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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
Yoga poses for menstrual cramps

Yoga poses for menstrual cramps

Do you ever get period cramps? If you have, you know how miserable they can be! Some months, even with a Pixie Cup and essential oils, we just need more help to get past those cramps.

Thankfully, while period pain sometimes feels all-consuming, there are some things you can do to decrease the pain of cramps and the list goes a little further than heating pads and pain reliever!

In this article, we will introduce you to five fantastic (and totally beginner-friendly) yoga poses that are proven to relieve menstrual cramps!

Wind Relieving Pose

While the name of this laugh might make you giggle – hey, a great mood lifter – this pose is wonderful for relaxing your lower core.

Wind Relieving Pose

For this pose, start by lying on your back. Next, lift your legs straight, then bend your knees and tuck your thighs into your stomach as demonstrated in the picture. Finally, wrap your arms around your legs and tuck your chin into your chest.

Ragdoll Pose

This pose stretches the lower back and can ease the tension and pain that builds there during your menstrual cycle.

Ragdoll Pose

Start out with your feet a hip-width apart. Bend forward gently, as far as you can. You can place your arms behind your calves as seen in the photo, or cross your arms, holding each elbow gently with the opposite hand. For maximum impact, very gently sway from side to side.

Half Pigeon Pose

This pose opens your hips and increases blood flow to the reproductive system. This naturally decreases menstrual pain.

Half Pigeon Pose

To complete this pose, place your left knee on the mat. Next, stretch your right leg straight behind you. Next, as seen in the illustration, bend your left leg slightly toward the left, bringing your shin to face the front of your mat. Place your hands on the mat next to your hips, making sure your hips are squared. Then, gently lower your body over your left leg, with arms out in front of you. Repeat this on the other side as well.

Child’s Pose

This pose is such a relaxing and wonderful to relieve anxiety as well as menstrual pain! If you are experiencing back pain related to menstruation, this pose is a wonderful choice for you.

Child’s Pose

To start this simple pose, place both knees on the mat and slowly bend until your torso rests on your bent knees. Allow your body to relax and stretch your arms out, resting on the mat in front of you. Next, just breathe and allow your mind to calm.

Bow Pose

This pose is a wonderful stretch for the lower back. The pressure of your body against your organs is also wonderful for the reproductive organs and can relieve bloating.

Bow Pose

Begin this pose by lying flat on your stomach. (If you end up falling asleep, that’s great, too! Sleep is great for extra energy during your cycle! ) Next, bend your knees and bring your heels as far up as you can, and reach back to grasp your ankles with both hands. Lift your feet, head, chest, and as much as your torso as you can, up from the mat and into the air. You can hold this pose for 30 seconds or less, and then gently release.

Give these yoga poses for menstrual cramp relief a try and comment below to let us know which ones were helpful for you!

What is a normal period like?

What is a normal period like?

Have you ever run to Google with a health question?

*whole room is full of raised hands*

You’re not alone! Pretty much all of us have probably Googled our health symptoms at some point.

We decided to beat you to the search bar with this question (unless that’s how you found us, of course) and answer this question straight up!

“Is my period normal?”

We’re so glad you asked. Periods are a part of everyday life, but for some (awful) reason we don’t talk about them. It’s “embarrassing.” Today, we’re going to really talk about periods, because it’s important that you know if your period is normal, or if something is wrong with your menstrual cycle.

First, what is a period?

Your “period week” is a small portion of your greater menstrual cycle, which is a recurring time period in which the body prepares for pregnancy and then restarts. At the start of the menstrual cycle, which begins after your last period’s flow ceases, your uterine lining is rebuilt and an egg is prepared for the middle phase which is ovulation. During ovulation, one of your ovaries releases an egg, and your body changes hormonally, preparing for a potential pregnancy. If the egg is fertilized, the egg will attach itself to the lining of the uterus and begin to grow, a tiny living human. If the egg is not fertilized your hormone levels will decrease and the uterus lining sheds during what we know as our “period week.”

