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Sterilizing your menstrual cup

Sterilizing your menstrual cup

Sterilizing your menstrual cup is key to extending the life of your cup as well as making it safe to use. One of the best features of a menstrual cup is that it can safely be worn for up to 12 hours (this does depend on your flow as well.) With this in mind, a quick wash during the day is just fine… remember, we’re shooting for a low-stress, low maintenance period! 

With all the buzz about BPA and the rise of different reusable materials, it’s important to know what touches your body and what you put in it. Menstrual cups are made from medical-grade silicone. This has taken the worry out of using it inside our bodies and is super easy to keep clean! Here are all the how-to’s! 

sterilizing your menstrual cup

How do I clean my menstrual cup for the first time?

Yay! Your new menstrual cup arrives. You’re nervous and excited. It’s like a blind date. But messier. You’ve opened it, now what? Boil it! Boiling for approximately 5 minutes is a simple way to ensure your cup is completely clean and ready for use! Make sure your pot has enough water so the menstrual cup is able to float around.

Life hack: squeeze your cup into a whisk and submerge in the water. This protects your cup from harsh contact with the bottom of the pan, which could damage it.

sterilizing menstrual cup

Quick washing

Picking a wash that’s formulated both for the safety of your cup and for you is best. Check out our Pixie Cup Wash for a gentle option! The foamy soap is made from plant-based ingredients and is designed to not harm the vagina or pH levels. If our Pixie Cup Wash isn’t available to you at the moment, make sure you pick something that doesn’t contain dye, oils or harsh chemicals. Fragrances are also a no-no for our lady region!

  1. Rinse with warm water and apply cleanser. Rub around between fingers until yucky residue is gone. 
  2. Fill the cup with water and cleanser, place your palm over the top to create a seal and SQUEEZE! This forces water and soap to exit through the suction holes around the top. If stubborn stuff is still in the holes, dip a toothpick in rubbing alcohol and gently poke. 
  3. Keep your Pixie Cup Wash in the shower! Empty and clean your cup in there to keep the mess contained!

Cleaning agents to avoid:

scented/fragranced soap
dishwashing soap
bleach
oil-based soap
rubbing alcohol
anti-bacterial soaps
baking soda

Sterilizing your menstrual cup

Cleaning your menstrual cup with soap and water every time you empty your cup is just fine. However, when you’re wanting to put it away for the month or pulling it out to use, you need to sterilize. When done properly, sterilizing eliminates all bacteria so nothing continues to grow.  

Medical-grade silicone is quite cool. It’s gentle on us, yet rugged enough to have little staining and is heat resistant up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. Boiling your cup is the most common way of sterilizing. If you don’t have a stovetop available to you, our Pixie Cup Sterilizing Container makes microwaving your menstrual cup super easy! Fill ¾ with water, place your menstrual cup inside and place the lid on top, but don’t snap it on completely. Leave a space so air can vent through safely.

menstrual cup sterilizing container

Do you have roommates? Are you going to visit relatives soon? Or maybe you’re not keen on using the same kitchen items to boil the menstrual cup that you use to cook with! We hear you! The Pixie Cup Steamer is a quick 3-minute fix for sterilizing and can be done while you’re finishing getting ready or pouring yourself a coffee. It only takes a few inches of space on your bathroom counter or bedroom dresser. Be sure to follow the included directions to safely steam your cup. This is a great way to sterilize your menstrual cup without boiling.

How do I clean my menstrual cup in public?

Keep in mind, your Pixie Cup is designed to stay put for up to 12 hours, but life happens and we all find ourselves in less-than-desirable circumstances! Our favorite option for this is our Pixie Cup Wipes. Don’t carry a purse? These packets are slim so you can slip one in your wallet or clutch no problem! Our wipes are biodegradable and flushable so you can flush and go.

What about menstrual cup stains and odor? 

Sometimes no matter what we do, there is a lingering odor. Makes sense, right? Your menstrual cup has a dirty job! Making a quick odor-eliminating rinse with items you typically have in the house is an easy fix. 

Stains happen everywhere — on our favorite shirts, shoes, bags and you guessed it: our menstrual cups. Getting rid of stains is possible! We also shouldn’t underestimate the power of the sun that we have every day. Set your cup directly in the sun for the day and give it a good sun-soaking before you put it away in the dark for a month!

