Well haaaay there! Happy Hump Day. 🙂 Since I love sharing with you guys about the products I buy and use and I just recently bought a new menstrual cup , I thought I should get on the blog to sing the praises of using a menstrual cup, specifically my preferred brand : The Pixie Cup
Menstrual cups have so so many advantages over using a tampon or pad, but to name the top two? Ingredients in tampons and pads aren’t nearly as regulated as they should be and sometimes contain harmful chemicals like pesticides that your vaginal tissues are just soaking up while you let it sit there for hours on end + it’s better for the environment cause you’re not throwing away tampons or pads!
And the MAIN reason why I love my menstrual cup? I can live my life like I’m not even on my period. It won’t make your cramps completely go away or rid you of hormonal issues associated with your period BUT You forget that the cup is even inside you and forget that you are even on your period. Its. Fantastic. Because who wants to add the constant high maintenance physical reminder that is a tampon or pad to all the other issues your body and mental health face during a period?! Not me. That’s fo sho.
And and and… some people have experienced less cramping and shorter periods once they started using a cup regularly. And by **some people** I mean some people I read about online and this girl. Me. 🙂 So that makes it a legit plus right?? 😉
I could literally go on and on and on about the benefits of using a menstrual cup. And really, it’s one of those things that you won’t fully grasp until you experience it yourself.
In addition to hopefully convincing you to try menstrual cups in general I wanted to talk about the menstrual cup that I use. Because IDK if you know but there are a TON of different menstrual cups out there which is fantastic…but that may be a bit overwhelming when you’re trying to figure out what brand to go with. I did a lot of researching and could find articles talking about all kinds of menstrual cups EXCEPT my beloved Pixie Cup. 🙁 So, I decided to fill that particular deficit within the interwebs.
The Pixie Cup – this is the first menstrual cup I used and will probably be the last one I use unless they stop selling them. I should probably stock up to be safe from that….. ANYWAY I digress – you can buy the Pixie Cup directly from their site or from Amazon which is where I buy mine from. They are only $15.99 on Amazon.
Alright, so now I’m going to go into detail about why I prefer the Pixie Cup – but really to each their own.. we’re all made differently and what works for me may not work for you!
Firmness + Lip Size : I like how the Pixie Cup is so flexible, not very firm, and has a much smaller lip. This does mean that sometimes it’s harder to get the cup to unfold properly once it’s inserted BUT I don’t mind those few extra moments to get it situated in return for being more comfortable.
Size Variety : The Pixie Cup makes cups that are designed to be suitable for a low cervix and a pair that are suitable for a high cervix. And within each pair there is a cup for a heavier flow and one for a larger flow. There’s even an extra large size. The first one I used was the Pixie Large and I wasn’t unhappy with it, but this second time around I got the Luxe Large which is for a low cervix and it is perfect for me.
A Tip though if that little tab bothers you? Turn your cup inside out so that the little tab isn’t sticking out. You can always trim the tab – but for me it’s easier to just turn the cup inside out.
Buy one, give one : When you purchase a Pixie Cup the company donates one to a woman in need.
From the Pixie Cup Website
“We are so thankful and honored to work with many non-profit organizations both here in the United States and in various countries around the world! In fact, since we launched our Buy One Give One program in the summer of 2017, Pixie has donated over 13,000 Pixie Cups to women in need! “
Size + Fit : The sizing of a Pixie Cup is just really comfortable for me. And that’s also a thing that you aren’t going to be able to figure out for yourself until you give a menstrual cup a whirl. I will say that I do have the Diva Cup to compare to when it comes to size and fit – and after trying the Size 2 Diva Cup which is a tad bigger than the size large Pixie Cup – I knew for sure that the Pixie Cup was the one for me. For life.
Price Point : The Pixie Cup is so incredibly affordable in comparison to other big brands…namely the really well known Diva Cup that will typically be over $30. I also really like that Pixie offers a combo pack wherein you can buy the small and large size so that you’ll have both to test out if you’re unsure of which size to buy. The combo pack is only $22!
And there you have it: My unsolicited opinions about how menstrual cups are the BEST and a totally biased stellar review of the Pixie Cup in particular. 🙂 What are your thoughts on using menstrual cups?