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12 August 2015 @ 04:48 pm
I'm not sure what the issue is - if it's my body chemistry or if it's my cup (Sckoon size 2/L).

Every month I use my cup I end up with a yeast infection. I wash it with every use. I wash my hands before I remove it. I wash my hands before I re-insert it. I have soaked the cup in peroxide. I have boiled the darned thing. Help!

I am a diabetic, so I know that can make me prone to yeast infections, but it's not anything I've had an issue with historically.

Any suggestions? I love my cup, but this is just not going to work if this is my "fate" every month.
tkamockingbird on August 12th, 2015 09:31 pm (UTC)
Do you use lubricant? Certain lubricants can cause yeast infections. Also, try a probiotic or eat plenty of yogurt, that might help!

Edited at 2015-08-12 09:40 pm (UTC)
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on August 12th, 2015 09:50 pm (UTC)
My guess is that it's not the cup... it's your hands. There are certain ingredients in soap that can make yeast bloom. Rinse them better and use soap less often.

It is probably also your diet. We all crave and eat things around our periods that can trigger yeast infections (which are actually DIGESTIVE imbalances that have external/vaginal symptoms.) Google anti-candida diets to avoid some of the most common causes.

And yes, probiotics. Either in foods or as supplements.
xquizite_insomxquizite_insom on August 13th, 2015 01:58 am (UTC)
It could be the soap you use to wash your cup after removal and before reinsertion? Some soaps leave a residual or coating even with thorough rinsing.
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on August 13th, 2015 05:00 am (UTC)
Antibacterial soaps kill the bacteria that are supposed to keep yeast from overgrowing in your vag. Definitely don't use any with triclosan...that stuff is bad news anyway.
yayforcupsyayforcups on August 13th, 2015 01:27 pm (UTC)
Coconut oil as a lubricant has anti-yeast properties
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on August 13th, 2015 01:43 pm (UTC)
Yup, I can confirm this...since I began using cups and coconut oil lube I've had exactly one bad yeastie flareup, and I blame that on some body wash I was using that contained sodium hydroxide (a strong base...your vag needs to be a little acidic to keep yeast from growing)

Edited at 2015-08-13 01:43 pm (UTC)