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23 June 2013 @ 04:05 pm
I was recently diagnosed and treated for Bacterial vaginosis and I figure it's something I'll be dealing with for the rest of my life. When I was at the doctors office getting examend for the BV my doctor asked me if I used tampons. I do use them, but this cycle I have decided not use them at all. I'm intrigued by the idea of a cup, I think using tampons that were not getting filled up couldn't possibly be good for my body (I use the lightest absobancy and they never fill much after the second day of my cycle) . If I were to use a menstrual cup would I run the risk of infecting myself again? I know I can use things like hydrogen peroxide and boiling but would that completely get rid of any risks of re-infection of minimize them.
What steps should I take to prevent re-occuring BV with cups or am I doomed to suffer with pads for the rest of my life?

x-posted to vaginapagina
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on June 23rd, 2013 08:46 pm (UTC)
Your light flow sounds like a good reason to use a cup -- especially since tampons are likely to leave behind fibers if they're dry and scratchy. Do some self-exploration to figure out what brand you think would fit/suit you best. http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/

Even though you don't need a high capacity cup, don't exclude them completely if you think the cup that would fit you best happens to also be high capacity.
dangeraddictdangeraddict on June 24th, 2013 01:58 am (UTC)
I was thinking a medium meluna soft cup. I was initially interested in the fleur cup but I would prefer to have something soft. I don't have much of a period and figured a smaller cup was a given but I'll definitely look into larger ones

Thank you for the link!
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on June 24th, 2013 12:35 pm (UTC)
Don't go by what a cup is called. Go by actual dimensions. And don't be afraid of length if you think you'll need it.
m03m on June 24th, 2013 01:59 pm (UTC)
The Fleurcup is a soft cup.
jwthemathsterjwthemathster on June 24th, 2013 02:12 pm (UTC)
I agree. The large is quite soft, the small a little more *springy*, but still pretty soft. Both open quite readily, despite soft cups sometimes getting a reputation for difficult opening.

To the OP--definitely check out the LJ sizecharts page, if you haven't already. There's some great guidelines for how to go about choosing what will fit you.

And good luck with beating the BV beast. I've had recurrent yeast in the past (different beasties involved, but a similar health challenge, nonetheless). Definitely check out small diet and lifestyle changes you can make to keep yourself in balance.
juliiie87juliiie87 on June 24th, 2013 02:32 pm (UTC)
I agree that you don't need a high capacity cup, however for your own comfort and ease of use, consider carefully your own anatomy : the most important factor upon deciding on a cup is length. If you happen to have a long canal, a short cup will be harder to reach and remove, and if you're very short inside, you'll want a cup sized accordingly to fit you comfortably. I think meluna soft are great but the slight issue with them is that their sizing couples width and length (the longest cup is also the largest). Also some people suspect TPE is a slightly more porous material than silicone and report smell issues with TPE.
dangeraddictdangeraddict on June 24th, 2013 07:20 pm (UTC)
I measured myself before and I found my cervix to the far right and about 2 1/2 inches in. I suppose that means a longer to medium long cup,right?

If there's any change of the melunas being more porous I'll definitely take that into consideration once I've done more research. Thank you!
juliiie87juliiie87 on June 24th, 2013 10:54 pm (UTC)
You'll probably be fine with most medium to long cups, yes. 2.5 inches is about 6 cm, so even the longest cups could technically fit, but a ~5 cm cup with a good grippy stem could work too. Consider stinffness and shape too. http://menstrualcupinfo.wordpress.com/cup-stiffness-comparison-chart/
tjs77tsa on June 23rd, 2013 08:50 pm (UTC)
I would check the cups use and yeast tag there is a lot of information in those past posts that would pertain to what you would like to know about reinfection. Which I don't believe would be an issue but I don't have any personal experience with it.
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dangeraddictdangeraddict on June 24th, 2013 02:00 am (UTC)
I figured I'd be dealing with it forever because I read other women suffering from chronic BV even after multiple rounds of anti-boitics. Hopefully I'm wrong and it was a one time thing.

What should I use to wash the cup when emptying it?
pascallewest on June 23rd, 2013 09:16 pm (UTC)
I had recurring BV for over a year when I had a copper IUD. I had the IUD removed in February and haven't suffered BV since. I also started using cups instead of tampons in February. Here are some other things you can do to prevent recurring infections of BV:
1. Take a daily garlic supplement.
2. Limit your sugar intake. Sugar breeds bacteria, so really try to significantly limit sugar.
3. Take a daily probiotic.
4. research Apple Cider Vinegar.. it's awesome for your health in so many ways. a tablespoon a day should be fine! ( I put one tablespoon in a cup of warm water with honey and drink in the morning. you can also make salad dressing with it)

So don't worry, you can fight it off naturally!!
dangeraddictdangeraddict on June 24th, 2013 02:03 am (UTC)
Thank you for the tips!