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23 July 2013 @ 03:17 am
Hello! I am going on a trip where the bathroom situation is sooo not private. The toilet is just in the open and we aren't supposed to lock the door- just supposed to get over our pee-shyness :(. ANYHOOO, I plan on wearing my divacup the entire trip partially because I am paranoid about my inconsistent period and partially because I have a lot of discharge that the cup helps with. I was planning on just changing it in the shower every morning and evening with a water bottle to rinse it with, but if anybody has some good advice, I'd be happy to hear it!
teacupcake89 on July 23rd, 2013 09:56 am (UTC)
you'll be fine emptying/cleaning it in the shower, but if your period starts while you're away then you might need to empty it during the day depending on how heavy your flow is so a bottle of water or some wysi wipes are a good option if toilet paper is not available, plus antibacterial hand gel if there are no sinks to wash your hands afterwards.

I personally would lock the door in those circumstances, they can't stop you and you can say 'I'm on my period and use a menstrual cup' or that you're having a poo!
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on July 23rd, 2013 03:42 pm (UTC)
Agreed...isn't it a violation of some health code not to have private bathrooms? Where on earth is this?
jess_lynn_2095 on July 23rd, 2013 09:02 pm (UTC)
Haha yeah it is a cabin but in the mornings it is a pain to wait in line for the bathroom as we need to leave quickly and there is like 25 of us. We are all pretty close so it usually isn't a problem.

As for changing during the day, I don't THINK that I will have to, as my period is a bit light, though it has been getting heavier lately sooo.... during the day we are sort of in the middle of the woods with no bathroom access and have to go outside. What exactly is the 'protocol' for disposal in the woods?

Also, you mentioned using wipes to clean the cup, but I thought that was an issue with causing infection or something? If not, what brands would be best- preferably ones I can get at a local grocery?
teacupcake89 on July 23rd, 2013 09:41 pm (UTC)
I imagine the same as what you would do for a poo? (make a small hole, empty the cup into it and cover?) if you look at past posts with the camping/backpacking tag there are tips on how to deal with it outside/protocol.loads easier than having to carry round used pads or tampons!

I wouldn't use baby/feminine wipes as they could cause a yeast infection but Wysi Wipes are small cloths that unfold with water, or Lunette Wipes that are good for cleaning/sterilising the cup when you don't have a bottle of water to rinse it.
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on July 24th, 2013 01:16 am (UTC)
Ah I see! Sounds like fun despite that, reminds me of piano camp up in the woods :) Would it also be possible to sneak out into the woods sometimes to empty out the cup, if the bugs wouldn't eat you alive and you wouldn't be visible? That way, if you're not also using the restroom, you wouldn't be holding up the line. Luckily my camp had multiple cabins of 10 girls each and one summer we were age grouped with a girl who had busted her leg, so we got the handicapped cabin with the awesome handicapped shower and stall--if your camp has one of those, make friends with someone who's bunking in there!
pineapplewhippineapplewhip on April 29th, 2014 01:52 am (UTC)
LOL Amen
Luceafaraluceafara on July 23rd, 2013 02:59 pm (UTC)
Or, if closing or locking the door is not an option and you are in a coe-ed situation, just say that you tend to shower twice a day, so you can empty it in the shower in-between.

Edited at 2013-07-23 03:00 pm (UTC)
jess_lynn_2095 on July 23rd, 2013 09:05 pm (UTC)
There are two bathrooms (male/female). Yeah they know me pretty well and are pretty aware of the fact that on this trip, a shower even everyday is sort of surprising (at the end of the day we usually just want to go to sleep, plus the line is always suuper long and there is only one shower...) but yeah I am glad it isn't coed!
pineapplewhippineapplewhip on April 29th, 2014 01:54 am (UTC)
Good thought.
Smart and all campers around the world keep TICK repellent on at all times! Remove and keep any if attached for testing of Lyme Disease, a deadly thing I have had. Um, I have "heard" Avon's skin so soft BUG OFF is good. There must be others, but be careful. :)
Marie Intarnetteladylynx on July 24th, 2013 08:35 am (UTC)
I'd just go about my business the way I'm most comfortable and tell people if they don't want to see anything they don't want to see, then don't look. :P Anyone that's going to go "eww" or be a brat about it, is probably a brat in general. It's their problem.
sueannemaransueannemaran on July 24th, 2013 09:07 pm (UTC)
Woohoo! A chance to advertise and change lives! : )

I took mine on the AT and tended to dig holes but not always. Sometimes I just covered over with leaves or dirt. You're gonna want to be off in an untraveled area in any case. I found a Camelbak is GREAT for rinsing the cup out if it's on my back because gravity gives a little water pressure.