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12 November 2014 @ 09:05 pm
I know there are may posts regarding bad odors when using cups, but none of them seem quite like what I am experiencing. Heres my story:

I have been using DivaCups for about 2.5 years. I had my first cup for a year and a half, and towards the end it started to get a very strong rotting flesh smell that most people seem to comment on in the majority of the "bad smell" posts. I believe this happened after I cleaned it with strong/abrasive cleansers which compromised the silicone, causing the bad smell. So, I bought a new one, which I am using now and have had for about a year. I clean this one by boiling it every month and washing it with the DivaCup Wash during use. This is the third month that I have used my newer cup and experienced a different, but equally disgusting smell as the rotting flesh smell. After only an hour or 2 of wearing my cup, when I go the restroom and pull down my undies, I instantly smell a VERY strong odor. I can only describe it as smelling like vagina skin body odor. Like, if you a couple days without showering, the skin outside your inner lips (outside of the vagina itself) gets that funky, body-odor smell that goes away after a good wash. Or if you have a really long, hard workout, at the end of it you get that funky sweaty body odor smell down there. Except the smell I am experiencing is 10x stronger when I have the cup in. The cup itself does not smell and the inside of my vagina does not smell like this either. But, this is only happening WHILE I wear my DivaCup, and only within the last three months. I dont understand the correlation between the smell and wearing the DivaCup, especially since the cup itself smell fine, but this is only happening during my period, when I have the cup in.

Has anyone else experienced this? Is this cup just old and in need of replacement? Any suggestions/ideas/snide remarks?
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on November 13th, 2014 04:33 pm (UTC)
Have you observed this at all while you were on your period, but you didn't have the cup in? Or are you wearing the cup preemptively every month so that there's no point in your period when you are not wearing it? Perhaps it's some kind of hormonal change that's associated with being on your period, not necessarily the cup...
trejoytrejoy on November 13th, 2014 07:54 pm (UTC)
Have you tried not using the Diva cup wash? What abrasive cleanser did you use on your first one that made it degrade? It does sound like a chemical reaction to something but I find it hard to believe that it would be the silicone.
mshanai on November 16th, 2014 10:00 pm (UTC)
I would make sure that this isn't an infection first. If you are sure you're in the clear, then it could be related to slobber. I experienced slobber and it came with a strong menstrual smell when I used a Diva. I understand the slobber might be related to a poor seal, which the Diva has a particular problem with because its holes are so small. You could try enlarging them.

I should also mention that all the smells and slobber problems went away when I switched to a different brand of cup. It's night and day compared to the Diva; I wish I had switched years ago.
perigrine: cupsperigrine on November 26th, 2014 07:03 am (UTC)
I've been using cups for a couple of years. I've never boiled one, or washed it in special stuff, or soaked it in anything and I don't notice funky smells (or stains). I give them a scrub with the back scrubby brush with a minuscule amount of shower gel and that's it.