sg_29 (sg_29) wrote in menstrual_cups,

Menstrual cup smell and vaginal odor too.

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.

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