lizsterineg (lizsterineg) wrote in menstrual_cups,

Cups in the do you do it??

I have a question to all those out there with experience with cups and extreme camping, as in no loo and you need to hide behind a bush/tree/hill/rock to do your switcharoo. 

I know about disposal and environmental waste etc while camping, have made many a walk into the bush with trowel in hand (while camping back home in Australia), but I want to know is methods for ease of use and non-contamination of one's self with cups. 

I recently just finished a month long camping road trip of Argentina, and failed my first attempt of changing it in the wild (it was like day 2 of the trip).  Failed so bad, I needed to give up the cup and go with disposables for the rest of the trip. (Needed to boil it before re-attempting, and only just finally got a chance to do it now, back in Buenos Aires, at the end of the road trip).

Not sure if I contaminated myself with the anti-bacterial wipes I used on my hands before hand (to make sure they were clean) or if some dirt from around some how came for a ride, but I somehow got an infection, and due to remote car breakdown circumstances, I wasn't able to take it out for 15+ hours.  (I could feel it wanted out but couldn't do anything about it at the time)

I also found that when with plumbing, I can use water to lube it up a bit, but in the wild, I couldn't get it working with a bottle enough and insertion was harder.  Also, having to squat, insertion was not as simple.

So, as I foresee more remote locations for me in Uruguay and Brazil in the near future, a down low of some tips would be awesome:
- keeping things clean (not sure how accessible nifty wipes will be here in South America),
- tips on how to position yourself or something for insertion/removal (I know, everyone is different),
- and any other helpful hints I may not have considered.

A side note: I am still a cup 'newbie' so to speak, as I haven't gone one complete cycle with it yet, and only just figured out insertion and removal methods that work best for me on my cycle previous to camping.  Perhaps more cup experience and I can answer these questions for myself??

Thanks, look forward to your camping tales!
Tags: camping & backpacking, cleaning, insertion, travel
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