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Jessie Clark
06 October 2012 @ 01:27 am
Seems like when I was doing research on cups, I read you should never store them in an airtight container.  What's the reasoning for this?  Would putting one in a clean ziplock bag for a few hours (max four) be a huge no-no? 

Does coldness have any effect on silicone?

The reason I'm asking is I'm getting symptoms that my period is probably coming up soon (it's pretty spectacularly irregular, but there are some give-away symptoms).  I'd like to take my cup to work with me just in case.  My work is very dusty.  I would not be at all comfortable using it if it sat there long in nothing but a cloth bag and didn't get washed.  I could leave it in the glove box, but I'm pretty far north, it's been way below freezing for a couple of nights now (I work a weird, short late night shift, so again, a max of four hours). 

I could always just put a pad in my back pocket again.  I don't want to risk anything icky.

Thanks for any advice you can give me!

*Edit* Thanks for all the reassurance and the ideas.  It's the weekend now, so it won't actually be an issue this time, but lots of inspiration for next time it turns up.  Thanks!
 
m03m on October 6th, 2012 07:14 am (UTC)
I think that a few hours does not count as storage. I don't see any problems with transporting a cup in a ziplock bag. Many manufacturers send them in those.
It's just that you should not put a cleaned/wet cup in one and leave it there until your next period, as the moisture can't get out.

Coldness has no effect on silicone, that I know of.
anjeaanjea on October 6th, 2012 04:59 pm (UTC)
Once it's dry, though, what is the issue with storing it in a ziplock bag or some other container? It doesn't make any bit of sense to me why not, assuming the cup and the receptacle are both are dry when you put the cup in.
m03m on October 6th, 2012 05:14 pm (UTC)
Once it's dry, my guess would be that it's fine. If it were harmful, they would not be sent out that way. And many of them are.
Ashatenlegspider on October 6th, 2012 07:28 am (UTC)
Cloth should be enough to keep the dust out (especially since presumably your cup will be in a cloth bag inside your handbag or whatever), but yes it's fine to have it in an air-tight container for a day or so.

Both medical-grade silicone sex toys and the cheaper stuff that's used to kitchen equipment can be left in a freezer without any lasting effect.
Jessie ClarkJessie Clark on October 6th, 2012 09:19 pm (UTC)
I hadn't even thought about the added layer of the carrier the little cloth bag would be in. I actually carry a bunch of notebooks and stuff for my other work, so I use a big, mesh sided tote bag instead of a handbag, but I could easily swap to my sturdy backpack instead.

Thanks for the idea!
Meganarwen_17 on October 6th, 2012 03:30 pm (UTC)
Why don't you just put it in before work? That won't cause any health problems and you won't have to worry about it.
Jessie ClarkJessie Clark on October 6th, 2012 09:41 pm (UTC)
Because I'm still used to thinking in pads and tampons. This is an excellent suggestion, thank you!
Master of karate and friendshipbearscanfly on October 6th, 2012 10:03 pm (UTC)
Vaginas make excellent storage containers! ;]
chamekkechamekke on October 6th, 2012 05:35 pm (UTC)
I was on a 4-day trip out of town recently. Because my period is irregular lately, I took my cup with me to be on the safe side, keeping it tucked away in an airtight wet bag. It did just fine. When I got it back home, back it went into its breathable bag -- no harm done.

And OK, my cup is MeLuna and therefore made of TPE, but I'm sure you're OK to do this for short periods at least.

As for long-term care, here's what the DivaCup FAQ says (and of course it's one of the silicone cups):

Storage

After use and proper cleaning, The DivaCup must be placed in something that will allow for air flow. For this reason each DivaCup you buy comes with a breathable drawstring cotton pouch. After proper cleaning, place your DivaCup in your carrying pouch, in a safe place, where it can stay until your next period.

Please Note: The DivaCup should not be stored in a plastic bag or airtight container as it is impossible for moisture to evaporate without air flow.