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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!

Yawnksavannahjan on December 6th, 2015 10:58 pm (UTC)
Also, random fact, garlic is a natural remedy for yeast infections. I never medicate when I get them. I insert a clovers garlic overnight. At most, I do that twice and the infection is gone. Garlic is a natural enemy to yeast.
jourdanicus on December 13th, 2015 04:50 am (UTC)
I've heard. Weirdly I'm just kind of squicked out about inserting a garlic clove. I tried to leave a probiotic capsule up there overnight and half of the capsule part didn't dissolve all the way so I had to fish it out the next morning, so I'm a bit scarred from that. But if it comes back next month, I am going to be much more willing to try natural remedies instead of using gross, goopy, irritating OTC creams for 3+ nights again...
Yawnk: Mesavannahjan on December 13th, 2015 04:58 am (UTC)
I seldom ever have to fish for the garlic it typically comes out when I go to the bathroom in the morning.

The weirdness is? Due to the science of mucus membranes, you can have garlic breath by inserting garlic into your vagina. *laugh*

But, seriously, I will never go back to medicine. Garlic is my savior when it comes to yeast infections.
jourdanicus on December 13th, 2015 05:23 am (UTC)
Well, that's a relief. I guess a garlic clove is quite a bit bigger than a pill capsule.

I've heard that too! Haha. I would rather have garlic breath for 2 days than a yeast infection though. :) You have encouraged me to try garlic next time! (Though I really, really, really hope there is NOT a next time.)