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Torena
02 October 2012 @ 07:20 am
I have been using a cup for 14 months now. I started with the Diva Cup in August last year and bought a Fleurcup that I started using in August (which I've only used once at this point). I understand the recommendations for using a perfume-free soap for cleaning a cup, but I was wondering about all natural soaps using essential oils? I use Chagrin Valley's soaps, only the ones that use essential oils (though some of them have additional ingredients like coconut milk or shea butter). I had some issues during the summer with yeast infections during my period while using my cup that went away after my period or on the last two where I have used a pad. I don't know if it was the soap I was using or, something a friend of mine suggested - the heat of summer, since I didn't have a problem in the cooler months cleaning it the same way. But.. maybe it's possible that I was using a soap without any extra "stuff" (like shea butter, coconut milk, etc.) in the cooler months?? I wasn't keeping track. I thought I'd post here and see if anyone else has had a similar experience.
 
teacupcake89 on October 2nd, 2012 01:00 pm (UTC)
I personally wouldn't use any kind of soaps with any kind of essential oils in on my cup. I personally use Johnsons baby shampoo and rinse well to avoid any residue on the cup. :)

You don't 'need' to use any soap at all, so you could just use water and see if that makes a difference (and maybe Milton for a good clean every month or so if you really want to)

If you had a yeast infection when you used pads recently though, then I would look at all the other things that can cause thrush (hot weather can contribute as yeast likes warm conditions, so if you sweat more in the summer..)

try wearing cotton underwear, no tights/leggings/tight pants, cut down on sugary/carbs foods (bread!) and alcohol etc etc. and not using perfumed/scented soaps/shower gels etc.

period blood raises the vaginal ph level which is why yeast infections can tend to go away after periods :) this FAQ on yeast infections from vaginapagina might help for any future info/yeast infections etc: http://wiki.vaginapagina.com/index.php?title=Yeast_Infection

:)
Torenavitainpalus on October 3rd, 2012 12:25 pm (UTC)
I'm not having the yeast infection when I use my (cloth) pads which is why I suspected the cleaning method. Interesting about the vaginal ph! I will go check out that FAQ. Thanks!!
teacupcake89 on October 3rd, 2012 04:49 pm (UTC)
ahh ok :) yeah, periods can also cause thrush due to the ph changes, which is why some women get thrush regularly during/after their periods :)

there's some great natural remedies in the faq link too! :)
juliiie87juliiie87 on October 2nd, 2012 08:15 pm (UTC)
I think that basically you'll want to avoid all stuff intended to be moisturizing to the skin. In my case I use a feminine wash, unfortunately it is perfumed, but my bits never complained so far, so I figured it was fine. The baby shampoo works for several people. And so does plain water, preferably with a thorough clean in between periods. Most people use boiling, but there are several other ways to sanitize just as well, and some of them (peroxide, rubbing alcool, sunning, bicarb') are actually better at tackling discoloration, if that's something you care about.


Edit : I meant to add having a period, and using disposable pads in the heat of summer are other very common factors to trigger a yeast infection, so it might not be all due to the cup. But it'd still be a good experiment to try another cleaning method for a period or two.

Edited at 2012-10-02 08:17 pm (UTC)
Torenavitainpalus on October 3rd, 2012 12:25 pm (UTC)
I am not having yeast infections when I use pads, sorry if I wrote that wrong. :) I use cloth pads, not disposables.
juliiie87juliiie87 on October 3rd, 2012 03:44 pm (UTC)
Oh, ok, good for you ! then what I meant was : a period doesn't always get your PH right, in fact blood most often messes up with it and makes you more vulnerable to infections.