When do I need to replace my menstrual cup?

A menstrual cup is safe to use for up to 5+ years… technically. That being said, the care and keeping of your cup plays a heavy role. Make sure you’re sterilizing regularly and using the correct type of soap on your cup to prevent drying and cracking. If you notice any sort of cracking in your cup or the outside has become tacky to the touch, discard immediately. At this point, the silicone has been damaged and shouldn’t be used any longer. The most eco-friendly way of disposing of your menstrual cup is to burn it, believe it or not! Toss it into the woodstove or the next bonfire. It doesn’t produce toxic fumes and burns to a simple ash!

Our Pixie Cup Steamer takes the worry and work out of sterilizing your menstrual cup! Add water, place your cup, put on the lid + click the button. Now, put on some mascara and throw your hair in a top knot — go rock your day!

 

How to measure your cervix for a menstrual cup

How to measure your cervix for a menstrual cup

If you’re searching for the best menstrual cup for your body, you’ve likely read a lot of tips to help you find the best fit. Our bodies are as unique and varied as our personalities, and sometimes it can be a bit intimidating to try to find the perfect cup for your body. One of the most important factors to consider when you choose a menstrual cup is your cervix height. This is probably something you’ve never thought about before, so we have a quick and easy guide to help you measure your cervix for a menstrual cup!

how to measure your cervix

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How do you measure your cervix for a menstrual cup?

The first step to choosing a cup is measuring your cervix. The position of your cervix can affect how your cup fits and feels when you’re wearing it. We believe your menstrual cup should always be comfortable — it’s one of the biggest reasons for switching to a cup! If your cup is uncomfortable for any reason, your cup may be the wrong size or it may be positioned incorrectly. This is common for women who have a tilted uterus or a low cervix.

How do you know if your cervix is high or low?

How do you know if your cervix is high, low, or somewhere in between? We have an easy test to figure out your cervix height. All you have to do is insert your finger into the vaginal opening and feel for the cervix. Your cervix, which is the lowest part of the uterus, may feel like the tip of your nose: firm but a little soft. You may also feel a small dip in the middle, which is the cervical opening.

One important thing to remember is that your cervix changes position and texture throughout your cycle. Around ovulation or the middle of your cycle, the cervix becomes higher, softer, and harder to reach. During menstruation, the cervix is lower and firmer. Because this is when you’ll be wearing your menstrual cup, it’s best to check your cervix on or right before the first day of your period. (Measure your cervix in the shower to avoid any mess!)

Start with clean hands and trim nails and get into position. You may find it best to squat, or stand with one foot on the edge of the bathtub. Insert one or two fingers into the vagina and feel for the cervix.

measure cervix height - high cervix

If you can reach the cervix at just your first knuckle, your cervix is low. If you can reach it at the second knuckle of your finger, your cervix is a normal height. If your cervix is difficult to reach, or you cannot reach your cervix at all, you have a high cervix.

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Once you know your cervix height, it’s time to choose your cup! We have different cups for all cervix heights from low to high. You want a cup that’s big enough to accommodate your flow, but not so big that it won’t fully open or it becomes uncomfortable.

Best menstrual cup for a low cervix

If your cervix is medium to low, we recommend that you start with our small Pixie Cup. Cup users with a low cervix may feel some discomfort if their cup rubs up against the cervix, so try a smaller or shorter cup. Our Slim Pixie Cups were made especially for users with a low cervix. They’re made with a slightly softer material, and they also have a shorter stem.

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Low cervix tip: trim the stem

Stem length can also be an issue for those with a low cervix. If you find that the stem is irritating because it sticks out a bit, there’s an easy way to fix that, too!

If the stem of your Pixie Cup is protruding from your vagina, or if it irritates you inside, take some scissors and trim it just a little. Trim just a small amount at first, to make sure it’s not too short to reach for removal, and see if that works. Some women end up removing the stem entirely. This may work for you if your cervix is low enough that you can grab the cup and pinch the base to remove it without using the stem.

If the end of the stem is sharp after trimming, you can use a nail file to soften the edges. If you trim the stem and the bottom of the cup is still irritating, you can also try turning the cup inside out.

