January 8th, 2010

angry, sad, wtf

very strong smell, superstrings in my blood

(Yes, I realize this is probably not the place for physics jokes like in the title, but I couldn't help it...)

Okay ladies, I need some help because I am seriously about to pitch my cup in the trash.

I've been using my Divacup for almost a year now (~9 months) and haven't really had any of the typical issues with insertion, size, etc. (in fact the Divacup is almost too short - I can barely reach the stem!) No major leaking issues, nothing like that. It works great for the most part. Collapse )

So, what do I do? Am I doing something wrong? Is there something wrong with ME? Is there a secret magic treatment that will kill the smell without poisoning my friendly neighborhood vagina-bacteria? Is there a way to make my period-muck less stringy and more manageable?

PLEASE HELP. Thanks everyone.

ETA: In case it helps at all with figuring out why I smell so bad... um... I'm 22, definitely no STDs, no symptoms of any sort of UTI (and the smell is ONLY when I have the cup in - with a tampon in I don't smell at all so I don't think it's an infection if it doesn't affect me the rest of the time), drink only water, get plenty of iron... I really have no idea what else could be relevant/helpful, so if there's something relevant to ask, go for it in the comments and I'll do my best to answer.

ETA again: Oh! Also I read back several entries on the "cleaning - smells" tag, but here's the thing. I don't just have an occasional stinky period, it seems like EVERY ONE is worse than the last, but ONLY when I use the cup. Meanwhile, I don't have vinegar/tea tree oil/H2O2/isopropanol and don't want to buy a whole bottle of each just to try to use for this one thing. I'm allergic to citrus, so no lemon juice. And as for leaving it out in the sun... well, I live in a high school dormitory, in an apartment which has only skylights and no windows, on the fourth floor, in New Hampshire in the winter. So not only do I have zero private access to sunlight, but we don't have any sunlight this time of year anyway. Yeah. So other suggestions would be great which don't involve me having to spend a lot of money or needing access to something unusual...

cups = best ever!

Not seeking advice or anything really just posting out of interest...

So umm i've never had a single issue with my diva cup. Never had it leak, never have trouble taking it out or inserting it and never takes me more than a few seconds to do either. I don't worry about if my cervix is in it or not. I just put it in, and forget about it.
Is it just me or do others have super awesome trouble-free vagina aswell?