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04 July 2007 @ 08:10 am
Does anyone know the reasoning behind leaving the cup in for a maximum of 12 hours?  I've been reading it on here and now I'm a little worried.

I have a Divacup and a light flow.  Unless it fills up faster like on my 2nd day, I usually just change it once in a 24 hour period.   Towards the end of my flow I could easily go the last couple of days without changing it, as it's just catching the last few drops and sludgey endings.
 
Jennnakedfaery on July 4th, 2007 03:19 pm (UTC)

Your vagina is not a closed/sterile environment, so bacteria will build up to icky levels after a long period. It's nowhere near as dangerous as tampons I think. It just means they get smelly, and you'll have a not nice odour coming from your vagina if you leave it for more than 24 hours.
I want to be a superheromypocketgarden on July 4th, 2007 03:22 pm (UTC)
In the last days I'm too lazy to empty the cup in 12 hours, it often takes me 16-24 hours to empty it. Once I left it for over 24 hours, but it stank so badly I won't leave it for so long anymore :D.
Jessicayesca on July 4th, 2007 03:25 pm (UTC)
The longer you leave it in, the more bacteria becomes present, which could lead to an infection. I usually have to change mine 7+ times a day for the first 5 days of my period. Two changings a day sounds heavenly to me.
Baby Bloodheartbabybloodheart on July 4th, 2007 03:40 pm (UTC)
Like they said, longer you leave something in your vagina (preventing self-cleaning and allowing for bacterial growth) the greater the risk of infections and TSS...cups are 12 hours where as tampons are 8 because menstrual cups are much safer.

As for exactly WHY it is 12 hours, it would be easy to say it is based on how long is 'safe' for tampons, but to be honest exactly why it is 12 hours I don't know, but I'll be watching to see if anyone can come up with the reason...
Autumn Sylverautumn_sylver on July 4th, 2007 09:43 pm (UTC)
I don't know the exact reason either, but I think it's just to be cautious.
Carrielike_milk on July 4th, 2007 04:12 pm (UTC)
Is it really that hard to change it every 12 hours?!
perfectinpart on July 5th, 2007 02:28 pm (UTC)
That's what I want to know!

I change mine twice a day every day regardless of the "heaviness" of my flow. It's really not a hassle to change it every 12 hours.
mollypraeclarus on July 4th, 2007 04:22 pm (UTC)
more bacteria = smell that won't get off!
Melissa, starry-eyed soy-lovin' Expatriated Zulu: Divacupoddharmonic on July 4th, 2007 07:23 pm (UTC)
I've found that rubbing alcohol (isopropanol) does a pretty good job removing smells on the silicone cups.
mollypraeclarus on July 4th, 2007 07:33 pm (UTC)
i left my cup in for about 18 hours once, and the rubbing alcohol didn't do a thing! however, the smell wore off by the time my next cycle came around.
Jenjennifer0246 on July 4th, 2007 04:37 pm (UTC)
meh. every 24 is ok, but i wouldn't do it for more than one day per cycle. it gets stanky.
Amazing Little Ecosystemwinterthunder on July 4th, 2007 04:59 pm (UTC)
I do 24 hours as a default. Past that the blood that the cup catches starts to get really rank. I just make absolutely sure to clean well with hot water and tea tree oil when I change and the smell is no different than when I change on a 12 hour basis.
ever so slightly obsessedscien on July 4th, 2007 05:00 pm (UTC)
Why not just change it whenever you shower? that way you'll at least change it once a day. I wouldn't let it go any further than that, it'll smell and really do you want old blood and gunk in you for that long?
prettyasapesoprettyasapeso on July 4th, 2007 07:28 pm (UTC)
I change it on my light days only once, but I find that taking it out before bed time makes me feel more comfortable, and makes the "smell" factor less. It's usually light enough that I'm not going to bleed on my sheets or anything, so I figure it's okay and I just put it in again in the morning after my shower. I used that logic with tampons too though, and only wore them or pads on my first and second days. I wouldn't leave the cup in more than 24 hours though, at least change it, like anothet user said, daily with your shower.
Miss Adventure and Her Friends: pensivesnaxxx on July 4th, 2007 08:29 pm (UTC)
12 hours is a recommendation - some folks can go less, some more. And yes, it's best to change AND rinse or wash it twice daily, to avoid bacteriological infections. You should be sure to wash your hands before replacing.

My personal experience? I change it first thing in the morning, and rinse it with hot water in the bathtub tap (right next to the toilet). I then I either empty it as soon as I get home from work, or before bed. It's tricky on heavy flow days if I have to empty it while I am at work, but I either wipe it off a bit or sneak out to the sink.

To get discoloration and odor out, you can soak it in a diluted solution of hydrogen peroxide, works better than alcohol.
Autumn Sylverautumn_sylver on July 4th, 2007 09:47 pm (UTC)
The people at divacup say not to use hydrogen peroxide because it can damage the silicone. They said to use alcohol instead.

I tried soaking my cup in diluted alcohol once, and it left a hazy residue that I had to wash off. I would just wipe it with alcohol and then rinse as opposed to soaking it in alcohol.
To get rid of stains, I'm wondering if baking soda would be safe to use. It disinfects and removes stains, right?
saucydivasaucydiva on July 6th, 2007 02:24 am (UTC)
Oh my god, that is the greatest icon ever.
raindropsieraindropsie on July 7th, 2007 10:49 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't be complaining about 12 hours! twice a day is wonderful!

When I first got my diva I thought I would be a twice-a-day girl, but found out I had some heavier days :(, I'd love to be able to change every 12 hours all the time, if only they made the cups a little bigger... or if my period was stretched out for longer with a lighter flow. I definitely forget I'm on my period on those light 12 hour days which leads to why...
I've sometimes left mine in for longer then twelve, and it really does start to stink.
But I think it's pretty safe for 24 hours, so, you know, if you just can't change it for some reason (public bathrooms etc) then I wouldn't worry about it :D And then again, if you don't mind a stinky cup (I'm sure it's not stinky to anyone else, just you when you actually take a whiff). It's probably just that little bit safer to change twice a day.

whatever makes you feel comfortable!