Menstrual cup instructions
Not sure how to use your Pixie Cup?
We’ve got you covered! Just follow our simple (and a little sassy) menstrual cup instructions to embark on your journey as a Pixie Cup user!
If you are using a Pixie Cup for the first time, don’t worry if it’s a little awkward at first. Riding a bike is always a little uncomfortable until you get the hang of it, and so is using a menstrual cup. You’ll be a pro before you can say NO MORE TAMPONS!
Just follow steps below, then bookmark this page for future reference.
Before you insert your cup, you will want to make sure it is nice and clean!
- Wash your hands (this is a must!)
- Squirt a little Pixie Cup Wash into your cup and scrub it a little with your fingers, then rinse it under warm water.
- Make sure the small air holes at the rim of our cup are clear and open.
Note: Some girls like to boil their cup to make sure it’s extra clean! If you choose to boil your cup, just make sure it doesn’t touch the bottom of the pan. Also, you won’t want to insert your Pixie Cup until it has a little time to cool!
There are so many different ways to fold your cup, and everyone has a different preference! As your Pixie Cup becomes an old friend, you will find your perfect way to fold, but here are some starter folds!
Fold 1: Grip the rim of the cup with your thumbs and index fingers of both hands and fold the cup in half to resemble the figure in Fold 1 (it will look like a little heart).
Fold 2: Place your index finger on the top of the rim and press inwards to the base of the cup forming a triangle.
Are you ready? It’s go-time!
Relax your muscles and with one hand gently guide the folded Pixie Cup rim-first into your vagina while separating your labia with your other hand. Some Pixie Cup girls like to squat, others prefer to sit or stand. It’s up to you!
Once your cup is in a comfortable spot, slide your finger up around the base of the cup (not the stem) to ensure that it has opened properly. If you feel any folds along the cup, gently tug the base of the cup and rotate it to create a sealing suction.
Don’t worry if the cup is a little awkward to insert at first. You will figure out your system with time!
Unlike Tampons, Pixie Cups have little risk for TSS and can be worn up to 12 hours, depending on your flow. We recommend that you empty your cup 2-4 times per day, especially on your heavier flow days. Feel free to wear your cup overnight! (Goodbye for GOOD, maxi-pads!)
The cup may remain where you placed it at the base of your vagina, or it may ride up higher. Both positions are completely normal.
You will love our stem design. It makes removing your cup an easy process! If you can feel the stem outside your vaginal opening, your cup naturally sits a little lower and you can feel free to trim the stem slightly AFTER it is removed.
Wash your hands. (Do NOT skip this step!)
Once you’ve finished washing your hands (seriously, wash them!), gently grab the base of the cup. If your cup is a little high, gently tug the stem until the cup lowers.
Once you grab the base of the cup, pinch it to release the seal so the cup can slide out.
Wiggle your Pixie Cup back and forth while guiding it out of the vagina. As you remove the cup, be careful to keep the cup upright so the contents don’t spill!
When your Pixie Cup is removed, you can empty the contents into the toilet. Then follow with a Step 1 Wash, or clean it using a Pixie Wipe (perfect for public restrooms)!
Tip: Ever wondered how heavy your flow is? Use the handy measuring lines on the inside of your cup to measure it!
Pixie Cup original comes in three sizes and Pixie Cup Luxe comes in two sizes. Choosing which size is best for you will depend on your flow volume, cervix height, and the overall comfort.
Cleaning your cup is an important step in the menstrual cup process, and with a few tricks, it can be pretty easy.
There are several methods used to clean menstrual cups including boiling, washing with a light soap, or sanitizing it with wipes.
We recommend cleaning your cup in between uses as well as after each cycle.
Pixie Menstrual Cup Wash is specially formulated to clean and sanitize your Pixie Cup. It is pH balanced and made from all natural ingredients. It is perfect for cleaning your cup in between uses, and after your cycle is finished.
Use our eco-friendly Pixie Cup Wipes to clean your cup while you are on the go, in public restrooms, or for general in-between uses.
Tip: Put a few wipes in your purse or wallet so that you’ll have them with you when you need them next!
Boiling your cup is a great way to sanitize your cup in between cycles.
To boil your cup, we recommend that you bring the water to a complete boil and then remove it from the heat. Place your cup in the water and let it sit for 5 minutes without touching the bottom or sides of the pan.
Carefully remove your cup and let it air dry. When it is completely dry, it’s ready to go in the storage bag until your next cycle!
Say goodbye to inconvenience and say hello to our menstrual cup spa, the Pixie Cup Steamer! Place your cup on the platform, close the lid, and push the (super cute) blue button. Voila! Your cup will be clean in three minutes!
One of the many benefits to using menstrual cups is waste reduction each and every month. There are so many simple ways to help save our planet, and this is one of them.
Did you know a woman who uses tampons will go through approximately 9,120 tampons in her lifetime? Thankfully, you are not in that statistic. With proper care, your Pixie Cup is reusable for 10 years!
- If you experience any leaking, make sure your cup is adjusted correctly and that it is sealing after it is inserted.
- If you continue to experience leaks, you may be using the wrong cup size, or you may need to empty your cup more often.
- It is easiest to remove your cup while sitting or squatting.
- Don’t panic if you are having difficulty removing your cup. If you cannot reach your cup, use your pelvic muscles to gently push the cup down until you can reach the stem and the base of the cup.
- You do not need to remove your cup when urinating.
- If you notice any wear or signs of damage, it is time to replace your cup.
- Store your cup in the breathable bag provided. Do not store your cup in an air tight container.
- The Pixie Cup is designed for menstrual flow use only. Do not use the cup for postnatal bleeding.
- Your menstrual cup is not a contraceptive, and it does not prevent the user from contracting STDs.
- Remove your menstrual cup prior to intercourse.
- Pixie Cups have little to no associated with TTS (toxic shock syndrome). Read more.
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