Are you about to head out on vacation? Gearing up for a surf? For any of our southern hemisphere gal pals, you’re in the height of your warm weather and you’re looking for options regarding swimming on your period. You’ve come to the right place!
Pads, tampons, or menstrual cups… oh my! If you live an active lifestyle at all, pads just don’t cut it anymore. Thank goodness for modern innovation and advances! There is the tried and true tampon, but do you find their freedom only extends so far? Typically, you’re tied to a couple of hours of activity and you need to change it. Have you thought about a menstrual cup?
A menstrual cup is a reusable silicone menstrual product that holds menses in the vagina and can be worn for up to 12 hours. With a menstrual cup, you truly don’t skip a beat; you don’t have to plan your tropical vacation around that dreaded week a month and you don’t have to think twice about a spontaneous dip!
Can you imagine a world where you didn’t dread your period? Where it didn’t put a hiccup in your activities in any way? Would you believe we’ve actually arrived there?
With a menstrual cup, you truly don’t skip a beat; you don’t have to plan your tropical vacation around that dreaded week a month and you don’t have to think twice about a spontaneous dip!
Trying something new, like a Pixie Cup, is always a little scary but we’re here for YOU and we want to answer any questions you might have. So grab your favorite beverage and let’s dive into a Q&A sesh!
Will the menstrual cup slip out with all the extra water around?
Nope! Remember, the Pixie Cup creates a tight seal against all sides of your vaginal wall, so there isn’t any moving it without a good tug! It’s super important to make sure you have the proper size and style cup for your body. Check out how to find the right cup with our guide on how to measure your cervix and other important information!
Won’t I attract sharks or other unfriendly things while swimming on my period?
With the right sized Pixie Cup, you don’t have leaks and therefore no one is the wiser! Including those sharks 😉 Here is a handy dandy guide to eliminating leaks forever!
How long can I be in the water before I need to head to shore to empty it?
Girl, you got this! If I know that I’m going to be busy in an activity for an extended period of time, I always make sure to empty my cup prior to gearing up. Remember, if you have the right sized cup for your flow, you can wear a Pixie Cup for up to 12 hours without having hitch! It’s truly a set-it-and-forget-it solution for your active life!
Ok so, what if I have to pee in the ocean… can I do that with my Pixie Cup?
Hey, when you gotta go, you gotta go! Believe it or not, if a Pixie Cup is properly placed, it doesn’t inhibit urination at all! We definitely recommend testing your fit and placement out at home prior to putting it to the true test out on the waters.
Swimming on your period has never been easier and swimming with your menstrual cup has never been better — Pixie Cup has your back!
The last few weeks of December typically have people setting resolutions and goals. Our minds are pondering on what’s next or what we can accomplish! It’s a fresh slate.
Here at Pixie Cup, we all have a love for the outdoors… in a big way! Studies show that people are happier, healthier, less depressed and less anxious if they spend even an hour every day outside. Sign me up!
What if you had period protection that had your back in any circumstance or adventure you went on? Have you tried a menstrual cup yet? A menstrual cup is a reusable silicone product that holds menses in the vaginal canal for up to 12 hours. Can you imagine the expeditions you could do with complete freedom?
We have a fantastic giveaway happening on our Instagram and Facebook put together with you in mind! Everything you need to live limitlessly and get outside in 2020. Check it out and be sure to enter and share!
Here are some ideas to get us out of our rut and off the couch in 2020:
First Day Hike
This may not be new to our readers who are avid hikers, but First Day Hikes are a thing! Hiking on New Years Day regardless of where you are or what climate. Grab the backpack! There are listings of parks and groups participating so be sure to get social!
Letterboxing is Geocaching’s little cousin. GPS isn’t needed, just the list of hints and clues to lead you to the treasure! If you head to their website, you can add your zip code or location anywhere and you’ll receive the closest clue! Here’s how it works: Someone hides a box, maybe under a log in the forest or tucked into a crack in an old stone wall. Inside the box, the hider places a rubber stamp and a notebook. Use your notebook like a passport and collect stamps wherever you go.
Gear, gear, gear
Nothing will make an experience worse than being improperly geared up. And to the opposite effect, nothing will make an event better than being adequately equipped! (Even on your period!) Do your homework and read reviews. If it’s a new sport or activity for you, try places like Facebook Marketplace or local thrift stores or sports resale outlets. You can buy trade-in gear and equipment for next to nothing or from someone who’s just storing it in their garage!
