21 February 2015 @ 07:36 pm
Hey, menstrual cuppers! It's a new year (sorta) and we've got new members! It's really nice to see the community acting as a fresh resource for new and existing cup users.

If I could just ask everyone to take a look at the rules, that would be excellent. That includes new and old members. I've been observing some slippage on related topics and gender-neutral language on the part of both new and old members. The main thing is to keep this a civil and welcoming place for all cup users, so thanks for helping with that!
I am in awe of my be-Luv-ed new cup; I just managed to fill my newest silicon cup to its full, up-to-the-holes 37.5 ml capacity with absolutely NO SPOTTING prior to actually reaching this maximum capacity. This is a first for me! I've always had minor spotting at the halfway point with other cups, growing to progressively worse leaks after filling halfway. With the medium LUB, I had absolutely no spotting before the cup was actually at its overflow point! The biggest problem for me finding my goldilocks has been a) capacity, as I bleed about 60 ml on my second day, and b) maintaining a reliable seal filling past the halfway point. Luv Ur Body has solved both of these issues for me, and I'm so unbelievably psyched about it right now! Goldilocks cups DO come true! Eeeee!

A few quick thoughts on this cup: I found the Luv Ur Body had very smooth silicon, comfortable for insertion, and very easy to rinse clean. Yes, it's a bulky cup, and it can be problematic to open if, say, you really have to poop, but in general, it was pretty easy to pop open and seal. As it's a tall cup, this could be really great for people with high cervixes who have issues with removal for shorter cups. I'd say I have a moderate-height cervix (fluctuates between two knuckles depth and full finger), and I have been able to use this cup without a hitch, getting the cup to fit around my cervix, but the base to sit above my pubic bone. The cup is a bit squishy, so if you're cervix is on the lower side, it could be problematic, as your lower pelvic floor muscles or pelvic bone might squish the bottom and cause leaks.

I also had the opportunity to try out the XL meluna on this cycle and was very pleased! I found it seals very well. Not quite as smooth as the LUB (the TPE feels a bit dry going in), but I like how the TPE material is heat sensitive and sort of molds to my shape, and the capacity is quite good. I found it to be quite an excellent cup for heavy days (though it needs changing more often than LUB), and it gave an outstanding, leak-free performance overnight when I conked out for 8.5 hours. :)

Cups are awesome. Goldilocks cups are life changing. I have two goldilocks now, and I'm so happy.
I've been using menstrual cups for 2 1/2 years now, mainly the small Fleurcup, but have had trouble with leaks and insertion recently, even though the cup was not full. I usually have a very light flow- the small Fleurcup with a capacity of 20ml is only at most 2/3 full (14 ml) at the end of a 12 hour period, usually only 1/3 full (7 ml).

I decided to buy the Iris cup because of the price, it's only $15 USD on Amazon.com, and because it said it was stain resistant, I also did not think I needed a high capacity cup, just something that would be easy and comfortable to insert.

I'm a 24 year old female, never had any children, or have been pregnant.

Review: The cup came very quickly, in a box with a cloth pouch. The box was a little smashed in the shipping process, as it was shipped in an envelope, not a box.

I purchased the SMALL size, in clear.

The first thing I noticed was that the cup had holes that were not all on the same level.
There are 6 suction holes. The stem is round and hollow. The cup does not have an even thickness of silicone. The bottom of the cup is thinner, and around the rim of the cup it is thicker. What felt different to me in this cup, compared to my Fleur, was the texture of the silicone. The Fleurcup has a very grippy silicone. I usually use my Fluercups (I have large and small) inside out, and have no problem with removal.

The texture of the Iris cup is very slippery, and the grip rings around the stem are very soft. However, I did not have a problem with removal at all, as the end of the stem came to the entrance of my vagina. I did not feel irritation from the stem at all, the stem is very soft.

