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04 March 2017 @ 04:15 pm
Hello!! I've been using the menstrual cup for 3 cycles now and I love it!

I find towards the end of my period, my vagina gets very irritated. The walls of my vagina will get swollen and rigid. I figured this was because when I trimmed the stem, it wasn't a clean cut, therefore it was rubbing against me and irritating it. I trimmed it more so that it would be even.

I had the cup in last night for about 12-13 hours, woke up, changed it immediately. When I took it out, I realized that I didn't really bleed and didn't need to have it in. It had a bad smell, it was covered in brown and white gunk/thick discharge and my vagina was very irritated. I immediately cleaned the diva cup, and took a shower to clean my vagina with hot water.

I have this similar experience the last couple days of my period, where it's smelly, I have thick discharge afterwards, and my vagina is irritated. I feel like it's giving me a yeast infection.. I clean the diva cup well with hot water and a little bit of Cetaphil gentle skin cleanser each time I remove it, and reinsert it. Before each period, I will boil my diva cup. I'm not sure what is wrong, and why it's irritating me this way. I love my diva cup and I don't want to stop using it, but it's really irritating me by the end of my period.
 
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on March 4th, 2017 11:56 pm (UTC)
have you ever worn your cup off your period? i find that a cup will get uncomfortable if i'm not actually bleeding, and the larger the worse... (i use various really short melunas) if i use it while my period is over i get white discharge, or often pink etc from white being mixed with the last drops of blood. this seems totally normal. smell after 12+ hours is normal too, some even get it after 10h.
i suggest a smaller cup for light days. also be very careful with washing your vulva and especially the vagina itself (ie inside). you can use something like vinegar or just leave it alone.
Miss Ashley: [ruby cup]imagine_peace on March 5th, 2017 04:12 am (UTC)
As the other commenter said, as far as I know, the discharge is normal for the end of your period. I get that too. I would, if you can, give yourself a break and only use pads or something by the last day or so. If you aren't really bleeding, then there's probably no reason to use the cup any longer. I also do this because after a while my vagina is just tired of it, haha.
citrinesunset: Fountain pencitrinesunset on March 8th, 2017 03:50 am (UTC)
I think some discharge is normal toward the end of your period. Brown suggests old blood, and when blood sits for a bit, it can smell more. That said, if it seems worse than anything you've noticed in the past or the smell is very bad, it wouldn't hurt to see a doctor and rule out something like bacterial vaginosis.

I think irritation can also be common when you first start using a cup. Be careful about using it when your period is very light. There's less lubrication. You could try using a little bit of water-based, silicone-safe lube. But also, it could just be that your body has a limited tolerance for how long you use the cup for. I find that I start feeling irritated if I wear my cup for more than 48 hours with only brief breaks to empty and clean it. I give myself some breaks and switch to panty liners at the end of my period.