Melissa, starry-eyed soy-lovin' Expatriated Zulu (oddharmonic) wrote in menstrual_cups,
Melissa, starry-eyed soy-lovin' Expatriated Zulu
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Poll: How much do you bleed over one period?

[Note: This poll was proposed by scien in a 15 November post.]

I did some research on the internet, and I've had every kind of combination of figures from 10ml-120ml stated as being 'normal' (I'll list the links if people want, all from reputable looking sites, but the data conflicts like woah).

As cup users, we are able to measure this with far greater accuracy than people using tampons or pads. I'm very curious to see how much our real-life experience corresponds to these figures.

How to reckon it up: the Divacup has marks for milliliters and ounces like a measuring cup, if you have one you can see where the last (30 ml) mark is. The mooncup when full (to the brim) is 30 ml, as is the Keeper.

So basically: 30 ml = one ounce = one full cup.

There is probably some variation between brands and sizes of cups, but all the manufacturers claim that they hold 30 ml and that there is not a significant difference between the sizes in terms of volume. So for the purposes of this poll we're just going to assume one full cup = 30 ml.

I assume you have at least once been curious and counted up how much blood you're losing. If you haven't, just make a rough guesstimate based on the number of cups you fill (or more likely half fill) over the week.

Poll #616243 How much do you bleed over one period?

I am not on hormonal birth control, and over my period I lose about...

less than 30 ml of blood (less than one full cup)
0(0.0%)
30-60 ml (1-2 full cups)
10(8.6%)
60-90 ml (2-3 full cups)
21(18.1%)
90-120 ml (3-4 full cups)
14(12.1%)
120-150 ml (4-5 full cups)
7(6.0%)
150-180 ml (5-6 full cups)
9(7.8%)
180 ml or more (more than 6 full cups)
27(23.3%)
I am on hormonal birth control
28(24.1%)

I am on hormonal birth control, and over my period I lose about...

less than 30 ml of blood (less than one full cup)
7(7.4%)
30-60 ml (1-2 full cups)
11(11.6%)
60-90 ml (2-3 full cups)
10(10.5%)
90-120 ml (3-4 full cups)
5(5.3%)
120-150 ml (4-5 full cups)
2(2.1%)
150-180 ml (5-6 full cups)
0(0.0%)
180 ml or more (more than 6 full cups)
4(4.2%)
I am not on hormonal birth control
56(58.9%)

What form of birth control do you use?

no contraception/barrier methods alone
63(58.3%)
combined hormonal contraception (the standard Pill, Nuvaring, the patch)
37(34.3%)
progestogen-only contraception (the mini-pill, Depo [injection], Mirena [hormonal IUD], the implant)
1(0.9%)
copper IUD (no hormones)
7(6.5%)

Do you consider yourself to have menorrhagia?

Yes, diagnosed by a doctor
5(4.0%)
I think so
21(16.9%)
No
98(79.0%)
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