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Hi everyone !

This website has been very useful, I have learned quite a lot but I am still confused about the information I'm reading on all the different threads. My menstrual cup sorta saved my self esteem last year when I finally stopped staining my clothes and my bedding but after 4 months of using it, I started getting consistent vaginal infection, only I couldn't tell what kind it was.

The first time it happened (last september) my vulva was itching a lot, my vagina was burning pretty badly and I had whitish small "thingies" with a solid consistency, if I rubbed them they would coat my fingers thickly. Some were bigger than others. I went to the ER because it hurt a lot and a gynecologist told me it was yeast infection and that I had to take medication and it would go away.

Every period now since september, I either get a greyish/whitish layer that coats my vaginal walls and feels uncomfortable or I get this "thingies" that can be spread into a thick coating layer. My vagina used to smell quite nice before and my discharge was usually transparent and elastic, which it hasn't been once in a year. I know it has to be my cup because I had never suffered through that before, I'm sexually inactive and my diet has stayed the same.

I believe using my cup has changed my vaginal flora. Here's the deal, I love my cup, I really do. My period used to make me feel so self-conscious because I was staining absolutely everything all the time, it was a mess. I would love to keep using it but honestly, if I can't get to make my cup work with my flora then I'll have to abandon it.

Here is my cleanup:
- period starts => wash it with water => insert right after
- flush period out at night before bed => wash with water => insert right after
- flush period out in the morning => wash with water => insert right after
- flush period out once during the day (usually when I feel pain because the cup is sucking too hard on my cervix) => wash with water => insert right after
- at the end of my period => wash with water => put in my divacup bag

Today I put my divacup in a mug of hot boiling water for 15-20 minutes and took it out afterwards. How should I clean my divacup to avoid this? Did anyone get this problem and got rid of it?

Thank you all !


EDIT: So I tried to clean my diva cup bag in a mug full of boiling hot water as well, and something interesting happened. The water had an oily layer on top. I tried to touch it with the tip of my fingers and my fingers had a thin white oily film covering them. I tried washing the bag with soap but the oily feel was still there. The only thing I can think of is if one of my cosmetic creams or oils contaminated my diva cup bag and then contaminated my cup. I'll put it in the washing in a couple of days and tell you how it goes.
 
Selmamarsianka_selma on June 5th, 2016 07:13 pm (UTC)
Have you tried to go back to pads for a few cycles to see if your condition improves?
I also would suggest sanitizing the cup more thoroughly, like wiping it with chlorhexidine (or other solution gynos on your area usually prescribe to irrigate your vagina) every time before you insert. And boiling should help of course. I use a clean sock for boiling.
didoune92 on June 5th, 2016 07:21 pm (UTC)
Thanks Marsianka !

Yes this was my conclusion today, I will go back to pads for my next period (at the end of the month) and maybe even the one after that.

Meanwhile I'll try cleaning my cup with hydrogene peroxyde or chlorhexidine but I don't know what the latter one is, can I get it over the counter?

When you say you use a clean sock for the cleaning, what do you mean exactly?

And thanks again !
Selmamarsianka_selma on June 6th, 2016 04:26 pm (UTC)
I just meant I put my cup into a clean sock before boiling. I don't boil it in a bag because it has some painted letters on it and I'm not sure they won't come off.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on June 5th, 2016 10:25 pm (UTC)
Google anti-candida diet. Vaginal yeast infections are often "external" symptoms of a digestive imbalance. Sometimes foods that you crave before/during your period make it worse of a few days. There are plenty of off-the-shelf and home remedies to help clobber what's going on both in your vag and in your belly.

Edited to add: I don't think your cup is infecting you. And because it's non-porous, washing it well should remove any microbes day to day or month to month. However, it's possible that your HANDS might have just the right cocktail of irritants, and soap might be your biggest culprit. There are ingredients in certain soaps that make yeast bloom.


Edited at 2016-06-06 01:33 am (UTC)
NineThumbsUpfreedomliberty on June 10th, 2016 01:14 am (UTC)
Cups don't make a suction on your uterus except on removal if you aren't collapsing the rim, so I'm not sure what you're feeling there.
Diva is made with medical grade silicone, so there isn't anything about the cup itself infecting you. It's something contaminating it, be it your bag or soaps.
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on June 11th, 2016 10:13 pm (UTC)
I agree with Kuradi8--it may be something on your hands, most likely soap or if you're using a weird kind of lube with a fragrance that doesn't agree with your body. Strong bases will do this. I used a bit of Bliss Spa Champagne scented shower gel to wash down there once--huge mistake. Turns out it contains sodium hydroxide, a super strong base. Alkaline/basic environments are where yeast thrive. Had the yeasties from hell right after that, never had an issue since once I used a different scent (lemon sage, which of course, will end up more acidic due to the lemon ingredients)