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02 April 2013 @ 09:52 pm
I am 14, and have recently started using cups. I like my small lunette selene, but have been looking for a higher capacity cup. Since I have a low cervix, I am currently opting for a large fleurcup. Since cups are relatively expensive, I was thinking of getting a used one from mc sales. Also, I would really love a green one, and the website doesn't have those anymore. However, I am just concerned about second hand cups. I mean, it's something that has been in someone else's vagina! Can anyone tell me about the safety pros/cons of a used cup? I'm pretty sure that my mom will be doubtful. Also, on another topic, how soft is the meluna soft in comparison to the large fleurcup?
Thanks for the help,
tjs77tsa on April 3rd, 2013 06:20 am (UTC)
I just ordered a two pack of large fleurcups because the price was a lot better this way I m intending to sell one when they get here I also wanted green but it wasn't available so I got red if you are interested in purchasing one when I get them which they estimate at about 14days for shipping message me.
juliiie87juliiie87 on April 3rd, 2013 10:40 am (UTC)
I'd say the Meluna soft is definitely softer, especially in the rim. It's hard to quantify how much, but it is. There's a large Meluna soft ball stem on mc-sales right now, as you may have noticed, and I also have an unused red /pinkish Fleurcup in my drawer that I got as a set.
teacupcake89 on April 3rd, 2013 12:08 pm (UTC)
I would say 'used' cups are safe to use. most sellers will boil it before sending, and you can boil/soak in white vingegar or wipe with rubbing alcohol before using it too. Think about all the gynae instruments and things that get used on thousands of women after being essentially 'boiled' in between uses. :)
Charissacharissa on April 3rd, 2013 03:34 pm (UTC)
I'd put it into this perspective with your mom:

say, a new fleurcup would cost like $25ish USD, That's how many boxes of tampons - maybe a 2 or 3 month supply? Yes, you have another cup, but you need a higher capacity - it be like you buying a couple boxes of heavy tampons. Getting a second cup is still cheaper than a years worth of disposables.

That, and I've heard a number of people here have a "light days" cup. Though, I made the switch from a soft mini meluna to a large fleurcup and the fleurcup works well for me! IMO, I found the fleurcup easier to open as it was a little stiffer - but still soft enough that it didn't bother me.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on April 3rd, 2013 04:58 pm (UTC)
I agree with others that even the most expensive cup will pay for itself many times over in savings over disposables in its anticipated 5-10 year lifespan. If the large green Fleurcup calls to you, then be patient and order one when it comes back into stock.

As for used cups... Silicone is non-absorbent so any microbes would stay on the surface and be washed away from the surface. The only way to truly sterilize anything would be with an autoclave -- but the good news is that the really nasty (all-inclusive general term) "germs" do not survive for very long outside of their host so methods like washing, boiling, sunning, chemicals such as vinegar, rubbing alcohol or a 10% bleach solution will most likely clobber anything that remains viable.

There is also a matter of honor and conscience in that anyone who even suspects that they might have been exposed to anything communicable would probably not offer their cup for sale.
pineapplewhippineapplewhip on February 10th, 2014 06:46 am (UTC)
My thoughts
Personally (unless you buy a new one as another offered you) there is no way you can be sure a used cup is safe. Even if boiled, AIDS and syphilis and many other deadly illness, do not die even at very high or cold temperatures. If that was safe they would merely boil medical syringes, and they don't. We are talking about blood. Blood carries bad ailments that can make life hell or even kill you. I had a blood transfusion, due to severe animia, and they know the blood does not have HIV, Hepatitis etc. And they still radiate the blood first, and still they give you a batch number of the blood in case they find some thing they didn't know about. It is well worth buying a new cup and being frugal if you need in another area, so it is affordable. New cups are the only safe way to use them. Never take chances with your health. It's so important. :) Take care. Bridgette