so I just switched back to ultra tampons and doubled up with diaper-like maxi pads. I recently got the clotting and heavy flow under control so want to try my DC again, only I know I have an allergy to silicon grips. The kind that keep knees highs from falling down or cycling sleeves staying up. After wearing those my skin swells then develops a light scar. I've read that the silicon(e) in commercial products is of lower quality so I hope the DC will be fine to resume using.

Now onto my experience with finally lessening my heavy periods, though it may still be too soon to say it's for sure. Next week I will see my gyno so I will ask her several questions and update. To help myself out I changed my diet to semi paleo; less sugar more healthy fats and fiber. Plus because I had become severely anemic, I started taking 1TBS of chlorophyll a day mixed with a teaspoon of maca and raw green powder. Since I've added the maca powder my periods have been lighter with less clots and 3-4 days as opposed to 5-8 days. Took ten weeks.

I know people here have shared having trouble with heavy bleeding and wonder if anyone else has tried maca powder with similar results?

Im just happy to be able to use my cup again or to try a new one, Keeper. Happy to be on the way back to health without anemia and happy to have energy. I also apologize inadvance for not having documentation especially about the maca and only anecdotal evidence for the efficacy of chlorophyll. The last bout I had with anemia was in 2011, I didnt tell my GP that I was taking chlorophyll and she was amazed at how quickly my hemoglobin numbers normalized. After I told her she said to keep doing what I doing.
curlydevacurlydeva on May 6th, 2016 01:21 am (UTC)
Hello the silicon that is used for the menstrual cups is medical grade and is hypoallergenic for most people. I too also have the same issue with hosiery with the grippers. Most of the time it is not silicon that the hosiery has it is latex. Once I stopped wearing hosiery with latex that bruising and itching stopped and went away. I have to wear support hose all the time for support to add compression to my legs and feet. I use to think the same thing that I was allergic to silicon due to the reaction I got from the hosiery when it fact it was not silicon at all it was latex. I do not have any issues using any of my silicon cups. But if you are concerned you can always get a Keeper cup the brown one or try the Meluna cups which is made of TPE (Thermoplastic elastomers). Hope that helps.. As for the supplementation I can not comment on that.
Chrysyphus: chakraschakrakhan on May 6th, 2016 12:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I will see if I can find out about the make up of my clothing in question. I just remembered I tried a really nice and effectiv e strapless bra that gave me a reaction. I think it might be easier to track down that brands gripper components. In the meantime, I'm newly insured and will see if I can get some sort of skin test to take care of this pesky guessing and trail and error business.
curlydevacurlydeva on May 6th, 2016 05:07 pm (UTC)
I have a question about the Maca? So does it have iron in it to help with low iron? I don't know much about it but have heard people taking it for different things and even men too.
elisamba on May 6th, 2016 06:21 am (UTC)
Maca helped my overly long cycles from (suspected, not officially diagnosed) PCOS. I find it very energy-inducing, though, I must take it in the morning or else I can't sleep at night. Did you find that, too?

I agree with PP that the silicone in cups shouldn't be allergenic, however if you have a doubt, maybe do a test on your skin somewhere, first? Hmm mental image of walking around with a cup tucked in a sleeve :-) Just thinking that it would be preferable instead of getting an allergic reaction "down there".
Chrysyphus: chakraschakrakhan on May 6th, 2016 12:30 pm (UTC)
RE: Maca
Yes! I take mine in the morning on an empty stomach. Not too sure about how much energy I feel and if it's from the maca or just finally beingbfully oxygenated again. My cycles are way shorter than they used to be! I'm almost certain my gyno will say it's due to age, I'm 41 and could be perimenopausal. Still since starting the maca I've observed less or no night sweats during my cycle, no brest tenderness before, less flow and clotting during and no real noticeable bloating. Plus for the first menses in over 4 years, I was able to sleep the full night through not wake up every 1.5-2 hours to change tampons/pads, or spend an hour or so just sitting on the loo because of large clots that weren't amenable to wearing tampons or having to sleep with towels beneath me to catch the always enevitable leak!

