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17 May 2016 @ 01:31 am
Is it just me or does anyone else keeps a journal of how much they shed daily? First time user and I feel it's pretty interesting to notice it's not just blood you're collecting in MC! I'm 48hrs in and I wasn't kidding when I tell my friends I'm a Monster bleeder. Had to clear my MC every 3 hours so far. Leaked a couple of times and I'm still trying to figure out where my cervix actually is. Oh I'm using Freedom Cup size S btw. I'm excited to learn more about my period and I'll work towards a leak-free experience. Can't be so lucky on first cycle right? Wish me luck! 😊
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on May 16th, 2016 07:44 pm (UTC)
"Normal" is different for everybody. If you have a significant change or if it varies greatly from month to month, then you should let your doctor know.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on May 19th, 2016 06:58 pm (UTC)
And in answer to your question, yes. I did it out of curiosity when I first got my cups. And then I developed a profuse bleeding issue due to fibroids. I'm glad I had a base line of what was normal for me beforehand and then quantitative data (versus guessing with tampons) to track whether or not treatments were working.

I'd jot down how much was in my cup each time I emptied it and tally it up at the end of the day on a paper calendar. As for overnight, whether it counts for the day before or the next day doesn't matter, as long as you pick one and stick with it.

The Gyno I had when I was bleeding "normally" didn't think cups were a good idea but my next Gyno was impressed by them and that I was able to keep records. I pointed her to the resources at this site. She and her nurses have asked me to play Show and Tell several times. Without compromising patient confidentiality, I suspect that they recommend cups to those who need to track their blood loss.
elisamba on May 17th, 2016 07:03 am (UTC)
I don't keep a journal but I am more conscious of how much blood I'm losing than when it got absorbed into a tampon. A larger size cup will undoubtedly give you more capacity, but wait until you find your cervix is to choose one, cuz you won't want to choose a cup that's too long.

PP poster's comment seems a bit terse. There *are* generally accepted upper and lower averages - norms - for bleeding, in that sense there can be *normal* bleeding. You can google Mansfield-Voda-Jorgensen Menstrual Bleeding Scale, if you like.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on May 17th, 2016 01:00 pm (UTC)
Terse or not, normal *is* different for everyone. And some people fall outside of those guidelines.

There used to be a gal here who often participated in threads about heavy periods. Her point was that even though she was waaay off the charts when it came to blood flow, it was normal for her. After consulting with her doctor, she decided not to do anything to reduce it. Her oft-made point was that it's a PITA but there isn't necessarily something wrong or a danger to her health.

On the other end of the spectrum, there are those who have very light periods -- barely more than spotting on their worst days. Again, it's not necessarily a sign that there's something wrong. That's just the way it is for them.
Selmamarsianka_selma on May 17th, 2016 08:17 am (UTC)
I used to keep such a journal when I was young, from 12 to 20 years old. I didn't have a cup back then and just put down my subjective assessment: 1 drop / 2 drops / 3 drops for each day of a period.
After I started using a cup I was greatly surprised with how little liquid I actually lose. But I'm on hormones, so my flow is quite low.
elisamba on May 17th, 2016 09:33 am (UTC)
Actually when you put it that way, I guess I do keep track of flow similarly in a cycle app - by number of "raindrops" lol. In my app heavy flow starts a new cycle, spotting won't do it.
negas0nic on May 17th, 2016 08:27 am (UTC)
Nope! I journal my cycles too. Always have. Before the cup I used to just keep track of duration, symptoms, and gauge the flow by how often I changed my pad so it just seemed natural to start adding in the amount in the cup after the switch. Congrats on having a relatively smooth go of things so far, I know I was wasn't that lucky! There are lots of cups on the market with larger capacities, so maybe after you've mastered this one and gotten an idea of what you want in a cup you could think about possibly graduating up. Good luck. 😁
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on May 17th, 2016 02:50 pm (UTC)
It can be hard to tell for me because I have to fold my cup a bit to get it out (pinching the base and then C-folding) so blood often spills out as soon as you fold it, at least when it's full to capacity. So I can't really eyeball how much I'm losing. It wasn't until I started using cups that I realized that I bleed rather heavily. I just always used an ultra thin overnight pad with tampons so I wasn't always changing when I "needed" to, just every 8 hours or so.
citrinesunset: Fountain pencitrinesunset on May 17th, 2016 03:08 pm (UTC)
I don't meticulously pay attention or record amounts, but I do pay attention in a more general sense.

I didn't really realize how light my periods are until I started using a cup. I mean, I knew they were on the lighter side since a regular tampon would last me at least 5-6 hours on a heavy day. But when I use pads, my flow feels heavier because I see the blood more. It's weird to see how little it actually is.
selofain: Yuukiselofain on May 18th, 2016 09:38 am (UTC)
I do! Not a journal, per se, but on my calendar I'll note down how much I empty and add it all up afterwards. Every once in a while, I'll transfer the data to an Excel spreadsheet so I can graph my flow and run statistics.

Sadly, my doctors have not had occasion to ask me how much I bleed, so I haven't been able to answer with an average and a standard deviation. I'm sure it will come up eventually.
pdxcher on May 20th, 2016 02:25 am (UTC)
I have to admit, I wish I started using MC's long ago and kept track. I probably would have figured out my fibroid issue a lot earlier. I love how when you search online for what "heavy" is, they say women overestimate. Once I got my MC, I was shocked to find out just how much I bleed every month - most times, it's over 150ml. MC's gave me my life back. I'm so grateful I finally gave in and tried them. :)