KJ4VOV wrote:For those ladies prone to UTI's, cranberry juice is an old remedy/preventative that actually works. It does this through changing the pH of your urine, which stops bacterial growth.
Yes, this is true I think for most people - men and women alike. But it also depends on the condition that causes it. For example, some people have exposed blood vessles in their bladder (I forgot the name of the condition) but it lends itself to more UTIs and symptoms and often blood in the urine when no infection is present. Often I get UTI symptoms for days at a time with no UTI (fun fun) so I keep Azo Standard on me at all times, it's over the counter and suggested by a urologist I saw. Turns your pee radioactive orange but releives all symptoms of a UTI.
Back on topic:
Diva Cups' FAQs on their site says:
A. Menstrual cups are not associated with an increased risk of UTI.
You may need to trim the stem a bit so that it is not protruding near to the urethra. Also, it is important to wash and rinse the cup and the stem thoroughly. It is best to use a mild pH balanced wash like The DivaWash, so that residue is not left on the cup. Residue may cause irritations.
As for all gynecological concerns, we suggest you consult your physician.
I wonder if trimming that stem is the key here?
Also, I noticed it can be boiled for cleaning and that's recommended every month. That makes me feel a bit better about SHTF use.
But for normal use... I know you only have to take it out every 12 or so hours, but what if it moved around and you need to adjust it during the day. This could be a really awkward in the ladies room at work since we don't have private sinks even in the handicapped stalls.