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Which Pixie Cup is right for me?

It’s hard enough to try to find the perfect pair of shoes to go with your outfit… and you’re supposed to decide which menstrual cup is best for you without trying one on? That’s crazy!! 

We get it! Don’t worry, we’re here to make sure you have all the information you need to figure out which of our menstrual cups is best for you!

which menstrual cup is best for me

Which menstrual cup is the best?

There is really no one answer to this question. Everyone’s body and cycle is different, so what works for your bestie might not work for you. That’s why we’ve created several different versions of our Pixie Cup! Factors such as how heavy your flow is, the position of your cervix, your age, and whether you’ve given birth all play a role in how your menstrual cup will fit and feel when it’s in your body.

There are a few things to consider when you’re choosing a Pixie Cup, so make sure you review all of the factors listed below:

Flow (go with it!)

  • Light or regular flow: If you have a lighter flow and use just a pad, or tampons between light and regular, you will likely be just fine with a size small in either our regular Pixie Classic Cup, or the Pixie Soft Cup.
  • Heavy flow: If you are grabbing a Super tampon on your heavier days, you will probably be a better fit with our Classic Large Cup or our Soft Large Cup.
  • Very heavy flow: If you’re going through multiple Super Plus or Ultra tampons per heavy day, you might want to give our XL Pixie Cup a try!

Keep in mind you don’t have to choose just one. If your flow fluctuates during your cycle, you may want to try our Classic Cup Combo Pack or Soft Cup Combo Pack! Use the large on heavier days and the small when your flow is lighter.

Cervix height

  • Average or high cervix: Are you able to use a larger tampon without pain “up there”? Can you touch your cervix with your finger? (Your cervix is round and about the texture of the end of your nose.) If you have a higher cervix, you should be able to use any of our Pixie Cup sizes with no problems.
  • Low cervix: Is your cervix easy to reach, especially during your period? Do you ever experience pain when inserting a tampon? If so, you might want to start with a smaller size Pixie Cup. We recommend the Small Soft Cup, which is a little more flexible.

Need more help figuring out your cervix height? Download our free cervical ruler!

Other factors

  • If you have trouble inserting a tampon, or you are under the age of 18, you might want to start out with one of our smaller Pixie Cups.
  • If you have no trouble inserting larger sized tampons, with a little practice you should be able to easily choose any of our Pixie Cup sizes.
  • If you have given birth to a child vaginally, your body will likely be able to fit any of our Pixie Cup sizes.

Still not sure? Take a look at some of these frequently asked menstrual cup questions, or take our menstrual cup quiz! And don’t worry if all of this seems overwhelming at first. If you’re brand new to menstrual cups, it may take a little while to get the hang of everything. We’re here to help! Feel free to contact us and we’ll be happy to answer any questions! And, if you buy a Pixie Cup and you aren’t totally happy with it, we’ll give you a full refund! Your happiness is our priority.

Which menstrual cup is the softest?

We created our Soft Pixie Cups with a softer, more pliable silicone. While many people do fine with our regular Pixie Cup, the Slim is a great choice for younger girls or first-time cup users because it is gentler and easier to fold. We’ve also found it to be a great option for anyone with a tilted uterus or lower cervix.

Which menstrual cup leaks the least?

Again, there is no one answer to this question. The key to avoiding menstrual cup leaks is using a cup that’s the right size for your body and achieving a good seal. Leaks are almost always due to an issue with the cup position, size, or seal. If you’re a new cup user, it may take a few cycles to become comfortable inserting your cup and achieving a proper seal.

If your cup is leaking because it’s too small for you, try a larger size. Somewhat surprisingly, using a cup that is too big is also a common cause of leaks. If your cup is too big, it won’t be able to fully pop open

Which menstrual cup is the smallest?

Our Pixie Teen/XS Classic Cup is our smallest menstrual cup, which makes it great for lighter flow and younger users. Our Pixie Teen Cup is 1.5 inches in diameter and holds 18ml of fluid. By comparison, our regular small Classic Pixie Cup holds 25ml of fluid and is 1.68 inches in diameter.

How much does a Pixie Cup hold? 

The Pixie Cup is available in several different styles and sizes, holding between 20ml and 35ml of fluid. For comparison, a tampon holds about 5ml of fluid when it’s completely maxed out. Our smallest cup, the small Pixie Cup Slim, holds 20ml and is the equivalent of 4 tampons. Our largest cup, the Pixie Cup XL, holds 35ml, or the equivalent of 7 tampons.

PIXIE CUP SIZES

Teen / Extra Small: 18ml

Small: 25ml

Large: 30ml

XL: 35ml

menstrual cup sizes

PIXIE CUP SLIM SIZES

Slim Small: 20ml

Slim Large: 25ml

Pixie Cup Slim size chart

Which menstrual cup holds the most fluid?

For people with a very heavy flow, we created our XL Pixie Cup. It holds 35ml of fluid, which is roughly the equivalent of 7 tampons. While all of our cups are safe to use for up to 12 hours, people with a very heavy flow may need to empty their cup sooner to avoid leaks. This is perfectly normal. Just like tampons, a menstrual cup is effective for different amounts of time for different people.

