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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.
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.