I was beyond thrilled to receive the Pixie Cup (#pixiecup) at a discount in exchange for my honest review. I have been wanting to try a menstrual cup for a long time. I had an excellent experience and I’m thrilled to tell you guys about it today.
The concept behind a menstrual cup is fairly simple. Throughout history women have been using rags, then bulky pads, then tampons for keeping ourselves clean and, um, leakless during our time of the month. All of these things have a problem – they are messy and they get used up. It’s limiting. You have to take a certain number without. Completely unsustainable.
I’m reminded of a quote from an interview with Sally Ride. I remember the engineers trying to decide how many tampons should fly on a one-week flight; they asked, “Is 100 the right number?”
They had no idea.
But the point is, in order to take a trip, or play a sport, or have an adventure, you sort of have to plan ahead. Even if you’re using reusable cloth pads, which are not very popular, you still have to plan for how to clean them.
The menstrual cup is a recent development. It’s a soft, silicone cup. Clean, safe, hygienic, that you insert into your vagina to catch the blood before it ever gets to making a mess. The convenience of a tampon, but safer, and completely reusable. Remove, clean, replace. That’s it. You need to take *one thing* with you. You can take cleansing wipes with you (the Pixie Cup package includes a few) or you can wash it with hot water.
Now, for the specifics of the Pixie Cup. They offer two sizes, one for heavier flow, one for lighter. I purchased the light flow option which was more than enough for my very light cycles. I have never used a cup before so getting it in was a little tricky at first, but they have several suggested folds, so try them until you find one that clicks for you. I was worried that it would get lost (I know. I know. Don’t laugh.) but the tail took away that worry totally. One thing I missed at first was the need to break the vacuum seal before you slide it out – that makes a big difference.
I thought I’d try it out for an hour at first and see how it went. So when my cycle arrived, I inserted it before a trip to the grocery store. It felt weird at first (full disclosure, I have never used tampons. They make me nervous.) But by the time I got home, I had nearly forgotten about it. I emptied it, cleaned it, and re-inserted it. I wore it for the rest of the day with no trouble at all.
And just like that, I’ll never have to buy pads again. Do you know how freeing that is? Going camping? Throw the adorable pink bag in my luggage and I’m set, whether my cycle comes early or not. I really can’t recommend this highly enough.
Like I said, I received this product in exchange for my honest review, but as you can see I am wildly enthusiastic about it. You can buy a Pixie Cup here. There are now many manufacturers of menstrual cups out there, but these guys seem to be the most affordable and I had no problems with their quality. Also I like them because they gave me a discount, so, hey? Give them some business? 🙂