Best menstrual cup for a high cervix

If you have a high cervix, we advise you to try our large Pixie Cup or even our XL Pixie Cup, depending on how heavy your flow is. Our large cups are taller, so they’re easier to reach if your cervix is high.

Choosing the best menstrual cup

There are several other factors to consider when choosing a menstrual cup, such as your flow, whether you’ve delivered babies, and the position of your uterus. Before making a final decision, read our blog on how to choose the right menstrual cup for you. You can also take our menstrual cup quiz!

Still wondering about your cervix height?

We created this cervix ruler just for you! 

Even though our bodies are all so different, each of us has the opportunity to live in period freedom. Give yourself a chance and invest in a Pixie Cup. You won’t regret it for a minute.

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This content was originally written on April 1, 2019, and has been updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

It’s time to get rid of menstrual cup leaks

It’s time to get rid of menstrual cup leaks

Leaks. This just might be the greatest fear that keeps people from trying a menstrual cup. What if my cup leaks? 

Menstrual cups offer countless benefits over disposable menstrual products. Not only can they be worn for up to 12 hours at a time and reduce your exposure to harmful chemicals and toxins, they also save you money and reduce waste. Many cup users also report positive side effects such as shorter periods and less cramping. But menstrual cups can take some getting used to, and if you’re a new user, it’s not uncommon to experience some menstrual cup leaking.

menstrual cup leaking

We hear from many women who are frustrated that their menstrual cup is leaking, even if it’s only been in for a few hours. They often think this means that menstrual cups just don’t work for them or won’t provide the hassle-free, leak-proof solution they’re looking for. But don’t give up yet! The solution to a leaking cup is often very simple.

Check out our assortment of menstrual cup lube, wipes, and other accessories. Order now and receive free shipping on orders of $25 or more!

Why is my menstrual cup leaking?

Before you read any further, we want you to know one thing: It may take a little time to get used to your cup and learn how to use it. Sometimes leaks will happen during that adjustment time, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that you have the wrong cup or that you can’t use cups. It’s simply a learning period.

Factors such as how you fold or insert your cup, the position of your cervix, and where your cup sits in the vaginal canal can all affect how well it works. So, give yourself and your cup a little grace and keep trying until you find a leak-free system that works for you! We can promise that it will be 100% worth it.

That said, there are sometimes specific factors that may contribute to menstrual cup leaking. Take a look at these 10 reasons for menstrual cup leaks and learn how to fix them.

10 reasons for menstrual cup leaks

1. Your cup is too big

Yes, you read that right. Using a cup that is too big is the number-one cause of leaks among our customers. New cup users or people with a heavy flow often want to use the largest cup they can get. But a bigger cup isn’t always the answer. You also have to consider the diameter of the cup rim. If the cup is too big, it won’t fully open after it’s inserted. When that happens, you’ll have small indentations around the rim that can let leaks through. If leaks are a problem for you and you’re using a large or extra-large cup, trying going down in size. Another indication that your cup is too big is if it’s uncomfortable and feels like it’s putting too much pressure on your pelvic area (which can also make you feel like you have to pee).

2. Your cup is positioned incorrectly

Improper insertion is another common cause of menstrual cup leaking. The vaginal canal isn’t straight up and down; it’s angled toward the back. So as you insert your cup, make sure you direct it back toward the rear instead of straight up. It may also help to change your position while you insert the cup. Some women find it easier to squat, or stand with one leg on the toilet seat. Whichever position you choose, make sure your muscles are as relaxed, because tense muscles will make inserting your cup much harder.

3. Your cup didn’t open fully

how to stop menstrual cup leaking

Learning how to make your cup pop open can take a little practice. After your cup is inserted, run your finger around the rim. If you feel a fold or dip in the cup, this means it didn’t fully open. Simply twist the cup clockwise or counterclockwise and it should pop open. If that doesn’t work, you can try sliding the cup up and down a little bit as well, or use a different fold. Sometimes the the punch down fold doesn’t work as well as the C fold or 7 fold. Learn more about folds

4. Your cup is too small

If your cup is too small for you, it might not create a tight seal and instead slide down in your vaginal canal. This could allow fluid to leak around the edge of the cup. We offer several different cup sizes to make sure you have options!

