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Whether you've had your period for years or you've just learned to "ride the crimson wave," I bet you thought you knew all there was to know about your monthly visitor. Think again! Here are four period facts that will surprise you.

  1. The average woman’s period produces only 2 to 4 tablespoons of menstrual fluid. Yes, you read that right. Many women think they bleed much more than this, but often it is a misconception. Tampons may appear to be “full” when removed, but since they absorb vaginal moisture in addition to menstrual fluid, not all of what the tampon holds is actually blood.

  2. Your period can change throughout your life—those who are light flow-ers may find themselves experiencing heavy periods at a different time in their life; and regular periods could become irregular. Changes in your menstrual cycle can be caused by hormonal changes due to stress, illness, weight gain or loss, exercise, pregnancy, breast-feeding, or menopause. Some more serious conditions can alter your period, such as thyroid disease, polycystic ovarian syndrome, autoimmune disorder, as well as conditions like fibroids and endometriosis. Check with your doctor to rule out a serious condition.

  3. Menstrual cups, like Softcup, reduce menstrual odor and don’t alter vaginal pH. Since a menstrual cup collects your flow and prevents its exposure to air, you won’t have the period odor you might experience with tampons or pads. Bacterial infections caused by changes in vaginal pH can also produce a foul odor, so use a product that won’t alter vaginal pH.

  4. Scholars debate the existence of menstrual synchrony (aka the McClintock effect or “dormitory effect”), a theory that suggests that women who live in close proximity to each other develop synchronized periods. Published in 1971, a study by Martha McClintock proposed that synchronization of periods is triggered by pheromones released by the skin glands of menstruating women.

Now, don't you feel smarter? Next time Aunt Flo comes for a visit, the two of you will have a lot more to discuss.



I would have to definitely disagree with the first statement. This is so not true. I would assume it's info gained from male researched statistics or something. I can tell you with absolute certainty that there have been times where I have essentially lost around a pint of blood possibly more during extremely bad cycles. I know this because I use a Diva menstrual cup. It can hold up to 1 oz. And if I pull out a completely full cup and even a half a full cup for several days. Not to mention many times have to change it every hour. I know that I have lost more than 2-4 tbsps. I don't have this happen often, but it does happen on occasion.

Agreed! I use the DIVA Cup as well and I know I have WAY more than 2-4 tbsp, especially in the first 2 days of my period!

MEEEE too. I changed my tampon sometimes 2x an HOUR on an extremely heavy day. This is day one on my softcup, and it's light, but I know by day 3 I will be like you, changing it every few hours or more.

The first comment is pretty accurate, and if it doesn't apply to you then there's a chance you could have fibroids which cause a heavier flow. Birth control can alter your flow as well, either way you should monitor it and speak with your MD.

Actually, it's probably just info gained by averaging statistics of many women (whether researched by males or females), since the sentence says 'the average woman's period'. So you are included in the statistic. You are on the high end of the spectrum of all women on average.

the first is true and so is the rest. a tampons absorbes everything down there so its not just blood

To be fair, you should probably use the cup on non period days to measure average vaginal discharge before deducting it's all menstrual blood. ; )

i have actually done this lots, my cycles are irreguar so i can think my period is coming but it doesn't turn up, hardly any fluid in my mooncup, a drop, a but around the rim (sorry for TMI) or none at all is what i mostly get, occasionally there is a little more, but only maybe a mm in the bottom, certainly there's never been enough to contribute to what is collected during af. I do think that the average is probably a bit more than 2-4 but as has been pointed out, that is average, many women have light periods. unfortunately i (and some other women here) don't, at 48 hours in i've already lost at least 125ml, which is well above average, but like i said some women will have very little, and will probably be ok to keep just a light tampon in for the maximum time of 8 hours and it will still come out partly dry., that's what average is about!

The information on this page that says these are resbuale is WRONG. The maker of Instead' says that these cups are not resbuale, and have to be thrown away after a single use. That's no good for the environment they are made of plastic!!! They shouldn't be used for 12 hours either. It's not a good idea to use any product like this for more than 6 hours, even if they do last longer without leaking (which is unlikely). No way do these represent a saving over other disposable products you need two or three of these a day. Better try a proper resbuale cup like the mooncup or femmecup. They really do last for years and work brilliantly.

Mamad, there are two versions of Softcup, disposable and reusable. Each cup can be worn safely up to 12 hours, as approved by the FDA. The disposable Softcup is designed for one-time use whereas the reusable Softcup is designed for reuse throughout one period.

Can I buy the reusable version online please?

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