We all know that we get cravings on our period… sweet, salty, delicious… no matter what it is your hormones scream, “I want it and I want it NOW!”
What you may not know is the food you eat actually can have a huge impact on how you feel during your period! Some foods make you feel extra bloated and crampy, while other foods hydrate you and cause you to feel extra energized!
If you’re ready to experience a not-so-bloated feelin’ good menstrual week… keep reading because we’re about to share some secrets with you, and you’re going to love them!
#1 (best first!) Dark Chocolate
If this sounds too good to be true… it’s not! Treat yourself to a huge bar of dark chocolate during your period week because it gives you an energy boost due to its high magnesium content without causing you to crash from an excess of sugar!
Tumeric is a very bright spice with a great taste! Plus… tumeric is fantastic for decreasing inflammation so sprinkle a little in your scrambled eggs, vegetable stir fry, or whatever your hormonal cravings decide you want during your next period!
Heap the guacamole on your burritos this week because avocados are packed with magnesium which could reduce some of your menstrual pain! Talk about a win-win!
Blueberries, besides being one of Robert Downing Jr.’s favorite snacks, are a fantastic choice during your period because they are high in antioxidants! Just add them to a little greek yogurt or sprinkle them on some (whole grain) cereal to have a perfect, healthy breakfast!
Tuna is a great lean protein choice during your period because it is high in Vitamin D and contains Omega-3 fatty acids, both of which can lower inflamation and we all know we need some of that on those first few days of our cycles!
One of the best period menu advice tips we can give you is this… listen to your body. If you find yourself feeling bloated or drowsy after eating certain foods, try to avoid those on your heavy days, even if they are somewhere in a healthy ring of the “MyPlate” food circle. (Speaking of which, does anyone miss the good old “food pyramid?)
If you load your plate with a variety of brightly colored (fresh – fruit loops don’t count) foods, you should be good to go.
What are your favorite foods to eat on your period and why?
Pads… probably the most timeless menstruation-survival invention in history.
If you look back into history, as early as 400 AD when Hypatia, the famed philosopher, mathematician, and astronomer, was said to have displayed her menstrual rag to a young suitor to try to discourage him. As long as women have had periods, they have had to find creative ways to manage or control their menstrual flow.
As the years have passed, menstrual products for women have become better and more effective! Women no longer have to sit inside like Rachel from Genesis 31:35 in the Bible who hid stolen idols from her father by pretending she was on her period. “And she said to her father, ‘Let not my lord be angry that I cannot rise before you, for the way of women is upon me.’ So he searched but did not find the household gods.” Now women can take pain relievers and use products that allow them to go to work and school just like any other day!
As improvements have grown over the years, a few concerns have occurred as well. According to this article by Huffington Post, period products are not simply innocent and helpful… in fact, they actually can be dangerous, putting your health at risk!
Your skin is incredibly absorbent, and anything it comes in constant contact with will eventually end up in your bloodstream and from there into your organs. That is why it is so important to know the ingredients in things that touch your skin, and be careful what you allow to have contact with it, especially in more absorbent, sensitive areas like your vagina.
According to the article linked above, “Tampons and pads with odor neutralizers and artificial fragrances are virtually a chemical soup, laced with artificial colors, polyester, adhesives, polyethylene (PET), polypropylene and propylene glycol (PEG), contaminants linked to hormone disruption, cancer, birth defects, dryness and infertility.”
In some ways, using a product with fragrances, bleach, and other chemicals is worse than eating foods with these ingredients because the vaginal walls are so thin, allowing chemicals to reach the bloodstream much easier.
So, why are menstrual cups a better alternative to pads?
Menstrual cups are safe
Your Pixie Cup is made out of medical-grade silicone and completely non-allergenic. Plus, the menstrual cup does not contain any harmful chemicals that could enter your bloodstream.
Menstrual cups are reusable
You can use a menstrual cup for up to 10 years! As long as you keep it clean and sanitized, it will serve you well for a long time! Your pad will only last a few hours, maxi-mum (no pun intended) and then goes straight into a landfill.