5. You aren’t using lubricant

If you’re having trouble with leaks, a little water-based lubricant could go a long way! A smooth insertion will help your cup open easier. We created a Pixie Cup Lubricant that is perfect for your cup! It’s hypoallergenic, made with simple ingredients, and specifically formulated so it won’t cause any damage to your silicone cup.

If lubrication doesn’t help, maybe you have the opposite problem! Some women find that inserting their cup dry creates a more secure seal. Make sure your cup is nice and dry before inserting, and see if that takes care of leaks.

6. You’re not emptying your cup enough

We often hear from women who say their menstrual cup is leaking after only a few hours. You might be thinking, It hasn’t been 12 hours yet, and my cup is overflowing! Is something wrong?

Not at all! Your cup is safe for use for up to 12 hours, but sometimes — on your heavier days or if you have a heavier period — it might be necessary to empty it more often. This is completely normal. Just like tampons, a menstrual cup can last for different periods of time for different people. If you find that you’re having to empty your menstrual cup often, try a larger size, like our Pixie Cup XL.

7. You have strong pelvic floor muscles

menstrual cup with strong pelvic floor muscles

While strong pelvic floor muscles offer many health benefits, they can also squeeze your cup, causing a half-full cup to overflow. If this is you, just change your cup just a little more often on your heavy flow days.

8. The air holes are blocked

The air holes around the rim of your cup are there to create a good seal, so if these are blocked, it’s possible that you could experience some leaks. If your cup is leaking, check and make sure the air holes are clean before inserting your cup. Our post about getting rid of the menstrual cup smell contains some tips for removing the buildup from air holes.

9. You have residual fluid on your vaginal walls

Sometimes you might think your cup is leaking, but it’s really just a bit of residual fluid from your vaginal walls. This is more likely to happen on the heavier days of your period. Just grab a wipe and clean out the extra residue so that it doesn’t leak out after you insert your cup.

10. Your cervix is tilted

Pixie Menstrual Cup LeakingFor most people, the cervix is usually positioned centrally, which allows all fluid to flow directly into the cup. Your cervix does move during menstruation, however, and if your cervix is tilted or positioned against the wall of your vagina, this could cause the fluid to run down the vaginal wall. The same thing can happen if you have a tilted or retroverted uterus.

If you think your cervix isn’t lined up with the cup or it’s touching the rim after inserting, take your cup out and reinsert it. Try positioning the cup so it sits below your cervix, or opening the cup lower in the vagina to catch the extra flow.

Clearly, there are a lot of factors that affect how well your menstrual cup works. This may all seem overwhelming, but don’t get discouraged! After a few cycles with your menstrual cup, it will all become second nature, and you’ll never want to go back to pads and tampons! We’ve helped many cup users find the perfect fit, so if you’ve tried these suggestions and you’re still experiencing leaks, get in touch!

Remember, our 100% Happiness Guarantee means Pixie Cups are risk-free! If you aren’t completely happy with your Pixie Cup, we’ll help you find one that works for you or give you your money back! Order now and receive free shipping on orders of $25 or more!

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This content was originally written on April 15, 2019, and has been updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

3 popular menstrual cup folds that even beginners can use

3 popular menstrual cup folds that even beginners can use

If you’re new to menstrual cups, it may take a little bit of practice to get used to inserting it in a way that helps your cup pop open, feels comfortable, and prevents leaks.

The way you fold your menstrual cup before inserting it can affect how it feels and sits inside your vaginal canal. You may also find certain folds easier to insert, especially when using a softer cup, such as our Pixie Cup Slim.

Different types of menstrual cup folds

When you first get that brand-new Pixie Cup in your hands, your first thought might be something like, “How in the world is this supposed to fit in there?!” We’re going to share with you the three most popular menstrual cup folding techniques.

If these don’t work out for you, our favorite menstrual cup gurus over at Put A Cup in It have an awesome page (with videos!) on 9 Great Menstrual Cup Folds.

Menstrual cup folding technique #1: The C fold

The C fold is the most common fold and often a favorite with our #PixieFamily. This is a popular fold because you can do it with one hand, and you can do it very quickly. However, this fold can easily pop open before you want it to, so it may not be the best fold for beginners. It also results in a larger point of insertion than the folds discussed below.