Plan your vacation with intention
Researching where to go on your next vacation? Look up places known for the best surf, the most rewarding hike or the coolest multi-day kayak trip around. There are tons of resources on how to build your trip around what you want it to be! Check out Journy.com for the modern-day travel planner.
Go to a MeetUp
Flying solo most of the time? Try a MeetUp! You can do almost any social activity on a MeetUp including filtering by skill and experience level. It’s a great way to meet people, interact in your community and get your feet wet in something you’ve wanted to try!
Are you an avid yogi? The serenity of the studio is wonderful, but come spring and summer, swap the studio for yoga in the park or on the beach. See what your studio or a studio near you has to offer during the warmer months. Nothing better than grounding yourself touching the earth under the sun!
Visit a national park
They are national parks for a reason! Well-protected pieces of land, these gems are preserving everything beautiful that lays inside. In going to a national park, you’re stepping back in time in some sense because it’s virtually untouched.
Start a garden
Do you have a green thumb? If so, you probably can’t imagine life without plants. If you’ve never tried gardening of any kind, you should! Start small. Go to the library and look up container gardens. Start a Pinterest board. Get herb plants at your local grocery store and cluster them on your kitchen window sill! Get your hands in the dirt, water it and watch it grow.
Do something that scares you
This is a big one. Think of something you’re afraid of or uncertain about trying, but deep down you’ve always sort of wondered about. It’s calling to you! With each hard thing you do, you build confidence in yourself and you build a pretty great memory.
Change your mindset
Now anyone in the northern hemisphere in January is likely scratching their head at some of these activities and writing them off until spring. Love every day and appreciate it for what it is: warm or freezing cold! Gear up, get out and enjoy it! For every summer sport, there is a winter equivalent of some sort.
Swap swimming for ice skating, gardening for a nature walk after a fresh snow. Instead of waterskiing, hit the slopes! It’s all about our mindset, and our Norweigan friends know it best during their 6 months of darkness and winter! Check out this write up on Norway and how they shift their thinking in some simple ways to enjoy even the darkest and coldest months.
How do you get outdoors on a regular basis? Share your ideas with us!
“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” -Helen Keller
Has this ever happened to you? You’re planning an expedition into the wilderness … But as you sketch out the perfect weekend full of adventure, you suddenly panic, realizing that you picked the dreaded period week. Can you really go camping on your period, or should you reschedule your trip?
Don’t worry — it is possible to go hiking, backpacking, or camping on your period. And once you’ve done it, you’ll realize it’s not that big a deal. But first, make sure you read over this blog post because there is a right way and a wrong way to deal with your period in the wilderness.
With a little advanced preparation, you’ll be ready to head out for adventure at any time of the month!
How to prepare for camping on your period
The most important thing for a camping trip while on your period is to be prepared and pack everything you need. When you are planning your trip, take the time to think through what you might need on the trail. After all, this is your one opportunity to grab what you need before you are roughin’ it in the wilderness!
One of the best options for camping on your period is a menstrual cup. If you’ve never used one, now may be the perfect time to switch! Many women find that menstrual cups are ideal for camping, because they’re reusable, create less waste, and don’t need to be changed every few hours like pads and tampons.
Menstrual cups are flexible silicone or rubber cups that are worn inside the vagina to collect menstrual fluid. Depending on your flow and other factors such as the size of the cup, a menstrual cup can be worn for up to 12 hours. Then, you simply remove your cup, empty the contents, clean the cup, and re-insert it.
You’ll never have to worry about running out of tampons, or forgetting to bring enough pads for your travels! Menstrual cups are durable and accessible. You only need one, and you can reuse it over and over!
2. Menstrual cups are waste-free
If you know anything about camping in the wilderness, you probably are aware of the phrase “Leave No Trace.” The Leave No Trace principles are to keep nature thriving and care for the earth, as well as to be considerate of others who come behind you. One of the principles of Leave No Trace is to dispose of all waste properly. In many cases, this means packing it out with you.
When you camp on your period with a menstrual cup, you avoid the question of “bury it or pack it out?” Nobody wants to lug a ziplock bag of used period waste around. With your menstrual cup, you only have to bury the contents!
3. Menstrual cups give you a lot more time for adventure
A regular tampon holds about 5ml of blood, while the small Pixie Cup Slim holds 20ml, and the large size holds 25ml! You can wear a menstrual cup for up to 12 hours, so you don’t have to take time away from your adventures to change your pad or tampon.
