Menstrual Cup Smells
I recently started using Pee Safe small-size menstrual cup. this is my second month of using it. My first cycle went smooth except for the insertion and removal part. In my second cycle, insertion and removal have become easy but my cup has been leaking quite a bit. It’s not even full or even 5ml filled. It’s not the spotting from the base or step. I’m sure that it’s going in and opening right up. My cervix is high, like a full finger in high, if that accounts for this problem. I could go and troubleshoot the leakage but.. it’s the change in the smell of the cup that’s killing me. On my third day of the period, after I took the cup out, I noticed that the cup is smelling bad. I researched about it and couldn’t figure out if it’s like cheese or fishy. Today also the cup smells the same. I’ll soak it in the vinegar+water mixture and boil it afterward. But the smell is concerning. To me, it smells like a bag of rice. There are no other bad symptoms going on as well, just the smell.
If you have a high cervix and using a small-sized cup, the cup could be sitting up higher around your cervix allowing it to dip in and compromise the capacity.
Like when you fill a drinking glass to the very top and stick a finger in, the water overflows because of the displacement. But when you remove your finger, the fluid is now less.
A larger size or longer cup might give you more capacity.
As for the change in odor, it sounds like you possibly have a mild case of BV (Bacterial Vaginosis). I would discontinue using a cup until it clears up. Any change in the delicate pH balance in the vagina can cause this. Make sure you’re rinsing your hands and/or cup well. Something simple like soap residue can be the culprit. Some people find that certain soaps cause this over others.
(This is just one example of what could be causing the disrupted balance.)
If you’re experiencing any other symptoms such as itch, swelling, burning, etc, you should contact your doctor. These symptoms are no longer mild and may need treatment.
*I am not a doctor and this forum should not be used to replace one. Please seek medical assistance for your own peace of mind.
Good Luck <3