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ever so slightly obsessed
29 November 2005 @ 01:07 pm
hi, apologies for the mild irrelevance :/

But I'd like to draw your attention (particularly elettaria! you there?) to the poll posted a while ago and the comments it generated. Unfortunately this was while LJ was being spacky and not sending email notifications.

But yep, I'd love more comments/feedback please! and then we can have the poll to end all polls.

http://www.livejournal.com/community/menstrual_cups/392108.html?nc=13

The subject of menorrhagia is actually bothering me a little. About 50% of us seem to fit the technical definition, yet only a maximum of 10% have the symptoms. Is the official medical figure (80 ml or more) wrong? I'd also be curious about why the results were so unlike the figures quoted in the websites I linked to - We seem to bleed a lot more. Did the doctors who decided on that figure get it wrong? Was the poll just crap? Are we perhaps not very representative? if you bled less than 30ml, I guess you really wouldn't need to use a cup... etc etc.

Talk to me :)
 
preternatural on November 29th, 2005 01:41 pm (UTC)
Well, you've got 37 responses on non-hormonal-BC flow, and 19 responses on hormonal-BC flow. That's 56 women, and while the results are interesting, that's a tiny sample size. Additionally, you're asking a small subset of the population: women who live in the developed world and have computer access (i.e. richer than most of the world's population and living a certain lifestyle) AND who use a relatively obscure method of dealing with menstrual flow.

While I don't know exactly how our group would skew the results, at least one guess I'd hazard is that many of us have heavy enough periods that we pay attention to them and consider more effective ways to deal with them. Maybe cup users have more heavy periods than average? Or maybe because many of us live in societies with higher technical advancements, we're exposed more to industrial pollutants and artificial hormones, and therefore bleed more than a woman living in a remote bush village?
ever so slightly obsessedscien on November 29th, 2005 04:58 pm (UTC)
I suspect the cup users have heavier periods theory is probably right. Unfortunately, we're the only ones who can measure.

It's still interesting that so few of us fall in the under 90 ml categories, though - because officially, above that is menorrhagia, yet only 2-6 of us experience the symptoms. I'm thinking that figure is Just Plain Wrong.
preternatural on November 29th, 2005 05:13 pm (UTC)
Well, I guess tampon users could get their digital kitchen scales, weigh a dry tampon, then re-weigh after removing it...yeah, unlikely to happen. Oh well!

I technically fall into the menorrhagia category, though it's mostly concentrated in one day when I fill my cup every 2 hours for most of one late morning/early afternoon. But I don't *feel* menorrhagic - I'm not irregular or in constant pain (my cramping is limited to one morning before I even start bleeding, and that's WITH a copper IUD).

I think you may be on to something - perhaps there should be a redefinition of "menorrhagia." Because it seems clear that many women bleed heavily enough to be menorrhagic without the symptoms, perhaps there should be a division between menorrhagia that is confined to heavier-than-normal bleeding (and which, in my case at least, is generally benign), and pathological menorrhagia that is causing other symptoms and is disruptive to one's lifestyle.
ever so slightly obsessedscien on November 29th, 2005 05:28 pm (UTC)
well, I just took the trouble to look up the answers.

Every single person who answered 'yes, dianosed' or 'I think so' bled over 180ml, except one 'I think so' who put herself down as 150-180ml.

Ho hum.

Methinks 80ml is just a serious underestimate, in the sense of 'about half of the real figure'.

I wouldn't consider bleeding in that (80ml) area to be 'heavier-than-normal'. It's well within the happy bell shaped curve thing. 'Above average' I could accept :) since that's roughly half the population. Hehe.