Menstrual cups and infections

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Menstrual cups and infections

Rin (aka Nire) Rin (aka Nire)
I just got my Diva Cup in the mail today, and so far I am very impressed. This is so much more comfortable than the pads and tampons I was using before and it's working like a charm, despite the learning curve that comes with insertion.

When I told my mother I was getting one, though, she was very concerned about it causing an infection. From all the research I've done and my experience with silicone toys, I'm confident that I'll be safer with the cup than I ever was with tampons (possibly even pads, though I've never heard of those causing infections).

But I don't think it'll hurt to ask you fine Edenites what you think and get some more opinions. Any other users ever get infections from their cups? Any non-users worry about the same thing?
09/24/2012
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laflauta laflauta
I've never use menstrual cups, but I would also imagine that they would be safer than tampons. As long as you empty and clean it frequently, you should be fine.
09/25/2012
Ningyo Ningyo
I've recently switched over to using a cup too. I'm not an expert or anything, but I think the chance of getting an infection from one is pretty slim. It's silicone, so bacteria can't grow in it. Cleaning between uses and using clean hands for insertion is also a good idea, but that's common sense for using toys as well.

As far as I'm concerned, they're safe, green, and dependable! I love mine and haven't had any problems.
09/26/2012
Rin (aka Nire) Rin (aka Nire)
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Originally posted by Ningyo
I've recently switched over to using a cup too. I'm not an expert or anything, but I think the chance of getting an infection from one is pretty slim. It's silicone, so bacteria can't grow in it. Cleaning between uses and using clean ...
She seemed a lot more comfortable with the idea next time I talked to her, and even asked if she could spread the word about menstrual cups, so I think seeing my confidence and how please I was won out. This is easily the most comfortable period I've ever had.

I totally agree: safe, green, dependable! Not to mention cheaper in the long run than disposable items.

And I might be alone here, but there's something satisfying about seeing the blood collected so neatly, rather than spread out all over the place (like with a pad) or mashed into a tampon. The cup is just so much cleaner!
09/26/2012
Virgingasms Virgingasms
I've used my MeLuna for three years and never got an infection. I actually think my vagina is healthier now for having used a menstrual cup, since it doesn't leave fibers and chemicals behind like a tampon.
10/12/2012
Glinteye Glinteye
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Originally posted by Rin (aka Nire)
She seemed a lot more comfortable with the idea next time I talked to her, and even asked if she could spread the word about menstrual cups, so I think seeing my confidence and how please I was won out. This is easily the most comfortable period ...
Youre not alone, i love everything about my diva cup. Ive been using it for about three years and its amazing!
10/12/2012
emiliaa emiliaa
It actually reduces your chances for infection, cotton is much more prone to collecting bacteria than silicone. It's very safe.
10/13/2012
Rin (aka Nire) Rin (aka Nire)
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Originally posted by emiliaa
It actually reduces your chances for infection, cotton is much more prone to collecting bacteria than silicone. It's very safe.
It occurs to me that my mom's main concern might of had to do with the fact that breast implants, some of which use silicone gel, have at times proven to be less than healthy.

There's certainly a difference between silicone gel getting into the bloodstream via a leak and vulcanized, solid silicone.
10/13/2012
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