December 6th, 2017

New user, smells like broccoli?

Hi, I'm a first-time cup user. I'm in the middle of my period, and today was the first day I left it in for 12 hours. Before now, I was on the learning curve and either couldn't get it to open, or it filled up too fast and I emptied it prior to 12 hours.

When I removed it at 12 hours today, it smelled like... Broccoli. That's the best description. It's not fishy at all, but both the blood and the cup smelled of broccoli. I'm soaking the cup now to try to get rid of it, but has that happened to anyone else? I've read several instances of a fishy smell or odor after leaving it in too long, but I don't think 12 hours should cause that. I'm fairly certain I don't have a yeast infection or bacterial vaginosis, but I'm concerned to put it back in. I'm not sexually active and never have been, so I've literally done nothing to cause a disruption in the bacteria or pH in my vagina, except use the cup for 12 hours. I should also mention that I've never had an issue with odor before. Yes, there's always the smell of the blood and uterine tissue oxidizing, but NEVER anything like what this smelled like.

I guess another question would be if there's an increased risk for infection using the cup? I've never had an infection or bv, so it seems odd. My hygiene is impeccable and I'm always very careful what products I use, especially in such sensitive areas.

Any help would be great! Thanks!