This cup has a capacity of only 15 ml (small size), and it seems to be about the same in size to my small Fleurcup, but with a different shape, while my Fleurcup has a capacity of 20 ml. I did experience leaking after 12 hours, because it was full, that's no fault of the cup's- I just needed a higher capacity cup for the heavier flow.

I really enjoyed using this cup and will go to it over my Fleur for my light days, the insertion and removal was a breeze and when the cup was not full I did not have any leaks what so ever!
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28 June 2015 @ 01:24 pm
Hi guys,
I've been using a cup on and off for the past year. I now have two, both cheap and unbranded (yeah, yeah, I know). The main reason it's been on and off is it always leaks. Well, except for one time I had it in and it didn't leak, but I don't know what was different. At any rate, it seems to be more than residual slobber.
On to the question. I felt around and couldn't find my cervix, so I assumed it was high and got a long cup (I think it's a Cozy Cup, but as I said, unbranded). The stem always poked out. Recently (ie yesterday) I realized my problem might be that the cup was too long and maybe I've been pushing it past my cervix so I felt around again. Now, in all the pictures I've seen, the canal's pretty much a straight shot to the cervix. But yesterday, there was something squishy. The cervix is supposed to feel like a nose, so I kept feeling around and might or might not have found a hole in the squishyness and through that something that felt like a nose with a dimple in it (ie cervix, unless it was just my intestine). So I tried again today and only felt the squishyness with the dimple/hole in it. I looked up some more info and the cervix is supposed to be squishy when ovulating, but ovulation should not be happening during menstruation, right? So is the squishy a dangly cervix and thus the cause of the leaks or is it something I need to get checked out? Or is it just the vaginal walls being a bit more tent-like than I anticipated?
After noticing this, I did try turning my cup inside out to go to sleep (put in 11 pm), which made it much more cozy (haha, get it? Cause it's a cozy cup? I'm so funny) but I woke up around 5:30 am with a bubbling feeling and luckily I was wearing a cloth pad.
I also realized that my semi-punch down fold hasn't always been opening all the way (silly me, I assumed that if the base was rounded out the top was too) and have since (a whole two days! At least, when I used the cup in that time) been checking more carefully, but the leaks are still happening.
Also, I sometimes have problems removing it. I have a hymen that I think is still mostly intact (nothing up me but a cup) if slightly stretched (from removal adventures with said cup), which is probably contributing to my problems. My first cup has a stiff (ish) rim, and I cannot get it out without either pain or folding it to the point that most of the collected gunk comes out while the cup is still inside. While the second cup has a softer rim and easier to remove with less folding, I've only gotten to use it a handful of times (first cycle with it) and it's during this particuarly leaky month.
I think this is the first cycle I've noticed the bubbling feeling accompanied by leaking. Any help would be appreciated!

UPDATE: I have been having better luck today; kept it in 3 hours, filled halfway with no leakage (that I noticed -- there was some fresh gunk, but I think it was probably slobber) and four hours (again filled halfway, but a whole lot spilled out so I don't know how full it was before I took it out and it did leak). The four hours was before the three hours, btw. I've been manually popping it open when it's about 3/4 of the way in and then running my finger around it (twice!) to make sure my cervix is not to the side of it (which led to hands covered in blood after the four hours one but only a finger covered in it after the 3)
26 June 2015 @ 03:09 pm
I am an adoring fan of menstrual cups. I got my first one in 2006. It arrived and I eagerly looked forward to the first cycle I could use it. I got pregnant that same month, so I couldn't use it until my periods restarted at 14 months post partum in 2008. Just a few months of wearing my cup, I went to Belize and my period started a week early. I swam with sharks with my cup in and the blood stayed put and didn't attract them to me. I also spent a day innertubing down a river with nowhere to change my cup, and was super glad I wasn't dripping pink water by the end of the day. Discovering the cup was a life changer.

