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Hello,

I am new to the community and to cups, but enjoying mine (size 1 Fleurcup). Thanks for any advice you can give, it is the last thing I expected when starting this new type of protection. I was towards the end of my period yesterday and when removing the cup in the morning, I noticed about three yellowish, waxy solids on my finger, slightly smaller than grains of rice. TMI alert - they smelled foul and reminded me of navel build-up. I researched and found that the vaginal glands produce sebum - is it possible I have never noticed this before using my cup, and it is natural and the cup dislodged it? (I could really feel the Fleurcup grips on their way out.) Or does it raise a red flag? Some bkgrd - I am not/never have been sexually active, and it was not *in* the cup. Also, I have never had a yeast infection or STI.

Thanks so much, it is a very embarrassing question and I don't know where else to ask it.
 
juliiie87juliiie87 on July 6th, 2013 09:38 pm (UTC)
I have no idea and that's never happened to me or anyone I know BUT. Either your explanation is right, or you may have an infection. The foul smell sounds like it could be the case. You don't have to be sexually active to have one. Look up bacterial vaginosis and see if you have any matching symptoms ?
Luceafaraluceafara on July 7th, 2013 02:40 am (UTC)
It has never happened to me before. I wonder if it could be left over cotton pieces from old tampons, though.
Do you have a movable shower head? Every time I move, it's the first investment I make for my new place, because I never get as clean without one. Just a thought.

BTW, not at all embarrassing - not in THIS community!!

Edited at 2013-07-07 02:42 am (UTC)
elisamba on July 7th, 2013 06:28 am (UTC)
Lol yes, I so admire the frankness in on-line communities! Thanks for your answers. I will look up bacterial vaginosis and consult if need be.

With all the folds at the entry to the vagina, it makes sense to me that there could be build-up down there, like in our navels.
teacupcake89 on July 7th, 2013 12:04 pm (UTC)
when you have a shower/bath I would use a clean flannel and water to wipe in between all the folds (labia, hood, vaginal extrance etc) where discharge and sweat can build up in between washes. I'd also make sure you are wiping thoroughly after going to the toilet (wee or number 2s) :)
elisamba on July 8th, 2013 08:39 pm (UTC)
Well I do towel down my external vulva - I was talking about the folds about 1 inch in to the vagina, that you can feel up to the first joint of your index finger. Not sure what they are called anatomically - that sort of "bumpy" area before the walls go smooth. I guess I could try towelling that area down, too.
Katrinakatrina_splat on July 10th, 2013 09:47 pm (UTC)
If I rub my labia with a bit of friction I get little bits of stuff as you're describing on my hands...I think it's related to sweat as I seem to get it less when it's not hot. It does smell bad, as sweaty stuff that's in skin creases tends to! I wouldn't worry.