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05 September 2013 @ 09:27 pm
Sooo, I've been trying a ladycup for two periods now. Originally I was thrilled, I had no problems putting it in or taking it out, and generally it seemed to be working great. Buut, now I seem to be having some problems anyway.

Questions:

1. On the 4th day of my second period I suddenly started having problems getting it placed properly. I kinda couldn't get it far enough in, I could feel the tip of it all day. Does that mean I should get a smaller size? I thought it was odd, since it worked fine the other days...

2. Some days I find it hard to pee with the cup in. It is almost like it is pushing on my bladder or urethra (is that even possible?). Is this something I just have to get used to, or is my cup to big?

3. A couple of days after my first period with a cup I got some kind of cottage cheese discharge. I have never had a yeast infection, but I'm guessing that is what it was. I didn't have any itching or swelling, and it went away after a few days, so I didn't do anything about it. Is this something I can expect to happen regularly, or is it just my vagina getting used to using a cup?

4. On my second period, when I emptied my cup late in the day, the goo suddenly had a horrible sour smell. Almost like stomach acid. The cup had only been in for 4-5 hrs so it wasn't that. I have never smelled that smell ever coming from down there. What's that all about? My cup seemed to survive it fine, but it made me a bit nervous...

I have never been big on tampons, I've always used pads. So I'm not sure if these last two problems are normal problems connected to leaving things in there, or if they are in fact signs that I should not be using a cup.
All answers will be appreciated!
 
juliiie87juliiie87 on September 7th, 2013 09:21 am (UTC)
1. Sounds like your cervix was lower that day (your vagina was shorter). A shorter cup would be a solution, or try to flip this one inside out to shorten it and see how it goes.

2. This feeling might go away as you get used to the cup, or you could take it out to pee. But it's essentially due to the resistance /stiffness of the cup. It's not unusual. Are you using a small Ladycup ? I've heard many times the rim on this one is quite firm. I don't think it's a size issue (it's one of the smallest there is anyway, and stiffness usually makes a bigger difference than width).

3. Could be totally unrelated, could be a reaction to soap residue on the cup, idk. But if there's no itching or burning or weird smell? you're probably healthy. Vaginas produce all sorts of fluids. My guess is cup use makes us more aware of what's happening down there. :)

4. End of period goo typically get stinkier faster than bright red flow, it' not unheard off, especially for those who leave the cup in longer on those days. Again, I doubt it's the cup, most likely just the blood decomposing or some unrelated problem, not sure.


You're not in pain, your cup fits you most days, it seems to me like you CAN use a cup ! :) Welcome to the cult.

Edited at 2013-09-07 09:23 am (UTC)
csmochilera on September 8th, 2013 06:51 am (UTC)
Another perspective
Hey. I'm new to this community and might get contradicted, but I have used 2 different menstrual cups off and on in the past 7 years and thought I'd give my 2 cents. First of all, I wouldn't conclude that they don't work for you after using only one brand. I hear people talk about the specs of different brands and maybe you could learn something there... But don't give up hope yet. It could also be that your cup is fine you just haven't gotten placement fully down yet.

As for the other concern, I don't know exactly what might have caused your infection in the first place, but if you did have an infection, I think it's possible that your cup now carries some of the bad yeast that could give you another infection. I didn't check your specific cup, but the Diva Cup website says that it is unclear whether boiling the cup can kill all yeast bacteria, therefore if you wear it with an infection, they recommend buying a new one. As for me, I haven't been boiling my Diva Cup this time around (stupid of me but I didn't think I needed to since I bought the wash) and I believe that not getting it fully clean/sterilized has caused me a yeast infection... Which caused me another infection during my next cycle since I used the same cup. I plan to buy a new one now and hope that gets rid of the problem. Also, I agree that the smell you mention is an odd one and I'm not convinced it's normal, especially with the other problems you're experiencing. In my opinion that's another reason to buy a new one and see what happens. You should not be getting infections regularly with the cup or anything else, so be sure to keep playing around with solutions until you find something that works for you and keeps you healthy!
squisch on September 9th, 2013 01:13 pm (UTC)
Haha, I'm in the cult! Or I would like to be, anyway. :)

I'm using a small ladycup, but i have already ordered a MeLuna that is slightly smaller, just to check out different options. I might also try flipping the ladycup if this happens again.

I didn't use soap, I only boiled it. Thought that would do the trick, but maybe not?

It's been a few days since my last period (second one on the cup), and I haven't had any more cottage cheese, so I guess that might have been a one time thing. The weird smell also went away right after removing the cup, and things seem to be pretty normal now. I guess I just have to wait til next month and see how things go...

Thanks for your answers!

Edited at 2013-09-09 01:14 pm (UTC)
subhanala on December 21st, 2013 07:44 pm (UTC)
How did your subsequent cycle go? Update?
Perhaps it's not a yeast infection but some other sort of STI. Have you seen a doctor for cultures?