July 6th, 2004

Divacup and vaginal dryness & itching


I have a problem that I hope someone can help me with.

I've been using the Divacup for almost 8 months. For my first 5 cycles I would only use the cup during the day for the first day or 2 of my cycle because I would run into problems getting it back in after removing it.

Two cycles ago I tried to use it longer and during the night and ended up with bad case of vaginal itch and had to go back to pads after 2 days and nights. This cycle that I just finished I used it the whole time with the exception of one night. Now I have the worst case of itchies ever. My whole vagina is so dry and sore. I noticed after the second day my vagina felt swollen and puffy and I had a hard time getting my fingers in to pull the cup out - thank goodness my cycle was only 4 days long this time. I remove my cup every 8-12 hours and washed it with hot water and soap and I soaked it in vinegar and water before my period began.

Is there anything I can do for the dryness in the future? I don't want to use k-y or astroglide. I sometimes get the 'itchies' at the end of my period even when I use cloth pads. Is this normal?

Sorry for the rambling. Thanks for any help or ideas.