The whole process is intricate and very beautiful! Our bodies were made so perfectly to fit the processes necessary for life! But sometimes, hormones can become imbalanced and things can get a little rocky. So we’ll move on to our next question:

Is menstruation a good thing?

While sometimes it feels like a literal pain in the you-know-where, periods are such a good thing! They are a natural progression of healthy hormones and processes that are very important, so if you don’t have a period, you might be experiencing some imbalance.

Is my flow too heavy?

If your flow amount is between 6-8 teaspoons or 30-40 ml (you can measure this with your Pixie Cup) you are within a healthy range, according to the NHS. Even if your flow seems heavier than this, take the time to measure your next period… it’s probably less blood than you think! Sometimes it could feel like your flow is a lot more than this, but if you measure it you will likely find that there is actually less blood than you think. If you use tampons, a regular tampon holds 5ml of fluid, and a super tampon will hold about 10ml.

Does my period last too long?

Is your period between 2-7 days? If so, you’re good! The average period is around five days. If your period is lasting longer than 8 days, you might wan to set up an appointment with your gynecologist.

My cycle is more/less than 28 days. Is that okay?

Healthy cycles range between 21-35 days! While a longer cycle might still be in the healthy range (this does not include “missed” periods or those that only occur every few months), a cycle shorter than 21 days is potentially problematic. If your cycle length is concerning to you, set up an appointment with your doctor to make sure you are at a healthy range for your body.

In conclusion…?

Each woman is so unique and beautiful in her own way, and our periods follow the same pattern. No two periods are the same, and that’s good! We hope you are in the healthy range on all of these categories. If your period is extra heavy and leaves you feeling exhausted, if your period rarely comes, or if you have another concern, don’t hesitate to get it checked out! Your health is so important, and there could be a simple fix that you didn’t even know about!

Was this blog post helpful to you? Do you have any more questions we didn’t answer? If so, leave them in the comments!

The #1 menstrual cup for the girl with an active lifestyle

The #1 menstrual cup for the girl with an active lifestyle

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!

Cozy fall beverages to enjoy on your period

Cozy fall beverages to enjoy on your period

It’s officially that time of year again! The beloved PSL (aka Pumpkin Spice Latte) is back at Starbucks, ushering with it the smell of fall and literally thousands of Instagram fall selfies.

While the week of your period seems like the perfect time to head to your local drive-through and order yourself an extra frothy latte, you might want to think twice about what you order. The truth is, your cramps and PMS symptoms have a lot to do with what you eat… and your daily dose of caffeine can make your day start out fabulous or absolutely awful!

Before you start bawling – not judging… we’re talking about periods here! – we’d like to share our delicious fall drink menu with you so you can enjoy a delicious latte, and ease your menstrual cramps as well!

First, we are going to start out with a little advice.

When you’re picking a delicious option from your coffee shop menu, you’ll want to avoid those with excessive amounts of caffeine or carbonation because these can aggravate your symptoms. You’ll also want to make sure you’re drinking a lot of water because dehydration can make your cramps much worse. Also, during your period week, try a milk substitute instead of milk or cream because dairy can actually cause bloating and gas, and make period cramps worse!

So… let’s get on to the period approved drink menu! While it’s BEST to make these drinks at home with all-natural, healthy ingredients, if you’re out with friends, these are a good choice as an alternative to the caffeine-packed, dairy-heavy choice that you would enjoy at a different time of the month!

Matcha Latte

This delicous latte naturally relieves pain and boosts your energy so you are ready to face the day! For bonus points, order this latte with almond milk instead of cream!

Tumeric Milk or Latte

Many coffee shops are starting to offer this unique drink as a coffee alternative! As we talked about in this blog post, Tumeric decreases inflammation so it’s a perfect drink to enjoy on your period. Simple Vegan Blog shared a delicious Tumeric Latte recipe that you have to try!

Hot Chocolate

Did you know that chocolate is actually good for you on your period?? While this is definitely probably best if you make it at home with dark chocolate and a healthy sweetener, you can also order it when you’re out and opt for a nut milk option instead of dairy!