To create this fold, start with the cup pinched flat and then fold it in half so that it makes a “C” or “U” shape.

menstrual cup folds: the C fold

Menstrual cup folding technique #2: The 7 fold

Use both of your hands to pinch the rim of your Pixie Cup flat. Then, take one side and fold it diagonally towards the base of the cup so the rim looks like a 7.

This cup creates a fairly small point of insertion and also gives you more control over when you want the cup to pop open.

menstrual cup folds: the 7 fold

Menstrual cup folding technique #3: The punch-down fold

For this fold, start by holding the body of your cup in one hand. With your free hand, place your finger on the rim of the cup, then push it down and pinch it to hold the position. This fold might be the most comfortable because it has a small insertion point, which makes it great for beginners. It also tends to work well with softer cups.

Once the cup is inserted, give it a push at the base to make the rim pop open.

menstrual cup folds: the punch-down fold

Inserting your menstrual cup

First of all, know that everyone is different. Inserting your Pixie Cup might be a bit awkward at first. Give yourself time to get familiar with your vaginal canal and figure out what works best for you.

Pick a fold and practice it a few times to get a good idea of how the cup will unfold once it’s inside you.

We recommend that you grab 2-3 pumps of Pixie Cup Lube (designed specifically for silicone cups) or another water-based lubricant and generously coat the rim and upper body of the cup.

Get into position

Now get into a comfortable position (you might find it easier to squat with your knees open the first few times) and insert the cup with one hand. Keep in mind that you aren’t inserting your cup straight up in a vertical line. Your vaginal canal slopes at an angle back towards your bum (try aiming for your tailbone).

Pop your cup open

Release the fold once the rim of the cup is securely inside the vaginal canal. After you release it, make sure the cup fully opens and seals around your vaginal canal to avoid leaks. You may feel a “pop” when the cup opens. Learn more about getting your menstrual cup to pop open

Check the seal

Slide your finger all the way around the rim of the cup after it’s completely inserted. If you feel any dips, it means that you cup isn’t open, and might leak. Wiggling or twisting your cup should make the dip or fold fully open.

You’ll know that the cup is in the right position if you can’t feel it, it’s not leaking, and no part of the cup is sticking outside of you.

It might take a bit of trial and error to find the best insertion method for your body. But once you get it down, inserting your cup will be a piece of cake!

Watch Meg demonstrate the punch-down fold and the C-fold: 

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This blog post is an excerpt from our e-book, All About Menstrual Cups: A Simple Guide to Anything + Everything Period Cup Related.

How do I use a menstrual cup with a tilted uterus?

How do I use a menstrual cup with a tilted uterus?

Do you have a “tilted” uterus? If so, you may find that it takes a little practice to get a menstrual cup to work for you. But don’t worry! This doesn’t mean that you can’t use a menstrual cup. You absolutely can! It just may take a little extra effort to find the right cup for your body and to learn how to position it correctly. We’re here to help!

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What is a tilted uterus?

According to Better Health Channel, about 25% of women have a tilted or “retroverted” uterus, so you’re in good company!

tilted uterus menstrual cup

In most women, the uterus is tipped slightly forward so that it points toward the stomach. When most people use the term “tilted uterus,” they are referring to a retroverted uterus, where the uterus is tipped slightly backward, so that it’s aimed towards the rectum.

As you can see from the image below, there are actually several different ways the uterus can be positioned in the body:

  • Normal uterus position: tipped slightly forward
  • Retroverted / tilted uterus: tipped slightly backwards
  • Retrocessed uterus: the uterus is tilted forward, with the cervical opening pointed toward the back
  • Retroflexed uterus: The uterus is tipped backward and folded toward the back.
How to use a menstrual cup with a tilted uterus

In many cases, a tilted uterus doesn’t cause any problems, and women may not even be aware that their uterus is tilted. For others, a tilted uterus may cause symptoms such as painful sex, painful menstruation, and irregular menstruation.

What causes a tilted uterus?

Many women are simply born with a tilted uterus. In rare cases, a tilted uterus may be caused by an infection, such as pelvic inflammatory disease, or other conditions such as endometriosis.

