Diva Cup users

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I got a yeast infection on my 3rd day using the Diva cup.
I think the problem is that I put it on wet right after I wash it. This is probably pretty dumb on my part.
I guess I was afraid of link if I dry it with anything like toilet paper?
I don't want it wait to air dry it.
I love it otherwise. I hate tampons and pads.
A yeast infection?? Did you soak it with something before using it? I clean mine in baking soda and white vinegar.

I love that thing though, won't use anything else.
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Are you sure it was caused by the Diva cup and not something else?

I was quick to blame my Diva cup for a yeast infection until my doctor explained that the 17 days worth of anti-biotics I was put on for a UTI was most likely the cause (some nurse-in-training prescribed me an antibiotic that e.coli is resistant to ergo it didn't work, my UTI got worse and I had to go back to get a different antibiotic to sort everything out).

Make sure you aren't using anything scented to clean it with. I use a gentle soap and then make sure to rinse it really well and dry it off with toilet paper before reinserting. I also boil it after each monthly use.

I love love love my Diva and will never use anything else!
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Last edited by spoiledcoils; 11-22-2008 at 11:13 AM.
Diva Cup? I must still be living in the stone ages. What is it?
I guess anything you insert into you can cause infection. I would encourage you to make sure it's clean (no perfumed fragrances) and dry all the way.
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My body generates excess naturally occurring bacteria from the constant inserting and removal of the DivaCup. I'm hoping that by going back on hormonal BC (and therefore lessening the severity of my periods), I won't have to change the cup so often, so my body won't generate as much bacteria.
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Diva Cup? I must still be living in the stone ages. What is it?
I guess anything you insert into you can cause infection. I would encourage you to make sure it's clean (no perfumed fragrances) and dry all the way.
Originally Posted by Boomygrrl

http://www.divacup.com/en/home/diva_cup/

essentially, it's the best thing anyone ever thought of!!
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Deva Red One Condition
Nexxus Emergencee
Deva HIH
GDLI
KCCC



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I just wash mine with soap and water, never dry it. It makes a better seal when wet. I have no yeastie-beastie problems.

I think it's just a coincidence about your new Diva Cup usage and a yeast infection. The Diva Cup is silicone and not prone to growing germs.
Thanks for the link. I can see some people liking it...maybe heavy flowers. But I think I'll stick to tampons...they seem less complicated for my lifestyle...and apparently, less of a risk of yeast infection.

But for those who are Diva Cup wearers, it makes sense that you will want to make sure it's very clean (no fragrances) and dry, just to minimize exposure to germs (which can cause all sorts of infections) and to moisture (which can cause the yeasties).
That's right, I said it! I wear scrunchies!!

I am a sulfate washing, cone slabbing, curly lovin' s.o.b. The CG police haven't caught me yet.


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My body generates excess naturally occurring bacteria from the constant inserting and removal of the DivaCup. I'm hoping that by going back on hormonal BC (and therefore lessening the severity of my periods), I won't have to change the cup so often, so my body won't generate as much bacteria.
Originally Posted by Cheleigh

What? That makes no sense.

Firstly, you body is not "generating" bacteria. We are hosts to bacteria, not creators of bacteria. Bacteria are completely separate organisms from humans. Secondly, how do you know you have an excess of it?
They say women have more bacteria than men. At least more different types...maybe not more in quantity.
That's some research on CNN, so I'm guessing there's some truth to it.
Maybe instead of "generating," she means making it conducive for more bacteria to come to her. They do grow and reproduce, right?
Yeah, I'm not sure how she knows she has more bacteria than the average female.

By the way, I posted my response before seeing your post (RCW's post on inserting the Diva Cup wet)...so, I might be talking out of my a$$ on that post. Take it for what it's worth, since I don't know a lot about this cup.
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Is it my computer or this website...my prior post took extra work...not every letter got typed in and I had to type it in again. It just happened now. Uggh!
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Thanks for the link. I can see some people liking it...maybe heavy flowers. But I think I'll stick to tampons...they seem less complicated for my lifestyle...and apparently, less of a risk of yeast infection.

