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So, I had been having pain using my cup so I went to the gyne to make sure everything was ok. Now, I used the cup as directed, I changed it every eight hours, and I wore it at night because the label said I could.
Well, the reason I was having pain was because I have an abrasion on my vaginal wall, and I got it from wearing the cup. I'm pretty angry about this, because I did everything right and I still had a problem. Basically, I was told that I could not wear the cup at night, and I could not keep it in for eight hours at a time. Oh, and I also can't use it for a few cycles until the spot heals. Which is extremely irritating to me, I'm in college, and the time when this cup would have been the most useful to me was when I was staying in hot dorms without air conditioning. But nope, not gonna happen this year. Also, I apparently may have a yeast infection from using it, which may be keeping that spot from healing properly.
Basically, I'm posting this as a warning. As much as people like to say cups are really super safe, they actually can cause problems. You really shouldn't wear it at night, and you really shouldn't keep it in all day without changing it. It's actually not safe. Even something normal like your menstrual blood can cause problems, because it isn't the same ph as your vagina. The change in ph can cause bacteria to grow there.
Basically, you should be treating it like a tampon. That's the safest way to use these products. Don't do what I did and assume the company wants what's best for your health, and what they say is accurate. It's not accurate, not by a long shot.
Now that the angry part is over, I told the gyne I saw about this site... it will be funny if she reads this post.
m03m on July 2nd, 2012 08:49 pm (UTC)
Sorry, despite your bad experience, I'll keep using my cup like I've been using it for the past four years...
but I'm very sorry that it doesn't work as advertised for you, and I can see why you're annoyed/angry. I would be, too.

Sorry, I forgot: which cup do you have again?
juliiie87juliiie87 on July 2nd, 2012 09:36 pm (UTC)
Found it : OP was using a Diva with stem, cup rode high and she had a painful spot from wearing the cup two inches up on one side. Sorry I forgot to copy the link.
Ashatenlegspider on July 2nd, 2012 09:20 pm (UTC)
Wearing it at night and for up to eight hours at a time would be treating it like a tampon.

I'm sorry you've had problems. Reinfecting yourself with a cup that you wore when you had a yeast infection is a known issue, so if you ever notice that you have one again, use pads for that month. The rest is new to me.
juliiie87juliiie87 on July 2nd, 2012 09:23 pm (UTC)
I'm very sorry for your unfortunate experience. I would be very angry too. I don't remeber what cup you were using or how your experience went (will have a look for your posts once I finish this). One of the reasons I've chosen the cup I'm using is because of its softness. I was concerned it would cause any such pain. It hasn't caused me anymore discomfort as of yet then say, having sex, and that's only for a brief second during removal. Therefore, I consider myself a lucky, happy user.

It's true that menstrual blood can trigger a yeast infection, and some things one may use on a cup (such as lube or soap residue) may not help in this regard. But really, anyone can get a yeast infection connected to a period, cup user or not. Before I used a cup, I relied on tampons, and I'm pretty sure those caused more scratching and imbalance. So I see cups as an improvement.

I think your warning is absolutely relevant when a cup user experiences pain, then the best thing to do is to leave the cup aside until it heals, unfortunately. And perhaps, if the user wants to, look for a different cup (softer, smaller, etc.) If I were in your situation, I'd use cloth pads for a couple cycles. I find them much more comfortable, soft and breathable than the paper type. The downside, honestly, is that they are a bit expensive. But just like cups, they pay off in the long run, at least if you look for cheap alternatives to the big brand names (I recommend having a browse on Etsy or making your own!).

Edited at 2012-07-02 09:26 pm (UTC)
Procrastinator Extraordinaire: Gargoyle Eyenightmer on July 2nd, 2012 09:28 pm (UTC)
Sorry, one person's unusual experience doesn't make a product generally unsafe. I believe that cups can aggravate certain problems and perhaps even cause them, but a blanket statement like this is unnecessary when so many people use them without issue (just like any other menstrual product).

If your doctor has a citation for why they say cups shouldn't be used overnight, I'd be interested to see it. Plus, the point about menstrual bood having a different pH and allowing bacteria to grow doesn't make sense in regards to yeast infections or abrasions, as the blood shouldn't be coming into contact with the vaginal wall if they're being emptied properly and YIs are not bacterial.
Tessgryphonwing on July 2nd, 2012 09:40 pm (UTC)
Your experience has certainly been unpleasant, and I can see why you'd be upset.

