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boltedshut
27 April 2011 @ 03:59 pm
hi all,
i have been having some issues with my meluna.
the first which is, i'm finding pretty common, is the offensive odor coming from the cup. i actually thought for a while that i had an infection or something because it smelled so bad. i have been boiling it bcs it stinks so bad and here's where the second problem comes in. after boiling it, i noticed there was a weird film covering the pot i use to boil it, and the meluna cup itself. i thought it was gross left over menstrual fluid that bonded to the cup, but now i'm not so sure. i'm wondering if the cup is breaking down or melting when i'm boiling it. it sucks because i bought the cup through a co-op and don't think i can return it...
any advice on what i could do? or maybe a cup i should switch to? i chose a meluna because of it's small size- i like how compact it is.
thanks everyone!
 
Serpentserpent_849 on April 27th, 2011 11:09 pm (UTC)
i really don't know what to advise but i remember someone's stem broke and they were able to exchange the cup despite also buying via a co-op order.
it's supposed to be safe to boil melunas... do you use the same pot for cooking? did you try any "controversial" cleaning methods like tea tree oil? (some also say hydrogen peroxide isn't safe, though someone got a reply from the lunette company that it's ok for silicone... but i don't know about TPE!)
Em: Criminal Minds // OT3emploding on April 27th, 2011 11:13 pm (UTC)
Oops. I peroxide my cup, I didn't even think about it being TPE and not silicone :o
Serpentserpent_849 on April 27th, 2011 11:36 pm (UTC)
how long have you done this and is your cup okay?
like i said below, i get bleach-like stains so i prefer just letting my vag clean my cup ^_^ the concentration/amount is obviously very small but does the job :D
Em: Random // Rainbow explosionemploding on April 27th, 2011 11:42 pm (UTC)
I've only done it a few times, and I've not noticed any negative effects on the cup.

I get bleachy stains on my undies too, I've never thought of leaving the cup in for a bit and letting it clean itself. Do you do it mid-month, when your period is well and truly over, or just at the end of your period?
Serpentserpent_849 on April 27th, 2011 11:47 pm (UTC)
it works either way, it's just important not to leave it in for too long, at least for me that's what causes the smell in the first place¬¬
boltedshutboltedshut on April 27th, 2011 11:17 pm (UTC)
ah thank you... i forgot to mention in my post that sometimes i put it in peroxide... i didn't know that it was unsafe for meluna.
i boil it in this teeny pot (which is super cute) that i only use for boiling melunas. but i put some eucalyptus oil in the boiling water for the smell. i don't know if that's contributing to the weird film.
Serpentserpent_849 on April 27th, 2011 11:33 pm (UTC)
i don't know anything about it being unsafe for meluna, i just have no confirmation of it being safe. though really, healthy vaginas can have bacteria that produce it, mine certainly does and i get bleach-like stains on my undies all the time. i think that's why many say the stains and/or smell go(es) away when they wear their cups for a few hours. works for me.
but i won't be surprised if it's due to the eucalyptus oil then... if it doesn't happen without the oil and the cup seems ok after you wash off the film, don't worry ^_^ the lunette wash contains eucalyptus oil too and i've used it fine on my meluna:) i'd avoid using oil in the future though if you're concerned... it can only mask the smell anyway.
Serpentserpent_849 on April 27th, 2011 11:50 pm (UTC)
i boil it in this teeny pot (which is super cute) that i only use for boiling melunas
so you have more than one meluna but it happens to just one of them? maybe something's wrong with the cup after all, contact them about replacing it:/
boltedshutboltedshut on April 27th, 2011 11:59 pm (UTC)
Yes, nice catch! I have a small and a large maybe?I don't remember which size I have, just that the smaller one is a blue ring meluna that I have had since novemberish. and I have a newer glitter cup that I just started using last cycle but not as much because it's big and feels awkward inside of me (I'm getting used to it though). Now that I think more about it- the glitter cup diid hav some weird residue on it when I plopped it in a glass of water and peroxide... Maybe it is the peroxide and oil after all. I just thought that I needed to clean it with something other than water.

