So since my self imposed Facebook ban earlier in the year, I ended up spending far more time than I did previously on Instagram. Arguably I just replaced one social media addiction with another, but really the way I use insta is far less engaged and way more casual – to look at cakes and foodie videos mainly. I do have friends on there but not that many.
I’m actually kind of a fan of targeted advertising. Honestly I’m an advertising person’s dream. I often click through and buy things. A while back I saw a new type of menstrual cup being advertised. Now you may recall I recently got a new cup so why did I consider this one?
Well… the one I previously got was great capacity for my totally heavy periods but I found recently I had issues inserting it. It’s very rigid. And I don’t know if I’m imagining things but since starting my whole diet and fitness regime, I feel like my pelvic floor has somehow tightened up and I found it much harder to insert. It was just a bit of a pain trying to get it in the right position not to leak.
It’s not actually a cup, it’s a disc. Which is flexible. One of the reasons I felt my cup didn’t always fit right is because I think I maybe have a low / offset cervix… or something. Who knows. Either way – with cups you ideally need to position them just so, covering the cervix. With the disc, it should be easier to place because it covers the cervix and then some. Also the capacity was comparable to the Merula XL.
I ordered it from the US and it was pretty expensive but I had read all the glowing testimonials on the website and they do promise you can get a refund if you try it for three cycles and it doesn’t work for you.
It arrived eventually (long wait) and I’m pretty sure I had to pay customs on it too although I’m not sure it was that as it could have been a number of things. (Annoying!)
T commented that it looked like a gift!
Unwrapping it, the presentation is great. It’s very fun and funky.
It is actually much wider than a cup but way more flexible and soft, and way shallower. It came in a funky box and has a cute cloth storage bag too.
So I got my period overnight and decided to try it out today. Actually was feeling all bloaty and couldn’t face trying to insert the Merula. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve really had a good experience with it capacity wise but I found it frustrating to try and get it in the right position not to leak. (I can do it, but it just takes a while.)
So I decided to try the Nixit. They warn you that it may not work for you until you’ve tried it for three cycles.
First time I tried it, it worked. It was so easy compared with a cup. I’ve tried the Mooncup and the Merula XL and they’re both pretty rigid. This is so soft it pops in super easily and it wasn’t hard to position at all. You just push it in as far as it will go and then tuck it up behind your pubic bone. Sounds complicated… totally isn’t. Just stick it in and go.
I did feel worried so I used a liner but it just didn’t leak at all really. (Maybe some residual leakage from insertion. But barely at all.)
Also – this is the game changer… You don’t have to remove it to empty it.
Yeah, I read this on the reviews. All you have to do is “bear down” when you’re sitting on the loo and it empties without you even touching it.
Seriously this is a game changer. It is sooooo much easier than faffing around in a public or work toilet. Having to wash your hands etc. It just worked. Then pushed it back up to secure it and off I went.
Now this is a totally premature review as I haven’t even used it a day. But worth saying. Especially if you have used cups and not got on with them. It seems so easy in comparison. As long as I don’t get leakage problems, I can’t see myself going back.
Oh – and you can have sex whilst you’re using it! Apparently it’s not detectable. (I really am not feeling in the mood right now but you never know!) Essentially it’s shaped like an old diaphragm. (I had one once. Was a weird thing! I think medical advancements have moved on!)
Anyway, here endeth today’s PSA. Give it a try if you have difficult or heavy periods… I think it’s a game changer.