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15 June 2011 @ 01:43 am
Okay, first off, I'd like to say that after my first cycle with my very first cup (large Lunette) I am extremely happy with my decision to finally buy one and try it.  Once my body got used to it I literally could not even tell I had it in.  And I had absolutely no leakage issues...yay!!  BUT.....

I had pretty much finished bleeding yesterday and all that was left was the residual dark blood mixed with cervical mucous, so after my shower last night I put it back in and slept in it.  I had intended on taking it out this morning but as it's so comfy now I completely forgot I had it in.  Fast forward to me being at work a few hours later.  I smell something putrid.  Sniff sniff.  I'm wondering where that incredibly foul odor is coming from.  Sniff sniff.  OMG...it's coming from my vajayjay.  It finally dawned on me that I had forgotten about my cup so I immediately go to the restroom to remove it and wash the funk off.  But my God when I tell you I almost passed out from the funk when I took it out...I'm not kidding.  It was sooooo.....FOUL.  It was like an animal had crawled up inside me and died an incredibly stinky death.

All that was availabe in the restroom was the industrial anti-bacterial soap used in dispensers, so I washed the darned thing for over 10 minutes...rubbing and rubbing and rubbing...and the smell would not go away.  It had defeated me.  Not only that, but the stench had turned my crotch area (panties & pants included) into a lethal weapon should anyone get close enough to me to get a whiff of it (which was not hard to do considering just how strong the odor was).  I sprayed as much FDS into my girl bit area as I could to try to mask the odor and wrapped the cup in wads of paper towels hoping that the smell would dissipate some by the time I got home.

Hours later, it's still as stinky as ever.  OMG, I want to hurl just thinking about it!  I've never had this issue before and I'm almost positive I don't have some sort of infection, so could it be that this incredible stench was caused by leaving my cup in for too long?  I think it was about 16 hours or so.  But my more important question is...how can I get rid of this nasty smell??  I was so happy with it nearly my entire period so I'd hate to not want to use it anymore for this, ummm, STINKY issue!
Em: Criminal Minds // Emily FBIemploding on June 15th, 2011 05:46 am (UTC)
Wow, that sounds horrid!

I'd go straight for the peroxide, but some others might suggest something more gentle like baking soda.
m03m on June 15th, 2011 08:27 am (UTC)
Can you leave it in the sun for a couple of hours, or days if needed? I've heard that it helps a whole lot.
It doesn't have to be outside, it also works through a window.
hairballsplathairballsplat on June 15th, 2011 12:23 pm (UTC)
rubbing alcohol and sun.
Maxine of Arcmaxineofarc on June 15th, 2011 01:46 pm (UTC)
This happens sometimes if you leave the cup in too long. It's a good idea to rinse it off at least every 12 hours or so. Some people have reported letting it sit in the sun helps get rid of the odor.
~Castiel~thusbands on June 15th, 2011 08:43 pm (UTC)
I did the same thing with mine. I tried washing it and boiling it but neither helped so I finally just let it air out in my room for the 3 weeks before my next period and after a while the smell went away.
Mr. Susanh_s_doodles on June 16th, 2011 12:16 am (UTC)
Even when I've left my cup in for well over 24 hours, the smell has never bothered me. *shrug* I don't know, it just has never smelled gross to me! I'm thankful for that, haha.
pakapoa on June 16th, 2011 08:39 am (UTC)
hmm... i always use my cup for the white stuff so here is what happened. i wore the ladycup for a whole week and forgot about it. and get this, that whole week i went swimming every day! it wasn't until 6 days later did i finally remember to take it out and it smelled so awful mixed with what looked like brown water. the whole cup made my bathroom smell like urine. i tried a few suggestions from members here but i needed instant results.

as i was passing back and forth i noticed some white clothes folded and got an idea. if i use bleach on my panties, towels and clothes, why not this? so i sprayed a little bleach on a cup, put it on water and after 1 hour the smell was gone completely. then i just rinsed it really good and stored it away and later used it.

i never even got sick from the brown water and it's been 6 weeks since then. still waiting for any weird thing down there though.
silverback_lessilverback_les on June 16th, 2011 09:22 am (UTC)
I do the hydrogen peroxide bath, but that is for stains as well as smells. Some cup users say that this could be damaging to the cup but I have been doing it for over a year and my cup is in the exact same condition as it was before. I put it in the microwavable container that I use to boil it in and cover it completely with hydrogen peroxide. I let it sit in there for 24 hours and it is as good as new when I take it out!
myjojo77 on June 17th, 2011 02:44 am (UTC)
I really appreciate everyone's suggestions. I used the suggestion for putting it in sunlight and it worked like magic! I just left it on my window sill and when I came home from work it smelled brand new again. Thank you!! =)
busymary on December 24th, 2011 03:39 am (UTC)
OH THANK GOD IT ISN'T ME!! I had to bring my son to the hospital with abdominal pain and was on my last 2 days spotting so before we left I put my cup in. I have been emptying it I think around every 12 hours. When I went to take a shower yesterday I took out my cup and OMG the horrible smell. I have never had this happen before. First thought was OMG I must have some sort of infection. I washed it a couple of times while in the shower but the smell persisted. After I got out I washed it a couple more times. Since I don't have anything else with my I figured putting it back isn't going to make whatever was wrong worse so that is what I did. I made sure to wash it a couple times since then and just took it out and washed it a few times and rubbed it down with alcohol squares. I wrapped it in paper towel and it is sitting airing with the bathroom stuff. I sure hope that smell doesn't stick with me. I like the idea of sunning it after I get home, my problem... I have cats. I can just picture Alexa (aka the awnry kitty) standing defiantly with my cup in her mouth! She loves rubber bands and squishy toys etc. So, I think I will try the baking soda and or peroxide. I can't tell you how relieved I am though to find that this is NORMAL. I was wondering how it could smell so bad and I didn't feel like there was an in infection. Love this site! The group knowledge is invaluable!