According to Epigee.org, 1 normally soaked regular tampon holds approximately 5 ml. of blood and super or maxi pads hold about 10 ml. Using these amounts as a guideline, you can measure your flow by the number of tampons or pads you need throughout your period.
On your heavier days, you may need a more absorbent pad and on our lighter flow days a less absorbent one will do. No matter how heavy your flow is though, you should change your pad at least every 3 or 4 hours so you don't end up with an odor from bacteria that can grow in the blood. Yuck! As often as you need to.
Heavy for one woman may be normal for another. Most women will lose less than 16 teaspoons of blood (80ml) during their period, with the average being around 6 to 8 teaspoons. Heavy menstrual bleeding is defined as losing 80ml or more in each period, having periods that last longer than 7 days, or both.
The usual length of menstrual bleeding is four to six days. The usual amount of blood loss per period is 10 to 35 ml. Each soaked normal-sized tampon or pad holds a teaspoon (5ml) of blood . That means it is normal to soak one to seven normal-sized pads or tampons (“sanitary products”) in a whole period.
The average 30-40 ml blood loss would soak between six and eight regular tampons. A “super” tampon can hold 10 ml of blood, therefore, eight or more soaked “super” tampons would be considered excessive.
1 tampon every 6 hours = 4 tampons per day x 5 days of a period = 20 tampons per cycle x 456 periods = 9,120 tampons.
Menorrhagia is the medical term for menstrual periods with abnormally heavy or prolonged bleeding. Although heavy menstrual bleeding is a common concern, most women don't experience blood loss severe enough to be defined as menorrhagia.
The DivaCup conveniently holds one full ounce of menstrual flow (30 ml). As the average woman only flows approximately 1 to 2 ounces (30-60 ml) per cycle, The DivaCup is the ideal menstrual solution to care for your cycle.
The DivaCup holds one full ounce, which is about twice as much as many high absorbency tampons. Those with heavy flow simply need to empty their cup more often than those with lighter flow. For most, the cup is not even half full after 12 hours.
Your menstrual cup is inserted into the vagina, so theoretically there is no interference with urination; they're two separate holes and a cup will neither catch nor block your urine. However, it is possible for menstrual cups to apply pressure to the bladder or urethra.
At the end of your cycle, wash The DivaCup as you normally do with either the DivaWash or warm water and a mild, unscented water-based (oil-free) soap. As needed, you can boil The DivaCup in an open pot of boiling water for five to ten (5 -10) minutes with plenty of water. Do not leave the boiling pot unattended.
Yes you can go swimming while wearing a menstrual cup. As you know a menstrual cup is worn completely internally so there is no need to worry about a string hanging out or the length of time you may be able to swim as the cup holds more volume than a tampon does.
1. One menstrual cup will last you forever.* According to Diva Cup's website, you should replace your cup annually. *Many other eco sites actually claim that with proper care, one cup could last 10 years.
Yes. You can rely on a menstrual cup to be worn during a full night's sleep. Most cups boast an ample hold capacity (6-12 hours) that can allow you not to get up and empty it every few hours. However, if you have a heavy flow you may also want to back it up with a pad to prevent any accidents or leaks.
How to Use a Menstrual Cup
- Fold and hold. Always start by washing your hands.
- Insert and ensure. As with tampons, gently insert the folded cup into your vagina, tilting it back to the base of your spine.
- Use it up to twelve hours.
- Remove and empty.
A menstrual cup is a flexible, medical-grade silicone cup that's inserted into your vagina during your period and collects menstrual fluid instead of absorbing it like tampons or pads. But how do they actually work?
As far as them causing infection, the short answer is: you probably won't get an infection from a menstrual cup. Common vaginal infections like bacterial vaginosis (BV) or yeast infections typically occur when there's an imbalance of bacteria in your vagina, leading to a pH imbalance.
Pad Advantage #3: No Toxic Shock Syndrome. Unlike tampons, pads aren't associated with toxic shock syndrome. They can, however, still put you at risk for other infections if not changed at a reasonable rate.
How do I clean my Mooncup?
- boil it immersed in water for 5 to 7 minutes (in a pan you use just for this purpose)
- use sterilising solution or tablets. These are commonly used to sterilise baby equipment. Follow the manufacturer's guidelines for dilution and soak for the minimum recommended time. Then rinse thoroughly with clean water.