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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.”


“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 :)”


“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

Laura U.

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