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sillyramone
04 September 2007 @ 06:15 pm
I've been using my diva cup for 3-4 cycles now and I love it! It's made everything so much easier, and I found it very easy to use (thanks to this community! haha). I only have to remove it about twice a day, maybe 3 on a heavy day, and it's never more than half full. I never have any leaks or anything, which I think is amazing compared to how it used to be with other methods. But my current cycle has been about 5 times heavier than usual (no joke). During the past 3 1/2 days I've had to remove it every 2-3 hours, except for during the night, and it's always full (and overflowing (sorry! I know that's gross!)). I've also been having some problems where it's leaked a lot! I decided this afternoon to go back to a tampon/pad combo because removing it so often was becoming painful.
I'm so frusterated I want to scream! I know this isn't really a Diva cup problem (except that I can't use my cup right now), but I know that most of you in here moniter how much you bleed pretty closely, and was wondering if this has happened to anyone since they started using their cup? Am I doomed?
 
sprgtimesprgtime on September 5th, 2007 12:01 am (UTC)
Some cycles are simply heavier than others. I had one about 6 months ago that was so heavy I really freaked out and called my gyno after-hours as an emergency.
I was FILLING my cup every HOUR! I could seriously sit on the toilet and it would just keep flowing. It was awful!
Plus, then I got really light-headed and dizzy. I kept going back to the bathroom every 30 minutes to empty my cup again before it overflowed and leaked. I can't even imagine how horribly messy that day would have been using pads/tampons.
Anyway, my doctor told me not to worry, that sometimes it just happened like that. He said eventually, I'd just run out of blood. "You can't bleed forever" were his exact words that he repeated several times as he soothingly calmed me down over the phone.
Guess what? I was really worried when I went to bed that night after so many cup emptyings... I put my cup in, scrounged around until I found an old overnight huge pad, put on a heavy pair of sweats, put a towel down, and THEN got into bed!
Woke up the next morning and the cup was half full. That whole day was light, the next day was spotting and that's it. I basically had a 2-day period! I told my gyno about it later and he said he expected it would be like that. He said if I had a day that was THAT much heavier than my own normal (normally I have 2-3 heavy days of emptying my cup every 3-4 hours, followed by a medium day or two, followed by a light day or 2), it would make my overall cycle shorter.
Haven't had another period like that since. I'm sure it wasn't cup related because I'd been happily using my cup for like 2 years by that time.

Anything change with your hormones lately? IUD? BCP? Soy?
(Mine wasn't from anything that I could think of it, it was just weird out of the blue)
sillyramonesillyramone on September 5th, 2007 12:24 am (UTC)
haha mine isn't being exactly that bad, but it's SO much heavier than normal and it's been this way for about three days now. I'm trying not to freak out about it because I know that will just make me feel worse but I can't help it. I'm going to make an appt and discuss it with my gyno soon (I need to go anyway). I started using hormonal birth control the same cycle as I started using my cup, which could explain why it had been so much better since I've been using the cup. I don't know why the bc would make it so much heavier, since that's something that usually makes bleeding lighter. I can't think of anything that may have caused this either, just out of the blue like you. I hope that this will just be a one-time strange thing :)
"you can't bleed forever" LOL sometimes it really feels that way!
kitikatz1kitikatz1 on September 5th, 2007 03:48 am (UTC)
Seeing the Coochie Doctor
OK, you will be seeing your Coochie Doc soon so just ask him/her about this one. BC can mess up your normal rythms to the tune of driving you crazy. Sorry to say, but it is normal for your body to react this way.
flyingdogsflyingdogs on September 5th, 2007 08:30 pm (UTC)
"You can't bleed forever"
OMG! I would not find that soothing or reassuring at all! I would be like "Sure - I can't bleed forever, because eventually I'LL DIE!!!"

No wonder some men are scared of periods - so much bleeding and we somehow don't die... It's amazing actually.
cinderannie on September 5th, 2007 02:00 am (UTC)
I agree with sprg -

I had a heavier period that usual last time too (something in the air? lol), although mine are normally light, and most people would have probably called mine normal... but yeah, it just changes from month to month, and occasionally you get a crazy one. I had cramps like what, too... at any rate, have you tried cloth pads? They're nice for heavy times or whenever else you don't want to use your cup, and you don't have to use scratchy disposables.
sillyramonesillyramone on September 6th, 2007 12:12 am (UTC)
Thanks for the comments you guys. After the fiasco that was the past 3 days, everything is as it should be for a usual 4th day. I'm very grateful that the raging river has decided to calm the fuck down! I still find it all really strange and not sure what it make of it, but hopefully this was just something weird that won't happen again.
Thanks for the input!