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24 April 2013 @ 02:56 pm
Hi everyone! I'm new to this community and want to start off by thanking you all for the wealth of information available here.

I just purchased a Diva Cup 1 recently and have been waiting for my period to start ever since. I've had a couple of dry runs (I'm in that infuriating phase where I'm just waiting for my period to start so I tried wearing it to prevent any surprises but it decided not to show up yet) that were all very successful. My problem is this: I was just diagnosed with chlamydia 2 days ago and I took the single dose antibiotic yesterday, but I don't really know what to do once my period starts...Do you think it's safe to just wash and boil it again before I insert it next time? I really don't want to reinfect myself!

Thank you for your help!
Ashatenlegspider on April 24th, 2013 07:28 pm (UTC)
I think so, yes, but I'd get advice from whoever you went to for treatment, especially if it's a sexual health clinic since they know this stuff inside out.
Sarcasticia Nitpickersontisiphone on April 24th, 2013 08:04 pm (UTC)
I think for this cycle I'd use disposables, just to be safe.
Ashatenlegspider on April 24th, 2013 09:23 pm (UTC)
This would be a useful precaution if the OP knows she was infected since she last used the cup, but if not then it's all about making sure the bacteria is dead.
Sarcasticia Nitpickersontisiphone on April 24th, 2013 09:38 pm (UTC)
You're correct, I missed that she had tried a dry run. Thanks for pointing that out.
drawing_dwarfdrawing_dwarf on April 24th, 2013 10:23 pm (UTC)
I'd want to be absolutely certain that the cup is pure silicone which you could do by flame testing it. If it's not, I would be worried about being able to effectively sterilizing it and possibly reinfecting yourself.

If it does seem to be the pure silicone they claim I think a hot soapy scrub with a toothbrush followed by a good boiling would probably do it.

I would still say to go with disposables until you're sure you're over it.
m03m on April 25th, 2013 01:15 pm (UTC)
I have not flame tested my Fleurcup. I have, however, boiled it and it came out fine.

What exactly is the relevancy of flame testing in this case? Wouldn't boiling sanitize the cup no matter what it's made from?
tjs77tsa on April 24th, 2013 11:09 pm (UTC)
Boil it and then wipe it with alcohol and let it dry completely. I would also wash it and then wipe it with alcohol at least once each day this cycle.
brice_de_nicebrice_de_nice on April 25th, 2013 02:17 pm (UTC)
Some info I found on the net
So I've continued looking for information on the internet and I found a pathogen safety data sheet for chlamydia (on the canadian public health agency website) which says that survival outside the host (i.e. not in a human) is 2-3 hours max in humid conditions. It also says that similar bacteria are known to be susceptible to 70% ethanol. Given this information, it would seem that the bacterium would not be able to survive on the cup anyway and that I should be able to disinfect it with boiling and ethanol as long as I wait the 7 days for the antibiotic to do it's thing before wearing the cup again.

Thanks for all your answers!