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A Review of the Lily Cup Compact: Best Menstrual Cup for Travel

What makes the Lily Cup Compact the best menstrual cup for travel? Check out how it collapses and fits into a tiny case making it easy to take anywhere!

Lily cup is the First collapsible Menstrual Cup making it the best menstrual cup for travel

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It’s been awhile since I last talked menstrual cups, but they’re still one of the most popular reasons people come to my blog.  I never imagined that I would write about such a subject like this but when something changes your life, literally, you have to share it.  So here I am, continuing to share my love and freedom that has come to my life, all courtesy of menstrual cups.

I say those words, of course, with a little tongue in cheek behind them.  I try to make light of a sometimes gloomy subject – our period.  But the thing is, once I started successfully using a cup, I stopped dreading my period so much.  Of course I’m not going to go so far as to say I am happy when Aunt Flo comes to visit, but I don’t wallow in self pity because I know the horrible cramps and endless amounts of tampons and bathroom trips.

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I’ve been a happy menstrual cup user for over a year and a half now so when I saw an email offering a menstrual cup first, I definitely had to check it out myself.

I was sent both sizes of the Lily Cup Compact – A [the smaller size meant for ladies who have not given birth or who have given birth by Cesarean] and B [for women who have given birth vaginally or have a weaker pelvic floor].  For all size purposes of the pictures – the light pink cup is a size A and dark pink is size B.

Lily Cup vs Diva Collage - Sizing of the best menstrual cups

This cup is special and totally deserves to be a major cup contender. I was afraid because of the “collapsa-bility” of the cup, it would be too stiff or rigid. Nope, not at all. In fact, compared to the Diva Cup, it’s actually a bit more pliable.

You’ll also notice that even the Size B Lily Cup Compact is a bit smaller in length and width.  I’ve found that it’s much more comfortable to wear than my Diva Cup because of the length of the cup.  With that being said, it’s also recommended for only 10 hours of wear, where most other cups recommend up to 12 hours.

I know what you’re thinking.  If the cup collapses in itself, what’s to say it won’t collapse while you’re inserting or wearing it?  It won’t.  It does take effort to collapse the cup – like effort as in using 2 hands to manipulate the cup to collapse it ring by ring.

Collapsible Lily Cup comes in it's own case making it great for travel

Lily Cup really has something good with the Compact cup.  As I started thinking of the advantages of having a cup hat literally folds into itself to be smaller than a tin of lip balm, I couldn’t help but think of what I missed about tampons.  The portability.  The idea that I always had back-up in my bag just in case.   In fact, I’ve already used the Lily Cup Compact as back-up.  Hubby and I traveled this past weekend for our Anniversary and since I’m not quite so regular [and have never been], I decided to take along the travel-friendly cup just in case.  I suppose I tempted fate because I was really glad I packed it along.

Lily Cup Flexibility

Just as there’s a learning curve when you start using a menstrual cup for the first time, there’s a learning curve with each type of cup too. Although it’s pretty easy once you get the hang of how they work, each type/brand fits and feels different.  I’ve only been using the Lily Cup Compact for a few days now, so I don’t see it completely replacing my other cups as a total favorite at this point. I do see it as a cup that will always be in my bag as my new White Pants Bestie.  It’s always there, sitting in it’s little compact case, just in case I need it.

Best menstrual cup for travel is the collapsible Lily Cup Compact

If this is your first introduction to menstrual cups, you’d probably like a little more background information on exactly what they are and what in the world they do, right?  Well, I kind of skipped that part because I addressed all those questions in my Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Menstrual Cups post.  Go read that post and get all your answers and if you still have questions – leave me a comment and I’ll address them.

Lily Cup Compact Facts

But here are a few things you need to know about the Lily Cup Compact:

  • The tiny little cup does the job of 1,625 tampons.
  • It comes in 2 size options  – each with their own storage case.
  • It is made with 100% medical-grade silicone and is hypoallergenic, latex-free, phthalate-free, and contains zero toxins.
  • Lily Cup Compact can be worn for up to 10 hours.

What are your thoughts on the Lily Cup Compact being the best menstrual cup for travel?
Do you see the amazing benefit to having a cup that’s collapsible?


Monday 23rd of July 2018

I just ordered 2 cups and I'm awaiting their arrival. I got the lily cup A (pale pink) and a lily one because they say its great for beginners. All the videos I've watched about removing it seems like I'd be squishing the cup and that would squeeze the blood out. Nervous about that. My cups will arrive before my next period. Should I practice by doing a dry run? I feel like I need to know what I'm doing before show time.


Saturday 28th of July 2018

Yay Laura!!! You won't squish it all out because it likely won't be super full when you remove your cup. I DEFINITELY recommend some dry runs just to get more comfortable. It took me about 3 cycles to get fully comfortable enough to no longer have to wear a panty liner or pad and to feel totally comfortable inserting and removing the cup - just keep that in mind! You're going to LOVE IT and wish you'd made the switch sooner, I promise!


Friday 26th of January 2018

Hi there, My name is Aleya, I'm a 20 years old and I have not given birth. I know that they say lily cup A is the right fit for me, but I worry about the fit because I have a heavier flow. Would using a B be a better option or would it be a bad idea? Would it really make a big difference? (B is cheaper than A so that might be part of my curiosity as well). Haha Thank you!


Friday 26th of January 2018

Hi Aleya - I would definitely recommend the size A since that what they company recommends. The size isn't dependent on the size or your flow.

Wednesday 20th of April 2016

Lily Cup Compact is my favourite cup of the year for sure. The collapsible factor is very innovative and the silicone is soft. Doesn't compare with any other cup out there (If you know what LELO products are, you'll know what I mean, it's the same silicone :)

You can get it for 36€


Friday 20th of March 2015

I have looking at getting a menstrual cup because I find it to be a hassle to having to be uncomfortable and changing it like they are going out of style. for a beginner at this cup thing, which one would you recommend? I have been very intrigued by the diva cup lately, but came across this lily compact cup and then got confused. Both look like a good choice, any advice?

Lindsey G.

Thursday 26th of March 2015

Hmmm... I've tried both. I find that the Diva Cup is a little too long for me. I've actually been preferring my Sckoon Cup lately. The Lily Cup Compact is a great choice to have with you all the time - kinda like a back-up. It's not my favorite cup for every day wear, but I do use it often.

vickie couturier

Monday 23rd of February 2015

oh my goodness,,wouldnt it smell after so many hours?? I think I would pass on this