What is a tilted cervix?

The cervix is the base of the uterus, so if the uterus is tilted, the position of the cervix will also change. With a retroverted uterus, the cervical opening may be pointed more towards the front. The cervix may also sit slightly lower or higher than normal.

If you’re using a menstrual cup with a tilted uterus, the position of your cervix may require you to position your cup differently. You may need to wear your cup lower in the vagina. You may also need to experiment with different methods of folding or insertion.

How do you know if your uterus is tilted?

It’s possible to have a tilted uterus and not even know it! Many women become aware of their tilted uterus when they’re pregnant, for example during an ultrasound appointment. Some women say they didn’t even know they had a tilted uterus until they were pregnant with their third child! Others say they didn’t find out about their tilted uterus until they asked their gynecologist directly, even though it had been written on their medical chart for years.

If you suspect your uterus is tilted or your cervix is otherwise in an unusual position, ask your doctor at your next appointment. If you have a tilted uterus, it’s possible that your doctor has noticed, but didn’t mention it if you weren’t experiencing any symptoms.

Learn more about common side effects of a tilted uterus.

If you’re curious about the position of your cervix, you may be able to determine that on your own. Check out our blog post about how to measure your cervix. In addition to determining how high or low your cervix is, try to feel for the opening. Does it feel like your cervix is pointed forwards or backwards? If so, it may affect how your need to wear your menstrual cup.

What is the best menstrual cup for a tilted uterus?

We designed our Pixie Cup Slim especially for women with a tilted uterus or a low cervix. It’s a smaller size and is made with a softer material, which many people find more comfortable when wearing it lower in the vaginal canal.

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Can a tilted uterus cause problems with using a menstrual cup?

The answer to this question completely depends on your body and how your period cup fits you! Some women who have a tilted uterus find they have difficulty getting their menstrual cup to pop open or seal properly, but many women have no issues at all.

If you have a retroverted uterus or tilted cervix, try these tips for inserting your menstrual cup.

Insert your cup a little lower

If your uterus, and therefore your cervix, is tilted, your cup should still be able to seal properly below the cervix in your vaginal canal and catch your flow with no problems. This is why we often recommend a smaller cup, such as our Pixie Cup Slim, for women with a tilted uterus.

Trim the stem

Because your cup needs to sit a little lower in your vaginal canal, you might need to trim the stem of your cup. Just remove and sanitize your cup, grab a pair of scissors, and trim away! If needed, you can file any sharp corners with a disposable nail file to get rid of rough edges.

Check the position

If your cervix is at an angle, and your cup doesn’t line up properly with the opening, it could cause leaks. This is why being familiar with the position of your cervix can help you make sure you have a proper fit, and why inserting your cup lower in the vaginal canal often helps. The important thing is to get your cup to sit beneath the cervix, rather than right up against it.

menstrual cup leaking

Try a different fold

Some menstrual cup users find that the way they fold their cup affects the fit and the seal. See our blog post on different folding techniques and try experimenting with different ways of inserting your cup.

Give it time

If you experience leaks at first, keep trying your cup at different angles and positions. Even if it doesn’t work quite right at first, most people are able to adjust and use a menstrual cup easily after some practice.

If you’re still unsure…

Ask us! In our years of experience in the menstrual cup industry, we’ve learned lots of tricks, and we’ve been able to help hundreds of women like yourself find the right fit. Often, menstrual cup leaks or discomfort are the result of improper positioning, not the fault of the cup itself.

We love talking about menstrual cups, so contact us if you have any questions!

Our guarantee

Your happiness is our priority. We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee, and if you aren’t completely happy with your cup, we will give you a full refund. We’ll also work with you to help you find something that works for your body — even if it’s another company’s product! We understand that every body is different, and sometimes another product will work better for you.

Even if you request a refund, you can keep your Pixie Cup! Menstrual cups are completely sanitary once they’re cleaned (we recommend our menstrual cup steamer), but we understand you may not feel comfortable giving it to someone else if it’s been used. But don’t just throw it out!