Cons of using menstrual cups while camping
1. Menstrual cups require some practice
If you aren’t used to using a menstrual cup, you may not want to use it for the first time on a camping trip. If your cup isn’t properly inserted, you may experience some leaks.
If possible, plan ahead and use your cup for a few cycles before your camping trip so you can get used to it. It’s also important to choose the right cup for your body. Every body is different, which is why we’ve designed the Pixie Cup in several different styles and sizes. Learn more about choosing the right cup for your body.
If you’re worried about leaks, you can bring along some thin reusable pads such as our Pixie Pads, which won’t take up much room in your pack.
2. Menstrual cups require sanitary conditions
You’ll want to make sure your hands are clean and sanitized before removing or inserting your menstrual cup. We make this easier with products such as our Pixie Cup Wash and Pixie Cup Wipes.
How to use a menstrual cup when camping
So, how do you use a menstrual cup while camping? As it turns out, the technique is pretty simple!
Step 1: Make sure you sanitize
This is absolutely essential, girls! You’ll want to make sure your cup is well-sanitized with boiling water before you head out on your adventure, and make sure your hands are clean and sanitized before you remove your cup to empty it. Do not forget this step! You can sanitize your hands with some water from your water bottle and a little soap, or with some Pixie Wash and water.
Step 2: Bury the contents
When you empty your cup, empty the contents in a 6-8 inch cathole that is at least 200 feet from a water source. The easiest way to do this is to bring a small trowel with you. Simply empty the fluid from your cup into the hole, and use water from your bottle to rinse your cup. When you are finished, replace extra dirt in the hole, and disguise the area with leaves or brush. Make sure you wash or sanitize your hands when you’re finished!
Step 3: Boil your cup after your period
If your camping trip lasts longer than your period, make sure you sanitize your cup thoroughly with boiling water (be careful!) before packing it away.
Using pads and tampons when camping
If pads and tampons are what you’re used to, or you haven’t gotten the hang of using a menstrual cup, you can continue to use pads and tampons when camping. But you’ll need to make sure to follow backcountry guidelines and dispose of your waste properly.
How to camp with pads and tampons
Make sure you bring enough supplies to cover your entire period. Just like when you’re at home, you may want to bring supplies in different sizes and absorbencies.
Be prepared to pack out your waste. Tampons and pads should not be buried, as they don’t decompose quickly, and animals could dig them up. If you’re using pads and tampons when camping, bring a designated waste bag to keep them in until you reach an area with a proper trash receptacle.
Additional menstrual supplies for camping
Whether you’re using a menstrual cup or disposable products, we recommend bringing plenty of hand sanitizer and extra water for washing your hands. If you’re using a menstrual cup, bring a small bar of unscented soap or container of Pixie Cup Wash, and moistened paper towels or Pixie Wipes to give your cup a quick cleaning during the trek.
You may also want to bring along a few medical gloves to use when removing and inserting your menstrual cup, especially if your camping conditions will make it hard to wash your hands. These will create extra waste, so only use them if absolutely necessary, and put them in your waste bag to pack out with you.
Bonus Tip: Bring essential oils and pain reliever.
As we all know, periods are more than just a pain in the you-know-where to clean up… they are also literally painful sometimes. Make sure you pack some pain reliever, or a few drops of peppermint essential oil (diluted with a carrier oil like coconut oil) in a travel container, to ease bloating and cramping.
We hope this helps you feel equipped to have a fantastic trip! Curious about menstrual cups? Sign up for our newsletter and receive 10% off your first order! Plus, you’ll be the first to know about contests, giveaways, and special promotions!
This content was originally written on April 22, 2019, and has been updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
If you are the kind of girl that thrives with an active lifestyle, you need a menstrual cup that can keep up!
There are so many “activewear” products out there, from headbands and hair ties to shoes and socks, but the one thing the world doesn’t seem to have is a period product for the active lifestyle.
If you know anything about Pixie Cup, you know that we are a team of people who LOVE the outdoors. Whether it is skateboarding, skydiving, lifting weights, swimming, snowboarding, kayaking or hiking, we love to get out there and LIVE! And we sure don’t want our periods to get in the way of adventure.
Can you relate to that?
So, in this blog post today, we are going to cover the three reasons why the Pixie Cup is the best period product for a woman with an active lifestyle!
It is reusable and comfortable
The existence of a menstrual cup opened a whole new world to women. Now, you can wear a period product for 12 hours, reuse it for 10 years, and you can do anything in it without any fear of leaks, because your cup has you covered.
