Blog Menstruation

Frustrated by Heavy Periods?

You may have a heavy menstrual flow if you need to change a regular absorbency tampon or pad every three to four hours - though you may need to change your tampon or pad more frequently.

22 01 2015

Are you frustrated by your heavy menstrual periods?

Lunette may be able to help. There are lots of causes that can contribute to a heavy menstrual flow. From hormonal imbalance to Endometriosis - there are more than a handful of reasons why you could be experiencing excessive menstrual bleeding. Even the "heavy" days of a "normal" menstrual cycle can contribute to anxiety about a potential tampon leak or a soaked through pad.

How do I know if I have a heavy menstrual flow?

You may have a heavy menstrual flow if you need to change a regular absorbency tampon or pad every three to four hours - though you may need to change your tampon or pad more frequently. Still curious about where you fit on the menstrual bleeding scale

How Lunette menstrual cups can help:

  • The Lunette menstrual cup can hold more than twice the amount of liquid than a super plus absorbency tampon. You'll empty your menstrual cup less frequently than changing your tampon. That's lifestyle friendly!
  • There no reported cases of TSS (toxic shock syndrome) in connection with use of menstrual cups since they were invented in the 1930s.
  • The average woman spends nearly $84 per year on disposable tampons and pads. Lunette is a one-time cost that will last you for years - and save you money.
  • The Lunette menstrual cup doesn't absorb moisture like tampons or cause sweating like pads.
  • You can wear the Lunette menstrual cup for up to 12 hours - that's 4 hours longer than what's recommended for tampon use! Though, on a heavy flow day you may have to empty your menstrual cup more often.
  • You can measure your flow with the Lunette cup. The lines outside of the cup help to monitor your flow. Very handy info to have in case you need to discuss your menstrual flow with your doctor.

Of course, we at Lunette recommend to talk with your healthcare provider if you are concerned about your menstrual flow.

Leave comments


Kathia Ocasio 22 01 2016

I'm using a size 2 cup and am having to change my cup every 1-2 hours. This is my second post partum period in a year. Could this be why? When I put my cup in, it seals, when I pull my cup out, it's full to the brim and beyond. Yes, very frustrated right now:(

Lunette Team 28 01 2016

Hi there Kathia Ocasio!

It is quite normal that periods become heavier after childbirth. And women with very heavy periods empty the cup more often than those light-bleeders.

If you find that your heavy periods are affecting your health, making you feel weak or tired, please consult your doctor. Heavy bleeding (menorrhagia) can result to anemia and there are options for decreasing the flow.


Judith Cazares 28 08 2016

Hi I'm very disappointed with my cup. Due to my heavy periods I'm leaking after 1 1/2 hour of use that's frustrating!!! I bought a size 2. =(

Lunette Team 29 08 2016

Hi Judith!

There are few factors that can cause leakage. The most common ones are

- the cup has not opened fully inside your vagina. Make sure that the cup is completely open by rotating it while pinching the bottom or wiggling it from side to side. You can feel with your finger that the cup bottom is completely round.
- the cup has been placed too high, so that it is next to the cervix and not below it (or partly around it). Blood flows from the cervix so if the cup is not below it the flow goes by. You can test where your cervix is located with your finger. Cervix feels a bit like the tip of your nose. If you can reach it, it is quite low and may come even lower during periods. Try to place the cup below the cervix or partially around it. You can read more about the cervix here:
-the air holes are blocked or dirty so the cup does not form a good seal. Make sure that all 4 air holes are open and clean every time you rinse the cup.

You can try this little trick: When inserting the cup, push out with your pelvic muscles and place the cup inside so that the bottom stays outside. Rotate the cup so that it fills with air – you can feel with your finger that the bottom of the cup is completely round. This is vital because wrinkles or fold in the cup will make it leak. Then tense your pelvic muscles in and push the cup inside the vagina. Push a bit towards the spine because vagina is tilted. The correct place for the cup is below the cervix so you can also test with you finger where the cervix is located during periods.

Have you tried different ways to fold the cup? Finding the right fold for you may solve your problems. You can find different folds here:

If the leaking is just slight spotting it may be blood left underneath the cup in the vaginal canal during emptying and cleansing. This can be solved by washing the intimate area when emptying the cup.

If the cup leaks after you have tried all these tips the culprit may be your pelvic muscles. If the pelvic muscles are a bit weak they cannot hold the cup tight against the vaginal wall. Then the cup usually leaks e.g. when you get up from a sitting position. Kegel excercises strengthen the pelvic muscles and prevent future problems like urinary leakage. These muscles also have a lot to do with sexual pleasure so a big bonus there to do some training!