? ?
17 September 2015 @ 10:25 am
I never used to have to remove and reinsert my cup in a public restroom, but I just started a new job where I work longer hours, and I'm noticing that leaving my cup in non-stop doesn't always work.

I don't have too many problems with the logistics, but I'm a little squeamish about germs. I'm lucky enough to have a single-stall restroom that's used mainly by me and a few coworkers, so it's not super gross or public. But the water isn't as hot as I'd like and I worry about having germs on my hands when I handle the cup, or there being germs on the toilet paper that I use to wipe the cup with.

I've read plenty of advice on how to clean a cup in public. I'm just nervous about germs or the possibility of getting a UTI or something. I was hoping people might have tips or reassurances.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on September 17th, 2015 02:52 pm (UTC)
Wash your hands before you empty your cup. Be sure to wash away any soap residue if you use any. If you don't bring in any water (bottle or cup or wet paper towel) to rinse your cup after you empty it, that's fine. Just stick it right back in. The few drops that remain won't make any difference. And the less you handle it, the fewer hand germs you'll impart.

Then give your cup a better rinse/washing after you get home if that will make you feel better. But really, it's fine. :o)
citrinesunset: Fountain pencitrinesunset on September 17th, 2015 08:06 pm (UTC)
I think I do need to rinse it, unfortunately, because otherwise it can be hard to put back in. So that's one logistic I still need to work out. But I like the wet paper towel idea. Maybe I'll also bring a little plastic bag to put it in while I use the bathroom. Not the most eco-friendly choice, but even with the cup wrapped in a paper towel, I'm not super comfortable trying to hold it in my hand while I use the toilet, or setting it in the sink. A clean way to set it in the edge of the sink would make me feel better.
Sarcasticia Nitpickersontisiphone on September 17th, 2015 03:09 pm (UTC)
Maybe you could carry some hand sanitizer and a packet of tissues? Then you could give your hands a quick clean before removal and be assured of the custody chain of your tissues :) I don't think there's really anything to worry about, but it might make you feel better.
citrinesunset: Fountain pencitrinesunset on September 17th, 2015 06:48 pm (UTC)
I do carry hand sanitizer, so that's a good idea. Same thing with tissues. Thanks!
geri: gold triskelegerimaple on September 17th, 2015 07:39 pm (UTC)
I'd be more concerned about the sanitizer killing off good bacteria, or the fragrances or other stuff in sanitizers. Upsetting your vaginal balance like that could easily trigger a yeast infection. Soap and water is, IMO, your safer and better bet.
citrinesunset: Fountain pencitrinesunset on September 17th, 2015 07:58 pm (UTC)
I never use anything but soap and water (and occasionally alcohol wipes) on my actual cup, but I don't think I'll gave a problem with hand sanitizer on my hands as long as I let them dry before I handle my cup.
sjennifersjennifer on September 17th, 2015 05:08 pm (UTC)
Not sure which brand you are using currently, but you can think about trying a cup with larger capacity such as MeLunns XL or Super Jennie which is a brand new US made cup, and is one of my favor cup too, it can hold up to 1.4oz. To me, it is good to wear for a whole day without leaking or any changing is needed. And it is soft and very comfortable.
citrinesunset: Fountain pencitrinesunset on September 17th, 2015 06:43 pm (UTC)
I use the Diva, but the capacity is fine. I have a light flow. The problem is that it's a little firm and I can't have bowel movements very well when it's in, and when I'm out of the house for 11 hours, I can't really avoid using the bathroom.

If it wasn't for that, I could easily wear the Diva all day without emptying it.
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on September 19th, 2015 11:24 pm (UTC)
then you can consider a softer cup :)
sjennifersjennifer on September 21st, 2015 08:24 pm (UTC)
To me, Super Jennie is much softer than Diva. Worth to give it a try.
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on September 26th, 2015 10:17 pm (UTC)
plenty of cups are softer than the diva. if you have anyrhing to do with the sj (given your username), it's not fair not to disclose that.
sjennifersjennifer on September 23rd, 2015 02:32 pm (UTC)
Then you really should try Super Jennie. It is a very soft cup
Kathlynekathlyne on September 17th, 2015 06:15 pm (UTC)
It's okay. I highly doubt you'll get any infection from changing your cup in a public restroom. I've done it many, many times, and the only problem I've had is cramped stalls. The water being hot--not a problem. Just do as Kuradi said and wash your hands beforehand. You'll be fine.
citrinesunset: Fountain pencitrinesunset on September 17th, 2015 08:20 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to hear that! Yeah, I've never really heard of people having serious problems. When it comes to stuff like emptying the cup and having room to remove and insert it, I'm pretty lucky. It's not a bad bathroom.
bluemoon79bluemoon79 on September 17th, 2015 10:23 pm (UTC)
Sanitizing cup
Maybe you could carry some baby wipes with you to wipe out the inside of the cup. They shouldn't be too harsh on the bacteria, I wouldn't think. Maybe you could get more than one cup and wipe them out with just plain toilet paper and put the used one in its pouch back into your purse until you can take it home to sterilize it.
Also, I have just got the XL Meluna. I was trying to find the biggest capacity cup because I had unbelievably heavy periods last month. I was trying to replace my large Yuuki for something bigger but when the Meluna XL arrived, I found that the large Yuuki actually holds a little bit more than the Meluna XL! (to the rim) I have not tried the measurements to the airholes. I still LOVE the Meluna XL but if I knew the capicity wasn't more than the Yuuki I probably wouldn't have gotten it. I now have my eyes on the Luv Ur Body and will do the capacity test whenever I am able to get my hands on it!
yayforcupsyayforcups on September 18th, 2015 07:19 am (UTC)
As for the plastic bag, have you heard of a "cup spot" its a circle of material like a reuseable makeup removing pad or a breast pad, but instead you use it as a place to rest your cup. I know that does them and delivers to most places. Also sells LUB :)
tkamockingbird on September 18th, 2015 06:55 pm (UTC)
To add on to yayforcups comment, if you can't afford one, I took a small towel and cut two circles and sewed them together. It's really easy and you won't have to spend money! :)
Angelaruggrat on September 30th, 2015 10:13 am (UTC)
Someone on here at one point suggested a tiny mister/spray bottle, that you can fill with water-like the kind you can buy in the "travel-size" section of a pharmacy. This has been working for me as I can smuggle it in a pocket. I used to do we paper towels but I always felt like I was about to "get caught." Not that it's anyone else's (in a public bathroom) business what you're doing with those paper towels!