Lily Cups are a new generation in period protection: ultra-soft, reusable menstrual cups made of medical-grade silicone. Collecting rather than absorbing menstrual ﬂow, they respect your intimate balance and don’t cause the dryness often associated with tampons. Lily Cups are perfectly shaped to fit your body for total comfort, covering the lightest to heaviest flows for up to 12 hours.
Get all the best of the Lily Cup™ in a compact, go-anywhere design! Lily Cup™ Compact collapses flat into its protective case, which fits even the smallest purse. When you need it, simply pop it open for 12 hours of protection. Your period starting never has to be an emergency again.
The Lily Cup Compact collapses to a flattened shape similar to how the collapsible tupperware containers are used. It fits perfectly in the carrying case and is small enough fit in the palm of my hand. I love that it can be easily concealed in my hand on the way to the washroom and takes up very little space in my purse.
Everything you need to know about selecting the right size and how to use it is found on the box in multiple languages. It also comes with an instruction book with details and tips on how to use and take care of your new menstrual cup.
The hardshell case closes with a snap and has a tab to open it but I find it easiest to open by squeezing the sides of the case. It also has tiny holes on one side to help your cup dry.
The Lily Cup Compact comes in 2 sizes and their size guide makes it easy to select the right fit for you:
- Model A (light pink, featured here): For women who have never given birth or have given birth by C-section
- Model B (dark pink): For women who have given birth vaginally
I found the insertion process very easy with the Lily Cup Compact and recommend it for beginners.
I used the press down and fold method pictured in Option 1 which makes a pointed shape. It held its folded shape even when I was inserting it which made insertion so easy! It glided in effortlessly and didn’t pop open until it was inside.
I have found that other cups would pop open during insertion and really made the learning curve of using cups a bit more difficult and messy.
The instruction book comes with a few tips to make the cup pop open to form the leakproof seal but I find the most effective way is to put it in then walk a few steps back and forth. At first you may feel the cup after it pops open but after you walk around on the spot, you will feel that the cup will naturally move up a bit and rest in a spot where you won’t be able to feel it at all.
If you give the stem a light tug and the cup doesn’t move, then that’s a good sign you have inserted it correctly.
I wore it for 12 hours during a light flow and didn’t experience any leaks and couldn’t feel it inside me either.
I had to empty my cup after ~6-8 hours on a heavy flow day. My period flows very quickly and is very heavy so I’m always more mindful of how long I’ve been wearing the cup on heavy days. Your mileage may vary as everyone’s period flow is different.
I recommend this cup for girls that do sport activities like gymnastics, dance, swimming, or even just days when you have gym class. I would also recommend this to busy women that have long days filled with back to back classes and meetings.
At first I was worried that the cup would collapse during insertion or removal but after playing with it a bit, I found that the cup was sturdy and held its shape well. There is no chance of this cup collapsing during insertion, wear, or removal. You really have to press down on the cup in all the right places with both hands for it to collapse.
It took me a good 5-10 minutes to figure out the removal. I think this is just part of the learning curve of using menstrual cups and will get easier with practice.
After wearing the cup for 12 hours, the cup had found a nice comfy resting spot a bit higher up than I expected. It took me a while to figure out how to get it out but not once was I panicked – there is no way that a cup can get stuck. So if you’re ever in this situation just remember that!
It took me a few minutes to figure out that I first needed to pull on the stem to bring the cup lower. The leak proof seal made it a bit tricky but a strong and slow pull helped bring the cup down. Once the cup was low enough, I inserted my finger and felt up along the side of the cup until I found the rim and then pressed on the rim to release the leak proof seal. Then I was finally able to remove the cup by sliding it out.
The stem has lots of grippy ridges which made it easy to hold during removal. I was removing it over the toilet too so I am very thankful for those grippy ridges! Many girls find it easy to remove and empty menstrual cups in the shower too.
You can cut the stem to make it shorter but I would recommend you wear the cup a few times before making that decision. Sometimes you may find the cup resting a bit higher than expected and the long grippy stem comes in handy in these situations.
Once it’s emptied, you just have to rinse it before reinserting. Or if you’re done with it, wash it in warm soapy water and let it dry completely before collapsing and storing it in its carrying case.
One thing I didn’t like was that my cup seemed to be a little stained afterwards. The inside of the cup looked a little yellow and seemed to hold some period smell. I think boiling my cup in water may get rid of that but I haven’t tried that yet. I left the cup out to dry and air out for a few days and most of the smell has went away now.Dec 14, 2017 – edit to add:
Clean the cup with soap and water and boil it, but if the cup still keeps that yellowish color and smell, in our FAQ we offer a tip that will help:
Other methods, recommended for occasional cleaning to removing stains: :
a. Hydrogen peroxide (1%): Use 1 part 1% hydrogen peroxide and 1 part water. Submerge your cup and let it soak cup for 24 hours. Wash well to remove all of the hydrogen peroxide residue before using it or storing it.
b. White vinegar: Use 1 part vinegar and 2 parts water. Submerge and soak your cup for 24 hours. If, after washing the cup well, it still smells like vinegar follow up by boiling as above.
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