I had the pleasure recently of being approached by the lovely people at Intimina. They saw that I was interested in menstrual cups (and in making jokes about periods, I guess) and wanted me to help promote their Kickstarter campaign–which I did gladly. Because they basically reinvented the menstrual cup (which was already pretty fucking cool).
They offered to send me a free Lily Cup Compact in exchange for my help promoting it, which they didn’t need to because I would have done it anyway, but which gave me an idea:
I could do a Lily Cup Compact review!
It arrived in the mail just a few days before my period started, which was stellar timing. Unboxing it was fun–I took pictures:
Now, before I go into the details about this specific cup, you should know a few things:
1. The average woman uses about 1,625 tampons in her life. More, if she bleeds like she got stabbed in the uterus with a broadsword, like me. All of that waste goes into landfills. If you want an example of how one person alone can make a huge difference, that’s it (not to mention if she can then get other people on board, too)! It’s by far the greenest option for dealing with periods.
2. Tampons are super gross. They’re not always clean, there’s a nasty little string hanging out getting poop on it, they absorb all your natural fluids and make you drier than a popcorn fart, and they make you feel like you’ve got a little tiny cotton dildo shoved up in you all the time.
3. Menstrual cups are WAY cheaper. Most of them run somewhere between 35 and 55 bucks, and they’re made of medical-grade silicone so they last, like, 10 years. I was using a ton of tampons every year (long-lasting and heavy flow, tiny vagina–that equals lots and lots of small tampons), and even buying them at Costco in the 90-packs that was costing me about $65 a year. I got my Lunette on sale for like $25, but even if I had bought it full price at $40 I would have saved money within the first year.
And I don’t know about you, but I like money.
4. Don’t even get me started on pads, A.K.A. The Devil.
So, that’s my generalized plug for menstrual cups. You ladies don’t know what you’re missing until you try it!
Now, as for the Lily Cup Compact:
I was pleasantly surprised. I didn’t expect to like it as much as my Lunette (it sort of seemed too good to be true!), but I really do. For one, it really is about as small as a jar of lip balm when it’s all closed up (that wasn’t bullshit):
…which is, of course, SUPER nice. It also doesn’t look like anything, so if someone sees it in your purse it’s not a big deal. Unlike, say, the traditional drawstring bag with your big old honkin’ ladycup in it.
But what I thought was even more revolutionary than that was the fact that it is SO soft and pliable, it sort of takes your form–plus it’s way easier to insert.
The top, when folded for insertion (is it just me or does “insertion” sound both dirty AND weirdly sterile?), is about as big as the Lunette:
But as you can see in the pictures, the body of it is much, much smaller. It’s also insanely soft silicone, it felt almost like fabric with a firm rim. At first that actually freaked me out when I put it in–I was sure it wasn’t going to sit in place properly or hold its suction. But it actually did fantastically.
It was easier to get hold of to pull out, too, which is good if you have short fingers and have a harder time with that anyway (squirrel vagina, stubby fingers, 8-day massacre periods…is there anything NOT wrong with me?). With it being so soft and pliable, I could really get around it to pull it out–it wasn’t so slippery and evasive.
I also left it in for the full 10 hours (the limit recommended with the compact, it being so small–most cups are 12 hours), and had absolutely no spillage or discomfort. It didn’t seem like it was in there right, given it was sort of squished around at a funny angle, but apparently it was.
The Lily Cup Compact really WASN’T too good to be true!
I highly recommend this cup for women who are:
-In possession of squirrel vaginas and/or stubby fingers
-In possession of a weirdly-shaped vagina (as it will mold to it)
-Into the color pink
-Into saving the environment
-Into saving money
-Into having better sex and a healthier vagina
You can get the Lily Cup Compact if you donate to Intimina’s Kickstarter Campaign (only $33 dollars will earn you one at the end of the campaign right now!), or if you’d like a regular, non-compact menstrual cup you can get the Lunette on Amazon or you can get the regular Lily Cup also through the Lily Cup Kickstarter!
Does anyone else use a menstrual cup and think they might like to try a compact version? Any tampon or pad users feel like they’ve just been converted to menstrual cups? Tell me in the comments!
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