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!
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.