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Hi everyone! I've been lurking on here before (when I was preparing to make the jump from pads to a menstrual cup), but its my first time posting.

I bought a Diva cup, along with the Diva wash and used it during my last cycle for the first time. It was mostly successful (I did leak from time to time, and my cup seems to shift to a sideways position by the end of the day, but that a post for another time).

I noticed that towards the end of my cycle (2 days before it ended) that my cup was beginning to smell. It was a weird combination of the citrus smell from the Diva wash and another smell (which I assume is my natural period/vaginal smell). It was a pretty pungent odor, and kind of sickening. But I figured that once I boiled the cup at the end of my cycle it would go away. So I finished my cycle, and I put my cup in boiling water (microwaved the water, then submerged the cup). It didn't help much with the smell. BUT now that my period is over, I've realized that my own vaginal smell has changed to the smell of the cup! It the same sickening citrus-y smell, and its driving me mad. Has this happened to anyone else? I'm hoping the smell will go away (its been 2 days since my period ended). I'm currently soaking the cup in hot water and baking soda, to help with its smell, but what can I do about my new smell down there? Also, do you guys have any recommendations for quick ways to clean your cup while on your period OTHER then the Diva wash? That citrus smell is not for me.

P.S.: There's no odd discharge and no irritation, so I've ruled out any sort of infection.
Jupitermy_hostage on June 19th, 2014 02:21 am (UTC)
Often times your cup might smell if you leave it in too long and boiling won't get rid of it. Everyone does this at some point. Putting the cup in a sunny windowsill for a few days usually gets rid of the smell. But I use the diva wash too and I never notice the smell lingering on my cup. I only use a tiny bit of soap and make sure to rinse the cup really well. I've heard other people say they use all kinds of soaps from Castile to sex toy wash to just plain water.
The only time I've experienced a noticeable seriously bad change in the smell of my cup or myself personally (other than leaving it in longer than I should have) is when I had an infection and didn't know it. Either a vaginal or urinary tract infection can change your smell. I'm not saying that's what you have but it is possible to have infections without symptoms.
sg_29sg_29 on June 19th, 2014 04:25 pm (UTC)
After boiling the cup with a bit of baking soda, the smell got better. I have it next to a sunny window now to see if the last bit of smell goes away.

As for my smell, I'm starting to thing it might be BV. One of the symptoms is more watery discharge, and I've noticed that. Gonna try an apple cider vinegar bath and increasing my yogurt intake. Thanks for your help!
elisamba on June 20th, 2014 05:52 am (UTC)
If you like, you can also google leaving one clove of garlic in overnight.