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27 July 2012 @ 03:07 am
i am stressed! i've been using a divacup for a bit more than 2 years.. ever since i got my period back after i had my daughter in 08. i would say out of the last 24 months, by the end of my cycle i either have had a bacteria infection OR a yest infection 18 times. it's to the point where i can tell on the last day of my cycle which one it is but still wait few days to see if it gets worse, and when it does i treat it.

i wash my hands thoroughly before emptying my cup, clean the cup after every cycle, and recently started boiling my divacup after each cycle to see if that helps. before using a cup, i have BV maybe twice my entire life and a yeast infection maybe 3 or 4 times. im so sick of dealing with this. i thought it was a possibility thta maybe the divacup just held on to yeast or whatever easier and tried a mooncup or keeper (US) for maybe 5 cycles in there but had the same issues and didn't like the cup nearly as much.

honestly i dont see myself ever going back to tampons, but i am SO sick of having to deal with these issues. has anyone else had similar issues? anything?
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
pinkpearls36pinkpearls36 on July 27th, 2012 07:46 am (UTC)
You might want to bring it up with your doctor. It sounds like you are doing a good job cleaning-wise. What cleaners do you use on the cup? (Some kill the good bacteria that keeps things in balance.)

Diet also plays a role--yeast feeds off sugar. Making sure you eat a balanced diet and laying off the white sugars can help a great deal. Some say eating some Greek yogurt helps fight off yeast infections since it gives your body more good bacteria.

I'm still waiting on my cup to arrive (I haven't had any experience with them yet), but do know that I haven't had any yeast infection issues simply by following the no vaginal sprays, internal cleaners, etc., I eat yogurt daily (yay for good bacteria), and recently began to give up refined sugars. They're absolutely horrible for your body.
scarletibis on July 27th, 2012 09:20 am (UTC)
Yeast problems after child birth are quite common. I wouldn't suspect them to be related to the cup. You should definitely see your doctor about this.

You could try one period with conventional sanitary napkins and see what happens, just to rule out the cup.</p>

But definitely see a doctor!

pixie_kpixie_k on July 27th, 2012 09:30 am (UTC)
In my experience
I have had NO BV, despite previous bv issues, and less issues with yeast infections following my period after switching to my cups. I have both Diva and Yukki. I have not boiled either of my cups in over 18 months. I will note that I do eat greek yogurt, and I do not add sugar to anything I eat or drink, though I pay little attention to my sugar intakes overall. I avoid SOAP on my cup, and in the vaginal area. Perhaps your hands aren't fully rinsed of soaps in your zeal to be sure that your hands are clean before removing or inserting your cup?

Edited at 2012-07-27 09:31 am (UTC)
teacupcake89 on July 27th, 2012 09:40 am (UTC)
how are you treating your BV/Yeast infection? as often the antibiotics for BV cause a yeast infection because of the imbalance they cause.

the LJ comm http://vaginapagina.livejournal.com/ has lots of good advice in the comments on post about BV/YIS such as rinsing with boric acid or apple cide vinegar, inserting a garlic clove inside overnight, applying sugar free natural yoghurt. You could try a combination of these with reducing your sugar/yeast intake?

are you wearing synthetic underwear, tight fitting trousers/tights? as that can cause YIs.
what products do you use to wash yourself/the cup? you should avoid anything perfumed.
bicyclegasolinebicyclegasoline on July 27th, 2012 07:24 pm (UTC)
I'll echo trying a period using something other than a cup, and see if you still get a YI. I've had thrush for 13 months solid now, so I feel your discomfort! Sorry I don't have any advice other than that, though.
fortune elkinsfortune elkins on July 28th, 2012 04:36 am (UTC)
Try an anti-candida diet! Many women after birth struggle with candida. Change your diet and start probiotics. . .it takes a while, but it does work.

Good luck!
mags3333 on July 28th, 2012 01:41 pm (UTC)
I have been using a Diva Cup for about six years, and like you, I can't even begin to think about going back to using tampons again. I have chronic yeast infections, too. It is so miserable, and I really hadn't thought that my cup usage and the infections were correlated. The "good diet" thing doesn't work for me; I don't eat very much refined sugar at all. (Am more of a salt person.) I also drink Green Vibrance drink per day, which is full of probiotics. AND I STILL get infections. The Candida Diet is extremely difficult. I"m going to try to follow this thread to see what others say. It is my experience that people who have not had a yeast infection ~ like, a REALLY bad one don't completely understand how seriously crippling they can be. :( (I have had them so bad that my skin peels "down there" and it burns when I urinate. And YES, it was a yeast infection, not a VD or anything. It was after I took the antibiotic Biaxin. I have avoided that med like the plague ever since!!!) Good luck.
pinkpearls36pinkpearls36 on July 30th, 2012 03:12 am (UTC)
Hormonal imbalances can also make you more susceptible to yeast infection. This is why a lot of people claim to have yeast infections after times when their hormones may be bumped out of whack after child birth, a major lifestyle change, menopause, etc.

Getting your hormone levels checked and restoring any imbalances might help.

All the best! <3
n0m_de_plum: Rufus Sewelln0m_de_plum on July 30th, 2012 11:41 pm (UTC)
I have gone through something like that, but it was before I started using cups.
BV is just a bitch to get rid of and usually you will end up with a yeast infection from the antibiotics used to treat it. It's just rough re-balancing.
So I honestly don't think this is a cup issue.
Actually, since I started using the DivaCup I haven't had BV again, yet. *Knock on wood*

Last summer I had BV/yeast from May until August and this is what finally got rid of it:
While you're recovering...
- wear only cotton underwear and no thongs or cheekies no matter what the material
- don't wear tight pants, as a matter of fact whenever possible wear knee length skirts without underwear (you will feel self-conscious but as long as you're careful getting in and out of cars and walking up stair cases, it isn't that big a deal)
- if you get sweaty shower as soon as you possibly can, don't leave workout clothes on for any length of time after you're done exercising
- when washing down there, only rinse with warm water don't soap
- be careful to not let soap, shampoo, or conditioner residue get down there when you are rising in the shower
- take showers not baths
- after a shower dry thoroughly with a hair dryer on low setting, not a towel
- cut down your sugar intake even if you don't normally eat a lot
- I'm sure you've already heard don't use any douche or feminine deodorant
- give it time and be patient

I hope you're feeling better soon!

Edited at 2012-07-30 11:51 pm (UTC)