However, the stuff you've cited here doesn't make a lot of sense. Yeast isn't a bacteria, a cup shouldn't be causing any abrasions unless you've been sharpening it or something (or nicked yourself with a fingernail?) as it is a smooth product. Yeast infections can be caused by all kinds of things

A lot of us wear cups all the time - and have for years - with no concerns. Your particular problems may be aggravated by the cup, certainly, but that doesn't mean no one else should use them. Should we say no one should ever use a disposable pad because they cause labial irritation for some people?

I'm allergic to eggplant, but I haven't started ranting against the sellers of baba ghanoush.
acat112233acat112233 on July 2nd, 2012 10:43 pm (UTC)
Great response.
Darling Nikkijessiebanana on July 4th, 2012 08:41 pm (UTC)
Completely agree. It's a lot more likely you nicked yourself with a fingernail, than that cup itself did any damage or that the friction from manipulating the cup to much to place it right cause it.
noodlenoodz on July 2nd, 2012 11:42 pm (UTC)
Sorry you had a bad experience, but I've been using cups for about 14 years and I've never had a single abrasion or yeast infection (or any other type of infection). I keep my cup in overnight and sometimes for a lot longer than eight hours.
nocebo_domingonocebo_domingo on July 2nd, 2012 11:46 pm (UTC)
I hope you heal quickly and find a menstrual product that works for you.
rachaelhubbard on July 3rd, 2012 12:59 am (UTC)
This. And thank you for posting your story... good to know that it's not ALL rainbows and unicorns ;) I personally like to hear about the good AND the bad experiences people have with products before investing in them.
moonhoney925 on July 3rd, 2012 04:57 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry that you had such a rotten experience. Obviously your cup is not the right one for you. I hope that you do not give up on cups altogether.

If you want to give it another go, maybe go for a softer one.
melissa569melissa569 on July 3rd, 2012 07:05 am (UTC)
Sorry you've had some trouble, but I and many others have been safely using a cup for years. Both in the daytime and at night.

You can see from my blog here: http://menstrualcupinfo.wordpress.com/ I have tested almost every brand out there, again in the daytime and at night, and I'm healthy.

Of course I'm not saying that cups are better than everything else. That is strictly a matter of preference, from one person to another. But I will say-- in general-- they certainly are not any MORE dangerous than anything else.

The menstrual cup is simply an innovative idea, which offers a more economical choice, or (in the case of allergies to disposables) a tampon-like alternative made from another material which does not absorb, and basically just "something different" for anyone who might be interested.

Experiences are extremely unique. I have seen people who got infections, dryness and chafing from tampons, but not cups! And I've seen people who just really can't use a cup, but they love tampons.

I don't think cups need any more warning than anything else. A lot of a person's experience has to do with their own body, regardless of what they use. It may be sensitive, it may be more tender, easier to chafe, there may be weak spots in your skin here and there... You may be allergic to something. Which a vaginal allergic reaction could cause infections.

And some people get a yeast infection each and every time they put any foreign objects inside (even washed fingers, or having regular sex)-- while other people can put almost anything up there (even dirty items!), and not be affected. Some just have very strong immunities, and others, their ph is more sensitive.

There is no one period product that will affect everyone the same way (good or bad). With the diversity in our bodies, that is just impossible.

Edited at 2012-07-03 07:14 am (UTC)
ididntdoit83ididntdoit83 on July 3rd, 2012 07:10 pm (UTC)
I feel bad that you've gone through that, but I don't think that ONE person's story is enough proof that menstrual cups are all horrible. The damage you've had, while not pleasant, isn't life threatening and doesn't SEEM to be a common issue. TSS isn't a common issue with tampons, but it IS dangerous.

I have never heard any menstrual cup maker say "This product is COMPLETELY safe!". The wording most places use is "This product is a safer alternative to tampons".
With all due respect, one bad experience from one user doesn't mean that everyone should stop using cups. I don't claim to be an expert at using cups, but they've been a complete life saver for me. I'm taking a risk here, but you do so with pretty much all menstrual products. In fact, you take a risk when using pretty much all products. Can you think of ANY product which hasn't got the potential to cause irritation to some people in some way?
Sorry for the long post, but I don't completely agree with what you're saying. :( It's just my opinion.