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03 April 2016 @ 11:54 am
Hello all. I am a new user to menstrual cups and decided to go with the Diva cup as it was in my local co-op. Anyway, I began using it yesterday and all was well until I read on their site that using any topical creams for yeast infections while using the Diva cup may compromise the silicone and to replace it. I JUST bought this and prior to getting my period I was prescribed an ointment for a minor yeast infection. I had the cup in and just put a small amount on and not really touching the cup.
Has anyone experienced problems while using a menstrual cup and using an ointment/topical cream? As soon as I read about that I took it out and washed it and discontinued use for now. I guess I am just finding it hard to believe my brand new cup is ruined because it *possibly* got some ointment on it at its base. How would I be able to see if it was compromised? It looks and feels  perfectly fine to me. Any advice or insight is appreciated, thanks :)
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on April 3rd, 2016 08:45 pm (UTC)
Was it nystatin cream with a petrolatum base? Petrolatum will degrade and weaken the silicone. I ended up snapping the stem off a Si-Bell because I was treating a yeast infection one month when my period came. But I think it might've been the next month when the stem break happened. However, the Si-Bell is softer and thinner, with a much thinner stem, so your Diva *might* be OK. But yeah, don't ever mix petrolatum ointment and silicone cups!
Tracyberryberrythis on April 3rd, 2016 09:23 pm (UTC)
I just checked and yes it is a Nystatin ointment. I think it should be ok since I really just put a tiny amount and it didn't seem to get to the cup much. I guess time will tell. Thanks for your reply though, fingers crossed nothing happens to my cup :/
mossmorton on April 4th, 2016 03:07 am (UTC)
There are boric acid treatments for vaginal infections that contain no petroleum! Just read/internet search the ingredients to double check.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on April 4th, 2016 02:26 pm (UTC)
Wikipedia says that petroleum jelly does not degrade silicone.
Search the document for petroleum for two key sentences.
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on April 5th, 2016 01:13 pm (UTC)
IMO the timing of my Si-Bell stem mishap is TOO coincidental, though. And the stem would've been fairly close to the entrance, plus the same hands fiddling with the ointment were fiddling with the stem...