Libby Cup Doesn’t Come With Added Risk of Yeast Infections
Unlike tampons, Libby Cups do not cause yeast infections.
It's still important to understand what a yeast infection is and how to use your Libby Cup in a hygienic way.
WHAT'S A YEAST INFECTION?
All vaginas have some level of living yeast – a fungus that is totally normal and is even found in the mouth, large intestine, and on the skin.
There's a natural balance of yeast and bacteria in your vagina. But sometimes this yeast (known as candida) can begin to grow, which may lead to a yeast infection. You might also hear people refer to yeast infections as thrush, vaginitis, or candidiasis.
If you get a yeast infection, don't worry! Around 75% of women experience them – it's super common and there's usually an easy fix.
Symptoms of a yeast infection include:
- An itchy vagina or vulva.
- A red or dry vulva accompanied by a burning sensation.
- Painful urination or sex.
- Thick vaginal discharge with a 'cottage-cheese' consistency.
Yeast infections are not technically an STI, but they can be spread through sexual activity. Although they're not dangerous (just annoying), yeast infections share symptoms with other, more dangerous STIs.
If you experience any of the above symptoms, please seek further treatment or advice from your medical professional (e.g. a GP).
Now that you know what a yeast infection is, here's our Three Libby Cup Care Tips to help you avoid them:
- Never leave your menstrual cup in for more than 12 hours.
Although you must change tampons every 4 – 8 hours, you can leave your Libby Cup in for much longer. That said, make sure you remember to change your cup every 12 hours to avoid any irritations or potential infections.
Use the measurement lines on the side of your Libby Cup to track your flow. This will help you understand when to empty your cup.
- Wash your hands and your cup before and after using it.
It's important to make sure you wash your hands before removing and inserting your cup. Be careful to clean your Libby Cup before re-inserting it.
We've listed some hygiene tips for you in our blog, Keeping Your Libby Cup Clean – check it out here.
- Shower every day when you have your period.
Take the time to wash your vulva with warm water. This will help keep your overall hygiene under control. But don't over-wash – this will strip away the friendly bacteria that fights infections and keeps you healthy. Plus, stay away from those fancy soaps and shower gels. They do more harm than good!
If you don't have access to a shower, you could use a wet face towel or a bottle of clean water to pour over yourself.
It's that simple!
Just be sure to do the above three things, and you'll enjoy a yeast infection free Libby Cup life.
Written by Heather Sanderson and Nina Giblinwright.