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hello! been browsing a bit so decided to post...i have a few issues going one with my ladybits. recently within the last few months, we discovered i have a at that time a single fibroid over and inch in diameter, as well as a smaller cyst right on top of my cervix. well, i also have that issue (cant remember the name of it, with super heavy bleeding and horrible crippling cramps.) as well as over the last almost 2 years now, i notice changes in my cycle. its always been a bit weird, but, it had went from normal amount of days.....to WEEKS. or id get it again 2 weeks later. and using tampons still at this time and pads. so you can imagine how painful it was for my vag.
so...for the better made the moved to diva cup, size 2, im 36...i figured it would be ok, and so far, last cycle was so short and light wasnt much to tell. but this time...it went to normal first day and today second day heavy, and this morning...took it out...and OH GOD THE SMELL! xD (it had been in 10 hrs (overnight, morning), it was a normal light flow 1st day...) but today been changing every 3-5 hrs. which is still better then tampons considering id go through a super PLUS in 1-2 hrs...SITTING. but aside from the smell, im noticed small bits of white tissue...sometimes about a quarter of an inch in size. not sure what this is, unless the cysts are breaking lose? or maybe im just seeing the uterine lining clearly since im using a using a cup now? no chance of pregnancy here.
BUT the SMELL! ive washed it with feminine wash...even did a rubbing alcohol dip (short one and rinsed then washed again with my feminine wash)...odor is reduced, but its STILL lingering even after i wash the cup after changing. now, i am anemic, and on iron medication...could that be causing the smell?? but then again i had a bladder infection that turned into a bad UTI, which is starting to feel better now....can that be causing the smell? ive noticed the smell a few times with tampons, when left in a long time, but not this bad.
should i be worried? my normal doc is referring me to specialist OBGYN to check on my fibroids, but cant get anything around here till after christmas. could the smell just be a combo of my illness and the medication? the bladder infection has made my inner labias so irritated (but getting better from going so much.) my skin is super sensitive. i feel like im rambling, but im new to cups, and aside from the odor, im in heaven. the cramps seem better too. usualy by day 2 im crippled with cramps and unable to do much. i also have osteoarthritis among other issues. i know medication can change smells. sucks!
so another question is, when my cycle is over, or gets light enough to have time to boil it, will that REALLY remove the odor from the cup? i seen some say it does, but my OCD and anxiety about it is bothering me. @.@ i cant afford to get a new cup, so i have to keep this one for now. any and all advice is appreciated in advanced! thank you!
Current Mood: lethargiclethargic
Carriecarrieb on December 22nd, 2016 03:16 am (UTC)
I know the other ladies will have better answers for you, but none of that sounds normal to me. I've been using my Diva Cup for 12 years and have never experienced anything like that. My main comment is to put a tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide in when you boil. That should take care of everything. I hope you are feeling better. Cycles can be crazy.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on December 23rd, 2016 03:06 pm (UTC)
I have fibroids too. And yeah, sometimes they make for stinky flow. Yes, iron supplements add to the smell. And it's not unusual to have a chunky flow -- especially if you have fibroids.

I'm not a fan of boiling cups. Boiling doesn't "sterilize" (not really) the cup any more than other methods, including just washing with plain old soap and water. An overnight soak in hydrogen peroxide clobbers staining. As for the odor, sunning the cup seems to be most effective. Let it sit on a bright window sill for a few days.

UTI? Drink a LOT more to literally flush it out of your system. If it persists, see a medical professional for medication.
ChiyoicheChiyoiche Toshi on December 24th, 2016 09:32 am (UTC)
ah! so i a getting a double whammy of the odor from the fibroids and iron. go figure. xD our bathroom sink water gets super hot to the point it could burn skin if let in too long...just started letting it be ran under the piping hot water more after the daily cleaning dip. fibroids suck. sometimes its hard to tell if its that or cramps hurting.
as far as the uti is going, its doing a bit better. swelling has gone down. been flushing my system like mad. i got those uti pills today to help with the pain, ect. if its not gone by after Christmas going to call my doc and tell it doesnt seem to be wanting to go away.
before, when i using tampons, they would give me utis/bladder infections, and would go away after a good flushing. only a couple times the need to go was bad enough i needed antibiotics...but this time, god..was literally the worst one ive ever had. ever now and again i get a sharp stabbing ping of pain...if i sit the wrong way. tho i think it was aggravated by all the errands i had to do today.
the cup, has been a life saver. i guess i just was so shocked by the smell, this is the first cycle ive had to where i am on the second round of iron, and i guess its building adding to the smell.
i didnt know fibroids could make it smell! though, i guess it makes sense, seeing as they are a type of infection. before i found out about them, i just figured it was the dead blood smell. wasnt too bad tho till now.
i will definitely try those methods to get rid of odor. hopefully in jan the obgyn will have opening sooner then later too.
djehutys_wisdom on December 26th, 2016 03:45 am (UTC)
odor and tissue
I think having WHITE tissue in the flow is weird, but I am not familiar with fibroids, so I defer to others' advice on that.