If you find that you need a little extra coverage for peace of mind, why not try a reusable pad? They are easy to clean and will save you precious dollars that you could put toward an extra drink at Starbucks this month!
Do you use pads with your menstrual cup? Why or why not?
For the first time in… forever (no Disney song quote intended) menstrual cups are getting true recognition that they deserve, and we are so excited about it! Not only are YOU here reading this (yay!!) but so many people are starting to try menstrual cups out, even celebrities… and they LOVE THEM!
Why are we so excited about this?
We are excited because women are able to go to work and school during their period week in third world countries, instead of staying home sitting on a dirt floor.
We are excited because women are able to dive in the pool or compete in sporting events and not worry about leaks.
We are excited because periods are becoming a normal conversation, and the next generation of girls will feel supported and empowered as they journey into womanhood!
We are excited for you.
So, who is this celebrity that is talking about her menstrual cup journey?
Candace is absolutely the best. We love her so much because she is authentic, fearless, and so dang gorgeous. She tried a menstrual cup for the first time this year and actually shared her experience on her Instagram story… you can find it in the highlights titled “Menstrual Cups” on her Instagram, or by clicking HERE!
In her story, Candace does not share the brand of her cup, (although she explains that she didn’t choose the Diva Cup) but instead emphasizes the importance of choosing a cup that fits you well.
We are so excited for Candace because her life during the filming of Fuller House and Hallmark movies is extremely rigorous sometimes and she is often on her feet for ten hours at a time! In her Instagram story, Candace shares a few tips on menstrual cup use, as well as a word of encouragement for those who are younger and new to cups.
“Can you sleep with it, swim with it… the answer is yes. All of the above. ALL.”
Check out Candace’s video for some more encouragement, and let us know what you think! Isn’t it fun to see someone we know and love from binge-watching Full House (or am I the only one?) joining us in this journey to share period freedom with women around the world? Let’s also be brave and do all we can to give women the opportunity to live free.
You’ve clicked a link or googled “period hacks…” somehow you ended up here on the Pixie Cup site. If that’s true, you’re probably wondering what is this thing we call a Pixie Cup… and why is everyone talking about it?
The Pixie Cup is only the absolute best menstrual cup on the market… and we’re about to tell you what a menstrual cup is, why it’s the best and how you can use it!
First, a menstrual cup is a BPA-free, medical-grade silicone menstrual cup that is reusable for 10 years! It prevents massive amounts of waste from pads, tampons, and other period products, and it saves a lot of headache… you will never be caught in a sticky period situation without a tampon again!
So now that you know what a menstrual cup is, let’s head into what makes our Pixie menstrual cup your best choice!
It is comfortable
Comfort should be your #1 priority. You should not be able to feel your menstrual cup inside of you, and it should be easy to insert and remove. Your cup is there to make your life easier, not to add pain to your life! In fact, according to some studies, menstrual cups may even reduce cramps… but that’s a blog post for another day.
It comes in your size
If your menstrual cup doesn’t fit right, you could experience some leaks. We offer two different types of Pixie Cups in many different sizes, so you’re sure to find the Pixie Cup that is just right for you! If you’re not sure about which cup size you should choose, check out our article here.
It is affordable
We want every woman to be able to own a Pixie Cup, which is why we decided to price our cups at a budget-friendly price! We value your hard-earned money and want you to receive the best cup for the cost. Plus, when you choose to switch to a Pixie Cup, you save hundreds of dollars each year that you would have spent on pads and tampons!
We offer a buy one give one program
For every menstrual cup we sell, another cup is given to a woman in need! There is a real issue in this world when women do not have access to products that make their periods bearable. Our mission is to get a menstrual cup in the hands of every woman on the planet… and that starts with the one you bought!
We stand behind our products 100%
That’s right! If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase of one of our products, we will make it right. Every time. But, we like to think you won’t experience any issues because we put a lot of heart and consideration into each of our products.
We are committed to authenticity
What you see is what you get. We are a family owned company of people just like you who want to make the world a better place. We are not only here to sell a product… we want to impact lives! We are 100% committed to honesty and will always keep our word. We won’t sell you on something that we wouldn’t use ourselves.
