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22 October 2012 @ 08:44 pm
Hi, I'm fairly new to menstrual cups. I'm wondering if you at least rinse your cup after emptying every time. Or do you just wipe with toilet paper and reinsert sometimes? I noticed that when i don't at least rinse it, the odor becomes unbearable!  How about you?
Tessgryphonwing on October 23rd, 2012 04:04 am (UTC)
I rinse with water unless I'm in a place where I can't. Then I just dump it and reinsert. But I don't have to empty it often, so I can almost always rinse.

I don't notice much odor, ever. Unless I forget I'm wearing the thing for, like, days on end.
chamekke: cha_lilivonshtup_singschamekke on October 23rd, 2012 04:17 am (UTC)
If I'm changing a cup at work (in the women's washroom), then I don't rinse, otherwise I always do. Odour hasn't been a problem either way, though.
joy1989joy1989 on October 23rd, 2012 09:35 am (UTC)
I usually rinse unless I'm away from home, but I almost always have a bottle of water with me. So I can rinse it out over the toilet by pouring water from that on it when I'm away. Or I just don't bother rinsing it because I don't need to change it that often.
jollylemonjollylemon on October 24th, 2012 03:08 pm (UTC)
I don't know if I'm the only germ freak around here but.. yes, every single time. There's something about the blood being exposed to air that makes it un-reinsertable to me, I don't know.. and toilet paper has fibers, so putting it in after wiping it with it feels to me as unsafe as wearing a tampon. If I don't have water around (or my second cup) I just don't take it out. I'm one of those who takes forever to fill it up.

Edited at 2012-10-24 03:11 pm (UTC)
Darling Nikkijessiebanana on October 28th, 2012 08:27 pm (UTC)
I always rinse mine too. I even rinse if I'm re-positioning. I just prefer it. I wouldn't want bits of toilet paper stuck to my cup. Part of the awesome-ness of wearing a cup is never being in an emergency situation. I always change my cup in a single stall bathroom.
Melon the Sleepermelonaise on October 26th, 2012 12:59 am (UTC)
During my period I only rinse in the shower. The rest of the time I just re-insert. I don't usually wipe with toilet paper, just pop it right back in. I haven't had an odor problem yet (on year 2 of cup use).

I have to empty mine every couple hours on my heavy days, and I don't have access to a private bathroom at work. Fortunately I'm completely non-squeamish about my own blood.
okwaho_okaraokwaho_okara on October 27th, 2012 01:50 am (UTC)
I rinse every time, and fill w water, put it in my hand, turn upside down, and squeeze my cup to push water thru the holes. I also wipe around it w my fingers when rinsing to ensure getting any gooey stuff off!!! :). No smells ever that I've noticed.