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    Default What's your flow like on your heaviest day(s)?

    Curious what your heaviest flow is on your heavy flow days. I see all sorts of articles about anything over say 80ml being a heavy flow and to speak with your doctor. I've never considered myself as having a super heavy flow, though as I've gotten older it has gotten heavier on day 2 and 3. I'm 43 so I'm sure it's probably perimenopausal changes. I use a size 2 Diva on my heavy days and I have to empty it every 1-2hrs. Today, for example, is day 2. I woke up at 5:30am, full cup at 15ml, emptied at 6:30am full (15ml), emptied at 7:30 full (15ml), emptied at 9:30am almost full (probably 10-12 ml), and emptied at 12:30pm full (15ml). Not including the 5:30am which was from overnight, I've emptied approx 55ml in 6 hours. Yesterday, day 1, I think I only emptied it once or twice. Tomorrow will probably still be heavy but not as much as today. Then by day 4 it'll go down to almost nothing and continue to be scant for another few days. I also have a few days of spotting of dark brown a few days before my flow starts. So all told, I have some sort of spotting or flow for 7 or 8 days. My cycle is pretty regular at 28-30 days.

    So for the 2 days, I'm guessing I've already exceeded the 80ml "average" and today is only half over. This isn't new, though when I used to use tampons (switched about 2 years ago to a cup) I don't recall having to change a tampon quite that often.

    Does this seem too heavy to you?
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    Spotting before is most likely due to hormone imbalance. When my progesterone was low I spotted before. Wouldnít hurt to get your levels tested. I also used the Diva cup for 6 years and used to have super heavy days. It has gotten a little lighter. I just switched to the Femmy cup and I love it. Holds more than the Diva and i wasnít emptying it nearly as much. On my heaviest day i was emptying the diva at least every 2 hours. With the Femmy I was able to go several more.


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    on my worst days it is 2 ultra OB tampons not lasting an hour. I have not had success with cups as I easily over fill a diva in an hour and it does not fit me as well as I wish it did.
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    I usually have one heavy day. Super tampon (not super plus/ultra) every 2-3 hours. That only lasts for 8-10 hours then it slows down.
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    One heavy super tampon day - every 3-4 hours for most of the day. Then 4 days of progressively lighter flow. 5 to 5.5 days total. I do not have any spotting at the beginning.

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    I always had heavy flow, but not daily. Like you, itís always day 2 and 3 that is my most heaviest since my mid 20ís. My cycle is long too with 7 days, but really light for last 2 days though.

    Iíve tried many different versions of tampons, pads, and even pretty woman brand cup. I hated the diva brand. It just doesnít work for me, so I canít really judge whether your flow is heavy consistently.


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    Thanks ladies. Sounds like I'm not totally outside the "normal" for heavy flow. I've been tracking today (have never written it down before) and I've emptied my cup every 2 hours all day long today. Since 5:30 (so my overnight "collection") I've emptied over 100ml of fluid from my cup. I've read that a super tampon holds 10ml so that would be at least 10 super tampons in about 14hrs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by georgiegirl View Post
    I usually have one heavy day. Super tampon (not super plus/ultra) every 2-3 hours. That only lasts for 8-10 hours then it slows down.
    This sounds just like mine.

    OPs sounds very heavy to me, but Iíve always thought of myself as pretty luck in this department. I wear supers for one day, regulars for another, and really donít have to wear anything on days past that (unless Iím not going to have easy access to a bathroom, then Iíd wear something just in case).


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    Perimenopause really screws with your cycle. I've always had a heavy cycle, and just finished one and my cycle is even more screwed up now. Usually it's 6 days, with days 2-3.5 being my really awful heavy day. This time, it was a 4 day cycle, with day one being absolutely horrible (I am so lucky I was at home when it started), and day two was almost as horrible, then day 3 was normal and today, day 4 it's basically on pink if I wipe. I'm 45 and I do keep my cycles on an app. I noticed that in the past year, my cycle has gone from 28 days to 26 days, which SUCKS, but I heard that sometimes cycles get shorter before they start to spread out. I'm hoping that I will bounce toward longer cycles soon, which to me would indicate that I'm getting closer to actual menopause. This perimenopause thing sucks, I feel like a teenager who doesn't know WTH is going on with my cycle or body.
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    Mine is pretty similar to OP. It's really just that Day 2 that has me changing out very frequently.

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