How do you clean a menstrual cup after a yeast infection?

Have you ever asked yourself:

How do you clean a menstrual cup after a yeast infection?

This is a very important question to ask yourself or others when in doubt, especially if you have had a yeast infection recently.

 

So, first things first: What’s a yeast infection? Maybe you already knew that your vagina has yeast, this is often a symptom of good health. However, there are times in which the yeast grows too much and leads to infections. These infections tend to irritate a lot and feel very uncomfortable. Also known as  vulvovaginal candidiasis, the yeast infection occurs when the healthy and normal yeast that lives normally in your vagina grows out of control. This can lead to irritation, rash, burning sensation and some other symptoms. Although causes may vary, most frequent reasons for getting a yeast infection come from touching your vagina with our hands dirty, sexual relations, and by wearing underwear that does not allow good air circulation, thus affecting the pH.

 

Remember that you should always see a health professional to treat discomfort, irritation and infection. Having said that, here are some tips on how to clean your cup after a yeast infection.

Firstly, try not to use any feminine hygiene products that require insertion into your vaginal canal during infection. This hinders and delays the body’s natural healing process and can worsen irritation due to constant rubbing. On these difficult days, we recommend using panty liners or sanitary towels.

 

However, if you had the infection during the days when you were using a menstrual cup, we suggest that you:

 

  • Check that the silicone in the menstrual cup is medical grade silicon. If it does not have the quality certificate, it is better to change your menstrual cup for one that does.
  • Wash the cup with intimate soap and plenty of water. Then soak it in boiling water for at least 15 minutes. Follow these two steps together to ensure better disinfection.
  • Make a mixture of baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and cold water. Then immerse the glass and leave it there for a few hours. This will remove stains and traces of possible yeast.
  • Disinfect your cup once again as you do every time you are going to use it.

 

Make sure you no longer have a yeast infection so that you don’t have to repeat the process of disinfecting your cup or have a relapse.

 

References:

What is a Yeast Infection? | Symptoms, Signs and Causes. (sf). Planned Parenthood. https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/health-and-wellness/vaginitis/what-yeast-infection

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