Joni (little_joni) wrote in menstrual_cups,

Un-Happy Camper

I have been using a cup now for about six months and I am very pleased. But my latest cycle just started this morning and I won't be using my cup this time around because I have an active yeast infection and I don't think it is a wise idea to knowingly get yeast on my cup...not to mention I'm just not wild about sticking anything down there right now. Is this generally the best idea when using a cup when one has a yeast infection?

Also, I don't want to immediately point my finger at cup use as the cause or contributing factor for my current yeast infection but it's hard not to be at least a little bit suspicious. First, I'm 36 years old and this is seriously the first time I've ever had a yeast infection, so I would definitely say I am not prone to getting them. Second, cup use is the only change I can think of in relation to any of my vaginal-related routines recently (I have been using the same soap for years, etc). Third, and maybe it's just me, but there seems to be a lot of yeast infection related posts in this community lately making me suspect that cup use may contribute to an increase in yeast infections.

So I suppose I am wondering does cup use put you at higher risk for yeast infections? If there any easy way to combat this? I won't be using my cup during this cycle but I'm a tiny bit worried about using it next time and maybe having to go through this all over again, something I really don't want to do. I thought I was doing a good job keeping my cup properly clean, but now I'm not so sure.

Or am I worrying about this too much? Perhaps I should just toss this up as "something that happens because I happen to be a woman" and just move on? Anyway, I am going to commiserate with some Monisat (yes, I did visit my doctor about my infection yesterday and did receive some treatment from her) but if you have any thoughts or suggestions about this for me I would welcome them, thank you. :D
Tags: yeast infections
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