I used to have a high cervix, and could barely reach it when looking for the IUD strings (2006, right before I got pregnant with baby #2). Now my vaginal vault is short and my cervix is dangly. Obviously since then I've had another baby and have aged another 8 years, but I guess I'm kind of worried that the suction from the cup has created pressure on my cervix and MADE it dangly in the past few years. Is that possible or am I just wrongly blaming my changing/aging body on the cup? It really CAN'T suck my cervix down, can it?

See, I've been dealing more and more lately with leaks, and it seems like my cup is full of cervix and leaves no room for menstrual fluid. When I pull out the cup, it's often pretty empty, even though I'm leaking, and then I have a gush of blood and clots from my vagina as I'm sitting there on the toilet. I have a super heavy flow, but a short vagina/dangly cervix, so I can only use short cups. I do have a MeLuna that is comparable in size to the large diva cup, but it's really too long and the tip protrudes through the vaginal opening, even with the ball cut off completely. I've just ordered a MeLuna Large Shorty in hopes it will help with the high capacity need while being as short as my smaller old MeLuna (which I think was a medium, but I'm not sure).

Anyway, I love this community and would love to hear what you think about if there could be a correlation between cup use and an eventual dangly cervix. I sure hope not. Also, if you can offer advice on heavy flow + dangly cervix + short vagina, that'd be great.
25 June 2015 @ 06:22 pm
Hi all,

I am relatively new to using menstrual cups (about the last year or so), and they solve a lot of problems for me! I have a very heavy flow, and I love that I don't need to worry about leaking constantly. On my heavy days, I often leak within 2 hours of using a tampon, so I really want to be able to keep using my Divacup 2.

Unfortunately, I'm having some pretty intense pain associated with using the cup every single time I have my period...

I'm normally slightly crampy, feeling the pain in my midsection below my belly button. The pain I feel with the cup is totally different than this cramping. Usually, things go like this:

Day 1 of period: Insert cup. Leave it in all day with no pain whatsoever. It feels like I have nothing at all!

Days 2-3: Heavy days. Wake up with a very full cup and (usually) small leak. This is the day that the pain begins. After inserting the cup, within 5 minutes or so I begin to feel cramping locally in my vagina. It can get pretty intense, and feels more like sharp gas pains (but located in the vagina itself). If I sit down too hard or sit in a position that impacts the cup area, I often have a jolt of pain and yelp from it. This pain increases briefly when I take out the cup but subsides after 2-3 minutes and is completely absent until I put the cup back in. Occasionally, during this pain, I feel like I need to make a bowel movement, but I actually don't. Sometimes the cramping is so bad that I can't put the cup in again for a while.

Days 4-6ish: Back to no pain at all. I wear it in complete comfort.

Because I'm using the cup the same way every time, I don't think it's a matter of inserting it incorrectly or anything like that. I don't have leaks during these days and I am sure that the cup is fully opened inside. This is a pattern that repeats these exact days of my period every month.

What the heck?!?! I haven't been able to find any description of this exact situation on the forums (sorry if I missed it?) and none of my friends have had this experience. Does anyone else have this? Is there some troubleshooting I could do? Is the cup too large for me? I am mid-thirties, no children, but large-framed and very heavy flow, thus the 2. Any ideas? Thanks so much!
25 June 2015 @ 09:56 am
Fellow cupper, Obsidian, has several outstanding entries in her blogs about these ever-changing cups.

Generic, Knock-off and Cups Sold Under Different Names:

Types of Generic Cups:

More on Generic Cups:

And she also has size charts that include them:
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24 June 2015 @ 05:15 pm
It's been about a year and a half since I started using my menstrual cup (diva cup) and about as long since I've posted here, but I'm definitely a lurker. Lots of good info! The menstrual cup has changed my life and made it so my periods are SO not a big deal and I can go about life as usual.

