August 10th, 2004

  • ruggrat

Cleaning the divacup?

Hi all,
I'm new to this comm, and just have a qustion about cleaning. : )
I've heard people mention how soap is a major irritant to their delicate regions, and I'm wondering how people clean out their keeper/divacup? The divacup makers recommend hot unscented-soapy water I think, but I'm having trouble when I'm away from home finding soap that I feel comfortable with. Has anyone ever tried Castile Soap(Such as Dr. Bronners), and if so, to what result? (I love Dr. Bronners, and I could carry it around easily in a little travel shampoo bottle-as far as I can tell it's only made of saponified vegetable oil, but the one I have also has lavender oil in it, that's really what i'm worried about. Should it even matter what soap I use as long as I rinse it out good and proper?)
Any other suggestions to clean it in a public place? For a while I would just rinse it with water, but I got a yeast infestion, and I'd rather be more thorough cleaning it than deal with another one.

Nuva Ring + Keeper = OOPS

I just started my first cycle with the Keeper. Last week, I was trying it out to make sure I knew how to insert it and remove it with ease. Everything was going fantastically, until Friday night, when I went to remove my NuvaRing, and IT WASN'T THERE. (Believe me, it didn't just migrate, and I've never had one fall out.) The only thing I can figure out is that when I was testing my Keeper on Wednesday, the little bit of suction on removal sucked my NuvaRing out with my noticing, and I flushed it down the toilet.

So, if you're on NuvaRing and you choose to use your Keeper at the same time (during those overlapping days, when it's time to put the ring back in, but you're still bleeding), be CAREFUL and make sure you check every time you remove your Keeper that your ring is still there! Just my cautionary tale!

X-posted to nuva_ring

Question for long-time Keeper users.

What kind of wear does your Keeper get when you've had it for several years, and it's approaching the 10-year limit suggested for replacement? Does the rubber look degraded in any way?

I've had mine for over a year and a half, and I'm concerned that some damage I inflicted to it (by misusing tea tree oil when cleaning it, once; I'm sticking with vinegar now: less chance of using too much!) might have shortened its lifespan, so to speak, although it's still functional, because the damage was superficial.

In the time since I've joined this community, I've seen a lot of questions from beginners, but how about the other side of the equation? Are there any signs that it's time to give one's faithful little cup up for retirement, and replace with with a new one?
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