I feel like a completely different person! I wasn't wiped out at work this week, I have a pretty physically demanding job as a massage therapist. I really hope this keeps working right up until menopause. You say it helped your "PCOS"? Do you still take it daily? I suppose I'll just add well sourced maca to my budget like it's RENT. I've been using Sunfoods brand but will try sourcing from the Maca Team once this bag runs out.

I never thought I'd say the phrase so many folks wind up saying here: I can't wait for my next period!
elisamba on May 9th, 2016 01:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Maca
I take it daily during my follicular phase, and I chart my temperatures. I stop taking it when I notice my temperature rise three days in a row, showing ovulation. I have since learned it is possible to take it throughout the cycle since it is a food, not a supplement. The Peruvians eat it like potatoes.

Due to the medicinal-like effects, though, it is good to give your body a break every few weeks for a week or so, as with medicinal herbal teas. I don't remember which brand I take, I got it at the health food store.

Edited at 2016-05-09 01:46 pm (UTC)
curlydevacurlydeva on May 6th, 2016 05:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Maca
I have a question about the Maca? So does it have iron in it to help with low iron? I don't know much about it but have heard people taking it for different things and even men too.
Chrysyphus: chakraschakrakhan on May 6th, 2016 06:47 pm (UTC)
RE: Re: Maca
I have been taking 1 TBS of DeSousa brand chlorophyll to help with my low iron. In January, my heme level was 8.0 and I think 12.8+ is the healthy range. The NP will go over my bloodwork next week.
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on May 6th, 2016 02:47 pm (UTC)
If the component you're allergic to in the pantyhose grips is latex DO NOT WEAR A KEEPER. EVER. Obviously, it's latex :) If silicone turns out to be the issue try TPE, which Meluna uses. If you're a generally allergic person your body is very likely to turn allergic to latex anyway.

Good deal about the maca--I may try that! I've been taking a natural Vitamin E supplement every day to try and combat my heavy flow (I suspect a fibroid since it also presses on my bladder as well as an endocrine issue similar to PCOS)
Chrysyphus: chakraschakrakhan on May 6th, 2016 06:39 pm (UTC)
Maca + fibroid + iron and Aleve vs. Motrin
I have 2 fibroids that were relatively small, but very symptomatic, 10 years ago when diagnosed. I've read that some folks' fibroids have "dissolved" when they've used maca. I can't wait to see what my gyno/NP sees/feels during my exam next week. That is the first time I have ever looked forward to a pap smear/pelvic exam! Will TOTALLY update next week.

I recently changed my diet and have since become more sensitive to many things that weren't a bother before. Check out the info at the The Maca Team website they have a lot of testimonials on their site FWIW. Otherwise one teaspoon a day of the Sunfoods brand has worked wonders for me.

As far as I know the trace minerals like Fe, Mg, Ca and K are negligible when compared to recommended daily allowances, but I'm no nutritionist or dietician.

Ohh another tip my D.O. gave me was to kick the IB to the curb and to try naproxen sodium a.k.a Aleve. He said to take 2 with food at the first onset of cramping, then to take one every 12 hours there after. I tell ya, this was my best period in years. I felt like putting on some flowing white clothes and running on the beach! I was taking 600-800mg IB every 4-6 hours and killing my kidneys.
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on May 8th, 2016 05:04 pm (UTC)
Re: Maca + fibroid + iron and Aleve vs. Motrin
Nice! Yeah, I had a kidney stone last year (I don't think ibuprofen caused it because I rarely get cramps noticeable enough that I want to take anything for them) so I don't want to chance it with my kidneys, and I had some liver issues as a baby so tylenol is out. Aleve has never worked for me though. My mom loves it but it doesn't touch the pain when I take it for miscellaneous pain.