alphadel (alphadel) wrote in menstrual_cups,

Soap for hands (and stem trimming questions)

Hey everyone!

I'm preparing for my second period using the cup and I'd like to clear some things up.

I read a lot of posts about what soaps to use on your cup (if any) but nothing about what soap to use on your hands. My first round with the cup I used a seventh generation dish soap (unscented) on my hands the problem is that it take forever to wash completely out. I have unscented castile soap but it leaves film behind in my sink so I'm reluctant to use it on my hands before insertion. Also most soaps have glycerin in it, which I've read isn't very good. Although I used to use lube with glycerin for tampons and it never bothered me, since I've read more about this it's starting to worry me a lot. Am I just over-thinking this?

Any brand suggestions of soap (for HANDS, not the cup) would be very helpful. :)

I am thinking about buying "Method Hand Wash" with these ingredients: Water, Sodium Sulfate, Betaine, Glycerin, Aloe, Citric Acid, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Citrate.

Again I might just be over-thinking this?

Secondly, I think I need to trim the stem on my cup (small lunette). It sticks out a little after I insert it as far as I can, but after walking around for a while or sleeping it rides up just a little so that the stem is a millimeter or so inside. But if I pee, the stem will come back down (and eventually ride up again with time). In the post-pee position it's easy to pinch the base. Having the stem stick out doesn't hurt, but it is a little irritating if I sit a certain way before it rides up. I didn't have any problems reaching/removing the cup but I'm still scared to trim the stem as I've only had one period with it. BTW, I want to trim the stem up to the last ridge leaving just a little nub to feel if I need it. Should I leave it alone for a few more cycles?

Also I'm worried about the trimmed stem irritating the inside of my vagina instead of the outside.

Sorry if this is a stupid post. I tend to over-think most decisions, especially if I'm new to something.
Tags: chafing/irritation, cleaning, lunette, stem length/trimming
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