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22 May 2008 @ 09:07 am
It seems like I keep reinfecting myself with a yeast infection with my diva cup. This has been going on for three or four months and it's driving me crazy. I boiled the cup, which seemed to make no difference. Then I soaked it in vinegar and that seemed to help a little, but I tried the cup again, and again got a mild yeast infection. Now I'm boiling it a second time, but for longer. Is it possible that my cup is ruined? Has anyone else had trouble getting their cup clean after an infection? Are there other ways I can clean the cup that might work better?
oubleioublei on May 22nd, 2008 04:12 pm (UTC)
scrubscrubscrub! Other than that, check the stem? I can't think of any other reasons, other than maybe your YI hasn't cleared up all of the way and the irritation of inserting/removing the cup is bringing the symptoms back... :\

Good luck!
Vaporizekalakumari on May 22nd, 2008 04:16 pm (UTC)
I had thought that maybe the infection hadn't cleared up, but when I use a pad the symptoms are gone within a day. And clearing up within a day is still an improvement over the neverending yeast infection that started it all.
Dina Clare: rofl seallintilla on May 23rd, 2008 10:51 am (UTC)
Could it be some kind of irritation rather than an actual YI?
hope is all i needed to explore another day: seeing red againasetwoman on May 22nd, 2008 04:16 pm (UTC)
maybe your YI hasn't cleared up all of the way and the irritation of inserting/removing the cup is bringing the symptoms back.

That's kind of what I was thinking too.
Christinekisekileia on May 22nd, 2008 04:21 pm (UTC)
Boiling doesn't kill yeast spores, from what I recall of other comments on this community. More vinegar might help, I'm not sure.
sweetanniehisweetanniehi on May 22nd, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC)
You might have to become aggressive and put it in a sterilizing solution of 10% bleach. It could also be an aggressive YI. What have you tried to treat it?
Vaporizekalakumari on May 22nd, 2008 04:43 pm (UTC)
I don't ever get yeast infections, and these have been clearing up on their own after about three days. This month it's been much milder and it clears up within a day when I stop wearing the cup.

Doesn't bleach effect the silicone?
Jackie Calypigialdy_shadow on May 22nd, 2008 04:41 pm (UTC)
I second the mild bleach soak. boiling and vinegar will not kill the yeast.

Make sure you rinse is extremely well after you've bleached it.
Virginia: Vagina=fun times!strawberry83 on May 22nd, 2008 04:41 pm (UTC)
It's doubtful that your cup is ruined. Silicone is medical grade and cannot harbor an infection (except on the outside). Likely it just needs to be cleaned differently to get rid of all the yeast, but like the other posters my suspicion is that your yeast infection isn't completely gone. I struggled with re-occuring yeast infections for almost 11 months and would have symptom-free days but that didn't mean the infection was gone (just hiding!).

Try to insert a peeled garlic clove vaginally before you use the cup again-it's a natural anti-fungal and it will help get rid of any lingering yeasties. (You can also use acidophilus inserted vaginally).

Clean the cup throughly (I would recommend vinegar or peroxide) although I don't know if any of those are advocated by Diva cup (to check you can call/email them from the website).
Vaporizekalakumari on May 22nd, 2008 04:54 pm (UTC)
11 months?? eeek! time to buy me some garlic!
Rohaarohaa on May 22nd, 2008 05:35 pm (UTC)
Me, too! Never had a YI so didn't recognize it, but I'm beginning to have the gnawing suspicion my fist week with my mooncup UK got me it! I'm all itchy and irritated down there, and it's NOT going away.

Thanks for posting this, you clued me in!
Moira: !moira_can_bite on June 16th, 2008 10:13 pm (UTC)
I never had one either! And then got one and tried to ignore it for over a month and a half, since itching was my only symptom and I thought it would go away! I tried a week and a half worth of garlic before I gave up, then had to find the generic name for Monistat so I could find some (Madagascar doesn't have the real brand at the drug store...). Now I need to figure out how to clean the Divacup so it doesn't come back!
MakaLovecatrinaz on May 22nd, 2008 05:07 pm (UTC)
have you been to a doctor to make sure a yeast infection is actually what's going on? i saw you mention in comments that you don't ever get yeast infections, so is it possible that you're mistaking something else for it?

i have found that from about the third day after i start my period and lasting a few days, i have raw itchiness that feels somewhat like a very mild yeast infection but doesn't have any yeasty discharge or otherwise appear to be a YI. i also never get YIs - only one in my whole life. i happened to be at the health department once while this was happening and asked the examiner to check it out and she said it did not appear to be yeast.

i wear my cup every single day, and remove/replace it only SLIGHTLY more often while i'm bleeding than when i'm not, so if the cup itself were the cause, i would think it would happen all the time and not just around when i'm bleeding.

my current hypothesis is that there's a pH change to the vaginal environment that is possibly ameliorated by contact with menstrual blood, and by using a cup i'm missing out on that natural soothing. eh, who knows? but i have always experienced this with cups, regardless of how much i'm wearing or emptying them, also experienced it with tampons, and have not experienced it with cloth pads (i've worn paper pads so little in my life as to not have much to judge on).
Rohaarohaa on May 22nd, 2008 05:37 pm (UTC)
I hope you're wrong :/ I've been having that raw irritated itchiness for almost a week now and though it seems to be getting better, it's NOT going away, and I'm getting seriously annoyed at it. No history of YI, only now after using my cup for the first month experiencing this.

