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27 June 2009 @ 01:40 pm
I am thinking about getting a YellowCup, and before I get one I am making sure I know exactly what to expect.

I am going into the 8th grade next year. And at school I really don't have much time to get stuff at my locker (that's why I am thinking about getting a LadyCup)  anyway, so I can't like bring a  spray bottle or anything. So how can I clean it inside the stall?  I was thinking about just wetting a paper towel and bringing it with me into the stall.  Do you think other girls would think that's weird? lol

And my final question, are there any other alternatives to a spray bottle? so I don't have to stop at my locker.  Thank you!

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slaughtered.arachnerd on June 27th, 2009 05:57 pm (UTC)
i usually just empty the cup and get anything off the outside with toilet paper if i have to remove it in a public restroom.
XDeasilydistra on June 27th, 2009 05:58 pm (UTC)
If I can't rinse it at a sink I just dump it out and reinsert... maybe wipe it with some toilet paper, but it's not that big a deal. My only concern when I do that is that it might not suction properly because the holes might be clogged (I have a LadyCup), but I use backup liners (I've got cloth ones now!) on days when that might happen. It feels like it's popping/suctioning fine, though.
A wet paper towel would probably work just fine, or possibly wet wipes?
skyladagazskyladagaz on June 27th, 2009 05:59 pm (UTC)
maybe keep some baby wipes on you? i'd recommend the all natural , fragrance free, chlorine free kind.
Chasechik: birdchasingtides on June 27th, 2009 06:01 pm (UTC)
When I was in junior high, I took a water bottle with me everywhere. (Seriously, everywhere. In seventh grade, I started a medication and its primary side effect is dry mouth. I drank a seriously impossible amount of water.) Is that an option for you?

When I was traveling a few months ago with my Lunette, I would just take my water bottle out of my bag and pour just a little water into the cup to rinse it out/get it wet to ease insertion. As far as I could tell, no one thought it was weird. Also, plenty of people around here seem to just wipe it out with toilet paper if they're out.

Additionally, barring when I was traveling, I've never *had* to change my cup while I was out (much different from using pads!). If I know I'll be going out after work, I'll wear a pad/bring a pad for back up, but other than very minor leaking, it's not been a problem. (I use a small Lunette so it's not like I have a huge cup, either.)
morejellytoastmorejellytoast on June 27th, 2009 06:05 pm (UTC)
This may not seem sanitary, but I never clean the cup off when I empty my cup in public bathrooms. I just dump it out and immediately put it back in. But using a wet (or dry, I suppose) paper towel sounds like a good idea- it's stronger than toilet paper, at least.
Kai: pic#84732488kuradi8 on June 28th, 2009 06:04 pm (UTC)
That is exactly what I do and I think it's MORE sanitary than handling it a lot, getting "hand germs" all over it. I also think it decreases my chances of dropping it.

If I'm at home, I'll usually give it a quick rinse before putting it back in. But if I'm out anywhere, just dump and reinsert.
crochetaduckcrochetaduck on June 27th, 2009 06:07 pm (UTC)
I don't think anyone would care if you brought a wet paper towel into the stall. They'd probably just think you're a germaphobe and want to wipe stuff down before you use it. ;)
zandperl: Daisyzandperl on June 27th, 2009 06:32 pm (UTC)
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If you carry a water bottle in your bookbag you can just bring it into the stall with you. Otherwise wipe it dry with some toilet paper, or else empty only, and then wipe your hands before leaving the stall and wash thoroughly after. Another option is sometimes there's a separate one-seater handicapped bathroom so you can rinse it at the sink.
ohwhattodo on June 27th, 2009 06:49 pm (UTC)
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Molly: dr. horriblezapthatmonster on June 27th, 2009 06:55 pm (UTC)
I don't have to change it incredibly often. However, if I do have to change it when I'm in a multistall bathroom I don't rinse it. I just wipe it off and put it back in.
Kellyrainbowtastic on June 28th, 2009 12:13 am (UTC)
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melissa569melissa569 on June 27th, 2009 08:21 pm (UTC)
I don't think anyone will think its wierd to bring a wet paper towl in there. But even if they ask why you do, you could just tell them you like to wipe your hands off after touching the stall doors or something.

