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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!

Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on December 6th, 2015 08:41 pm (UTC)
Cups are non-absorbent so just get it off the surface. Hydrogen peroxide and vinegar are the two main home remedies and neither will hurt the silicone. You don't need to eradicate yeast. A little is OK. But an overabundance is not.

Vaginal yeast infections are usually "external" symptoms of a digestive imbalance. Google anti-candida diet for foods to avoid. Natural probiotics such as unpasteurized cheeses and active culture yogurts are often recommended. And/Or probiotic supplements such as acidophilus. Also be aware of soap on your hands, on your cup and on your vulva. There are ingredients in some soaps that can make yeast bloom so be sure to wash soap residue away so it doesn't get into your vagina.
jourdanicus on December 13th, 2015 04:54 am (UTC)
Thanks for the tip!

Yeah, I've been Googling this stuff all up and down lately. I've totally cut out white sugar from my diet for the past week+, as well as refined white flour. Also been taking a probiotic, cranberry supplement, 2 tsp of ACV/day, and drinking kefir smoothies. I don't know if it's bad enough for me to have to do the whole week-long "candida cleanse," basically eating only steamed veggies, but if I get another yeast infection next month then I will just have to see. I'm going to talk to my doctor first if it comes back again though.