What do I do? :/

Also, if I may ask, why do you wear it every single day?
MakaLovecatrinaz on May 22nd, 2008 05:57 pm (UTC)
i am just extra gentle with my irritated bits for a few days.

i have a pelvic floor injury - very common in women - that causes urine leakage when i cough or sneeze or laugh really hard (or lift heavy objects, etc.). before there were safe and effective surgeries to deal with this, doctors fitted women for a "pessary" - an object worn inside the vagina to support the damaged muscles. i figured out one day that i didn't have any leakage when i was on my period, and sure enough, when i tried the cup when i wasn't bleeding, i still didn't have any leakage - it's just enough support, apparently, to do the job of a pessary.
Rohaarohaa on May 22nd, 2008 05:59 pm (UTC)
That's awesome smart thinking, glad it's helping you out!

The extra nice to it hasn't been helping so far :( Reiki seemed to help a little but it's still. not. gone. *grumbleitch*
whitelime on May 23rd, 2008 02:01 am (UTC)
I got YIs during my first couple cycles of cup use, and I believe it was because I wasn't diligent about washing my hands before each removal. I also had no history of YIs, and once I started making sure to wash well before, I stopped getting them.
Ex astris, scientia.component on June 9th, 2008 02:46 am (UTC)
" i would think it would happen all the time and not just around when i'm bleeding."

If you do a little research on yeast infections you will find that women are actually more suceptible to them during their period :) I know that right around the time of my period (i dont use a cup) i tend to get the beginnings of yeasty symptoms. this is actually quite common for a lot of women. so i take some acidophilus to quell it before it gets any worse :P

its good to take acidolphilus every day, year around to prevent the yeasties! that and avoid yeasty diets with lots of bread.
This is the new shit.new_shit on May 22nd, 2008 07:17 pm (UTC)
I'd recommend taking probiotics orally and inserting them vaginally. This way the good bacteria kick the yeast's ass. Even if the symptoms are gone for the moment there's a good chance that there's still a yeast overgrowth if you haven't done something about it.

I've used them with my cup before and was fine. I just put it in a few hours or a day before I put the cup in, and used a pad, so they could spread around.

Garlic is good too, but I'd recommend buying some odorless garlic. I've used regular garlic before, and my girlyparts were quite smelly for a while.
just2have1dream on May 26th, 2008 12:13 pm (UTC)
Yup--take a good probiotic orally + vaginally. It's what ended my neverending infection, after four long months. I recommend Femdophilus (expensive) or Accuflora (cheap). The brand really matters. These brands contain VAGINAL strains of acidophilus, not intestinal. I tried many others, these were the only ones that helped.
This is the new shit.new_shit on May 27th, 2008 04:09 am (UTC)
I've never seen (or at least never noticed) vaginal strains in stores before, but I always wondered about the difference! It makes sense though. I'd love to give it a try someday though (haven't needed it lately).

I use Jarro-Dophilus, and it works great for me for both intestinal stuff and vaginal stuff.

I agree, the brand really does matter.
Melissa: Der Jenprincessy on May 22nd, 2008 11:11 pm (UTC)
When you are using your cup, do you use soap at all on it, or do you just rinse it with water? If you're using soap, that could do it, too.

Otherwise, I'd probably try the garlic clove inserted vaginally, plus a peroxide/water soak for the cup. Someone here has mentioned that you can douche with peroxide, but I'm really clueless about it.
tegelly on May 23rd, 2008 02:50 am (UTC)
I struggled with a YI on & off for about 6 months. I ate natural probiotic yoghurt until it came out my ears & shoved it inside me; used peeled garlic cloves for days on end (not a pretty smell!); cut out sugar & yeast in my diet, & in the end resorted to the oral, over-the-counter medication.
Despite me wanting to overcome the YI naturally, the medication was the only thing that cleared it up. I wish I had gone the medication route first.
Moral of the story?
Get your YI cleared up once & for all . . . it's probably not the cup. However, clean the cup as advised by other posters to make sure.
Hope you get relief soon. It does drive you crazy hey?!
just2have1dream on May 26th, 2008 12:19 pm (UTC)
You know, I feel for you, having had a four month run of YI myself. Unfortunately, medications didn't fix me! I tried Monistat, Gyne-lotrimin, then got Diflucan + Terazol from the doctor. Plus I tried the garlic, and too many supplements/herbals to list. Not a dent. My gyn wrote me a prescription for 7 months of Gynazole as a maintenance, but I decided to try Femdophilus first. I'd already tried other probiotics, both expensive + cheap, that didn't help. That one worked like a miracle, and cured the incurable infection. I don't work for the company, I'm just sayin. The proper strain of lactobacillus makes all the difference.
nokissformothernokissformother on June 30th, 2008 04:44 pm (UTC)
Yeast infection
Just wanted to mention my luck with hydrogen peroxide solution. I use 1 teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide mixed in 1 cup cool/warm water and I use a large syringe (10 cc) to squirt it into and onto my vagina when I have a yeast infection. It's supposed to help fix your ph and make the environment more evenly balanced for yeast and bacteria to maintain healthy levels. It works way better than monistat and cannestin. It's cheap and instant relief.

Anyone else have luck withthis?