It would make sense, since it is kinda gross that dozens of girls touch the stall doors, then touch themsleves down there, then touch the stall doors again, BEFORE they wash their hands. So people would totally buy it as a sanitary thing.
Mixed feelings: Mooncup usergemfyre on June 28th, 2009 05:12 am (UTC)
You can also tell them the truth and let them know about cups.

Of course, this entirely depends on your comfort levels. :)
ohwhattodo on June 28th, 2009 05:53 am (UTC)
ur right. i would really actually tell the truth. i really don't care if people know and maybe i could help another girl. : )
ocean eyeslogicoflove on June 27th, 2009 09:37 pm (UTC)
I have a very heavy flow and need to empty my cup around 3 times a day. All I really do is take it out, wipe it off with toilet paper, and reinsert. I rinse between removal and reinsertion when I'm at home.
Meghanmegamuphen on June 27th, 2009 09:56 pm (UTC)
Like a lot of other people have said, I tend to just dump mine out and reinsert when I'm in a public place. BUT!

You could wash your hands before going into a stall (which is a good idea anyway, to wash your hands before stickin' fingers in yer vag) and try not to shake your hands dry too much, so they are really wet, so when you get a paper towel to dry them the paper towel gets wet, and you can use that paper towel to wipe your cup off. I think that seems a little less weird than just wetting a towel and taking it with you. If you're feeling like beign sneaky and covert. :-)
jezzie_d on June 27th, 2009 10:04 pm (UTC)
If you have a stall with a sink in it, usually a disabled stall, then you could use that. It's what I usually do. Otherwise like other posters have said just wipe with TP and reinsert. You might find though that you don't need to empty while at school. I have a LadyCup and find I don't have to empty it for 12 hours, sometimes even more. You could try emptying just before you leave for school at home and then wait until you get home from school.
hmmeversochili on June 27th, 2009 11:32 pm (UTC)
I'm in graduate school, but faced the same question over how to clean it in the stall at school. I just wipe it out as best as I can with toilet paper, and then reinsert it. Once I get home at night I rinse it out properly.

I started off by bringing a wet paper towel into the stall, but then faced the trouble of what to do with the towel. And I found the wet towel to be messier.
Kellyrainbowtastic on June 28th, 2009 12:12 am (UTC)
What I do is take it out, dump it, and wrap toilet paper around it starting at the bottom and going around the sides, gradually closer to the rim. Thats so that I can tuck the top part into the cup and squeeze it to get the inside clean as well. It works fine. I also boil between cycles.
Baby Bloodheartbabybloodheart on June 28th, 2009 01:24 am (UTC)
Chances are you really won't need to empty it when at school, they can be worn for up to 12 hours and unless you have a heavy flow chances are you could go through the whole school day without having to empty your cup. Although granted until you're used to your cup, knowing when it would need to be emptied based on your flow, then it may be a good idea to empty it at least once during your school day for the first few months.

I have to empty my cup every half hour on heavy days (I have a VERY VERY heavy flow), so if I'mn at work I normally just empty and reinsert as it is, or if there is blood around the cup then I'll just wipe off the outside of my cup with toilet paper. Thing is because cups don't encourage bacterial growth like tampons do it means that there really isn't a huge risk doing this, and as it's your menstrual blood anyway there's nothing gross about doing it that way if it's easier for you.
daimeredaimere on June 28th, 2009 11:13 pm (UTC)
1) wipe with toilet paper
2) bring wet wipes
3) don't wipe it off at all
4) take a wet paper towel in the stall
neonlemur on August 30th, 2009 03:02 pm (UTC)
i just found this post & i was thinking.....
to make this not so difficult, i think in the future they should put spray bottles on the wall or little wipe dispensers....i mean they have trash cans for pads and tampons, its just that not enough people know about this yet & i'm sure they will do one of these in the future, why discriminate cup users?