21 March 2015 @ 04:49 pm
Ok, so I'm 14 years old and soon I'm going to buy a menstrual cup! I'm very excited about it because it's going to make having my period at school at lot easier to deal with. But there was one things I wasn't really sure about. I've read that when you are in public you should clean it with toilet paper once you've removed it and emptied the contents, but what can you use to clean it? I've heard that you can take a little bit of the cleaner that the companies sells (I'm buying a MeLuna cup) in a little spray bottle and put it in a little pouch and just clean it with that. But I've also heard of some people using baby wipes. I thought that that would be much easier with the baby wipes but then I've also heard that they can be very bad for some people and even course infections. I did however find a type of baby wipes that I could take out in public and use but I don't know if any of the ingredients in it could be harmful to me http://shop.coles.com.au/online/vic-metro-sebastopol/nature-babycare-eco-soft-baby-wipes-fragrance-free . Are these ones okay to use or should I use different ones? Or is there any other way I can clean it in public all together?
Saruwatari Aiko - love seems to hate mestephynee_c on June 11th, 2015 12:04 pm (UTC)
Hi there!

Whilst I've not had to change in public yet, I've read that one user changes her cup in the handicap stall as there is a washbasin included. Others usually bring a squeeze bottle or just a regular plastic bottle into the stall with them to rinse the cup. If bidets are available, I'd use that method to rinse my cup when I have to change in public.

I suppose baby-safe wet wipes are okay to wipe your cup with. Perhaps even the flushable unscented feminine wipe would be okay too.

Personally, I just rinse my cup in the sink and when my cycle is finished, I use a very tiny amount of baby wash lathered in my hand to give my cup a more through wash before air drying and storing it in it's pouch.

Tashanamelessw0nder on June 11th, 2015 12:56 pm (UTC)
If you're going to re-insert right away, there's no need to wash it, you can re-insert it after dumping out the contents.

If you're not going to re-insert it right away, you could rinse it with a water bottle and put in a wet bag until you can clean it more thoroughly later.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on June 11th, 2015 02:35 pm (UTC)
That's exactly what I was going to say but you said it better. :o)
trejoytrejoy on June 11th, 2015 07:08 pm (UTC)
If you feel you must clean your cup in public restrooms, I'd only use water from a water bottle. I don't clean mine in public restrooms (unless it is a large, special-needs stall with sink enclosed), just empty, reinsert, and wipe fingers. =)
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on June 11th, 2015 11:33 pm (UTC)
Depending on the size of the cup you get and how your cycle is personally--you may not even need to change it at school. I can usually go at least 8 hours without changing my large Si-Bell (except overnight on the first night, but since I split my time between my place and my bf's, that often means I am going 12 hours without a change). If your cycles are heavier than that, I found accidentally that natural vitamin E supplements can cut down your bleeding. The D-alpha tocopherol kind (natural) is better than the fake, dl-alpha tocopherol. I started taking it for something else (2 capsules in the morning) and have enjoyed this side effect, since I'm not consistently overflowing my cup at night anymore. (If you live near a Kroger, mine is doing a closeout on the natural vitamin E by Nature Made and it's half off!)