hinata_remika (hinata_remika) wrote in menstrual_cups,

Potential yeast infection, how to clean cup?

Long time lurker, first post here. =) Hoping that someone can help me out with this.

I've had my divacup for.. close to a year now, I think. It's worked great, never really had any problems with it. My period started on Saturday and everything went as usual.

Fast forward to yesterday, I noticed what I thought was a miinor irritation down there. I was wearing a pad at the time as a precaution (I have heavy periods, and if I can't get to the bathroom at work within 3 hours to change the cup.. messiness ensues) and I've had minor irritations from them before, so I chalked it up to that.

I have to be at work at 6:30am today, and irritation down there woke me up at 3:30. Checked myself out, but all I saw was a bit of redness. Still have remenants of my period, so I haven't found any cottage cheese discharge.

Haven't been to the doc yet (going tomorrow after work, if I can) but I'm guessing yeast infection. I immediately removed my cup, washed with divawash, and boiled for about 20 minutes. I think I've only had a YI once or twice before, and I'm pretty good about hygenic stuffs. Use divawash approx. every other time I take it out to clean it, always boil after my cycle, wash my hands thoroughly before insertion/removal...

Side note: while cleaning my cup, I noticed some ugly buildup in the holes. I was surprised, because I cleaned that out pretty well not too long ago, last cycle I think. Is it possible for yeasties to be hiding in there..? Is continual buildup like this a problem? Should I be considering switching brands?

It's barely been an hour since removal, but I'm feeling better already. I still blame the pad, but is it possible that my cup could've caused the YI? I've heard that they're more common with cup useage because of excess moisture. 

Nevertheless, I love my divacup... do I have to replace it now? How can I best clean the cup to ensure that there are little to no spores left on the cup (or in the holes)? Is the divawash/boiling I've done good enough? 

Thanks in advance for responses <3
Tags: cleaning, divacup, yeast infections
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