Which menstrual cup is best for beginners?

For beginners and younger users, we recommend our Pixie Teen Cup. Made from medical-grade silicone, with petite anatomy in mind, the Pixie Teen Cup is our smallest cup. It’s just soft enough to move and flex with your body when swimming or playing sports, and just firm enough to easily pop open and seal for first-time cup users!

We also recommend using a menstrual cup lubricant every time you insert your menstrual cup to make insertion smooth and pain free.

Which menstrual cup is best for virgins?

If you’re a virgin interested in using a menstrual cup, we advise you to start with a smaller cup and apply a little lubricant. You may want to try our Soft Pixie Cup which is made from a softer material. Learn more about using a menstrual cup as a virgin.

Still need help finding your perfect cup? Take our menstrual cup quiz or feel free to contact us

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This content was originally written on November 9, 2018, and has been updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

Kayla Martin

Kayla is a wife and homeschool mom of three who is passionate about empowering women to care for and advocate for themselves. Kayla cares deeply about holistic wellness of spirit, soul, and body and being good stewards of creation.

28 thoughts on “Which Pixie Cup is right for me?”

  1. Hi I have low cervix (tried diva cup in model 1) and I could feel the stem out of my vagina.It fills up fast and cup leaks everytime.I am looking for something high capacity for low cervix and I haven’t given birth.

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    • Hi Tejaswini! Thank you for the comment! We totally recommend our Pixie Cup Luxe for a low cervix. And if you’re needing a large capacity, definitely pick the large size. If you still feel the stem, you’re able to trim it to best fit you!

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    • I’ve using the pixie cup luxe, but the stem seems to just get lost and I can never use it to help pull it out. Am I using the wrong cup should I switch to one that’s for a high cervix?

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  2. I am using a large size for the 1st time realised it remains folded and does not pop open I have a c-section done and been married for 10years don’t understand what is the problem. I have tried rotating it but still the fold remain what should I do.

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    • Hi Mrunal! Our customer service team will be reaching out to you! It sounds like you may need a different style cup. We will be in touch!

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      • Hi, I just used my pixie cup for the first time today, it was very comfortable, however, when I went to get it out, I couldn’t find it! It was like it had dissapeared! Is it possible for a pixie cup to make it past the cervix if it is too small a size? I finally got it out…but it was really hard to reach. Would a larger pixie cup be longer/easier to get out?

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        • Hi Lanea! I’m so sorry you had this situation today! The classic Pixie Cups do get longer as you go up in size and capacity. If you are using a small classic (typically pink in color) our Large or XL might be better, especially if you do have a high cervix! I will let our customer service team know, so please be watching for an email from them!

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    • Hi Terry! Thanks so much for the comment! Sometimes how it pops open can depend on the cup. If you have one of our Luxe cups, those are our softest cups. What cup do you have/what color? We do have a blog post that is great for tips on helping your cup pop open!

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  3. Ive been using the small cup but at times it’s so high I’ve really struggled to get it out and I’m worried that one day I won’t be able to! Should a try a larger cup for the extra length?

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    • Hi Robyn! Yes, we would recommend our large or even our x-large. Those are longer in comparison. Make sure you’re signed up on our email list! We send email-only discounts!

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  4. Wow pixie cup team! What an awesome site full of great information! I was looking up something and your site came up. I just happen to know the founders personally and they are amazing!

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  5. Hello! This is the second time I’m using my pixie cup and I can’t seam to to get it in to were I don’t have pain or a sensation on my large colon. Kinda like a sensation to poop. Very uncomfortable. It makes me want to lay around which I’m a very active person. I’m really sad because everyone says these are very comfortable. I bought a large classic. What am I doing wrong?

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    • Hi Angie, I’m sorry you’re experiencing some frustration with your cup! These kind of issues are usually due to using a cup that’s too large. I would suggest trying the Slim Small, which is softer and slimmer, so should be more comfortable for you. Feel free to contact customer service at info@pixiecup.com and they can send you a replacement cup!

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  6. I have used my pixie cup for a while but have only just started back up with it as my period just came back after birthing my 3rd baby. So it’s been almost 2 years since I needed it. I have the purple cup, can’t remember which size that is, and it worked great before baby. But now I find it keeps trying to slide out. I have to keep reinserting every 1 to 2 hours. It just won’t stay in place. I never had this problem before.

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    • Hi Jessie! This usually is a sign of a weak pelvic floor since cups need vaginal muscle to stay in place. I recommend using a disc as it stays in place by being inserted behind the cervix and the pubic bone. If you are set on continuing with a cup, perhaps try some Pixie Kegel Weight to strengthen your pelvic floor, or the next cup size up might work.

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  7. Hi,
    I purchased a pixie cup size L. I’ve been using it for a couple of days and it always leaks. I’m trying to figure out wht but the more I read, the more confused I am. Can someone help me?

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  8. First time cup user. So far So good but I do feel like it gets full really fast. I got the large because I have had babies and have a heavy flow. I was nervous to get the xl since I’m a first time user, but I think next month I may need to grab the bigger size so I’m not having to empty it every hour.

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