July 3rd, 2013

(TMI) Solid matter dislodged when removing cup?

Hello,

I am new to the community and to cups, but enjoying mine (size 1 Fleurcup). Thanks for any advice you can give, it is the last thing I expected when starting this new type of protection. I was towards the end of my period yesterday and when removing the cup in the morning, I noticed about three yellowish, waxy solids on my finger, slightly smaller than grains of rice. TMI alert - they smelled foul and reminded me of navel build-up. I researched and found that the vaginal glands produce sebum - is it possible I have never noticed this before using my cup, and it is natural and the cup dislodged it? (I could really feel the Fleurcup grips on their way out.) Or does it raise a red flag? Some bkgrd - I am not/never have been sexually active, and it was not *in* the cup. Also, I have never had a yeast infection or STI.

Thanks so much, it is a very embarrassing question and I don't know where else to ask it.
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Mold! on my Diva! ew! help!

I've been a faithful diva user for somewhere around 4-5 years now. i love it. no problems. normally, when i'm done with my period, i rinse my cup well (and often wash using my special basically-nothing-in-it soap) and then soak it overnight in water and hydrogen peroxide (maybe a 4:1 ratio). then i rinse again and let it dry and sit in its mug until the next month. i've been doing this for a while with no ill effects until just now! i looked at my cup and it had MOLD spots on it! wtf! maybe i didnt wash it well enough? maybe it's because it's freaking hot out? i don't know. it also seems to have discolored a little in one part--perhaps where water was sitting before it dried? anyways, the mold washed off pretty easily except for one hole (but i got it clean eventually), and now i have it soaking in water and rubbing alcohol...do you think it's safe to use now? i can afford a new one but really don't want to :(