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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 :)
 
Gluppit the prawling strangles, thereelettaria on November 29th, 2005 09:25 pm (UTC)
I wonder if it's because a lot of what ends up in the cup is cervical mucus, not blood? That's one reason why I find it tricky to guess how much I'm bleeding. I'm on my period now, so I should really pay attention.

This is what I'd suggest for the poll, let me know what you think.

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1. What form of birth control do you use?

* no contraception/barrier methods alone/FAM
* combined hormonal contraception (the standard Pill, Nuvaring, the patch)
* progestogen-only contraception (the mini-pill, Depo Provera [injection], Mirena [hormonal IUD], the implant)
* copper IUD (no hormones)

2. If you are not using contraception/using barrier methods alone/FAM, how much do you bleed over one period?

* less than 30 ml of blood (less than one full cup)
* 30-60 ml (1-2 full cups)
* 60-90 ml (2-3 full cups)
* 90-120 ml (3-4 full cups)
* 120-150 ml (4-5 full cups)
* 150-180 ml (5-6 full cups)
* 180-210 ml (6-7 full cups)
* 210-240 ml (7-8 full cups)
* 180 ml or more (more than 8 full cups)

3. If you are using combined hormonal contraception (the standard Pill, Nuvaring, the patch), how much do you bleed over one period?

* less than 30 ml of blood (less than one full cup)
* 30-60 ml (1-2 full cups)
* 60-90 ml (2-3 full cups)
* 90-120 ml (3-4 full cups)
* 120-150 ml (4-5 full cups)
* 150-180 ml (5-6 full cups)
* 180-210 ml (6-7 full cups)
* 210-240 ml (7-8 full cups)
* 180 ml or more (more than 8 full cups)

4. If you are using a copper IUD (no hormones), how much do you bleed over one period?

* less than 30 ml of blood (less than one full cup)
* 30-60 ml (1-2 full cups)
* 60-90 ml (2-3 full cups)
* 90-120 ml (3-4 full cups)
* 120-150 ml (4-5 full cups)
* 150-180 ml (5-6 full cups)
* 180-210 ml (6-7 full cups)
* 210-240 ml (7-8 full cups)
* 180 ml or more (more than 8 full cups)

5. If you are using progestogen-only contraception (the mini-pill, Depo Provera [injection], Mirena [hormonal IUD], the implant), how much do you bleed over one period?

* less than 30 ml of blood (less than one full cup)
* 30-60 ml (1-2 full cups)
* 60-90 ml (2-3 full cups)
* 90-120 ml (3-4 full cups)
* 120-150 ml (4-5 full cups)
* 150-180 ml (5-6 full cups)
* 180-210 ml (6-7 full cups)
* 210-240 ml (7-8 full cups)
* 180 ml or more (more than 8 full cups)

6. Do you consider yourself to have menorrhagia [link as before]?

* Yes, diagnosed by a doctor
* I think so
* No

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Things I've changed from the original:

* I've increased the amount of blood loss, since it looks like many of us are bleeding more than we'd originally expected.
* I've moved the question about form of contraception to the top
* I've broken the categories down a little further, so that the hormonal contraception is divided up into the two main types, and copper IUDs are added. Not perfect, but it's a start.

Is it worth putting a line in at the top about how cup capacity does vary slightly, and it's worth getting out the measuring spoons and checking your own cup if you can, so that you have an idea of how much you're actually filling the cup? I mean, I know that there's a certain level where my blood most often comes to, but I'm really not sure what that is in ml.
Gluppit the prawling strangles, thereelettaria on November 29th, 2005 09:34 pm (UTC)
Oh, and I've added FAM (Fertility Awareness Method) to the first category. Is pretty much every form of contraception covered now?
ever so slightly obsessedscien on November 29th, 2005 09:37 pm (UTC)
well, er, the last one obv needs to be changed from '180 ml or more' to '240 ml or more'.

I don't know whether we need a get out option for each? is it mandatory to vote on all questions? I assumed it was when I wrote the original (with the 'this is not my method of bc' option).

Apart from that, all good. If you want to add a note about people measuring then okay - btw I did check my cup against the syringe and it's exactly 30ml to the brim. (Mooncup, smaller size, and to just under the holes was 15ml). The Diva has measuring lines, so that's okay. Dunno about the keeper/other mooncup size.
Gluppit the prawling strangles, thereelettaria on November 29th, 2005 09:48 pm (UTC)
*smacks head* Yes, more than 240 ml. Glas someone was watching!

It's not mandatory to vote on all questions. Perhaps we should put in a note at the top saying that, that you can just skip to whichever section applies to you? If you put in an answer for "this is not my method of birth control", it skews the results because then you can't look at it and say, "Ah, 13% of people on Method A are bleeding 6-7 cups."
ever so slightly obsessedscien on November 3rd, 2006 03:25 pm (UTC)
Hey, I want to resurrect this - what do you think?