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08 June 2015 @ 09:37 pm
I just got my DivaCup today.  It took me a long time to figure out if and which cup to purchase - thank you all for being here!! Now I feel better knowing that people have more than one sometimes and the benefit is changing to a different cup based on the need.

Over the past few months I have had to start looking for alternatives to pads because of having topical allergic reactions. I realized that I have only used one brand of pads for most of my life because they worked. As a teenager (wow! that was along time ago) tampons gave me TSS symptoms and I was so sick I vowed to never try them again.  I started researching and had no idea how toxic the products I was using were.  I can't tell if it is true about age or just that there are more toxic processes than before.  Point is ... I am opening another area of my life to remove my exposure to toxins.

Recently, I tried a particular brand of pad that was thin and high absorbancy and my reaction was bad enough I was too embarrased and in pain to leave the house.  I eventually went a few days later to a walk in clinic.  A couple of weeks later my GP said that the brand I told her was a big culprit because of the products/chemicals/materials. I was so happy to hear her say that she uses cups too!! Who knew :)  We actually had a back and forth conversation and decided that silicone would be my best option.

So all of that to ask ...

I want to make sure that I do my best to set myself up for success becauses I don't have any options after cups.

I plan on following the instructions on the package.  I have to wash my clothing at least once before I put them on my body.  As you can guess, I am nervous about inserting anything into my vagina given the past few months.  I plan to wash the pouch before using it. Is there something I could do in a preventative way to 'clean' manufactoring residue off?  Boil first? Sit in sun? water vinegar?

Would those suggestions also be helpful as preventative measures to decrease the likelihood of the 'foul odor' I see spoken about sometimes?

Thanks!!

Edit: making public
 
tkamockingbird on June 9th, 2015 02:34 am (UTC)
I wouldn't put your cup in the sun because that could be damaging to the silicone. Boiling it for five minutes should do the trick.

As for the foul smell, you can prevent that by not keeping the cup in for more than 12 hrs. Also, make sure when you are cleaning it in between changes that you make sure the air holes are very clean. Sometimes the smallest residue can start to smell if you continue to use it without cleaning them out.

Also, have you tried cloth pads? I was sold on cups and cloth pads took me a while to even consider them. But honestly they are WONDERFUL!

Good luck! :)
selofain: Yuukiselofain on June 9th, 2015 05:04 am (UTC)
There's absolutely nothing wrong with leaving silicone cups in the sun. In fact, it's a great way to disinfect your cup and remove stains and smells, because sunlight is magic.

It's only TPE cups- that is, the Meluna- that you can't sun, because the sun makes the TPE brittle.

Oh, and to OP- boiling should be sufficient to remove manufacturer residues. You don't have to do it every time. Generally, soap and water does the trick.

Edited at 2015-06-09 05:07 am (UTC)
tkamockingbird on June 9th, 2015 05:37 am (UTC)
Oh really!? Thank you for enlightening me! I would edit my post but for some reason it won't let me.
chamiletchamilet on June 9th, 2015 07:25 pm (UTC)
Once someone replies to your post, you can't edit it.

Edited at 2015-06-09 07:25 pm (UTC)
tkamockingbird on June 9th, 2015 07:51 pm (UTC)
I'm learning so much today! ;]
keysofree on June 9th, 2015 07:58 am (UTC)
Thanks!!
Thank you both!!

I have been thinking about it more lately. I saw them first as an alternative but sorta put it off my list of possibilities. Just had washing machine night...er..daymares :) I have very heavy periods and all of this makes me a little uneasy. I am hoping I don't get overwhelmed.

I know that I would like to have a backup and/or alternative to the cup. Shopping for cloth pads is my next step ... so many options ... another month or two of researching those now :)
Probably should have done that first to be able to stop using the pads immediately. (Good thing I am a little late this month!! haha)

The wash that comes with it is actually very good and I didn't cough at all. I am so glad that I read about the high concentration of the wash here. I took the sealed plastic off of the wash and used it to wash the pouch and a drop to wash the cup itself. I will boil tomorrow so I can put in the dry bag.

I have a feeling that I may be taking it out more often than the 12 hours so hopefully that wont be a problem. If nothing but to check volume until I figure out how often I need to empty. I didn't realize the odor was a time factor - that makes sense.

(I hope this is posting correctly ... took me a while to figure out how to join and make the first post)

m03m on June 9th, 2015 08:31 am (UTC)
Re: Thanks!!
I have a feeling that I may be taking it out more often than the 12 hours

That's fine, most people do. It's safe to wear it for *up to* 12 hours. That doesn't mean it won't be full before that.
keysofree on June 25th, 2015 07:42 am (UTC)
Re: Thanks!!
After my first run ... reassessing my definition of "volume" ... Less cramping (only after removing or inserting my cup) ... Major re-education ... 12 hours seems like a cake walk now ;)
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on June 9th, 2015 01:58 pm (UTC)
If you haven't already, skim/read http://kuradi8.livejournal.com/ to dispel some of the myths and misinformation in the directions.

Cloth pads/liners might be a good option if you want to wear some sort of back-up.

And I think boiling is unnecessary. Just wash it.
keysofree on June 25th, 2015 07:45 am (UTC)
Kuradi8 :) Thanks ... I just read that before resetting my password, figuring out how to log back in and reply :)

Great info!!