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Warning: wide load
23 May 2012 @ 02:24 pm
Has anybody noticed a reoccurring residue on their cups? I have a Diva, and when I'm not using it I notice that it gets this film on it that feels greasy. I wash it, boil it, and soak it in peroxide, and it seems squeaky clean, but soon afterward it feels gross again. I'm not worried enough to stop using it, and it's never caused me any problems, I'm just curious. I hope it's not degrading or something. I doubt it's bacteria, I haven't had any infections and I live in Phoenix, Arizona, not an environment that encourages bacteria growth. Or maybe I'm just imagining things?
 
Sarcasticia Nitpickersontisiphone on May 23rd, 2012 09:33 pm (UTC)
The Diva cup is made from silicone, which sometimes does that - I forget why, it's either the silicone formulation or some additive they sometimes use. One of my sex toys has that too. If it starts getting tacky between uses then it means the silicone is degrading, and it's probably time for a replacement, but otherwise it's fine.
Warning: wide loadinnsmouth_eyes on May 23rd, 2012 09:35 pm (UTC)
I've only had it for about six months though, isn't it supposed to last at least a year? Could I have done something to wear it out sooner?
Sarcasticia Nitpickersontisiphone on May 23rd, 2012 09:37 pm (UTC)
Like I said, it's probably just the silicone formulation being greasy. It's only if it's sticky that you need to worry. However, if you're using any kind of lube that could do it if it's silicone, or if it's been exposed to extreme heat (like, leaving it in the car on a hot day heat, not leaving it in your bedroom drawer without airconditioning heat).
Warning: wide loadinnsmouth_eyes on May 23rd, 2012 09:47 pm (UTC)
Well, it's not sticky or falling apart, so I guess it's ok :) I do use water based lube and I haven't exposed it to heat except by boiling, so I won't worry too much. Thanks!
Sir Digby Chicken Caesarnecromance on May 24th, 2012 12:06 am (UTC)
Mine does that if I store it in my medicine cabinet but not when it's hanging out on the counter or back of the toilet. I assume it's just humidity and dust and weird things collecting on it.
juliiie87juliiie87 on May 24th, 2012 11:01 am (UTC)
Good point, I wonder where the OP stores it ? I've heard anything air-tight is bad.
Warning: wide loadinnsmouth_eyes on May 24th, 2012 11:06 pm (UTC)
I keep it in a drawer usually, but I've left it out and got the same situation.
teacupcake89 on May 24th, 2012 10:52 am (UTC)
Just so you know, Diva Cups (and all other menstrual cups) are made to last for up to 10 years if looked after properly.
Diva Cup recently changed their recomendations to 1 year (in attempts to increase re-purchases)!!