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Anxiety and Your Menstrual Cycle

Anxiety and Your Menstrual Cycle

If you were to track your anxiety, you might find that the increased times follow a somewhat monthly pattern. While this may sound strange, anxiety, along with a lot of other symptoms, can rise and fall with the hormonal changes of your period. Let’s dive into anxiety and your menstrual cycle!

anxiety and your menstrual cycle

What are the menstrual cycle phases?

To understand your period symptoms, it’s important for you to know the different phases of your cycle, and what role they play in your body. You may be surprised to learn that your menstrual cycle is not just one week of blood flow. It is a complex, month-long cycle that includes four main phases. As you learn how your cycle flows and how your body responds, you will be able to understand your emotions in a whole new way, which is so helpful in managing anxiety.

Menstruation Phase

During menstruation, your progesterone decreases, which causes the uterus lining to shed. This is sometimes known as the “Winter” phase of your cycle, which makes sense because your energy is low and all you probably want to do is curl up inside with a blanket and a cup of tea. This phase is a great time to process, think, and invest in yourself a little. Do things that make you feel cozy, happy and safe.

Follicular Phase

Your body will start to experience a rise in testosterone and estrogen, so you’ll probably feel some extra energy and positive thoughts will start to flow! This phase — we’ll call it “Spring” — is a great time to get lots of work done, and complete social activities while you have the energy! During this phase, Follicle Stimulating Hormone, or FSH, is also rising to prepare your uterus for a new potential pregnancy.

Ovulatory Phase

Ah, ovulation… the “Summer” of the month! Expect maximum energy and confidence because your estrogen and testosterone levels have been rising to this point. This is a great time to act on planning, schedule meetings, flirt with your guy… and have some fun! Because as soon as ovulation occurs, your energy will start to slow down again and the cozy mood will take over.

Luteal Phase

Assuming that pregnancy did not occur after ovulation, the next phase is your Luteal Phase… or “autumn.” This phase can involve some bloating, cravings, and anxiety. What you can do, though, is focus on eating healthy foods, grabbing an herbal tea instead of sugar- and caffeine-packed latte, and get as much sleep as possible. If that anxiety rises, take the opportunity to remind yourself that this is a phase and it’s okay to feel a little low. It can be comforting to know that your hormones are speaking, and allow them to tell you to take it easy and chill. There’s nothing wrong with stepping back from high-impact activities and social engagements when your energy is low.

Do diet and exercise affect anxiety?

What you eat and whether you’re regularly exercising or not also can play a big role in aiding or alleviating anxiety. Taking natural supplements can help in boosting your mood such as vitamin B for energy and vitamin C for an immune booster. Recent studies have shown that turmeric is also a powerhouse for all kinds of health benefits including anxiety. Eating plenty of fruits and veggies will aid in less bloating and sluggishness too!

How to cope with anxiety during your menstrual cycle

While your menstrual cycle can impact the level of anxiety you experience, there can sometimes be a much deeper cause. We want to encourage you to seek out counseling, surround yourself with encouraging people + positivity.

Have you thought about using a menstrual cup? Women who are switching say that they have made their lives better and they aren’t going back! Once a menstrual cup is in place, it can safely be left for up to 12 hours without the worry about infection. If it’s placed properly, you won’t be able to feel it at all and you’re able to go about your life, worry-free. Sounds great, right? One less thing to worry about during our periods!

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This content was originally written on October 7, 2019 and has been updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

Cleaning menstrual cups has never been easier!

Cleaning menstrual cups has never been easier!

Your Pixie Cup can become sparkling clean in just 3 minutes! We know, it sounds like an impossibility! But we have committed to providing you with the BEST period care on the market. Let us learn all about caring for and cleaning menstrual cups below!

Last October we shared our Pixie Cup sanitary secrets with you and today we are adding one more. The secret we have been keeping for a month now is your Pixie Cup‘s new best friend…. ???? meet the Pixie Cup Steamer! (You can view how it works here!)

Pixie Steamer works at effectively cleaning menstrual cups

Every month you are so excited to use your sparkling clean Pixie Cup! You go through your period with an extra light spirit, knowing that your cup is leak-free and you can do whatever-the-heck you want, even hot tub or swim!

THEN your period is gone and you no longer need to use your cup. You plan to stow it away neatly, Marie Kondo style, but first, it needs a deep clean.

Many menstrual cup users boil their cups in a pot on the stove but, as you may have found, your friends (or husband and kids????) might gag a little at the idea of eating food out of that pot again! You might have even found yourself sneaking out into the kitchen in the middle of the night to boil your cup in private!

Say goodbye to inconvenience… say hello to our Pixie Cup spa, the Steamer! Never has cleaning menstrual cups been easier! All you have to do is place your cup on the platform, close the lid, and push the (super cute) blue button! Whala! Your cup will be clean within three minutes!

We only have a limited quantity of steamers at this time so be sure to order yours soon! Happy spa day!

Can I sleep with a menstrual cup?

Can I sleep with a menstrual cup?

You probably know the feeling. You’re snuggled up in your bed, head buried cozily in the pillow, but something pulls you out of your comfy rest. Something is nagging at the back of your mind, prompting you that you’re forgetting something. Then, it hits you! You suddenly realize that the time has come; your tampon has reached its limit and you have exactly 2.5 seconds to race to the bathroom before incriminating evidence alerts the world that it is day 2 of your period!

