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So here's the thing... I don't smoke it a lot, in fact it was only the second time I tried it but me and a friend were hanging out so I figured why not?... the next day, the cup was fine, but the day after, I took a nap and ended up sleeping longer than I meant to and my cup was in there for about 16 hours instead of the recommended 12. I figured it wouldn't matter much...I took a shower but as soon as I took the cup out I noticed the awful smell. I was surprised the cup could smell that bad, it never did before. It wasn't fishy, it was just... bad.

I tried boiling it for a while but it still smelled so I decided to soak it for a day in a solution of Diva Cup cleaner and water thinking that would help... I had to go to work using pads again... I forgot how absolutely HORRIBLE pads were and how terrible it is to have to feel blood coming out of you while trying to smile and help customers.

When I got home, the sink I had left it in had unfortunately drained slowly and the cup still smelled bad. I tried rubbing alcohol, lemon juice, and apple cider vinegar but nothing was helping... it finally took a combination of just trying these things over and over to get the smell to fade...

now I didn't leave the cup in for that long (Most stories I read that were similar were about cups that were forgotten about or left in for several days, not just a few extra hours) so is it just that I left it in for too long or did maybe smoking weed effect it that much? I mainly ask cause I saw this entry:


and was curious... I guess
jourdanicus on December 22nd, 2015 04:09 pm (UTC)
I don't think it was smoking, I think it was leaving it in for 16 hours. My cup sometimes smells after leaving it in for 8 hours. It almost always has an unpleasant odor at the end of my period, because I only use one cup over the course of my period and it's only ever out long enough for me to rinse it before reinsertion. I usually just rinse it very thoroughly in cold, then hot, then cold water, make sure the air holes are clean (by kind of stretching it at the rim to widen the holes and using a Q tip to clean inside the hole), and set it on my windowsill for 2+ days. The combination of airing it out and "sunning" it gets rid of the smell, so that's what I'd recommend trying for you.

I also recently soaked my cup in an ACV/water solution and it came out reeking of vinegar. The ol' windowsill for a few days trick got rid of that smell too.

16 hours isn't "that long" when the cup can be safely left in for 12 hours, but it's definitely long enough for it to start smelling. That person in that post you linked to does smoke, yes, but the other similarity there is that they left their cup in for a long time, and many of the answers are also in regards to how long it's left in. So there ya go.
Sayga: cat-artemis runningsayga on December 22nd, 2015 06:56 pm (UTC)
I use marijuana nightly before bed (and have done so for 3 years), and usually do not have any problems with smells. Usually my menstrual fluid smells fruity, like apricot fruit roll-ups. Last cycle and the one before, my period started with spotting, then a little more spotting, then a few days, then more spotting, then a couple more days, and THEN it started and the smell was FOUL. I wasn't sure why it would smell so awful all of a sudden, till this period, when I spotted for a few hours, then started my period (heavy) like normal, and the smell is back to apricotty. Now I believe the amount of smell may be dependent on how long the blood sits inside you before your body is able to get everything moving and OUT of there. A quick start period may smell less than a slow, faltering start. Just my current hypothesis anyway. Hope that helped.
Sarcasticia Nitpickersontisiphone on December 22nd, 2015 11:04 pm (UTC)
Is it a Diva? One of mine died a horrifyingly stinky death having been left in just somewhat too long. I doubt it was the weed.
Quexinossoniquefus on December 23rd, 2015 06:26 am (UTC)
yeah it is... I was just wondering if weed would have any effect on it at all.. but thanks for the replies