I had a Paragard IUD inserted yesterday morning and since then I've been wearing pads to be safe due to things I've read online and on this board. Though my GYN herself (a Paragard AND Mooncup user) said there was absolutely no reason I couldn't use the cup right away. She said a well placed IUD won't be expelled due to a tampon or menstrual cup, and seemed pretty confident about her experience with placing them, saying she'd never had a patient expel it in the hundreds+ she's placed over the last thirty years. Also note - she cut the strings deliberately short so I can use the cup.

That being said, I'm still a little nervous because of how I need to remove the cup. The base has always been too slippery for me to grab without pulling down on the stem at least a little bit to get it outside of the opening of the vagina so I can get a good grasp. My normal removal is pull down a little bit on the stem, pinch the bottom to break the seal, done. I've tried inserting a finger up the side to break the seal that way, but I guess I have short fingers because I've never been able to feel the top rim to do it successfully. My thought process here is that if sometimes bearing down can get it close enough to the opening to grab, then pulling on the stem should also be NBD, right?

The last 2 days of using pads has been so disgusting and miserable and I want to get back to using my cup ASAP. I was just hoping to get a little reassurance/advice first :)

TL;DR: I want to use my divacup with my IUD - inserted less than 48 hours ago. Want to confirm that my removal method is okay :)

Thank you <3 <3
24 June 2015 @ 01:02 pm

It's been a while since I've come around...
My 11 year old daughter started menstruating this spring and has so far chosen to use pads. We've talked about cups (she knows that's what I use), but she hasn't been super interested - until now...
With it being summer, she may have to back out of swimming with friends later this week. We talked about tampons since they're easy access and she'd have time to practice between now and Friday, but she's even more nervous about that than the idea of a cup.

She knows I've used cups for years - I currently use a Skooncup and have used a LadyCup in the past.

I was thinking about getting her a Skooncup, too, but then I saw the EvaCup and a few others on Amazon and realized there are really so many options these days... I've gotten indecisive!

I am contemplating getting her both a small Skoon and a small Eva so that she can play around and figure out what works best for her...
Any special suggestions (cup and usage) for a young, first time cup user?

You'd think this would be obvious, what with all the reading/researching/youtubing I've done!
Yo all. I'm hoping for just your basic cup ideas, "where the heck is my cervix," and "how the hell do these things work" help like everyone else on this community (sub? group?).
I've measured my cervix the past couple days of my period (the first two days of it really), standing, with one leg on a toilet (is that how I should do it?), and haven't been able to reach it (I think, could I be passing it?). My middle finger is 3ish inches, but I'm not sure if I've reached it all in. So I guess I have a high cervix, which is rather unfortunate because I'm freaked out about being able to get out a cup--I have never even really used tampons before. Because scratchy and weirded out by my body--but no more!
I've been planning to get the Lunette model 1 (because I'm a virgin, though 19, and not a tampon-user). But the Ruby cup also seems nice--but probably the small, even though it's new. I fear now though that they would be too short. Maybe the Lily? And, like everyone with a moderate flow, I think I have a heavy flow, and it lasts a week.
Do I need to be able to stick two fingers in in order to get it out? Do people just reach their pointer finger and middle finger in, pinch the stem, and then pull? How do you break the seal then? Do people somehow, magically, also fit their thumb in? And, of course, I imagine the blood absolutely spilling everywhere. But, eh, it's just a little blood.
Should I just go ahead and order a Lunette? I found a coupon code that's only good until the end of June...
It's SMR2015 incase any of you didn't know but wanted to.
I'm 21 years old and a virgin. This is my first try with a menstrual cup. I love the idea of it but I cannot get the hang of it! I have 5 different Melunas. The Classic in small and medium, The Sport in medium, and the shorty classic in both small and medium. I am so frustrated. This is my SEVENTH cycle trying to get the hang of it. I have zero problems with insertion or removal but so, so many leaks! I put the cup in, everything seems great and then I will go to pee later and see blood dripping into the toilet and eventually a full on leak. I've tried the seven fold, C fold and the punch down fold. I've tried pushing the cup up absolutely as far as a can-This worked awesome for one entire cycle and I thought I had it down-but this cycle I am leaking all over again. I've so many different "depths" into the vagina, and positions. I'm losing my patience. I get a good suction, it seems like it is opening all the way as well. But lo and behold, there is blood in the cup and everywhere else. Does anyone have any tips? Did anyone else take this long to get it together? It would so freaking wonderful if I did't bleed everywhere every single cycle! My cervix is high. The shorty melunas did not work for me, as my cervix is too high and also need the higher capacity. I like the texture and the ring stem of the melunas I just need to stop leaking! Please help me figure this out.
I know this topic has been mentioned in previous threads, but wanted to ask for any more insights. I'm 31 with no kids, but sexually active. I think I have a high cervix (longest finger can't seem to reach it.) I grabbed the Diva small size from a local store because I didn't read the fine print and just saw the "no kids" part of the size recommendation. But now looking more closely I am wondering if I should exchange it for the larger size 2 since I'm over 30... and presumably am not getting any younger ;-)
I haven't opened it yet. I usually have pretty light periods, and I have a sort of sensitive bladder, I'm worried about feeling pressure. Super size tampons feel uncomfortable going in, but are OK once they are in place. I haven't noticed anything feeling different since i hit the big 3-0, but does anyone have any advice?
20 June 2015 @ 01:55 pm
Hello, everyone! Im new to this forum and have been lurking for a while. Ive tried to search this but havent been able to find anything....

