What Exactly is a “Heavy Period?”
A common problem that women have is an extremely heavy period. The technical definition of “heavy period” is if there is enough blood to soak through a pad or tampon every single hour for a number of hours in a row. Some other symptoms are blood clots as well as a period that lasts longer than 7 days. There are a number of medical reasons for heavy periods including hormonal imbalances, fibroids, cancer, etc. so you should see your doctor to discuss this problem. There are also treatments available for heavy periods, namely hormone therapy so consider this option.
Heavy Periods = Annoying!
But, in the meantime you are just bleeding, a lot. And you might have to change your pad or tampon every single hour, causing you to lose sleep and time during the day. You’re also probably worried about embarrassing leaks. While menstrual cups (period cups) aren’t the miracle product that is going to solve all your problems, it will help you deal with your heavy period in a bit better way than with only pads and tampons. There are five important reasons why you should consider using a menstrual cups today.
5 Reasons to Consider a Menstrual Cup for a Heavy Period:
#1: Menstrual Cups Hold More Fluid than Tampons
Jumbo tampons hold around 15-18 ml of fluid. The higher capacity menstrual cups can hold a lot more than that. For example, the Anigan Evacup Large (37 ml), or Meluna Extra-Large (42 ml) hold double that amount. Even the normal menstrual cups at 30 ml hold at least 10 ml more than a jumbo tampon. For example, the Diva Cup Small has a capacity of 30 ml, making it a good choice for a younger/smaller/pre-vaginal birth women who have a heavy period.
What does this higher capacity mean for you? It means that you’ll have less hassle dealing with changing your tampon all the time. If you go from a 15 ml tampon to a 42 ml period cup, you should be able to go almost 3x longer before you have to deal with it.
If you have a very heavy flow, you should also wear a pad along with your menstrual cup because it is possible for your cup to overflow if you don’t change it soon enough. However, instead of changing pads every hour or two, you should be able to wear one for at least a few hours before needing to change it. The menstrual cup will take care of most of the blood.
#2: Save Money
Tampons and pads are ridiculously expensive, especially the jumbo ones. The jumbo or night versions of these things might cost the same per box as the regular versions, but you’ll have fewer pads or tampons per box, which can make them really expensive for women with a heavy flow.
Most menstrual cups are in the $30 range and can last for two years or longer. A women with a heavy flow might spend $30 on pads and tampons in 1-2 months. If you’re looking for an extremely economical menstrual cup, consider the Keeper. It’s made from latex instead of medical grade silicone which means it can last for 10+ years.
#3: Save the Environment
There are billions of women on this Earth and at any given time, million of women have their period. It’s hard on the environment to be putting all those pads and tampons into the landfill each and every single day. When you use a menstrual cup, you can feel like you’ve made a good choice for the environment. Even if you end up still using a few pads over the course of your period, it’s far better than using 10-20 pads or tampons in a single day.
#4: Track your Flow
If you have a very heavy period and you go to the doctor, she’ll likely want to know exactly how much blood there is. Using pads or tampons makes it very difficult to track this. However, on most menstrual cups including the Diva Cup, there are marks on the cup showing the amount of fluid. Then, by keeping track of the time when you emptied and reinserted your cup, you’ll be able to figure out your hourly flow really easily, helping your doctor diagnose your problem and recommend a treatment.
#5: Sleep More!
I’m sure you’re worried about going to sleep when it’s the night of your heaviest flow. Bleeding through your pad and tampon onto your sheets and pajamas is really, really annoying. Getting up in the middle of the night to take care of it is terrible. One of the high-capacity cups of 30 ml or more, combined with a nighttime pad should be enough for you to make it through the night as long as you empty the cup right before bed and as soon as you wake up. Sleep more! Worry less!
High Capacity Menstrual Cups to Consider
Two menstrual cups that you should consider if you have a very heavy flow are the following which have capacities of 37 ml and 42 ml respectively. They are both manufactured from the highest quality medical grade silicone in the USA (Evacup) and Germany (Meluna).