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06 December 2015 @ 10:46 am

Hey folks!

I'm posting here because although I've done extensive Googling, checked manufacturers' websites, and so on, I still don't feel that I have an adequate answer of whether it's safe to use my cup again after using it while having a yeast infection. Does silicone harbor yeast? Do I need to wash my cup a certain way? Is there no hope, should I just throw it away and get a new one?

Some background under the cut...

I had an untreated yeast infection for ~11 months (yikes, I know, but it kept coming and going, and was pretty mild, so I didn't really know what it was; thought I was having an allergic reaction or something). Was using my Lunette cup every period during this time. Finally went to the doc, swab test was positive for a YI, took Diflucan and was wonderfully relieved. Had some vulvar irritation right after my next period (during which I used my cup without issue) that cleared up on its own. Fast fwd to this period - I start getting itchy again right before it's due to start, but assume it's nothing (I'm pretty bad about that apprently). Couple days later I'm sure it's another infection, so now I'm using OTC treatment as the doctor recommended if it came back. But I'm concerned about using my cup next time - since I used it between taking the Diflucan and getting another YI, did I reinfect myself? I usually just very thoroughly rinse my cup with cold water when I empty it, and "sun" it to eliminate any odor. I'm struggling with what else, if anything, I should do to clean it without compromising the silicone or introducing an irritant to my vagina if I use my cup again after cleaning it.

Thanks in advance!

..::bella vita::..por_que_no on December 6th, 2015 06:10 pm (UTC)
Hydrogen peroxide might work--that's a DIY treatment I've used for yeasties myself. As a bonus, it will bleach off any unsightly blood stains. Just pour the H202 in a mug high enough to submerge the cup in, put the cup in, cover the top with something opaque (light will degrade the H202) and let it sit for several hours. You could also boil but really, the risk of damaging the cup in the hot pot is probably greater than any additional sterilization benefit you're going to get.
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jourdanicus on December 6th, 2015 07:46 pm (UTC)

Would boiling truly kill off yeast? I've been afraid to boil mine because I had a Diva Cup for a while and it started leaking consistently after the one time that I boiled it. I also have roommates and wouldn't want to gross them out using a pan for that...

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..::bella vita::..por_que_no on December 7th, 2015 02:44 am (UTC)
The lactobacillus bacteria naturally in your vag produce H202 anyway to disinfect/prevent other nasties from taking hold. That's why, sometimes, you smell a bit sweet down there. So your body shouldn't react in an odd way to it.

I think I may have just had my first experience with BV (thanks, baby wash that threw off my pH...) so I soaked a tampon in H202 to get everything set right again. While soaking the tampon I recognized that sweet smell.
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..::bella vita::..por_que_no on December 7th, 2015 03:39 pm (UTC)
I know right! 2 1/2 years after really starting with cups and I finally figure this out lol. This was also the first time in that amount of time that I've worn a tampon...I could totally feel it in a way I don't remember feeling them when I wore them regularly. That did the trick though. No funky smells (then again I have such a nasty head cold that I'm not sure I couuld smell anything at all right now...)