April 12th, 2012

Well these smells are new...

Hello all!

I've been lurking for a while, but I'm new to cup use. I recently decided on a small Lunette, which I've used for one cycle. It's been off to a pretty smooth start, except for ze smells. Normally, I don't notice much odor (if any) on my period or any other time. However, using the cup, I started noticing some smelliness. I figured it could have been that I had it in too long (I usually kept it in for about eight hours at a time), or because I didn't rinse the cup in cold water (I'd washed it every day, but I live in a dorm, so I washed it with Dr. Bronner's in the shower, and never rinsed when changing it due to the public restroom setup). Whatever the reason was, by the end of the week, my cup was smelling pretty rank, and even after washing and soaking in cold water with Milton tablets, the smell persisted, though in the past week or so since my period ended, it's been airing out in my closet and the smell's been lessening. I've read up on most of the tips and tricks to take care of smell, but is there something I should be doing day-to-day that still works in the public bathroom setting?

My bigger issue is that since I've finished my cycle and the cup's gone, I notice that I smell now. It's sort of a weaker, fishy version of the way my cup would smell when I took it out to wash it. At first I attributed it to the fact that I'm doing things differently and I need some time to adjust to it, but it's been a week, and I still smell. This never happened when I was using pads or tampons, and I'm wondering if it's just an adjustment issue or possible BV or what. Any ideas of what it could be or how to take care of it?