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Re: Menstrual Cups
« Reply #300 on: September 13, 2017, 01:37:46 AM »
yeah, my boyfriend was way less grossed out by it than I thought he would be. he actually thinks it's pretty hilarious and interesting, and makes jokes about it being a vampire shot glass (which even grosses ME out, LOL)
Ugh THAT is gross (though it totally makes sense!) I've been on tampons for years and I'd love to find an alternative because I figured inserting something full of toxic chemicals into your body is probably not a good idea, but I'm reluctant to give the period cup a try - I stay in the office all day and I don't know how to change in the public bathroom!

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Re: Menstrual Cups
« Reply #301 on: September 13, 2017, 01:44:53 AM »
Brookebcollin, you may not need to change it during the day... Mine is fine from when I leave the house in the morning until when I get home at night, no emptying needed in that long block of time.

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Re: Menstrual Cups
« Reply #302 on: September 13, 2017, 05:06:03 AM »
You can also buy sterilisation tablets. Stick in cold water, let dissolve, swirl the cup in it. I use them for my baby's bottles and teething ring, I assume they'd be fine for a menstrual cup.

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Re: Menstrual Cups
« Reply #303 on: September 13, 2017, 08:16:42 AM »
Brookebcollin, you may not need to change it during the day... Mine is fine from when I leave the house in the morning until when I get home at night, no emptying needed in that long block of time.

+1, I don't have to do anything with it during the day either, even on my heavy days. Having been discussing this on this forum for a while though, I know that is not the case for everyone.

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Re: Menstrual Cups
« Reply #304 on: September 13, 2017, 03:29:40 PM »
Thanks all. I think I'll just do a good wash and peroxide soak until I have access to boiling it again! I will continue boiling regularly as that is what is recommended for mine, but it is reassuring to hear others stories.

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Re: Menstrual Cups
« Reply #305 on: September 26, 2017, 07:25:45 AM »
I've recently bought a Diva Cup been researching cups for weeks and... in the autoclave kind of a giant steam pressure cooker to sterilize.

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Re: Menstrual Cups
« Reply #306 on: October 02, 2017, 10:30:14 PM »
I've been on tampons for years and I'd love to find an alternative because I figured inserting something full of toxic chemicals into your body is probably not a good idea, but I'm reluctant to give the period cup a try - I stay in the office all day and I don't know how to change in the public bathroom!

I was completely grossed out by the thought of menstrual cups for years. But the more I read, especially here on MMM, the more I became open to giving it a try. I finally bought a diva cup last year and have to say, I really like it. I do sometimes empty at work and have figured out how to deal with it in public restrooms (use only one hand, empty and reinsert, wipe hand well with tissue paper and don't touch anything before washing thoroughly ASAP). My preference is to empty it in the shower each night though - feels so much cleaner that way.

I didn't realize until I read it here that people rinse before reinserting though. Been using it for quite some months now and most of the time I just empty and reinsert right away. Having to rinse in between would certainly make it more challenging in a public restroom.

Haven't figured out the optimal (yet discreet!) way to sterilize and dry it yet so will continue reading for ideas.
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Re: Menstrual Cups
« Reply #307 on: October 04, 2017, 08:12:12 AM »
I didn't realize until I read it here that people rinse before reinserting though. Been using it for quite some months now and most of the time I just empty and reinsert right away. Having to rinse in between would certainly make it more challenging in a public restroom.

Haven't figured out the optimal (yet discreet!) way to sterilize and dry it yet so will continue reading for ideas.

I never, NEVER rinsed in a public bathroom before reinserting. I see absolutely zero benefit in doing so. It's not like you're sterilizing it. Not to mention, as bad as my periods used to be, I didn't have the option to get off a toilet without a cup in place.

I sterilize it by boiling it in a cooking pot on the stove. IDGAF about discretion at my house. My girls don't notice it and my husband is a grown man who doesn't need to be spared my reality. I mean, I don't sterilize when guests are over but my husband will survive the knowledge that his wife has periods, KWIM?

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Re: Menstrual Cups
« Reply #308 on: October 04, 2017, 08:19:54 AM »
Quote from: NeonPegasus link=topic=18292.msg1720067#msg1720067
I sterilize it by boiling it in a cooking pot on the stove. IDGAF about discretion at my house. My girls don't notice it and my husband is a grown man who doesn't need to be spared my reality. I mean, I don't sterilize when guests are over but my husband will survive the knowledge that his wife has periods, KWIM?

Haha, yup. This is what I do too.


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Re: Menstrual Cups
« Reply #309 on: October 04, 2017, 08:45:02 AM »
[quote author=NeonPegasus link=topic=18292.msg1720067#msg1720067
I sterilize it by boiling it in a cooking pot on the stove. IDGAF about discretion at my house. My girls don't notice it and my husband is a grown man who doesn't need to be spared my reality. I mean, I don't sterilize when guests are over but my husband will survive the knowledge that his wife has periods, KWIM?

Haha, yup. This is what I do too.
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Same. My husband is a grown ass man and if he can't handle seeing a clean silicone doohickey bobbing around in a pot of boiling water, that's on him not me.
I sterilize once a month before my period starts because I figure that when it would have had the most time to get grody just waiting around in its container for aunt flo to come knocking.

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Re: Menstrual Cups
« Reply #310 on: October 04, 2017, 10:07:17 AM »
Haha.,..DH doesn't care too much. It's to spare MY tender sensibilities!

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Re: Menstrual Cups
« Reply #311 on: October 04, 2017, 11:35:14 AM »
I accidentally left my tiny drawstring bag in the Boy's bathroom and had to ask him to bring it back. He was like, what on earth is the function of this tiny bag?
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Re: Menstrual Cups
« Reply #312 on: October 04, 2017, 11:48:32 AM »
I accidentally left my tiny drawstring bag in the Boy's bathroom and had to ask him to bring it back. He was like, what on earth is the function of this tiny bag?

So??? Did you tell him?  :D

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Re: Menstrual Cups
« Reply #313 on: October 04, 2017, 01:19:32 PM »
I look for the single room bathrooms at work. Generally i can reach from the toilet to the sink to rinse...

If that's not an option, I wash my hands before entering the stall and soak the paper towels... Remove cup, reinsert and then wipe any mess off my hands with the wet paper towels. I put that in the little sanitary trash can in each stall so I don't have to walk out with bloody paper towels.

Sex toy cleaner works too as a cleaner. Or just plain soap and water! Boiling is going to lessen the lifespan. Vaginas are not sterile environments and do not require products to be sterile...

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Re: Menstrual Cups
« Reply #314 on: October 04, 2017, 04:07:16 PM »
I accidentally left my tiny drawstring bag in the Boy's bathroom and had to ask him to bring it back. He was like, what on earth is the function of this tiny bag?

So??? Did you tell him?  :D

Yes. Yes I did. I said it was for my menstrual cup and he refrained from inquiring further.
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Re: Menstrual Cups
« Reply #315 on: October 04, 2017, 04:45:01 PM »
Haha! Good job FP!

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Re: Menstrual Cups
« Reply #316 on: October 06, 2017, 11:30:12 AM »
I accidentally left my tiny drawstring bag in the Boy's bathroom and had to ask him to bring it back. He was like, what on earth is the function of this tiny bag?

So??? Did you tell him?  :D

Yes. Yes I did. I said it was for my menstrual cup and he refrained from inquiring further.

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