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26 October 2013 @ 11:09 am
Just wanted to share a page from my life. A few years ago, I discovered Instead (now called the Soft Cup). It was very hard to insert Instead and took me a long time to get use to using the product. Once I finally figured it out, I realized I didn’t like the waste involved. I started researching and discovered that the company made a version of Instead that you could re-use! But, you couldn’t boil it, and I wanted something you could clean a little more thoroughly between cycles. Not to mention, it the Instead leaks a lot for me. Lots of research led me to discover menstrual cups.

The very first video I watched was a review of Lunette on youtube. Shout out to Agnes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dick2LPKQ4E. I bought a Lunette soon after and will profess that it is an AMAZING product that really did change my life.

Recently I find myself dealing with a yeast/bacterial infection. UGH! I read that it isn’t certain that you can boil bacteria (etc…) out of your menstrual cup, and there was way I was going to use tampons/pads, so I bought a box of Instead. They are a life saver, but they leak! But I don’t think I could bear the alternative!

Here is the funny part too me, after struggling to learn how to use the menstrual cup the last few months, using the Soft Cup was easy as pie! I couldn’t believe how quickly I was able to insert it and easily it was to take out. I was just so amused, as I remember it being such a struggle when i started using it initially!
 
lsapdel on October 27th, 2013 07:05 am (UTC)
Boiling it should be fine...
There are three levels of decontamination: sanitizing or just regular cleaning, disinfecting, and sterilization. Boiling it is obviously sterilization and sterilization is the hospital level of decontamination, which isn't even really necessary in daily life. Even disinfecting it could kill everything but spores, and sterilization tackles bacteria, spores, viruses, parasites, and other things that could cause infection. Honestly, boiling it and other types of cleaning will definitely clean it of everything nasty it could possibly carry!
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on October 27th, 2013 01:07 pm (UTC)
The only difference between the disposable and reusable Soft Cups is what's written on the box. No matter what they're called, they are ALL reusable. I think they're terribly messy. If I use them as a menstrual product, I alternate two. Take one out, insert another, wash the first for later -- then repeat next time.

I'm not overly fond of them for period control but I think they're very handy for administering home remedies such as yogurt/probiotics for yeasties or hydrogen peroxide/boric acid for BV.
ivy_poetivy_poet on October 27th, 2013 02:18 pm (UTC)
I use hydrogen peroxide for BV but how would you use a cup for that?
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on October 27th, 2013 02:55 pm (UTC)
Sorry... poor phrasing. I use INSTEADS for that. An Instead will hold a tablespoon or two of peroxide and won't spill much during the insertion process.
zingril on July 22nd, 2014 03:50 am (UTC)
Whoa!
So wait a minute; you can just insert probiotics or hydrogen peroxide and it'll take care a yeast infection and bacterial stuff!?!(I'm assuming that's what "BV" is?) What form of probiotics can you use?
I've tried creams, and they did no good. Not sure I'd want to use
Yoghurt as I'm sensitive to all dairy.

This sounds good!

Thanks!

BTW: I would think boiling would take care of yeast, but it doesn't take care of _everything_. They've found a few things it doesn't kill, but I think they're along the line of major staph infections, anthrax, and some infectious fecal bacteria, etc.

Edited at 2014-07-22 04:09 am (UTC)
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on July 22nd, 2014 01:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Whoa!
No, this doesn't take the place of a doctor's care. But if you have a MILD onset, a home remedy can sometimes be enough to stave it off.

Yeast and BV (bacterial vaginosis) are two very different things. One is fungal, the other is bacterial. What treats one won't treat the other.

Vaginal yeast infections can be external symptoms of a digestive imbalance. Google candida diet. Inserting probiotics such as cultured yogurt or acidophilus can ease the symptoms but it won't necessarily address the cause.

Same with home remedies for BV.

Off-the-shelf remedies from the health care aisles such as medicated douches or Monistat (etc) would be the next step. And if that doesn't help, see a doctor.

Boiling a cup (completely different from administering home remedies using an Instead (this particular tangent) or other method) will usually address what's on the cup but not what's still in a vagina.