Excuse any typos- am on my iPhone and it's being weird about typing :D
Serpentserpent_849 on April 28th, 2011 12:06 am (UTC)
if it's the same shape as the small, it's medium. see this pic - http://i66.servimg.com/u/f66/14/96/65/91/pictu194.jpg :D
it's not really needed, especially if you boil it. i've never boiled my cups though, i've just used the lunette wash and baby shampoo:) if you rinse it well, any soap is fine:)
m03m on April 28th, 2011 06:24 pm (UTC)
I doubt it's the peroxide, unless it's a very strong concentration you've been using. The site says you can use it up to 12%:
"Hydrogen peroxide → MeLuna can be cleaned with hydrogen peroxide up to 12% concentration."

Source: http://meluna.eu/meluna-faq.html?___store=english&___from_store=deutsch#reinigung

It sounds like the oil could be the problem, or maybe you've been boiling it too long? The site recommends 1-2 minutes.
Miaankhst on April 28th, 2011 09:13 am (UTC)
Melunas will degrade if you use oils on them. That's what you're seeing.
hairballsplathairballsplat on April 28th, 2011 12:55 am (UTC)
if i use tap water to boil my cups, there's a film in the pot and on the cups, cause we have really hard water. I use distilled water to boil. i only boil the meluna for about 2 minutes, i boil the silicone ones for about 5.
zannadance on April 28th, 2011 01:07 am (UTC)
This! I've switched to steaming them in the microwave in steam bags (the ones designed for breast pumps and bottles) cuz the film weirded me out, although it never caused any problems.
boltedshutboltedshut on April 28th, 2011 04:52 am (UTC)
interesting! how can i find out if i have hard water?
also, we're a no microwave family, but now i wish i had one :)
Maxine of Arcmaxineofarc on April 28th, 2011 03:49 pm (UTC)
Do you get white mineral buildup on your shower head, or the walls of your shower, or the holes of your iron if you use tap water in it? If you boil a pot of water down without anything in it, does it leave white scale on the sides of the pot? Most tap water contains some level of mineral content- you could try boiling it in distilled water, which has the minerals removed, and see if that makes a difference.
Maxine of Arcmaxineofarc on April 28th, 2011 01:07 am (UTC)
Could just be hard water mineral remnants.
Rachel Meganbecoming_rachel on April 28th, 2011 04:23 pm (UTC)
I would replace the cup, to be on the safe side. If there's an offensive odor or film coming from it, it probably means it's breaking down and it's time to get a new one. I wouldn't use it, to be safe.

I have a Diva Cup, which is similar, and these are the recommendations for cleaning etc:

http://www.divacup.com/en/home/faqs/

As you know already, peroxide is not safe to use. You should use a gentle soap. I like the Diva Wash, but you can get others like it.

I am very happy with the Diva. It was reasonably priced, and I find it super easy to care for. I wash it as I'm using it for my cycle, and at the end, I simply boil it for ten minutes. That's it.



m03m on April 28th, 2011 06:19 pm (UTC)
The recommendations for a silicone cup don't really apply for a TPE cup, though.
I'm also not sure whether peroxide is safe for a Meluna. Do you have any information on that?
m03m on April 28th, 2011 06:27 pm (UTC)
Rachel Meganbecoming_rachel on April 28th, 2011 09:49 pm (UTC)
Oh, ok. My bad.

Well, irregardless, if the OP is saying that an offensive smell is coming from it and it appears that it's breaking down, I'd say better safe than sorry: toss and get a newone.
m03m on April 28th, 2011 09:52 pm (UTC)
Yup... I concur.
The smell can possibly be fixed by sunning the cup for a few days, but if it appears to be breaking down, I'd be waving my credit card at the website very soon.