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01 January 2015 @ 11:09 pm
Hi all,

Long time lurker, first time poster!

I'm going overseas next month and I'll likely get my period while I'm away. I haven't ordered my lunette yet - I'm just trying to see if I can get everything ready in time to get it before I leave. So yeah, I have a couple questions.

I live in Australia and several products recommended here are only available overseas or online (from what I've seen) and I'm not sure if I have enough time to order them before my trip. I'm not sure if I'll be able to use boiling water to sterilise my cup before and after my cycle so will I be able to get away with using the lunette wipes to sterilise it and clean it by rinsing it with water in between uses?

Also, I read a lot of people use rubbing alcohol to sterilise their cups. Would isopropyl rubbing alcohol work too? Namely Isocol Rubbing Alcohol? I haven't really been able to find much information on it and how safe it is to use on cups, but since I already have it I figured it was worth a shot! OH, and how long would it take to completely evaporate?

Lastly, what are some good glycerin and/or paraben free lubes that are available in store? I've been trying to find some but I think I may have to go with KY Jelly, although I've always been paranoid about getting yeast infections so I'd rather not risk it...

Sorry about all the questions! I just really want to be prepared before I dive in :D

Thanks and take care xx
yayforcupsyayforcups on January 6th, 2015 10:11 am (UTC)
To answer a few questions, you could bring a small bottle of water into bathroom with you to rinse the cup if you don't like the thought of toilet paper on the cup, then water works fine for insertion so you wouldn't have to dry it. Also you can use coconut oil for lubricant, I bought an empty lip balm plastic pot for 75p and filled it with coconut oil, it works well for lip balm too and a host of other things, but is convenient for cup lube on the go- plus it's natural and anti-yeast!
Will you have access to a microwave while travelling? You can sterilize the cup in the microwave, or by using sterilizing tablets (Milton's are good), at the beginning and end of period is usually fine. I like to wash mine with soap and water when possible throughout period but just water from a water bottle will be fine. I don't know how long it would take to send things to Australia...
Hope that helps :)
robo_13 on January 7th, 2015 09:59 am (UTC)
I have a small sample-sized glass jam jar that looks perfect for carrying coconut oil so that's great, thanks for the idea! I'll have to look into sterilising tablets :) thanks for the tips
yell14 on January 6th, 2015 11:25 am (UTC)

I am in Aust too. Now recently I have seen Lunette n Diva for sale in few healthfood stores like Wray Organics, Flannerys and Go Vita. I dont use those cups, so I got my cups from Feminine Ware, takes 2 weeks for them to arrive in the mail.
Regarding lubricant, as per previous post you can use coconut oil. But I found SYLK natural lube from kiwifruit you can get it in woolies or Coles, free from nasties.
For cleaning I use Amele Intimate Wash, also available from Woolies or Coles. I thought its all for the same region n so far its working well (over a year).
now I boil my cups before use and I change them in the shower, morning and night, so I avoid public toilets. When I finish with my period I wash the cups with Amele n really hot water and let them air dry n then put them away.
I am so glad there is another ozzie looking into changing her monthly experience.
Good luck n if I can help with anything else, let me know.

robo_13 on January 7th, 2015 10:09 am (UTC)
A couple days after submitting this, I ordered a Lunette from their Australian site and received it this morning (so 3 or 4 days?) which was pretty quick! Oh wow, SYLK does look pretty great and I had no idea it was so readily available, thanks! I'll look into the wash but so far it's looking good :D thanks for the tips, it's great finding someone else from Australia!
yell14 on January 7th, 2015 10:16 am (UTC)

Thats very quick delivery. Also glad I could help. Good luck with the trip n cup :)

perigrine: cupsperigrine on January 8th, 2015 12:56 am (UTC)
I'm also in Australia, and in 3 years of using cups (first was a chinese knock off from ebay) I have never boiled, used alcohol or 'sterilised' them in any way. I rinse with tap water when I empty it, and wash with the scrubber in the shower with the lather (so the gel straight from the container doesn't touch the cup) from the shower gel at the end of a period. Travelling overseas I might be a bit dubious about how clean their water was though, and might think about taking bottled water in to rinse.

Edited at 2015-01-08 12:57 am (UTC)
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on January 6th, 2015 12:20 pm (UTC)
I am one of the many who thinks boiling is unnecessary. Rinsing between insertions (if possible) and washing with soap and water before putting it away until next month is plenty.

Bringing a wet paper towel or bottled water into a stall is helpful... more for you hands than the cup, so you're not leaving hand-prints all over your clothes and doorknobs.
yell14 on January 6th, 2015 12:51 pm (UTC)

I love the hand print comment. Never thought of it, but very good advice.
Even after a solid year of using cups, I still dont feel comfortable changing the cup in the public toilet. I just decided its easier to get a cup with bigger capacity :/

robo_13 on January 7th, 2015 10:19 am (UTC)
Why do you think boiling is unnecessary? I heard people say that it shortens the life of silicon cups, but that's about it.
And wow, I didn't think of the hand prints either haha thanks for the heads up
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on January 7th, 2015 01:42 pm (UTC)
Because "as clean as cutlery" is clean enough. How clean does a spoon have to be before you'll put it into your mouth? How clean do your hands have to be before you'll pick up food with your fingers and eat it? While some degree of personal hygiene is expected, how microbe-free do you expect your partner to be when kissing, fondling, oral and other sex?

So no, I don't think a cup needs to be "sterile" -- not that boiling sterilizes anyway. Google the differences between clean, sanitized, disinfected and sterile. They're not as far apart as many imagine. Washing with soap and water is clean enough for me.
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on January 6th, 2015 01:55 pm (UTC)
If you are open to trying other brands and need them now, a fellow Aussie is trying to get rid of some cups on the mc_sales community: http://mc-sales.livejournal.com/221768.html
That community in general is a great place to grab cups that maybe didn't work for other users, particularly if you live somewhere where buying them new would cost and arm and a leg in shipping. I'm in the US but grabbed my first Si-Bell from another member and it was great (other than having to ship it to my boyfriend's where I was staying and him thinking it looked like a condom, lol!)
robo_13 on January 7th, 2015 10:24 am (UTC)
Oh dang, I wish I checked out that blog before buying mine! I'll definitely have a look if I need to get another one - thanks for letting me know about it! Haha that's the first thing my best friend said after I showed her my cup! Now she won't stop calling it a "ding dong helmet"
pinkydoodler on January 7th, 2015 05:41 am (UTC)
I recently had to travel on a moderate haul flight and then long bus journey right afterwards, and it was on the 3rd day of a horrendously heavy flow so I had to change every 4-5 hrs. Some tips I have on having to change quickly in public toilets and travelling:

1. A contact lense case is a great travel case for lube and wash. Just dispense some of each in each side. Small and discreet.

2. Having a clean spare cup on hand is handy when you need to be quick, I would wear my Si bell and change to my Fleur, then clean my si bell once out of the stall. Repeat using Si Bell to swap with my fleur the next time I changed.

3. wet wipes are very useful. Take one out first, before you start changing so you can easily reach it with bloody hands.

I don't bother boiling my cups, but I do bring a steradent tablet for emergencies.

As for lube... I just use KY jelly.
robo_13 on January 7th, 2015 10:25 am (UTC)
Oh wow, thanks so much for the tips! I don't have a second cup but I may consider getting another depending on how this trip goes :)