Peppermint Mocha Latte

While this one is probably more of a Christmas drink – we’re counting down the days already… don’t judge – you might be able to find it in a local coffee shop! Combining the benefits of peppermint and chocolate, this is a great choice to relieve period pain!

Spiced Apple Cider

Cinnamon is absolutely wonderful for your period because it can reduce pain and menstrual bleeding! For a delicious fall drink that soothes your period woes, grab a hot apple cider spiced with cinnamon.

Herbal Tea

Herbal tea is hydrating AND some can be good for your period! If you’re looking for something to ease menstrual cramps and calm your emotions, peppermint tea is a perfect choice! If you’re just looking for quick menstrual cramp relief and a break from nausea, ginger tea is a spicy yet effective option!

We hope you enjoyed this list of delicious cozy drinks to enjoy on your period! Do you have any suggestions to add? What is your go-to fall drink?

What is a tilted uterus?

What is a tilted uterus?

How do you know if you have a tilted uterus? What even is a tilted uterus, and is it the same thing as a retroverted uterus?

Today we’re about to answer every question you can think of that has to do with a tilted uterus. If we didn’t answer your question, drop it in the comments below! We’ll be sure to answer it here or possibly even address it in a future article!

What is a tilted or retroverted uterus and can I use a menstrual cup

What is a tilted uterus?

Let’s talk about a tilted uterus. Also known as a tilted cervix, tipped uterus, or retroverted uterus, this condition occurs when the uterus is tilted backward, so it ends up pointing toward the lower back. According to Better Health Channel, about 25% of women have a tilted or “retroverted” uterus. That is a really high percentage, which is why it is good to be aware of what it is and what it can mean for your everyday life, especially during menstruation.

A tilted uterus is sometimes a genetic condition, but there are several other factors that can cause it as well. In fact, according to Medical News Today, a tilted uterus can be caused by weakened pelvic muscles, an enlarged uterus, or scarring in the pelvis. Sometimes the uterus can be temporarily tilted, after pregnancy for example, and then make its own way back into position after some time.

Surprisingly enough, a retroverted uterus is not usually painful and doesn’t often impact childbirth or fertility so it can be hard to know you actually have it.

Can a tilted uterus be painful?

Most of the time, a retroverted uterus will not cause any pain. There are certain moments that a tilted cervix could cause pain, however. Those can include sex – if the cervix gets bumped repeatedly in the process due to its tilt – and potential period pain, if the retroverted uterus is caused by endometriosis.

Can I straighten my tilted uterus?

If your tilted or curved uterus is genetic or due to scarring, it may be difficult or impossible to alter its position. If, however, your uterus is temporarily tilted, there are a few exercises you can do to try to encourage it to return to its normal position. If your tilted cervix is causing you pain and it is not returning to its normal position after exercises, you may want to look into possible operations.

Can a tilted uterus affect pregnancy?

A tilted uterus should not cause a miscarriage because it naturally corrects itself as the womb begins to grow. In the extremely rare case of an incarcerated uterus (which is a uterus that gets trapped in the pelvis), a miscarriage could occur. According to Very Well Family, this condition is often accompanied by difficulty urinating, abdominal pain, urinary incontinence, constipation, and discomfort in the rectal area. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms and are concerned, you should consult your physician.

Can a tilted uterus cause infertility?

A tilted cervix should not affect your fertility at all. According to Mayo Clinic, the only reason your fertility could be affected by a tilted uterus is if you have scarring from endometriosis that could cause the path of sperm to be hindered. This scarring could potentially decrease the possibility of pregnancy, but it does not make pregnancy unlikely!

Can I use a menstrual cup with a tilted uterus?

This is a common question, and the answer is YES! That being said, there are some certain techniques that we recommend to make sure you do not experience any leaking, so we wrote an entire blog post about using a menstrual cup with a tilted uterus!

Did this answer all of your tilted uterus questions? If there’s anything else you want to know… drop it in the comments!

Keep living free!

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.