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30 October 2013 @ 07:11 pm
When I empty my cup in public, I simply empty it and then immediately reinsert it. I wash my hands before and everything, when I'm at home I rinse in cold then warm water and then reinsert. Is it bad to not rinse it before reinsertion? I really just can't rinse it in a communal sink, I'm too shy, and I don't want to have to use wipes, as it is costly and inconvenient to order wipes suitable for the silicone cup from the internet, and bringing a bottle of water into the stall has proved messy.
きみえ (Kimie)kimie_catclaw on October 30th, 2013 07:15 pm (UTC)
On the rare occasions I needed to reinsert my cup in a public bathroom with stalls, blotting the inside with a bit of toilet paper worked just fine.

You could also take a damp paper towel into the stall- cheaper than wipes and less messy than bottled water.
teacupcake89 on October 30th, 2013 07:28 pm (UTC)
that's perfectly fine to do, the bit of blood left on the cup certainly won't do you any harm, it can't make its way back up inside or anything, you just might have some more spotting/residual slobber after insertion than you would if it was completely clean. Some cup users use a bit of their blood to help as a lubricant, and there will always be 'some' blood inside you during your period.
wettertbutt on October 30th, 2013 08:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It's hard to know with these things and staining. :)
jwthemathsterjwthemathster on October 30th, 2013 11:17 pm (UTC)
I've found it really economical to use toddler flushable wipes (you can find them in the baby section of the store for just a couple dollars--unscented ones are my favorite) for public changes/emptying. I figure, if these wipes are good enough for kid's sensitive bottoms and such, they're gentle enough for me and my cup. I just keep a package in my backpack or purse. Way more discreet than bringing in wet paper towels (which cannot be flushed).

As far as staining, I don't find my cups stained by not using soap during the days when I'm at school. Just make sure to give the cup a good scrub when you're at home, and an inter-dental brush (the little spooly shaped kind) is a perfect size for cleaning the air holes.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on October 31st, 2013 03:09 am (UTC)
I just dump it and reinsert it too. Whatever remains won't make a bit of difference. Wiping with TP usually makes more of a mess with bits of paper stuck to it and my fingers. And the more I handle it, the more hand germs it picks up and the greater the chance of =8oO dropping it -- especially at my outside job where there's only a porta-potty.

The blood that remains is probably more sanitary -- has fewer microbes -- and certainly less chemicals than whatever you'd use to wipe it away.
lilin_unite on October 31st, 2013 05:14 pm (UTC)
I have a little tupperware cup -- not much bigger than the menstrual cup itself -- that I have water in. If I have to empty in a public restroom, I use that to rinse with. Just pour some into the cup, rub a little, dump, then pour a little more over it to rinse away a bit more.

I don't like wiping with toilet paper, for the reason mentioned above. I don't really want bits of stuff in there.

I'm sure just having a bit of blood in there won't hurt anything. It's only outside your body for a matter of seconds. But I like being able to rinse it, even just a little.