Im 31 and have been menstruating since i was 14. Ive gone from pads to tampons and back to pads in that time. I have had an extremely normal cycle from the get go. Im not on any hormonal birth control and havent been since i was 18. I have had a paragard iud for over 4 years and the only thing that changed with that was my bleeding got heavier. (From 5 day cycle to 6/7 days)

I have been using cups exclusively for 5 cycles and LOVE them. (I will never go back to disposables!) I have 3 different ones that i cycle through....anyway....my question-
My period has been super unpredictable since the switch. My 2nd cycle was 3 days of bleeding then 3rd was 8 then a normal one, then a late (by almost a week),long (8 /9 days) now im not due for my period until next week and ive started bleeding today...

Is this something that happens? I have no other health issues, nothing new stress-wise. Is my body just confused with the switch?? Haha

Any insight would be helpful!!
19 June 2015 @ 09:38 pm
Firstly, I want to say thanks to this community for being a huge help to my menstrual cup journey. Cups are seriously the best thing ever! Sorry if this is a bit long.

MeLuna Classic (Small):
I'm still fairly new to using my MeLuna classic, just on my 2nd cycle now. Removal is getting easier. But it still takes me awhile to get it to open; at least 3-6 times to get it right. Sometimes pushing on the punched down side would flatten and crush the cup, so I have to reinsert. Usually once I do get it inside successfully, I don't always really feel a "pop", but then I try to feel the cup around the base and up to the middle (I am unable to reach the rim), and it feels like it's opened correctly. Would a slightly firmer cup like a Lunette model 1 be easier to open for me? Or any suggestions for a cup that would open more easily?

I'm not sure if I leaked or spotted. But after having the cup in for about 10 hours overnight without leaking, my panty liner was clear immediately upon waking. I'm still so paranoid, I check first thing after I wake up. But then half an hour later, there was a faint tinge of period blood with my urine. So I removed the cup, but it was barely halfway full. I don't know what I did wrong and why it leaked?

MeLuna Soft Shorty (Small)
Lastly, I also have a shorty MeLuna which I've used once only, since it almost got stuck. No leak for several hours, but upon removal, it seems to have suctioned itself to I don't know where, and I had a hard time breaking the seal despite pinching the base. Not sure if it's because it was too small, or because one hole seems slightly smaller than the other, or because I panicked since it was my first time. Would this shorty cup still be okay to use on light days? Or is it too small for me?

