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06 December 2017 @ 09:32 pm
Hi, I'm a first-time cup user. I'm in the middle of my period, and today was the first day I left it in for 12 hours. Before now, I was on the learning curve and either couldn't get it to open, or it filled up too fast and I emptied it prior to 12 hours.

When I removed it at 12 hours today, it smelled like... Broccoli. That's the best description. It's not fishy at all, but both the blood and the cup smelled of broccoli. I'm soaking the cup now to try to get rid of it, but has that happened to anyone else? I've read several instances of a fishy smell or odor after leaving it in too long, but I don't think 12 hours should cause that. I'm fairly certain I don't have a yeast infection or bacterial vaginosis, but I'm concerned to put it back in. I'm not sexually active and never have been, so I've literally done nothing to cause a disruption in the bacteria or pH in my vagina, except use the cup for 12 hours. I should also mention that I've never had an issue with odor before. Yes, there's always the smell of the blood and uterine tissue oxidizing, but NEVER anything like what this smelled like.

I guess another question would be if there's an increased risk for infection using the cup? I've never had an infection or bv, so it seems odd. My hygiene is impeccable and I'm always very careful what products I use, especially in such sensitive areas.

Any help would be great! Thanks!
Nathalia: redheadnathskywalker on December 7th, 2017 01:08 pm (UTC)
I don't know what you mean by broccoli smell (i love broccoli) but i've been using my cup for a little under a year and i have a smell issue sometimes too when i let the cup in for too long. I feel like both the period blood and the cup smell kinda funny sometimes. I wouldn't describe it as fishy. I often leave my cup in for 12 hours because my periods aren't super heavy. Emptying it only before bed and in the morning can happen and i wonder if the smell is because it stayed in me too long. So far, i haven't really done anything about it and just accepted it as part of the process but i used a tampon the other day and could really tell how big the smell difference was. I don't have bv, have never had a yeast infection, etc. i thought about that too. I'd be curious what the smell is.

Sorry this isn't super helpful :/
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on December 7th, 2017 01:37 pm (UTC)
Not unusual. Open air and sunshine should take care of it. Lay it on its side on a sunny windowsill for a day or two. It's OK to finish using it before you do so.