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(First of all, I apologize if I'm posting this wrong. I can't really figure out this LiveJournal thing.)

I'm a first-time cup user, and I purchased the small MeLuna classic for my first cup. I bought some lube online (Wet Platinum) and I thought it was water-based, but apparently it's silicon. Is this alright to use, or will it damage my cup? Thanks in advance!

Update: it looks like a silicone-based lubricant is fine! A tidbit from MeLuna's website: "Since MeLuna is not made from silicone, it will not be affected by silicone-based lubricants or fats and oils unlike like other menstrual cups made from silicone or latex for which oil based or silicone based lubricants are not recommended."

Update #2: I've done a dry run and used my cup for 1-2 days on my period at this point, and I've found that I don't even need to use lubricant -- even on a dry run! So, I guess that solves that problem.

(Editing to add a few more questions)

I live in a large household, and it would be difficult to boil my cup discreetly. Is there any other (effective) way to clean it between cycles? Should I clean it before I start my period, after, both?

Also, how can I wash the pouch it came in? Can I just send it through the laundry? I'm pretty sure the paper said it's microfiber.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on July 9th, 2015 11:50 pm (UTC)
I don't know but if you're in doubt then don't.

If you're in the US, K-Y or a generic equivalent is most likely available at your local store for only a buck or two.
kenna18155 on July 10th, 2015 12:03 am (UTC)
I'm not sure I'd be able to go to the store and get some... Maybe I could manage it, but I live in a household with a lot of kids, and my family isn't extremely "open" about menstruation in general... Plus my dad would faint if he saw me buying lube.

I guess I'll wait for other answers, and if I can't use this I'll try to get something else.
failsafe8failsafe8 on July 10th, 2015 12:18 am (UTC)
Well if you can't buy it in a store then maybe online? Amazon should sell some water based lube? I'm not sure how silcone lube would work with TPE. Maybe you could email meluna and ask them?
kenna18155 on July 10th, 2015 12:26 am (UTC)
Great idea! I'll send them an email right away.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on July 10th, 2015 12:20 am (UTC)
Just whisper, "It's for my period, Dad."
He'll turn bright red and won't ask any more questions.
kenna18155 on July 10th, 2015 12:26 am (UTC)
That's... That's a good point. I'm the first period-haver in my family, and just recently started--I asked him to buy pads, he came back with four boxes of pads and lots of chocolate.

I think I might do that :)
failsafe8failsafe8 on July 10th, 2015 01:51 am (UTC)
Your dad sounds awesome! :) That's the kind of father a person needs. I agree with kuradi8 telling him the lube is for your period would probably go over fine.
kenna18155 on July 10th, 2015 02:04 am (UTC)
He's actually...not really a great father. Long story that I don't want to get into. (But he is smart to steer clear and feed me chocolate when I'm menstruating.) I think I will ask to get some lubricant if MeLuna responds and says this won't work.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on July 10th, 2015 01:43 am (UTC)
I do not believe in boiling. It doesn't sterilize. And it doesn't sanitize or disinfect much more than just plain soap and water.

Just wash it with hand soap and water before you use it. Be sure to rinse all of the soap off your cup and hands.

Give it a rinse between insertions if you can. If you're in a public stall, it's OK to just dump it and put it back in. The few drops that remain won't make any difference. And the less you handle it, the less likely you are to drop it.

If you are in a public stall, you will probably want to bring in something like a damp paper towel to wipe your fingers so you don't get fingerprints on your clothes.

Then wash it again with hand soap and water when you're done for the month. And give it a quick rinse before you use it again next time.
Kathlynekathlyne on July 10th, 2015 03:28 am (UTC)
Is coconut oil safe for Meluna? A lot of people use it for silicone, but I know nothing about TPE. Coconut oil is easy to get at the store, and you can say you need it for dry skin, hair treatments, cuticle treatment, whatever you want to tell your family. And it's really good for all those things too.
Miss Ashleyimagine_peace on July 10th, 2015 05:40 am (UTC)
kenna18155 on July 10th, 2015 06:33 am (UTC)
The problem isn't that I can't find water based lubricant, it's that I don't have any Amazon money left. That's why I was wondering if this lubricant would work. Luckily, though, I think it will -- the MeLuna website says silicone lube is fine. Thank you for the link, though. I'll save it for later.

Edited at 2015-07-10 06:33 am (UTC)
yayforcupsyayforcups on July 12th, 2015 09:19 pm (UTC)
Id get coconut oil as its used for so many things including a split end hair mask and cooking! :)