Ok I am going to get into the nitty gritty of periods, mostly mine because let’s face it I don’t know your Aunt Flow but I know mine very well and can I just add she is a MOLE.
I’ll be sharing TMI so if your not into it STOP READING THIS IS YOUR WARNING.
Okay lets start with a period history time line:
I have been super lucky with my periods since I was 15 years old I never had any cramps, heavy flow or complications in regards to my period.
Cut to my 20’s still very basic and normal periods.
At around 22 I started getting a lot of pain during intercourse and it was then that I went to a doctor who sent me for an ultrasound and diagnosed me with Endometriosis. Yep that’s right not one symptom until I was 22. As the pain had just started he said “See how you go and if it gets any worse or your thinking of starting a family come back as you may need a clean out to successfully conceive.”
Well 4 weeks later I peed on a stick and it was positive.
After I had Jasper I fell pregnant before my period had returned around 6 months postpartum, unfortunately the pregnancy ended in a miscarriage at around 6-8 weeks I had no idea I was pregnant until I was miscarrying, I had a D&C and got my first period 4 weeks later.
Aunt flow had returned for the first time and with a vengeance. I bleed heavily for 7-10 days some days spending hours sitting on the toilet just loosing blood and clots. I didn’t leave the house at all and had to get up numerous times a night. Almost as bad as the miscarriage I had experienced the month before. I thought that maybe it was normal for a cycle to be like this after a D&C.
Lucky for me I feel pregnant with Ivy that month so didn’t have to deal with Aunt flow for another 9 months at least.
When Ivy was 7 Months old AF returned again with a vengeance. I had stopped breastfeeding her as we wanted to begin trying for baby 3. I had 7 cycles of the most horrendous periods. At this stage I had never heard of menstrual cups or period underwear. I was using multiple boxes of super tampons, and 2-3 packs of night time pads per month. And even still the anxiety around having to leave the house any time in those days was terrifying to me.
I then feel pregnant with Alf and had my total gastrectomy which resulted in a lot of weight lose and malnutrition so my cycles never started. I actually went onto the pill to try and kick start it, it didn’t work I had 2 cycles in the 16 months after Alf, one being the same old HEAVY FLOW and then one completely “normal” post baby period before I feel pregnant with Andi.
Once Andi was born I was soooo excited for my periods to return. I had done a lot of research to prepare myself for AF’s return this time around.
I was and still am determined to stop the fear and anxiety surrounding my Heavy Flow and not be a prisoner in my own home for a week every month.
So what have I done I purchased a set of Period Knickers from Modi Bodi and a JUJU menstrual cup.
I purchased the smallest cup to start with and did what is known as a dry run (essential trying it on for size and practicing the inserting and removal of the cup before AF comes).
I will not lie to you I had major issues with this. My first time inserting said cup was horrendous I’m talking cold sweat, legs up over my head and a whole new understanding of what I had going on down there. But that’s the half of it once I got it in there (and yes it was very comfortable surprisingly) I could not for the life of me get the bloody, well not so bloody this was a dry run remember, thing out. I was convinced I was going to have to call my GP and tell her I needed help. After what seemed like a very long time I final managed to get my fingers up there high enough to break the seal and ripped it out real quick before it got sucked back up there.
Any way I did some more research, ask friends and read more forums then I care to say I decided to give it more time. I had another crack and another crack and eventually I learnt what worked and what didn’t and felt comfortable to use it once I got my first cycle.
Then the wait began and finally last week Aunt flow made her bloody appearance and just like I thought she took my body hostage like she had done in the past. But I had other plans, I jumped at the opportunity to give my cup a real crack.
I had purchased a JUJU cup in small size so it was 16ml capacity.
My research had told me that the average period blood lose is between 18ml -25ml. I knew this was not the case for me but I didn’t feel comfortable trying a bigger cup just yet. I was very keen to learn and be able to accurately measure my blood lose. The things that get you excited these days ahah.
So here is a run down on my monthly: ( I wore my Modi Bodis as back up everyday and used night times heavy absorbency for over night)
Day 1: Emptied cup twice – Full 32ml
Day 2: Emptied cup 6 times – Full each time 96ml
Day 3: Over night filled cup and over flowed into my Modi Bodis (no leakage though and slept the whole night through ) Emptied cup 3 times – Full each time 48ml
Day 4: Emptied cup twice – Full each time 32ml
Day 5: Emptied cup once- Half full 8ml, went to bed in just modi bodi.
Day 6: Emptied cup once- Minimal lose maybe 5ml.
That’s a total lose of: 221ml, way more than the average.
Over all though it was one of the best periods I’ve had in a long time where I felt comfortable leaving the house. I still had slight fear but over all 80% better then usual. It seems Day 2 for me is my heaviest day which is good to know for future.
I have done some more searching and found a cup called SUPER JENNI with a 41ml capacity which I have purchased for next cycle and feel like I could almost forget I have my period with this size cup.
So for my heavy flowing sisters who are trying to rid the fear and anxiety of leakage freakage, I hope this can help in some way.
I believe the combo of cup and period underwear is our solution to living care free all month long, and sister I am feeling so much happier and am actually looking forward to my next cycle just so I can show Aunt flow who is boss and stop being subjected to the house and lame excuses as to why I cant come out of hiding for a week every month.
Until next month Aunt Flow you can shove it up your vajayjay just like I am from now on 😉……..