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09 September 2010 @ 02:14 am
Hey everyone.

I had my DivaCup for four years. It saved my life when my periods were so awful that I couldn't go to school (due to an extremely heavy flow).

I loved that thing- I really did. I recently had to toss it due to the most hideous smell radiating from it last night when I was cleaning it in the shower. Usually it had a soft, fragrant smell that wasn't bad at all.

This time, it smelled like rotting meat or something... just a sweet rot mixed in with a dairy farm and burned rubber... it was just horrid. I boiled it, I put it in peroxide, I scrubbed it with soap. I even had it sitting in the top of the bathroom wastebasket and smelled the area again a day later and it had not dissipated one bit!!

I am wondering- did I wear it too long? (20 hoursish)
Could I have some sort of infection/should I see my doctor?
Could it have been saved?
Is it safe to use a cup after it stinks so terribly? (not that I would, but I am wondering.)

Thanks in advance- this is my first post here!

In other news, I ordered a large blue MeLuna to replace it. Hopefully it will not have the same fate. :O
Alwynsabishii_kirito on September 9th, 2010 09:31 am (UTC)
Mine gets like that when I use it for too long. I usually soak it overnight with a few drops of TTO in water. I don't think you're supposed to do that, but I've had no problems with the cups degrading or anything.
octuposoctupos on September 9th, 2010 01:28 pm (UTC)
Tea tree oil smells so funny to me but I bet it'd do the trick!

You're brave- I'd be scared of the oil somehow burning my vagina when I used the cup again!
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Katrinakatrina_splat on September 9th, 2010 03:08 pm (UTC)
Yep leaving it on a sunny window ledge for a week is a great way to lighten the cup, and it might help the smell too.
Kat: Claire sweet questioningetimodnar on September 9th, 2010 10:51 am (UTC)
Someone, in another thread on bad smells, as a last resort, put a small dab of tea tree oil on a cotton ball and covered that with her cup for a day or two. The oil was not applied on to the cup, but it got rid of the smell
redditor on September 9th, 2010 12:15 pm (UTC)
just leave it out in some sunlight (outside or on a windowsill) for about 10 mins and the smell should disappear!
Meghanmegamuphen on September 9th, 2010 12:17 pm (UTC)
The sun is pretty amazing, isn't it?
Jamiexaandria on September 9th, 2010 12:41 pm (UTC)
Bright, warm sunlight got skunk smell out of my Coach handbag after a disastrous dinner party. The sun IS amazing.

I third leaving it out in the sun if you can.
octuposoctupos on September 9th, 2010 01:26 pm (UTC)
I read about the sun thing on here - and your coach bag seals the deal.

Too bad I live in Oregon... we're all out of sunlight this week. :(

I'll remember that in the future for other things that smell awful!!
kelseycjimkelseycjim on September 9th, 2010 04:57 pm (UTC)
IT can even by overcast, but it will take longer. As long as it get some UV rays it'll work.
heatha_featha28 on September 9th, 2010 08:24 pm (UTC)
I read that you ordered another brand of cup to replace your beloved Diva...Hopefully that works out for you.
If not I have a gently used Diva size 1 I was going to trade away...I would be willing to sell it to you for half the price I bought it for.

Good Luck!
redontheflyredonthefly on September 13th, 2010 05:21 pm (UTC)
I'm also from Oregon, and I'd like to point out that we've been out of sunlight all summer. Boo.
octuposoctupos on September 13th, 2010 08:34 pm (UTC)
ahahahaa!! I know, huh?
I had a job canvassing door-to-door the start of this summer and it rained almost every single day. Booooo.
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octuposoctupos on September 9th, 2010 01:27 pm (UTC)
I dunno- it's gone now, but I felt so hopeless when I was trying to get that smell out. It was unreal!

This also sounds like a good idea, though, thanks!
Jasmine Michelleilovenirvana on September 9th, 2010 02:01 pm (UTC)
I soaked mine in hand sanitizer and left it there...for like a week. Hah. Its fine. Been working pretty well THIS week at least. :)
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octuposoctupos on September 10th, 2010 02:26 am (UTC)
yeeeeeeeahhhh... that is what I am worried about. I would be so irritated. Like I said, I plan on seeing my doc on Monday or so to be tested for that. It was too horrid- like nothing I've ever smelled before. D:
This is the new shit.new_shit on September 9th, 2010 07:34 pm (UTC)
When my cup gets smelly I soak it in vinegar and leave it there till the next time I use it (although a few days is generally fine.
Beanbean668 on September 9th, 2010 10:42 pm (UTC)
When my cup gets stinky, or end the end of every cycle. I soak it over night in a 50/50 hydrogen peroxide/ water mixture
fireaphidfireaphid on September 9th, 2010 11:46 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear you threw it out before trying any of the tips here! I mostly wanted to say that a smell like that definitely means you left it in too long. The cup is not meant to be worn for more than 12 hours continuously, and few can get away with leaving it in longer than that without some ill effects. If you notice any unusual discharge, foul odor, or discomfort of any kind, do see a doctor, as it can be a sign of vaginal infection.
octuposoctupos on September 10th, 2010 02:28 am (UTC)
It was my first compulsive reaction to mame it in some way, and throw it away.

I didn't even want to look at it.

So, My 4-year-old cup and I parted ways and I will start anew with my German one. :D
octuposoctupos on September 10th, 2010 10:54 pm (UTC)
Update to everyone if interested- It did turn out that I have a bacterial infection in my vagina. :(

I was surprised that my doctor's nurse aide had no idea whatsoever about menstrual cups though! She related it to a "lost tampon" and I had to explain to her that it was very different.
saraf3msaraf3m on September 11th, 2010 03:06 am (UTC)
Thank you for posting the update, hope you heal soon!

I'm not surprised the aide did not know about cups. Unless you go to an ob/gyn general aides and staff are typically unaware of cups unless
1) they use one themselves/know someone who uses one -or-
2) there are multiple clients at that office who use cups

The exposure and educational requirement of an aide is not equal to that of a nurse. Just a thought.