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Hello community,

Its been a while since I've posted...I've had no problems to bug you guys with :) That dreaded learning curve has been defeated with a few changes to folds, and a little better cervix-locating technique post-insertion to fight slobber and misplacement. I learned to live with that little bit of water that ends up in my cup when swimming, most of which has been remedied with some pelvic floor strength-training (GO KEGELS!)....So mostly I'm a happy camper when it comes to my cups.

BUT I was curious to see if anyone was having issues with Meluna Glitter cups...

I had stopped using mine on account of some yeast-infection like symptoms I thought may have been caused by the cup. Two cycles in a row I experienced some yeast infection like symptoms after using my Medium Meluna glitter. When I first started using cups I would swap between a few, especially to use a small Meluna classic at the end of my period, but for these two problematic cycles I only used my Medium Glitter. The irritating symptoms start a day or two after my period ended and would go away after a couple days of garlic clove therapy. Since switching over to my back up Fleur I've had no issues.

Perhaps theres something about pockets around exposed glitter particles not getting thoroughly cleaned?... I remember seeing some glitter fall out from the trimmed stem area, and even one on the inside of the cup. Perhaps it was just a coincidence?

I was convinced enough to toss my cup... but hesitated to do so since I'm kind of fond of the glitter and the soft texture.

So, has anyone else experienced irritations after using a glitter cup?

 
Yamxyamx on February 24th, 2012 03:22 am (UTC)
I use a Meluna glitter cup all the time, and never had any problems.

Maybe you should boil yours?
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on February 24th, 2012 03:25 am (UTC)
all the glitter that wasn't embedded in the cup (a very small amount) ended up on my hands as i practiced folding it. i've never had any problem that i'd attribute to this cup *knock on wood*. were your problematic periods exceptionally long? also, did you always *respect* the 12h rule? i also switch between cups every now and then, my two main cups being both melunas (old medium glitter soft and new small soft). when i've had a cup in for too long, i never reinsert but use another one.

Edited at 2012-02-24 03:38 am (UTC)
Tessgryphonwing on February 24th, 2012 04:47 am (UTC)
No problems with my glitter cup. It's also never shed any glitter.
l0ve_the_beachl0ve_the_beach on February 24th, 2012 03:46 pm (UTC)
Mine shed some glitter when I first got it, but I can't imagine that causing those symptoms. Any chance it could be coincidence? Have you had any changes in diet or medications?
fireaphidfireaphid on February 24th, 2012 09:41 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the glitter should be totally inert and shouldn't be able to cause yeast infections. To me, it sounds like you reinfected yourself with yeast residue left on the cup you used at the time you started having an infection, which happens to be your glitter MeLuna. Boiling sanitizes cups, but you can also buy a sterilizing solution that would actually clean off any yeast that remains. So, my recommendation is not to toss the cup, but instead to clean it more thoroughly with sterilization tablets (or another form of sterilizing wash).
heatha_featha28 on April 2nd, 2012 10:55 pm (UTC)
Sorry for taking so long to resume this discussion here

I regularly boil cups after each cycle, though I'm not sure boiling kills all yeasties.

I hadn't disrespected the 12h rule, but was using the same cup for the whole cycle, with only rinses at changes

No changes in diet or medication, and symptoms were more of general irritation than nasty yeasty discharge

and, I wasn't meaning to imply that glitter could cause yeast infections... just that perhaps spaces where glitter had fallen out could harbor some micro-gunk. Are milton tablets any more effective at killing yeast than boiling??