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27 July 2012 @ 01:44 am

So I ordered my Ladycup (which I'm so excited for!) It should arrive with "Auntie Flo", so I'll be able to use it pretty soon. :-) I have a few questions about storage and care. 

First, I think the cup itself (the Honeysuckle color) is absolutely beautiful, but the drawstring bag is flat out ugly. I'd like to keep it in the pouch, then put the pouch in a different small plastic lined pouch along with the mini spray bottle and wipes. If the cup is completely clean and dry, will it be okay to store it in the pouch and put the pouch in the plastic lined pouch alongside the other necessities? 

Care wise--at the end of each cycle, I plan on washing it with cleaner, then rinsing it in hot water. Should I let it soak? I really don't plan on boiling it, although I might soak it in hot water. I feel like this plus cleaners will be just as sufficient as boiling. 

Also, can I use aloe vera gel for lube? I used it before for inserting tampons--I want to make sure it won't damage the cup or anything.

Last question--I'm going to wear a disposable pad (since I have like an entire box of them left) with the cup just in case it leaks. Once I get everything down, I want to be able to wear the cup alone (no backup) how many do this leak free (not including overflowing the cup or buying the wrong size cup)? My flow is pretty light (4 days--on my lightest days I'll just wear a pantyliner, the heaviest day I'll go through 3 regular pads.) I'll obviously check it as needed and I don't think I should have a problem given my flow and the capacity of the small Ladycup. 

Thanks! :-)

 
susannahfragilemacabre on July 27th, 2012 06:12 am (UTC)
With the very rare fluke due to inserting it wrong, I don't leak. I wore disposable pads for the first few days too as a precaution but promptly stopped. Good luck!
teacupcake89 on July 27th, 2012 09:03 am (UTC)
I always wear (the smallest size) panty liners because of the 'residual slobber' I get after emptying my cup, but no leaks so far! :)

you don't need to boil/soak after each month. many users just wash with water, or mild soap/baby shampoo and water every day or so. remember to rinse the cup with cold water after emptying as hot water 'cooks' blood stains on!

storage: I think that's fine! no different to it being in the pouch in your handbag/suitcase. I wouldn't store in by itself in something plastic though, because it needs to be in a breathable fabric. you could always make your own pouch from nicer fabric? or there are lots of etsy sellers who make them (femininewear.co.uk stock them!) :)

it might take you several cycles to get through the learning curve, don't expect to 'get it' right away! (you might, but most need time and practice)
Jennifer Monoteasy2begreen on July 27th, 2012 02:02 pm (UTC)
I've never boiled my LadyCup and have no issues with staining, smells, or infections. I just soap it out well between uses (I have more than one cup, so I alternate, but LadyCup is my favorite).

I wear thin cloth liners with all of my cups just in case. Rarely needed, good for my peace of mind. My favorites are from Mimi's Dreams on Etsy, but the super thin ones are by Party in My Pants. You can also make a few yourself if you're handy. :-)
juliiie87juliiie87 on July 27th, 2012 05:37 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't store a cup in anything plasticy (except maybe for a pul-lined wetbag). I rarely boil my cup(s), just wash it with feminine wash at the beginning and the end of my cycle, and a couple times during. Definitely always rinse blood off in cold water, and so far I haven't had any serious issues with staining. I did let my cup sun bathe on the windowsill for a few days and scrubed it with a toothbrush once. I also make sure to squeeze water throught the holes everytime I empty near a sink.

Residual slober can be taken care of by wearing black underwear, but I usually wear a cloth pantyliner as back-up (<3 Mimi's dreams too), because on one of the rare ocassions I didn't, I left my cup in for too long and it overflowed. -.-' I wear them almost everyday, anyway. Just make sure the cup isn't still folded, that's happened to me too.
alpacalypse21 on July 28th, 2012 03:53 am (UTC)
First of all, for storage, I found these gems:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/22641670/diva-cup-bag?ref=sr_gallery_5&ga_search_query=menstrual+cup+pouch&ga_order=most_relevant&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=ZZ&ga_min=0&ga_max=0&ga_search_type=all

Won't hold your cleaning supplies, but ohmigawsh they are adorable!

For keeping my cup clean, I wash it like I regularly and then spray it with some alcohol when I'm done. I intend on soaking it in hydrogen peroxide once it starts to get stained.

As for the aloe vera, I don't think it will harm your cup, but I still wouldn't recommend it. Look on the label and see if it says "for external use only." I would recommend just purchasing a regular ol' water-based lube. I personally just wet the point of insertion with some tap water and I'm good to go.

I would definitely recommend using at least a pantyliner until you get the hang of it, but I personally managed to not leak in my first try! But you might as well use it, just to be safe.
juliiie87juliiie87 on July 28th, 2012 05:33 pm (UTC)
True, and there's many more here : http://www.etsy.com/search_results.php?search_query=menstrual+cup+bag

And gladrags has pretty decent batik bags on sale : http://gladrags.com/product/257/Menstrual-Cup-Bag.html
fortune elkinsfortune elkins on July 28th, 2012 04:43 am (UTC)
Mine have never leaked on me. Amazing but true! I wear my lacy Sarda's all the time now. W00t.

You can too, with just a little practice.
pinkpearls36pinkpearls36 on July 30th, 2012 03:48 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for the tips, links, and encouragement from your own stories! It really means a lot!

I found a cotton zipper pouch I like from Target. I do sew and I just found the cotton drawstring bags less appealing. I mean, some of them are nice, but they're so easy to make--I made one when I was 8 or 9 for next to nothing.)

I ended up not being able to try out my Ladycup. Apparently shipping to the US takes 15-28 days. :-/ Literally hours after I posted this thread, Auntie Flo made her appearance and I typically go 3 or 4 days. I'll just have to wait until next time. Did anyone else get their Ladycup before 15-28 days?

I'm hoping once I'm out of disposable pads, I'll have it down. If I rinse and dry the cup completely before re-inserting it, will "residual slobber" still be an issue? I have a mini spray bottle and wipes I'm planning on putting in my zipper pouch in the event I need it. The handicapped stalls have sinks and the "family bathrooms" (the large bathrooms for men or women, complete with sinks and the works) seem to be sprouting about all over my town and university.

I'm hoping I don't need any backup once I have the insertion part down, possibly prevent the residual slobber, and emptying it so I don't overflow the cup (given my light flow, the Ladycup capacity, and the fact that I have more than enough time throughout the day to check it--I don't think overflowing will be a problem.
juliiie87juliiie87 on July 30th, 2012 03:33 pm (UTC)
I don't see the point in drying it before insertion, as I find it slides in much more easily when it's wet. And this has nothing to do with residual slobber, which occurs only because cups don't absorb, so anything already sitting lower in your vaginal canal (next to the cup) will get out eventually. Usually wearing black underwear, so the tiny stains don't show, should be enough. The lady has a small capacity, so maybe it's safest to start by checking it about as often as you would usually check a tampon, every 4 to 6 hours maybe, then increase time of wear accordingly. Enjoy your cup !