If you are a woman, you have probably experienced the panicked race to the restroom at least once in your life thus far, if not once a month. ????‍♀️❤️

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We have helped you to find the perfect menstrual cup size for your body, and gave you tips on how to navigate a public restroom on your period, mess-free! Today we would like to share with you some tips on escaping that midnight period race once and for all. *insert wild cheering*

1. Use a menstrual cup

A menstrual cup holds approximately triple (or more) the amount of fluid that a tampon can hold! For example our Small Pixie Cup Luxe holds 15ml of fluid, while a normal tampon will hold about 5 ml. With so much more capacity, you can rest and sleep undisturbed for three times the amount of time that you could with a tampon!

2. Change your cup before bed

We often recommend that you change your cup each morning and evening so you don’t go too long without cleaning it. Your Pixie Cup is completely safe to use, but it’s always good to keep things fresh and clean so don’t go more than 12 hours without changing it. If you’re on a heavier day of your period, consider changing your cup right before bed so you can sleep the most hours possible without needing to empty your cup.

3. Use a little extra protection

Some of us have such a heavy flow that on those certain days of the period it’s near impossible to make it 8 hours without changing the cup. If this is you, it might be a good idea to invest in a pair of period underwear or some Pixie Pads to guarantee that no accidents interrupt your sleep during the night.

4. Ease your cramps with essential oils

Sometimes it isn’t the flow so much as those darn cramps that wake you up in the middle of the night. Try using a little peppermint essential oil (diluted with coconut oil – and make sure it’s safe for topical use) on your stomach before bed to help ease those cramp pains.

We hope these tips are helpful to you as you head into your week of period adventures! If you have some #lifehacks or advice for deep sleep during your period, share them with us in the comments!

How to break it to your guy that you use a menstrual cup

How to break it to your guy that you use a menstrual cup

So, you bought a Pixie Cup and decided that you’re sold FOR LIFE! Ain’t nobody gonna take that period freedom away from you! {ohhhh snap} ????‍♀️

So now that you’ve made that life-changing decision, the time has come to break it to your dreamy, perfect, and totally oblivious guy that you use a menstrual cup.

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You have two options:

Option A: Let him find the cup on his own, give a quick explanation and awkwardly launch into a conversation about periods.

Option B: Tell it to him straight.

If you chose Option A, we wish you good luck and would love to laugh at the story with you later! But if you chose Option B… we are here to help!

Without further ado… here are some tips to help you break it to your guy that you use a menstrual cup.

Choose the time wisely

You’re probably going to have a moment where your period is in full power, and your emotions are running high. This is probably the worst time to tell your man that you use a menstrual cup! If you’re like me, when you’re on your period any well-meant words can be taken the wrong way. Set aside some time to talk to your guy when he is feeling really comfortable in your relationship. Chances are, he will be thrilled to see you embracing new ideas and living in freedom!

Be confident!

Your guy is probably going to be excited about anything that makes you happy and enhances your quality of life! If you are thrilled about your Pixie Cup, let him know! Tell him why you’re excited, and how it can affect your relationship for the better! Guys love to be active and have fun with their favorite person. Your man will be so excited to learn that you can now run, swim, hike, and live in freedom, even on your period.

Be understanding

Guys really get hit hard in our culture these days. Without getting too political here, we want all people, male and female, to feel loved and empowered to live fully. The truth is your husband or boyfriend may really be open-minded and excited to learn about your Pixie Cup. There is a possibility, though, that he will be a little uncomfortable with the topic, and that’s okay! You should never feel like your period is something to be ashamed of at any point, but it’s okay for guys to have time to adjust to the period conversation. Since they don’t have periods, men might feel intimidated by the idea of a cup at first (like maybe you did too), but as you kindly help them to understand what you are going through during menstruation, they will soon learn how to love you better through it.

Have you told your guy that you use a Pixie Cup? Share your story in the comments!

The history and evolution of menstrual cups

The history and evolution of menstrual cups

Menstrual cups are a new thing, right?

Actually, these little lifesavers have been around longer than you might think! Menstrual cups have actually been in the making for almost 100 years!

Before menstrual cups and tampons women had to survive their periods with rags and a “sanitary belt.” When tampons were introduced, many people hoped that the quest for a period solution was now complete. As time went on, however, people were educated on the potential risk for Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) and massive amounts of waste associated with tampons.

Thankfully, the menstrual cup was already being perfected.

history of a menstrual cup

The very first menstrual cup was patented in 1932 by the midwifery group of McGlasson and Perkins. In 1937, the first useable commercial cup was patented by an American actress named Leona Chalmers. This patent was so well designed that many similar, bell-shaped cups still exist today, including the Pixie Cup!

The menstrual cup, although designed in the 30’s, has not always been a popular period option. First of all, advertising was difficult in the early 1900’s, because periods were a taboo subject! Secondly, the “rubber” cup was intimidating because it was not reusable and people were not comfortable with cleaning the cup. Finally, the cup was not well received by those who erroneously believed that they would lose their virginity by using the cup.

In the later 1980’s, the menstrual cup was reintroduced, and this time it was well accepted! In the early 2000’s the rubber cup gave way to silicone and the rest is… well, history! 

“The issue we now face is making the cup available to women in need.”

The menstrual cup is becoming more and more popular all the time as women recognize its benefits as an eco-friendly, budget-friendly, good-for-your-body period option! The issue we now face is making the cup available to women in need in the United States of America and around the world, many of whom do not have access to any period products at all.

That is where Pixie Cup comes in. We offer you something extra special. Not only do we provide several styles and sizes of cups for different body types, but for every cup purchased we give one away to a woman in need! When you buy a Pixie Cup, you are purchasing period freedom for someone else. Give back so you AND someone else can live free.

That’s how you make a difference, one cup at a time. ????