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I’ve been using menstrual cups for 4 months now, and every time I seem to get some kind of irritation / infection after the last day of my period. It feels like maybe thrush or BV or something, and generally lasts about a week. I’m not normally prone to this kind of thing, so at first I was kind of casual about my usage. Since the first month though, I feel like I’ve changed everything up – used two different cups, and went from normal soap to fragrance-free to a dedicated menstrual cup wash. I went from being a little lazy about my hands to washing them incredibly carefully every time I inserted or removed the cup. I don’t leave it in for more than 12 hours, ever. I don’t know what I could be doing wrong, but I’m on the point of giving up now. If anyone has any advice I’d be v grateful.

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