But for those who are Diva Cup wearers, it makes sense that you will want to make sure it's very clean (no fragrances) and dry, just to minimize exposure to germs (which can cause all sorts of infections) and to moisture (which can cause the yeasties).
Originally Posted by Boomygrrl
I think that regardless of flow, it's a great product. I have a very light flow and only need to change my diva once in the morning when I get up, and once when I go to sleep. For me, this is WAY less hassle than a tampon. I literally forget I have my period. It's the easiest thing in the world. I have been using it for over a year now and have not had a yeast infection or any other bacterial infection from it (as stated in prev. post, my yeast infection was from antibiotics). I'd much rather put a little silicone cup in there than a tampon, plus I feel good about not throwing out tampons/pads all the time!
Currently loving:
Deva Red One Condition
Nexxus Emergencee
Deva HIH
GDLI
KCCC



Working on repairing my spoiled coils!




just chiming in to say i LOVE my diva cup!!!

i never had yeast issues. i don't dry mine. even when i'm done using it for the cycle i let it air dry before putting in the little cloth bag.
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The Diva Cup sounds great, but isn't it a hassel changing that thing in a public restroom?
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I have been using my diva cup for five years and no trouble with yeast. I boil after my period most months. I always insert mine wet, it is hard to insert when it is dry in my opinion.

I would suggest incorporating a good quality yogurt into your diet, a brand with a low amount of sugar. Yeast loves sugar and acidic diets. If you don't like yogurt, try an acidophilus supplement (I might have spelled that wrong). You can find it in the vitamin aisle at any store like Walmart or Target, however, I purchase mine through Vitacost.com.
The instructions that came with my Diva Cup says to wet it before insertion.
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The Diva Cup sounds great, but isn't it a hassel changing that thing in a public restroom?
Originally Posted by Ajidahk
Because I need to change it so infrequently, I honestly haven't found this to be a problem. Like I said, myself and most of the women I know who use it, change it in the morning and then at night so there's not need to empty it during the day. If you have a heavier flow and have to do this, I think the website recommends just cleaning it out with toilet paper and then properly washing it as soon as you can, or using unscented baby wipes to clean it.
Currently loving:
Deva Red One Condition
Nexxus Emergencee
Deva HIH
GDLI
KCCC



Working on repairing my spoiled coils!




The Diva Cup sounds great, but isn't it a hassel changing that thing in a public restroom?
Originally Posted by Ajidahk
i don't change mine in public bathrooms. you can leave it in much longer than a tampon because the cup holds a lot more so i do it at home. during the very heaviest day of my cycle i might wear tampons if i'm worried about overflow but other than that...it's all divacup baby!!
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I know this sounds gross...but it is a curious question. Do you empty the blood in the sink and then wash the cup? Isn't this a messy hassle? Or is it less complicated than I'm making it out to be?
That's right, I said it! I wear scrunchies!!

I am a sulfate washing, cone slabbing, curly lovin' s.o.b. The CG police haven't caught me yet.


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I know this sounds gross...but it is a curious question. Do you empty the blood in the sink and then wash the cup? Isn't this a messy hassle? Or is it less complicated than I'm making it out to be?
Originally Posted by Boomygrrl


I dump it in the toilet and then rinse in the sink. It's much less hassle than you are imagining. It's not a hassle in public restrooms, because you don't HAVE to rinse it each time...you can just dump it and re-insert it. But, as someone else said, it lasts so much longer than a tampon, that most women only have to empty it twice a day, morning and before bed, so public restroom emptying would only be necessary on the first day, and you can use tampons that day instead if it really bothers you.

I figure I've saved hundreds of dollars by not buying tampons for the last 10 years, and reduced the disposable waste by many pounds. I love the Diva!

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