Edit: Here's the photo of my shorty MeLuna with different hole sizes.
18 June 2015 @ 01:43 pm
I recently got my first menstrual cup, a Lily Cup size A, and I'm currently on my first period using it. I've got insertion down at this point, but it still usually takes me forever to get it out. Does anyone have any tips for removal when I can only comfortably get one finger any appreciable distance into my vagina at once? I can grab the stem because it's really close to the opening of my vagina, sometimes even sticking out, but I have issues breaking the seal. I can usually pull it down some without breaking the seal, but that's a little uncomfortable and also kind of freaks me out because I'm not sure if the suction from pulling without breaking the seal is harming my cervix or something. I have a lot of hymen going on and I really want this to work--please help!
Hey all! I currently have a Classic MeLuna (M) that I've been using for 5 cycles now. It works great when my flow is lighter, but I cannot get it to stop leaking on my heavy days. I'm fairly confident in saying that my cervix causes the heavy day leaks by taking up too much room in my cup. And I say that because over the months I've tried about all the troubleshooting I could: made sure it's angled right, made sure it's completely open, made sure it isn't overflowing, tried positioning it lower (then higher), tried different folds, etc.

So, I want to take the plunge and get a larger cup to solve the cervix-fluid-displacement problem and I also want to try a brand that is firmer than the MeLuna.

I'm thinking maybe the Lunette Model 2. Does anyone have a better suggestion? I've done a lot of research, but at this point, all of the brands are blending together and I'm just getting frustrated.
21 March 2015 @ 04:49 pm
Ok, so I'm 14 years old and soon I'm going to buy a menstrual cup! I'm very excited about it because it's going to make having my period at school at lot easier to deal with. But there was one things I wasn't really sure about. I've read that when you are in public you should clean it with toilet paper once you've removed it and emptied the contents, but what can you use to clean it? I've heard that you can take a little bit of the cleaner that the companies sells (I'm buying a MeLuna cup) in a little spray bottle and put it in a little pouch and just clean it with that. But I've also heard of some people using baby wipes. I thought that that would be much easier with the baby wipes but then I've also heard that they can be very bad for some people and even course infections. I did however find a type of baby wipes that I could take out in public and use but I don't know if any of the ingredients in it could be harmful to me http://shop.coles.com.au/online/vic-metro-sebastopol/nature-babycare-eco-soft-baby-wipes-fragrance-free . Are these ones okay to use or should I use different ones? Or is there any other way I can clean it in public all together?
I'm not sure if this belongs here or in mc_sales, but I thought it'd be of interest to everyone just to see the availability in different countries: http://menstrualcupmap.com
12 May 2015 @ 05:03 pm
Anyone else notice Cuplee offers a stemless economy version now (without pouch)?? Very tempting...
26 May 2015 @ 04:27 pm
I finally received my cuplee today! I was full of excitement when I opened the tiny package. However, I was let down. Because, the cup has lot of scrape like marks on it, which makes it looks like it was used. I don't know how to insert my pictures in to the post. So, thank you to the cuppers who take the time to open the links to see the photos. I wrote a email to Lily, cuplee representative, and told her about the situation. Did any of your cuplee looks like that when you received it? Maybe it's time for me to consider buying a large Iriscup from amazon... It looks like I will be using my old juju for the june cycle now...




(this picture has a tiny eyelash on it, not sure if it's from me or someone else's)
11 June 2015 @ 04:01 pm
Hello and thank you for being here. I've been reading this forum for a long time, trying to work up the nerve to get a menstrual cup and now that I finally have, I'm giving it a dry run before my periods start.