As for smell and staining -- I've soaked my cups (Lunettes and SckoonCups) in hydrogen peroxide overnight and it's never helped the staining. OTOH, I have found the Lunette cup wash demolishes smells wonderfully -- even when my cup made the whole bathroom smell bad. One wash, maybe two, and voila! fresh cup.
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on December 26th, 2016 05:49 am (UTC)
Interested in seeing the source of the idea that fibroids are really a type of infection (not necessarily so I can be a doubting Thomas, but because all signs point to me having a fibroid too and it's noticeably affected my cervix position)
ChiyoicheChiyoiche Toshi on December 27th, 2016 10:18 am (UTC)
yea the white tissue still is bothering me in my head...i think...my cycle is over now...but im still getting bad pain...the UTI seems to have cleared up...i took a super hot bath christmas eve night,and..let my lady bits have a good soaking. swelling is gone, burning is gone. still on the uti pills and still flushing to make sure its all gone. but still having pain and bloating in my uterine and overy area.
when i got out of the tub, on my right side, i noticed a quick sharp stabbing pain, for a few seconds then went away...then i started bleeding again...( sucks cause i had finally had gotten rid of most of the odor from cleansing and air drying.) and now its airing out again.
i dont know, if a fibroid or cyst had developed and maybe popped after the tub bath. im not sure still if the white tissue is uterine lining or something else. still trying to get a apt. and ive lost so much blood this last period, im weak. i hate fibroids!! can never tell if the pain is from them or if its cramps and going to bleed again.
on the cleaning note, boiling didnt do much for the odor, unless i didnt leave it in long enough, i have ocd and anxiety so i get scared im going to ruin it. @.@ i did how ever try a good scrubbing with higher grade rubbing alcohol and witch hazel. then a good triple wash with my feminine wash (again...OCD), and with the air drying its about gone.
really hopeing i wont have to go the surgery path to get the friboids removed. surgery always scares me.
@por_que_no fibroids, can become infected like any cyst like tumor. so if you suspect you have them, you should get a internal and external ultrasound asap. if seen in some women they grow so huge, they literally can push other organs, and leave bad scaring inside. and the infections can make you sick. you need to keep monitoring them to see if they grow or multiply, ect. if you do find you have them make sure you read up on the methods of removal, because some of the methods leave you sterile, unable to bare children.
ChiyoicheChiyoiche Toshi on December 28th, 2016 04:45 am (UTC)
just wanted to leave another quick update and mebe a question. xD i had gotten to thinking, since the smell was not entirely gone, mebe the boiling solution i made and length was not long enough and did not add enough.
so this time i added more peroxide, and added vinegar this time too. turned it inside out, and put it inside a metal whisk to hold it so it doesnt get burned and so i could rotate it, ect. and used two wooden spoons to block the bottom so when it set, it didnt burn. boiled for a little over 5 mins and took a toothpick and cleaned the holes, then when it was done, rinsed it off with water, and washed with feminine wash.
smells good as new!! but...it seems a tad softer? xD not that i am complaining! the rim ring feels a bit softer, and the cup overall....just feels better, softer. just a tad. i read they can softer over time from boiling. so i think next time i will just use a diluted peroxide and vinegar soak. since i think i have the portions down right. anyone else noticed their diva getting softer?
(i also re sterilized it, because i had to use it again, light bleeding, and still minor signs of the UTI, but on its way out. didnt want to risk reinfection..)
gepunktetrock on January 4th, 2017 08:29 am (UTC)
Maybe try eating yogurt while on medication for the UT I. Could be too much yeast? Antibiotics can mess with the balance of the vaginal flora.

Cups are softer when they have been boiled or warmed up.

I had to sun my cup for months when it got a bad smell one time. Hasn't smelled since at least.
ChiyoicheChiyoiche Toshi on January 4th, 2017 11:52 am (UTC)
my uti seems to be gone for now. but been craving normal water like nuts. guess my system isnt done flushing lol. but at least i have a apt with my PCP this thursday. perhaps she can check to make sure it cleared up and help me with the gyn. i picked up some baking soda to try for next cycle as well.
really hope i get to see the gyn soon, these fibroid pains wont go away. almost constant pain. and i have a feeling my next cycle is gonna be pain city. i noticed, if one cycle is crippling (the one before last) the next is sometimes not as bad...then the one after is crippling. only thing i dont like about some gyns, they want to always put me on some sort of BC before counseling with me a fair bit, and actually read the referral reports from my doctors. i cant use bc because of some of my medications and conditions.
just hoping next one isnt as smelly. lol