11 April 2009 @ 03:08 pm
How do you know when to stop using your cup? Will it turn yellow, start leaking, or tear or something?
Also, how long have your cups lasted for? Has anybody made it to the 10-15 year mark? 
tweak3 on April 11th, 2009 10:22 pm (UTC)
I just posted a comment in another post with a note about a friend's mom who has been using the same cup for twenty years (which I think is a stretch and also a rare exception to the normal cup user). I think if you take good care of it, it'll last as long as the silicone can hold itself together.
And I've read on here some people that put it in when they're not on their periods and it kind of "bleaches" it back to the original colour and others who soak it in something but I forget what... (that's probably not a lot of help. sorry :)
zandperl: rhinozandperl on April 11th, 2009 11:13 pm (UTC)
Hydrogen peroxide. Fill a mug 2/3 with water. Fill the menstrual cup with hydrogen peroxide and slip it into the mug. Let sit over night. I have heard that hydrogen peroxide sterilizes (there is a medical definition for exactly how clean something has to be to be sterilized), but I'm not sure if this is true or if it just kills most of the germs.
lizwinlove: It's Lizzielizwinlove on April 11th, 2009 11:25 pm (UTC)
haha, like a cup cleansing shooter!
Kai: pic#77976566kuradi8 on April 12th, 2009 12:24 am (UTC)
Hydrogen peroxide only SANITIZES. It doesn't kill everything but it can kill everything that is likely to be on your cup.

To kill everything, you'd need an autoclave.
tweak3 on April 12th, 2009 01:33 am (UTC)
Where does one find hydrogen peroxide?
zandperl: rhinozandperl on April 12th, 2009 01:39 am (UTC)
Drugstores or grocery stores, in the first-aid aisle I believe. Generally in a dark brown plastic bottle (light causes it to break down), that's around the size of a can of soda.
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zandperl: Daisyzandperl on April 12th, 2009 12:40 pm (UTC)
I've only had my cups for a few months, and so far only the Keeper Mooncup (US) has had any staining, so I've only done the hydrogen peroxide once or twice on that one. I think some people here do it every month though. I'd post a new entry if you want to get more responses and a better idea of what others do.
morejellytoastmorejellytoast on April 11th, 2009 10:48 pm (UTC)
I've had my Divacup for 5 years, and I don't anticipate it falling apart anytime soon.
Ms. Kanegenericjanedoe on April 11th, 2009 11:55 pm (UTC)
I've kind of always felt like I would just know when my cup was done...but so long as it works I'm gonna keep on using it!
Mixed feelingsgemfyre on April 12th, 2009 01:12 am (UTC)
I stopped using my Divacup when it caught fire...
tethyss on April 12th, 2009 01:17 am (UTC)
Hope it wasn't in use at the time!
Christineleapfrog2747 on April 12th, 2009 01:19 am (UTC)
HAHAHA. Awesome.
Mixed feelingsgemfyre on April 12th, 2009 02:08 am (UTC)
Lol. That reminds me of a card from this card game I play sometimes (Chez Geek). There is one card called "Bed on Fire" and the little blurb down the bottom says, "Now will you change the sheets?"
zandperl: Bird - !!!!zandperl on April 12th, 2009 01:40 am (UTC)
Mixed feelingsgemfyre on April 12th, 2009 02:07 am (UTC)
Boiling it. I was playing a computer game and forgot about it. Lucky the fire was contained in the saucepan, but the kitchen was covered in ash.
tejolote: jestertejolote on April 12th, 2009 06:48 am (UTC)
Holy Crap
I so thought that was a joke, until you explained it.

blookie_doo: pink eggsblookie_doo on April 12th, 2009 02:07 am (UTC)
LOL! Spontaneous cup combustion?
fireaphidfireaphid on April 12th, 2009 02:27 am (UTC)
Hardly spontaneous. . . (-;
blookie_doo: deer & bunnyblookie_doo on April 14th, 2009 12:04 am (UTC)
If there was an award for Strangest Cup Experience, I think you'd win it, lol!