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19 August 2007 @ 05:05 pm

I remember others posted also noticing a strange smell when using the menstrual cup.  Did anyone figure out what it was?

Just finishing 3rd cycle, almost getting it right!  I have ordered a Lunette though as the Mooncup UK isn't large enough for heavy days.  Thanks to all for help!

 
jadeserenityjadeserenity on August 19th, 2007 03:11 pm (UTC)
It can smell very iron-y but other than that I haven't noticed anything "strange."
Ashley: Piggy and daffodildisturbedme on August 19th, 2007 06:26 pm (UTC)
The cup is holding blood and it's in your vagina, of course it's going to smell a little strange.

Usually, the only time it smells really awful is if you leave it in your vagina all day or, like some people here have done by accident, left it in a few days.

That smell isn't really anything to worry about...
the sand and the seacloudshapes on August 20th, 2007 02:45 am (UTC)
Maybe I'm not the norm, but I leave my cup in for 12-24 hours often and it never has a smell, at all. In fact I'm always amazed at how non-smelly it is compared to tampons or pads (though I have to say cloth pads are very non-smelly for me as well, compared to disposables).
the sand and the seacloudshapes on August 20th, 2007 02:46 am (UTC)
I actually meant 24-36 hours.
haazegirl on August 21st, 2007 12:42 am (UTC)
smell
I have a question about smell too, I might post it regularly as well. I find that on most of the posts about smell the people who comment haven't had too many issues with it. I understand most people don't have an issue, but I would like some positive feedback from people who have had experience so that their responses don't make me feel like a poor smelly cup person. I do have an issue with smell, it's kind of that irony-bad egg smell on the cup. Not my hands, the cup.

As for your concern, I've heard that it's possibly some kind of proteins that break down or something. I read it in one of the memories posts. My new thought now that I read the other response about iron smell is that maybe it's producing more smell in women who take iron supplements or have high hemoglobin counts. But that's just something I deduced not based on any knowledge other than the fact that I take high amounts of iron supplements for anemia.
Here's my ? How to get rid of it.
I've used soap, boiled, used vinegar, baking soda, switched to Dr Bronner's, and the only thing that works is Tea Tree Oil. The smell comes on with the first use and intensifies after that. I also was getting crafty and wanted to combine the TTO with the Dr. Bronner's for a one step process, and the combination gelled or solidified in the bottle and will not come out. I have now found that this particular mixture had too much TTO in it.
I'm just curious, am I stuck with Tea Tree Oil for every cleaning?

Haazegirl