Not only is the menstrual cup reusable, which is handy when you are completing extreme sports or taking trips, such as backpacking, that last for several days, but it is also comfortable (you won’t even know it’s there!) and holds a LOT of fluid! In fact, our Pixie Cup Slim Small cup holds 4X the amount of a regular tampon!
It comes in a variety of styles, textures, and sizes, designed to fit perfectly
The Pixie Cup comes in two different types, and many different sizes, because every body is created differently! We wanted to design a cup for everyone, and that means offering a variety of options, so you can choose the one that fits you just right! (To visit our size guide blog post, click here.)
Because you have an extremely active lifestyle, you will want to factor that into your decision of which cup you use. The Pixie Cup Slim is a softer cup, that molds better to the movement of your body. This is the cup we recommend for the women who are trying a period cup for the first time or those who have a lower cervix, because it is a little gentler. As a softer cup which is more flexible and has a strong seal, this is usually our recommendation for first-time users and those with an active lifestyle.
The Original Pixie Cup is a firmer texture and holds its shape with strength. If you have experienced childbirth, have a higher cervix, or are looking for a cup that is a little stronger to withstand energetic movements, this is a good cup choice for you.
The Pixie Cup empowers women across the world
Not only are we passionate about giving female athletes and adventurers a period option… but we are dedicated to providing that freedom to women everywhere. Everyone deserves a chance to live free.
For every cup that is purchased, we give a cup away completely free to a woman in need. There are girls around the world who can go to school, go to work, and create a new life for themselves because they don’t have to worry about their periods anymore. Click here to read a first-hand story from one of our partners. It’s just astonishing that period freedom is not available to women everywhere, so we are doing our part to make sure thousands of women can have that freedom today.
So, what do you think? We are pretty sure you are going to fall head-over-heels obsessed with your cup, just like us. But… if you don’t love your cup, let us know! We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee on all of our products, because we believe in them that much and will stand behind them.
Have you ever struggled to complete a favorite activity because of your period? Share your story in the comments!
Raise your hand if you’re the girl that never met an adventure she didn’t like. Hands up if you’re the one that loves being outside with sunshine on your face and the wind in your hair! ♀️if you’ve ever had to pee in the great outdoors!
If you’re that girl… the one that doesn’t let her period keep her from adventure… it’s time to learn to dig a cathole. A few months ago, we wrote a blog post about how to use a menstrual cup while camping, backpacking, or hiking. In that article, we talked a little bit about the “bury or pack it out” philosophy, but today it’s time to put it to action with an in-depth explanation – with pictures – of how to dig a cathole.
First, let us tell you what a cathole is.
You’re probably picturing a cat frantically pawing the ground – do they even do that?? – or burrowing underground. We don’t have any idea why this is called a cathole but you know… English is hard.
A cathole is a hole that explorers dig to bury the things that we want to prevent from contaminating drinking water or muddying up a hiking path. These things are bowel movements, waste water (such as that used to clean dishes), and menstrual fluid.
Today, as you might have guessed, we are talking about how to dispose of menstrual fluid in a cathole.
1. Make sure your cathole is 200 ft away from water sources.
For those of you who struggle – like me – with figuring out “feet” distances, 200 feet is about 70ish steps. You want to make sure your cathole is far away from water so it does not end up contaminating a hydration source.
2. Plan your cathole location
While you’re looking for a private spot to do your business, try to choose a location that has access to sunlight and is not too close to rocks or trees. Sunlight and healthy soil help the fluid to decompose quickly.
3. Dig the hole – make sure it is the right depth
Your cathole should be 6-8″ deep. You can use a small shovel called a “trowel” or a rock or stick to dig the hole.
4. Empty your cup into the cathole
Make sure your hands are very clean before you remove your Pixie Cup! This is always important, whether you are in the wilderness or in your own home! Next, empty your cup in the cathole. It’s as simple as that.
5. Rinse your cup well
After your cup is emptied, use a water bottle to rinse your cup out. You can also use a Pixie Wipe for a little extra cleaning.
6. Cover the hole.
After you’ve reinserted your cup, scoop all the dirt you removed while digging the hole back in and smooth it out well. Finally, cover the area with leaves, grass, and other nature items. If you used any toilet paper or wipes, you can place those in a bag and pack them out to dispose of them later.
Final step… enjoy the rest of your journey knowing that nothing – not even your period – can hold you back!
Have you ever used your menstrual cup in the wilderness? How did you handle it? Do you have any tips for other Pixie Cup users?