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sliceswiththings's avatar

Ladies, is it really that bad to leave in a menstrual cup for more than twelve hours?

Asked by sliceswiththings (11656points) May 17th, 2010

I have the Moon Cup by GladRags. My period hasn’t actually started, but for whatever reason I put it in tonight rather than waiting for it to arrive tonight/tomorrow morning. I really don’t want to get up at 8:00 AM to take it out, is it okay to leave it in for a few more hours?

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sliceswiththings's avatar

Also, I would just take it out and reinsert tomorrow when it comes, but it’s still new and taking it out is a huge hassle still.

Seaofclouds's avatar

I’ve never used one of those, but everything I have read suggests taking them out every 8 hours or so.

Merriment's avatar

I would err on the side of caution and remove it. I say this because an uterine infection can have catastrophic consequences. Ie: Pelvic inflammatory disease and/or loss of fertility. In the scheme of things the hassle of removing and reinserting seems minor compared to a serious complication occurring.

On the bright side, the more often you remove and insert the cup the quicker it will become simple to do.

Divalicious's avatar

I’ve left mine in for 12 hours per instructions, but I don’t usually do that. You can tell that you aren’t as “fresh” after that amount of time, and I was worried of infection or TSS (if you can get that with a cup… not sure).

sliceswiththings's avatar

Thanks! The instructions basically said every few hours because it fills up, but mine doesn’t fill up until about twelve hours. You can’t get TSS, but I guess the risk is other infections.

@Merriment: Very good points!

chels's avatar

Check out this site. It has a TON of information on it. I’d do a search and see what you can come up with. :) Good luck.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

I’ve left my cup in for 12 hours before.

sliceswiththings's avatar

Thanks @chels ! That’s a treasure trove!

chels's avatar

@sliceswiththings You’re welcome. I found that site and was like OH MY GOD. I used to be on there all the time :) Glad I could help!

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