Our bodies are always changing. Store your cup away, and you may find that it fits better after a few years. It’s especially common for our bodies to change after giving birth. In fact, if you have a tilted uterus now and you have children later, your uterus could straighten out after going through a few pregnancies! So just because your cup doesn’t fit quite right now, that doesn’t mean it might not work for you later. (Plus, you’ll have a backup if you lose your cup or if your dog eats it — which has happened!)

So go ahead, give Pixie Cup a try! You have nothing to lose! Order now and receive free shipping on orders of $25 or more!

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PLEASE NOTE: This blog post is not intended as a substitute for the medical advice of your doctor. You should regularly consult a physician in matters relating to your health and particularly with respect to anything related to menstruation. If you have any concerns about using a Pixie Cup, consult your doctor before use. If you have any gynecological conditions, please talk to your physician before using any menstrual cup.

This content was originally written on March 4, 2019, and has been updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

PCOS and menstrual cups: how it works

PCOS and menstrual cups: how it works

PCOS is an all too common health disorder that one in ten women of reproductive age currently struggle with. Today we’re going to be talking about PCOS – what it is and how a menstrual cup can affect your life.

What is PCOS?

PCOS, or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is a women’s hormonal disorder that can have a detrimental effect on fertility, cause irregular periods, and create excess male hormone levels that have all kinds of miserable side effects.

If you have PCOS, you know it can be frustrating and difficult to handle the extra heavy periods, irregular cycles, and emotional response to the side effects.

Is it unhealthy to use a menstrual cup with PCOS?

PCOS is a health problem that impacts hormone levels, so it will not cause any extra inflammation or issues to use a menstrual cup.

Does a menstrual cup help?

Because PCOS can cause irregular cycles and heavy bleeding, the Pixie Cup actually can provide a lot of freedom to women who deal with PCOS! The menstrual cup is portable, easy to store in your purse, ready for use at a moment’s notice! The Pixie Cup also comes in sizes from Small to XL so you can choose the size you need for your flow amount.

Another reason why the cup is an excellent choice for women with PCOS is the chemicals in tampons can disrupt hormones. The Pixie Cup does not release any unhealthy chemicals or change the natural environment of your vaginal canal. Also, because many women with PCOS experience an increase in my testosterone, they can suffer from vaginal dryness which is exacerbated by tampons. Using a cup totally changes that because it is easy to insert and remove and does not cause any dryness at all!

What is the best menstrual cup for PCOS?

PCOS can cause heavy bleeding, but every woman’s experience is unique. If PCOS causes heavy bleeding for you, we recommend you start with a Large Pixie Cup, or an XL Cup if you don’t have a low cervix. For a full list of factors to consider when you choose which Pixie Cup to use, check out this blog post!

What are people saying about using a Pixie Cup with PCOS?

We get a lot of amazing feedback from women who have PCOS and have experienced period freedom thanks to their Pixie Cups! We will share a few of those with you!

“I have a medium flow with PCOS last up to 5 days and this was a saint. It held everything in I felt it but it was not uncomfortable, I have a very sensitive vagina so this was a relief.”

-Vanna

“I have never felt so clean and worry-free during a cycle. I have PCOS and have heavy periods. On my heaviest day I dumped and cleaned the cup twice, each time the cup was not even completely full. I cannot describe how freeing it is to not worry about leaks (especially at night) or smell or making sure I have enough supplies in my purse when I go out. THIS HAS BEEN LIFE CHANGING in the best possible way. Thank you Pixie Cup :)”

-Courtney

“Having PCOS means I never know what’s going to happen. I never know if this “cycle” will be heavy or light, painful or intolerable. I bought the Pixie cup after using all of the “organic” products out there. Surprise…using organic was no different than using the chemical-filled tampons and pads I was used to using. Knowing I could measure my flow much more accurately and save a ton of money at the same time really sold me on the menstrual cup.”

-Amazon Customer

“Last month I received my first pixie cup and WOW it was a period game changer for me. You see, I have PCOS and suffer with very heavy periods. It’s not uncommon for me to bleed through a pad and tampon within an hour on my heavy days. You heard me right… bleed completely through and start leaking within an HOUR! ….When I received my pixie cup… I made sure to throw in a few lunges and squats while cleaning just to test the cup out. After all, if it’s going to leak I want to be sure I’m home for that. But guess what? It never leaked!!!”

-Amazon Customer