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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.


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 :)
ever so slightly obsessedscien on November 30th, 2005 11:33 am (UTC)
you make a very good point.

I meant stuff like this:


But you're right that menorrhagia by definition is just heavy bleeding. I just thought it meant abnormally/dangerously/ at the very least inconveniently heavy bleeding, which 90ml doesn't seem to be.
Gluppit the prawling strangles, thereelettaria on November 30th, 2005 01:48 pm (UTC)
I think it's all a subsection of heavy bleeding (e.g. it's inconvenient because you have to keep changing your menstrual products, which is purely because you're bleeding heavily) or things that tend to accompany heavy bleeding anyway (such as cramps), or are a result of heavy bleeding (anaemia).

As for what's abnormal, hah, that's almost a silly question, as it seems from our poll that loads of us are in the "abnormal" range, which is unlikely. More likely the figures somewhere, ours or theirs or both, are wonky. For what's considered dangerous, I'd think that would be more easily measured. At what level of flow are you pretty much guaranteed to have substantial anaemia, for instance?
Gluppit the prawling strangles, thereelettaria on November 30th, 2005 01:56 pm (UTC)
Aha. Let's add another question:

Are you anaemic? (with suitable link so that they can look up the symptoms and say, "Er, I think I should get a blood test, that looks like me")
* Yes, diagnosed by a doctor
* I think I may be
* No

or will this be more difficult to measure because it's diet-related and also some people take mineral supplements? "Are you anaemic as a result of your menstrual flow?" and include the option "Can't tell due to dietary factors"?
ever so slightly obsessedscien on December 1st, 2005 11:11 am (UTC)
I didn't know I was anaemic until I had a blood test. Didn't have any of the symptoms (tiredness etc) although I'm extremely pale <shrugs>

Of course, then I went on the pill and started having heavy periods monthly instead of every three months or so, and then the symptoms began to show, oh yes... <remembers Fainting Fit Of Doom> eck.

I'm not sure that's a useful question, really. There are so many other reasons for anaemia (my brother is, for eg) and lots of people won't know that they're anaemic, or people may be anaemic due to not eating food with enough iron.
Gluppit the prawling strangles, thereelettaria on December 1st, 2005 02:35 pm (UTC)
Hmm. I already realised that a response to an anaemia question would be fairly hit and miss, I was just curious to see if you'd get any useful pattern emerging regardless (for those who can be bothered to analyse the results). For instance, you might find that once you get into, say, the top two categories of blood flow, suddenly everyone says they're anaemic. Do you think it's going to be too muddled even to give it a try?
ever so slightly obsessedscien on December 1st, 2005 02:44 pm (UTC)
I'm always ready to do that for the purposes of procrastination :)

and there's no harm in asking I guess. Shame we don't have thousands of people reading this :)
Gluppit the prawling strangles, thereelettaria on December 1st, 2005 06:25 pm (UTC)
I think this community has nearly a thousand members, actually. No idea where they've all sprung from, it seems to have snowballed.
Goat Friendsfrolicnaked on December 11th, 2005 06:14 am (UTC)
Just a fun wrench in the anemia question.

I'm the one who bleeds what I just realized is a half litre every cycle. I am quite possibly the most un-anemic woman ever. I get tested virtually every time I switch doctors and/or donate blood, and I donate blood quite often.

Not saying you shouldn't include the question. Just saying, like you'd guessed, that results might be confounding.