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10 October 2012 @ 11:10 pm
So, uh...

Okay, this is embarrassing.

I was doing the post-period cleaning of the little holes along the rim with a toothpick, as one does because they get crud in there, and got startled by a cat ("LOVE!" says the cat. "ARGH" says me. "YOWCH" says the divacup). So I wasn't paying attention to how much pressure was on the other end of the toothpick. Clearly, the answer should have been 'none or only a little as it passes through the hole' instead of 'approximately enough that silicone can't take it anymore', and long story short, it has a puncture now where a puncture should not be. I'm pretty sure that I have to buy a new one.

If I don't make it to the one and only store in town that carries them before next month, or have one of those wondrous "oh, you thought you were done? HA HA GUESS WHAT" moments that the menses are sometimes prone to, would it work as a temporary stopgap even though the puncture is in the region of where the blood goes? That doesn't seem very hygienic. What can I do with it besides just throw it away?
Sarcasticia Nitpickersontisiphone on October 11th, 2012 06:41 am (UTC)
I actually am not sure that a toothpick-sized puncture is going to make that much of a difference, especially for a silicone cup. Before doing anything I'd fill it up with water and see how much it leaks!
Ashatenlegspider on October 11th, 2012 08:15 am (UTC)
I don't know what you mean by "not very hygienic"? If it's that it'll leak and you don't want that then yeah that would be a nuisance, but check that it's really a problem as tisiphone says. Otherwise... it's a hole. It comes with holes. Seems fine to me.
Takditaykan on October 11th, 2012 09:09 am (UTC)
Yeah, but it's an irregular hole, which automatically makes it more difficult to clean and more prone to harboring bacteria and other assorted nastiness.
juliiie87juliiie87 on October 11th, 2012 10:14 am (UTC)
If water can go through that hole, then hydrogen peroxide can too. HP is a disinfectant as well as a "blood stain eater", so a soak in it would probably fix any nastiness. If I were you, I'd wait and see how it goes. Of course if your cup starts stinking like never before, it'll still be time to get a new one. Online, preferably, as those Divas in brick'n'mortar shops are usually more expensive.
Ashatenlegspider on October 11th, 2012 11:51 am (UTC)
Fair enough, but I wouldn't worry about it for one period.
XDeasilydistra on October 11th, 2012 12:01 pm (UTC)
my guess is it depends how low on the body the hole is. closer to the rim would be better.
m03m on October 11th, 2012 02:24 pm (UTC)
Since you have just finished your period, chances are good that you can buy one online and still have it arrive in time for the next one. That is generally cheaper than buying it in a brick and mortar store.
p_seudonymp_seudonym on October 11th, 2012 03:20 pm (UTC)
A trick I use for cleaning my little holes: I fill the cup with water and a little Dr Bronner's baby soap, seal the top of it with my palm, and force the water out through the little holes. (I used to use a toothpick, but it never seemed to work right). You could do that with HP to sterilize if you wanted, too. (I boil.) Also, boiling will kill the buggies in the holes.
wiesoauchimmer on October 15th, 2012 10:33 pm (UTC)
that's what i do too, just with plain water.

i've also read a while back that some people use something like this: http://www.gumbrand.com/flossing-deep-teeth-cleaning-tools/interproximal-brushes/go-betweens-proxabrush-refills-tight/

it might be more gentle than a tooth pick, though i've never seen those out of the box.