We are a community
Pixie Cup is not just a brand… we are a community of women that are choosing to be positive and live fully every day! This community includes thousands of women across Instagram and Facebook who are determined to experience period freedom through swimming, hiking, climbing, dancing, skateboarding, and challenging each other EVERY day of the month!
We hope you will join our community and spread the word about this life-changing menstrual cup! It’s time to make a difference in the world, one period at a time.
The idea of “period freedom like never before” lifts the hopes and perks the ears of every woman. Wouldn’t all of us love the opportunity to live life without fear of leaks or being caught off-guard by Aunt Flo?
If a menstrual cup truly does provide period freedom, why doesn’t every woman own a menstrual cup?
There are so many answers to this question, and we are doing our best to answer all of them, week by week, right here on our blog! Today, the question we are addressing – one that holds some women back from trying a Pixie Cup – is this: Will I be able to feel my Pixie Cup?
We understand why women ask this question. After all, it’s really hard to imagine how a “cup” can fit inside our bodies without us even noticing it.
The answer to this question is, you should not be able to feel your Pixie Cup while it is inside your vagina. That being said, some women may feel some slight discomfort when first using the Pixie Cup, so we will address why that is and how it can be fixed in a few simple steps.
First, you may notice the stem of your menstrual cup if you have a low cervix. If you can feel the stem inside, or if it is not completely inside your vagina, you can remove your cup and trim the stem a little with some scissors, and file the ends down with a nail file if they feel sharp. Start by trimming less at first, so you don’t accidentally cut off too much. If your cup is still bothering you, let us know. We will help you to find a cup size that is a better fit for you.
Second, it is possible that you could feel some pressure on your cervix. This occurs when the rim of the cup seals around the cervix instead of within the vaginal walls. If you notice this pressure, be sure to insert your cup a little lower in your vagina so your cup can seal within the walls of your vaginal canal. If your cup continually moves up toward your cervix, let us know. You might be a better fit with a larger Pixie Cup size.
Have you noticed any discomfort with your menstrual cup? Share your tips and tricks for Pixie Cup use in the comments!
Menstrual cup stains are super common and are a badge of honor in a way… It shows a lot of use, how you’ve dedicated your cycle to less waste (think of all the products you’ve kept out of landfills!), and that you’ve made the stand to live free. Still, they can be an eyesore. We’ve added a method on removing the stains and some tips on preventing them in the future!
How do I clean off any initial staining?
If your cup is dingy or has staining, let it soak at room temperature for an hour in a glass container or jar with 1/3 cup hydrogen peroxide and 2/3 cup water. This should eat the stains away on its own but if there is anything remaining, take a toothbrush or washcloth and scrub.
How do I prevent menstrual cup stains?
Sterilize your cup regularly. The best way to keep your cup stain-free is to do your best to prevent them! In addition to washing your cup each day and sterilizing your menstrual cup before and after each period, make sure you are giving your cup a scrub in the areas that often experience buildup such as around the rim and in the grooves of the stem. Also, try to minimize the amount of time the cup is exposed to the air without a thorough cleaning because this can lead to the darkening of the silicone.
Give it a good scrub. You may think your cup is beyond saving, but we want to assure you most stains can come off! Are you ready for one of our best stain-removal hacks? Here we go: grab an old toothbrush and scrub your cup with a little warm water and some silicone-safe cleaning solution! You will be surprised how much of the “staining” comes off with this technique!
Let it soak. We all need a steamy bath sometimes, even your menstrual cup! Squirt a little of the cleaning solution mentioned in Step 2 into a bowl or your Pixie Cup Cup with some hot water and let it soak for a few hours! Pair this with a good scrub and you can say goodbye to some tough stains!
Sunsoaking your cup. Placing your menstrual cup in a sunny location (preferably outside) for a few hours will do a world of good for any discoloration. Sun bleaching has been around for centuries and has never let anyone down yet.
Grab some Pixie Cup Wash and an old toothbrush and go to town scrubbing! Your cup will be sparkling in no time.