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Hi everyone,

I am thinking of purchasing a menstrual cup, but before I buy, is there any increased risk of contracting a yeast infection from it? Has anybody gotten a yeast infection after beginning to use their cup? If so, how commonly does it happen? I have never gotten a yeast infection before, but I am afraid of getting one if I decide to use a cup for my periods. I appreciate any answers ^^
Eveeveofrevolution on October 29th, 2015 12:23 pm (UTC)
As far as I know, they do not make one any more or less prone to yeast infections. Just make sure you clean your cup and you should be fine :)
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on October 29th, 2015 12:49 pm (UTC)
Some people are more prone to yeast infections during their periods because of the foods that they crave before/during that time. Vaginal yeast infections can be external symptoms of a digestive imbalance. Google anti-candida diet.

Another factor is soap. Some soaps contain ingredients that encourage yeast to bloom and they're not necessarily left on your cup but imparted from your hands. So if you use soap, be mindful of where the residue can wind up.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on October 29th, 2015 02:00 pm (UTC)
PS - Even if you get a yeast infection, it's no big deal. They're usually mild. Some discharge, some itchiness. Watch your diet, eat some probiotics. If that doesn't work, they're easily treatable with home remedies such as off-the-shelf medications that are available in "every" store that has a feminine products section.
newconvert on October 31st, 2015 09:11 pm (UTC)
There are soaps specifically sold for washing menstrual cups. I tend to think they're unnecessary, but that might be one way to alleviate your concerns.
tkamockingbird on November 1st, 2015 12:06 am (UTC)
Also if you decide to use lubricant, look at the ingredients. Glycerin and others can be a culprit for yeast infections. Take a probiotic if you are concerned, but yeast infections are pretty easy to take care of.
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on November 2nd, 2015 03:49 am (UTC)
The only possible way you might actually pick up yeasties from a cup is if you had yeasties the last time you wore it and you didn't wash the cup, then you reinserted it. Similar to how a couple can pass yeasties back and forth by engaging in sexy times and not washing up adequately/waiting until said yeasties have passed. Yeah, guys can get them too...

FYI one good DIY treatment for yeasties, and probably the only reason I see to still keep tampons around, is that you can soak a tampon in lemon juice and then insert/wear it around for some hours. The acid fixes your pH down there and creates a hostile environment for the yeast. The once or twice I had to do it it worked great and particularly if you keep the juice in the fridge, the cold feels good on itchy/burny parts...
djehutys_wisdom on November 3rd, 2015 01:37 pm (UTC)
Basically, the big concern with yeast and a cup is not that it CAUSES yeast infections (silicone is pretty much inert, so it can't really alter the pH or knock the bacteria/yeast natural balance out of whack on its own)...in fact, some cup users find it helps prevent them. FYI, I've struggled a lot with yeast and BV. The magic bullet for me ended up being boric acid capsules prescribed by a smart gynocologist (I totally recommend DO gynos). I still keep some around, but I've been yeast free for YEARS now, haven't had to use a capsule for years, and I've been using cups for years. Also, OTC yeast treatments basically don't work for me, so I understand the hassle factor...

Don't use soap on a menstrual cup, use a specially formulated cup wash. Most soaps contain perfumes or dyes that are very hard to rinse off completely, and I for one am VERY sensitive to those, and very prone to reactions (such as yeast) from it. I favor Lunette wash the most, though I will use Diva wash in a pinch. (I have to order Lunette wash whereas I can buy Divawash at most health food stores). Also, it really helps with the smell if your cup gets stinky (and they can, depending on your internal chemistry).

If you do happen to get a yeast infection while you are using your cup, washing it might not do the trick. I asked Lunette about this, and what they told me to do (and it works as far as I can tell) is to boil the cup for 20 minutes straight. You can only do this with a silicone cup, obviously (so not a MeLuna, which is Thermoplastic Elastomer, or a Keeper, which is a natural latex rubber). Boiling for that long is tricky because you have to keep the water level in the pot over the cup while it's trying to evaporate, but its quite doable.