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26 November 2013 @ 12:45 am
Hey Everyone. I have been using my DivaCup size 1 for about three months now. But just have started to notice a bad smell the past couple of days after I have finally perfected my seal so no more leaks! But The smell is making me wonder.... I wash it after I take it out every time. If I cant use antibacterial soap and warm/hot water I just use warm water( like in a public bathroom). But today I left it in for a long time. Mostly because I wanted to know just how long it would hold on a heavy month, like this one. After the entire day (I emptied it this morning around 11 and then a while ago at around 12:15 am.) it wasn't full, but has this bad smell. I washed it twice. Still smells. Is this because of leaving it in too long? And its not just any blood that stinks, it's the cup. It was a bit stinky yesterday, but I thought nothing of it. But today It still stinks. I have washed it with soap and water every time I removed it. Which has been about 5 or 6 times the past two days except once, when I was out with my mom at a restaurant. I just had her give me a water cup and paper towels then as I normally would out in public. That is when I noticed the smell. I boil it before and after every cycle use. Should I try a vinegar bath or something? Please help. I LOVE my cup and would HATE to have to throw it away after three months. I wont go back to pads, PLEASE HELP!
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on November 26th, 2013 02:58 pm (UTC)
Read the replies at the "smells" tag. Lots of good advice there. Basically, it's not harmful, just unpleasant. Get through your period with it and then try some of the methods that are suggested.
pascallewest on November 26th, 2013 05:41 pm (UTC)
That happens to my cups when I leave them in all day. It usually doesn't happen when I change it every 4 hours or so. Last time the smell wouldn't come out after leaving it in baking soda all night. Next night I left it in a half vinegar-half water soak at night, and that helped, but didn't take out the smell completely. Then I just left it out so it could have some air flow and its all good now. I have other cups to use while I treat the one in vinegar or airing it etc.
In my opinion, you should NOT be using anti-bacterial soap anywhere around your parts or your cup. Rinsing it out with water between changes is just fine, and boiling at the end of cycle. You don't want to mess with your bacteria and your PH balance down there or it can freak out, possibly resulting in an infection. So don't use antibacterial soap for that.
Don't worry. The smell on it will go away. Just try the vinegar water thing and air flow or sunning it. You might want to get a second cup to have a rotation.
kecup2013kecup2013 on November 26th, 2013 05:57 pm (UTC)
I had no idea that washing it in anti bacterial soap was bad. I rinse it well just so that it gets clean. =\ Water doesn't always get all the blood out and that is why I use soap.
juliiie87juliiie87 on November 27th, 2013 10:42 pm (UTC)
^this above : I think antibacterial soap is made to leave an antibacterial film or residue, that kills bacteria, and you do not want this in your vagina. I've used a feminine wash, others use denture tablets, peroxide, vinegar, alcohol, bicarbonate, sunning, etc.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on November 26th, 2013 08:12 pm (UTC)
And on the other hand, I say that if you're going to use soap, ANY soap is fine, as long as you rinse the cup and your hands well afterward.
kecup2013kecup2013 on November 27th, 2013 03:11 am (UTC)
Oh I do i swear. I don't want any soap in my hoo-ha.
tjs77tsa on November 27th, 2013 07:18 am (UTC)
This happens to every cup I use no matter how long I leave it in during the last couple days of my flow it can be as little as an hour or two and the only thing that takes the smell away is Miltons tabs from MeLuna or denture cleaning tabs.
Jupitermy_hostage on November 28th, 2013 05:04 am (UTC)
Leaving it in a sunny window will help. How long it will take depends on how bad it smells but it's always worked for me. I've left mine in a window for up to three weeks before because I forgot about it.