dialzero (dial_zero) wrote in menstrual_cups,

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uh... developing latex sensitivity?

Hey cup-lovahs!  It's been a long time since I've been active in this community in any kind of way, but I am a longtime user of the Keeper (yes, the old school one that used to be the only cup available before all these newfangled silicone ones came out!).  I've been using it 7-8 years with no problems... definitely the best $35 I ever spent.

Anyway, I had kinda been intending to switch to one of the silicone cups for fear of developing a latex sensitivity, but I never got around to it because my Keeper was functioning just fine.  Now I'm concerned I may be becoming sensitive to latex.  :(  During my last three periods, I've had a little area of sensitive/cranky skin on my labia minora, toward my perineum.  At first I thought it was a tear.  Next period, I thought I detected some bumpiness and was afraid it was some kind of STI.  But this is the third period in a row where it's flared up--an STI wouldn't do that, would it?  I suppose it could be external yeast, but I've never had a YI in my life, in fact I have somewhat of a Vag of Steel.  No new soaps/detergents, etc.

So, does this sound like it could be latex sensitivity?  Or would my whole vag be throwing a fit if that were the case?  Either way, I'm going to buy a new cup because I think this one may be nearing the end of its life cycle.  The rubber just seems more... porous... inside (that's the best way I can put it).  Also, it is pretty hard to tell if it's clean or not.

Thanks, y'all!

Tags: allergies - latex, chafing/irritation, cup lifespan, keeper
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