I had some trouble inserting it, but have managed on a second attempt. (And hoping I won't have any adventures with first-time taking-out!) It's quite uncomfortable, especially when I'm standing or walking (but I can't feel it if I'm sitting down), but I put it down to not getting it high enough and also newbie jitters. But I do have a question:

- I have a Silky Cup (http://www.silkycup.com/) which comes with a short stem. I can feel the stem poking me. It might be because I've inserted it at an angle, but I wanted to know if there are others here who've had trouble with a pokey stem and what they do about it. I'm not confident enough to cut it off, so that's not an option (yet).
09 June 2015 @ 01:33 am
So yeah, I know that this has been posted on before, but I'd rather get just a little extra information before I decide. I burned my Diva Cup just a tiny bit (as in really tiny). The water ran out when I boiled it because I got on the computer (Yes, dumb thing to do, I know...). My mom thankfully rescued it before it actually caught flame, but there's a whitish film on the bottom of the pot now. And then, my cup seemed to look a little powdery after I took it out and a couple of stained spots. After I washed it with a little mild soap, it looks fine, except for a tiny flaw in the silicone that's about a millimeter wide and two millimeters long. It's just on the surface. The silicone smells slightly burnt. I'm freaked out about putting it in my body again. My mom keeps saying it should be fine and that's it's only slightly scorched. I don't know what to do really.
Current Mood: neurotic
08 June 2015 @ 06:59 pm
Has anyone purchased a cup from this site? I was looking at the icare. It's super cheap on that site, but I don't know if it's a trustworthy place to buy from.
08 June 2015 @ 08:47 pm
Hi everyone,

I just got a Diva Cup, and after working on it for a while yesterday and today, I think I got the hang up inserting it. I noticed though that when I insert it with it just inside of the vagina, it is a bit uncomfortable for me. After walking around and going about my business for about a half hour, it slide up a bit, and I couldn't feel it when moving around anymore. I could still feel it I stuck my finger up there, it was just probably an additional 1/2 inch up further into my vagina. I decided that was fine based on not experiencing anymore discomfort and leakages as well as info from past posts. I waited another few hours before checking it again, and it had gone up either further into my vagina to the point where I could barely reach it. I was able to get it out, but it took about 15 minutes to do so. I know it might be because I'm new to this, but it just makes me nervous I won't be able to get it out. I'm just wondering if this is normal or if I'm doing something wrong?

Thanks to you all as I've learned so much already from your posts!
08 June 2015 @ 09:37 pm
I just got my DivaCup today.  It took me a long time to figure out if and which cup to purchase - thank you all for being here!! Now I feel better knowing that people have more than one sometimes and the benefit is changing to a different cup based on the need.

Over the past few months I have had to start looking for alternatives to pads because of having topical allergic reactions. I realized that I have only used one brand of pads for most of my life because they worked. As a teenager (wow! that was along time ago) tampons gave me TSS symptoms and I was so sick I vowed to never try them again.  I started researching and had no idea how toxic the products I was using were.  I can't tell if it is true about age or just that there are more toxic processes than before.  Point is ... I am opening another area of my life to remove my exposure to toxins.

Recently, I tried a particular brand of pad that was thin and high absorbancy and my reaction was bad enough I was too embarrased and in pain to leave the house.  I eventually went a few days later to a walk in clinic.  A couple of weeks later my GP said that the brand I told her was a big culprit because of the products/chemicals/materials. I was so happy to hear her say that she uses cups too!! Who knew :)  We actually had a back and forth conversation and decided that silicone would be my best option.

So all of that to ask ...

I want to make sure that I do my best to set myself up for success becauses I don't have any options after cups.

I plan on following the instructions on the package.  I have to wash my clothing at least once before I put them on my body.  As you can guess, I am nervous about inserting anything into my vagina given the past few months.  I plan to wash the pouch before using it. Is there something I could do in a preventative way to 'clean' manufactoring residue off?  Boil first? Sit in sun? water vinegar?

Would those suggestions also be helpful as preventative measures to decrease the likelihood of the 'foul odor' I see spoken about sometimes?


Edit: making public