Ever since I found out about menstrual cups my life has honestly improved for the better.
Menstrual cups are a simple product in theory which really can make all the difference in practice. Basically they’re a small cup (usually made out of silicone) which you insert into your vagina. The cup then collects your menstrual flow and all you need to do is remove the cup and empty it whenever necessary.
Unlike tampons, menstrual cups are not associated with Toxic Shock Syndrome and they don’t cause any vaginal dryness or irritation making menstrual cups (in my mind) the ultimate period companion.
Because of this I was thrilled when Intimina offered me a chance to review their product, the Lily Cup Compact. In addition to having all of the usual benefits of a menstrual cup, the Lily Cup Compact is collapsible for easy storage. Having tested this toy out thoroughly I can say that this on-the-go cup is an ideal product and has happily taken its place as my favourite menstrual cup so far.
The Intimina Lily Cup Compact
The Intimina Lily Cup Compact reflects another one of the public’s desires, as it was crowdfunded on Kickstarter (shooting past its $7,800 goal to reach a whopping $325,660). People are serious about sustainable menstrual products it seems and the Lily Cup Compact certainly delivers—reportedly dong the job of 1,625 tampons. At £24.95 that reflects a lot of savings over the years, especially seeing as the Lily Cup Compact can last for a very long time.
Intimina recommends you change the Lily Cup Compact every 12 months but they also acknowledge that with the proper care people can make their own choices as to how long they decide to use their cup. I would probably keep mine longer due to the Lily Cup Compact being made from premium medical-grade silicone.
As most of you know by now, silicone is a fantastically body-safe material to make products from and it gets my seal of approval every time. It’s non-porous, phthalate-free, latex-free, hypoallergenic, and generally a delight to use.
The silicone used for the Lily Cup Compact is a silky, matte silicone which feels so luxurious that it’s bound to put most people at ease. Because silicone is non-absorbent the Lily Cup Compact simply gathers up your menstrual flow without absorbing any nasty bacteria that may lead to TSS or other irritations.
One of the big selling points of the Lily Cup Compact is its foldability. The Lily Cup Compact is the world’s first collapsible menstrual cup. The cup also comes with a little protective case, so you can carry the Lily Cup Compact around with you as a go-to product should your period surprise you.
While this might not seem like much it can be quite awkward to carry a non-collapsible menstrual cup around with you. This usually means cup users have to settle for emergency tampons or towels despite preferring a cup. With the Lily Cup Compact, however, users can carry their preferred method of menstrual protection with them whenever its needed, meaning you don’t have to compromise on what works best for you.
The Lily Cup Compact itself is best for light to medium flows and can be worn for up to 10 hours (though Intimina recommends you change your cup 2-3 times every 24 hours, or more if your flow requires it). This 10 hour timeframe is wonderful liberating, especially if your workplace doesn’t allow many bathroom breaks.
The Lily Cup Compact comes with detailed instructions of how to both insert and remove your menstrual cup but it basically works by folding the cup to put it in and grabbing the cup’s stem before progressing up to the base and pulling it out to remove it.
The Lily Cup Compact comes with a reasonable stem but, as you can see from my pictures, it can be cut down to size to fit your personal preferences. What matters most when inserting the toy is that the top of the cup is completely open once inserted. All of this is incredibly easy to do and only takes a little bit of practice to perfect. Don’t worry; your Lily Cup Compact will not get stuck up there!
Personally I found the Lily Cup Compact to be an absolute dream to use. It was easy to insert and, once in, it what very unobtrusive. Honestly it hardly feels like it’s inserted at all! The main reason I know I’m wearing the Lily Cup Compact is because I can feel a little bit of pressure in my vagina but that’s nothing compared to wearing a pad or tampon. Wearing the Lily Cup Compact gives me the freedom to do whatever I wish without being tethered down by my period, which is well worth the price tag of the Lily Cup Compact.
While using the Lily Cup Compact I haven’t experienced any leaks and the cup has never been full to capacity during use. It’s easy to removed, easy to clean (just use mild soap and hot water), and has generally been a joy to use. Because my menstrual flow is collected internally via the cup I also feel a lot cleaner and more confident when using this cup (as opposed to if I were using sanitary towels). On a personal note I also tend to have shorter periods when using a menstrual cup. This may not be the case for everyone but it’s a clear bonus for me.
The biggest issue I personally had with the Lily Cup Compact is that sometimes when readjusting my cup the bottom segment would try and collapse into itself. This wasn’t a big issue and was easily alleviated with a little tug but it’s still something to be aware of.
Depending on how strong my cramps are the added pressure of the Lily Cup Compact (or any menstrual cup for that matter) can make me feel even more uncomfortable too.
I also have to use lubricant when inserting my Lily Cup Compact, which may be something others dislike.
The only other thing to note with the Lily Cup Compact is that it is for light to medium flows so it might not be as effective for people with a heavy flow. In this case Intimina does the Lily Cup—which caters to light to heavy flows—but then you lose the collapsible benefits of the Lily Cup Compact. In this case it’s up to personal choice as to which cup you pick.
Intimina really know their stuff. The Lily Cup Compact is a dream come true and I am so happy to use it as my primary menstrual product. The innovative collapsible design of this menstrual cup means it can be taken anywhere and is easy to use for a problem-free period.
I would honestly recommend this cup to anyone looking into menstrual cups or alternative menstrual products in general, as it’s been nothing short of a pleasure to use. Here’s hoping it can serve you just all well and give you a sense of confidence and security through the torrid days of the time of the month.
Menstrual cup users.
People wanting a collapsible cup.
People who have a light to medium flow.
Do Not Recommend to:
People who dislike menstrual cups.
People with a very heavy flow.
People who are severely uncomfortable with period blood.