Many women are switching to menstrual cups because not only are they better for the environment, but also for health + wellbeing! Continue reading to learn more about the revolutionary period care and the benefits of using a menstrual cup.
What is a menstrual cup?
Aren’t sure what a menstrual cup is? It’s a flexible cup designed for use inside the vagina during your period to collect menstrual blood. The cup actually collects the menstrual flow rather than absorbing it as tampons or pads do. Menstrual cups are commonly made of 100% medical grade silicone. They’re flexible and easy to care for.
How do I use a menstrual cup?
If you’ve used tampons for years, you’ll likely be able to adjust to a menstrual cup with ease. For the pad-only users, it may take a little getting used to but you’ll get the hang of it! Here are some simple instructions:
First off, wash your hands well.
We suggest applying a water-based lubricant (like our Pixie Cup Lube) to help make insertion easy and comfortable. Apply the lubricant to the rim of the cup.
Insert the cup, rim up, into your vagina like you would a tampon but without the applicator. It should sit a few inches below your cervix.
Once the cup is in your vagina, grab the stem and rotate it. This will help it spring open to create an airtight seal that stops your cup from leaking.
What are the health benefits of using a menstrual cup?
We’ve recently discussed how tampons can contribute to vaginal dryness. When your vagina is dryer than usual, it can become a breeding ground for bacterial overgrowth, which may disturb the delicate pH and bacterial balance in your vagina. Ultimately this could lead to an infection. Your menstrual cup doesn’t disturb your natural fluids and flora in the vagina and does not soak up anything.
Tampons are linked to Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS), which happens when a substance is in the body for too long. A menstrual cup holds menses in the silicone cup as opposed to having it continually touch the vaginal walls. Our friend, Meg, gives a great explanation of TSS in her YouTube video.
Menstrual cups are eco-friendly!
This is a pretty hot topic regarding the benefits of a menstrual cup these days! The average woman uses 5 tampons a day during her period. That combined with the number of days in your period, multiplied by the number of years the typical woman menstruates equals thousands of tampons or pads in the landfill. Ack!
Menstrual cups can last up to 10 years if properly taken care of! That means that 1 single menstrual cup can save up to 3,500 tampons/pads being sent to landfills. That number really puts it into perspective, huh? And when the menstrual cup’s life has come to an end, all you have to do is throw it into your wood stove or have a ceremonial burning at the next bonfire. It burns to simple ash that is completely biodegradable.
How convenient are menstrual cups?
Girl, pull up a chair! A tampon holds 5ml of fluid when it’s completely maxed out. Our Pixie Cups come in three sizes. Here is a great visual:
Small – holds 25ml | Large – holds 30ml | XL – holds 35ml
That means you can literally go hours between changes. It depends on your flow, but technically you can safely go 12 hours before you empty your menstrual cup.
Hot yoga class? Go sweat it out.
Are you training for a marathon? This period protection has your back.
Spending the day at the beach? Pack the sunscreen, but don’t pay any attention to Aunt Flo!
On a budget? Another benefit of a menstrual cup is it’s a purchase you make once a decade. No more last-minute runs to the gas station convenience store or sending your boyfriend to buy your pads. It’s one less thing you have to scramble cash for every month.
One of the things most women hate during their periods is how “dirty” or “gross” they feel. Not only are your hormones raging and you’re potentially bloated, but you smell. Even if no one else can pick up an odor, you can. And that’s honestly what matters most: YOU BEING CONFIDENT. Because a menstrual cup holds your menses completely airtight in the vagina, there is no odor that comes sneaking out. If you have an issue with your menstrual cup leaking, we have some tips and tricks to help with that.
No more surprises!
If you are tracking your period regularly, via an app on your phone or by bullet journaling, you probably have a really good idea of when your period is going to arrive. Gone are the days of hyper-packing your purse or backpack just in case your period surprises you. If you use a period cup, you can place it in the morning and go about your day — if Aunt Flo visits, you’re already prepared for her!
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 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 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 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.
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:
Ah, freedom! You can almost feel the ocean waves lapping around your menstrual flowin’ body as you dive through the water in your WHITE swimsuit. Wouldn’t it be nice to feel like anything is possible at all times?
Reading the hundreds of reviews from girls who found period freedom through using a Pixie Cup can get you almost hitting that “checkout” button, but something is holding you back. You feel unprepared, and a little unsure! What if you need a different size cup? What if the cup isn’t as easy to insert as you thought it would be! What if you need to clean it someday? (THAT is definitely going to need to happen.)
This Kit was designed to meet every period need that you might have! From cleaning to insertion, public bathrooms to home storage, heavy flow to those lighters days, we have you covered!
Here’s what is included:
The Pixie Cup, in TWO sizes! (with two super cute, storage bags included!)
We all have heavier period days and lighter period days… it’s nice to have a cup for both times! The Pixie Cup Combo Pack includes a Small cup and a Large cup, so you have the option to go with the flow!
Pixie Cup Wash
The Pixie Menstrual Cup Wash has an all-natural, refreshing citrus scent and is designed to keep stains and odors from your Pixie Cup. It is made from 100% all natural plant-based and organically sourced ingredients to protect the material on your silicone menstrual cup as well as leave your sensitive skin clean, soft and well nourished.
Pixie Cup Lube
This is one of the best-kept secrets of pro menstrual cup users! When your Pixie Cup is dry, this gentle, hypogenic lubricant makes insertion painless and gentle. The lube is water-based and fragrance-free, making it safe for your sensitive skin and ideal for everyone from beginner to experienced users.
Pixie Cup Cup
This “cup for your cup” has so many different uses! You can slip it inside your purse for quick cleaning in a public restroom, use it to boil water in the microwave for deep cleaning of your cup, or even just use it as an adorable storage accessory!
Pixie Cup Wipes
These handy little wipes are the perfect size to keep in your purse for public bathroom emergencies, or for cleaning at any time! They are cute, too, and they camouflage as a hand wipe so you don’t need to stuff them up your sleeve on a bathroom run! ????
Here’s the MOST exciting thing about the Pixie Cup Kit. It is the PERFECT gift for a friend who is just starting to consider using a Pixie Cup! Whether it is her birthday, Christmas, or just for fun, this kit will have her feeling prepared for her new journey in the menstrual cup world! She will always be so thankful that you gave her the encouragement to give period freedom a try.
What is your favorite item in the Pixie Cup Kit? Let us know in the comments!
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!