Dealing with periods: A game changer

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.

Enter nixit.

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.

But!

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.

Whaaaat?!

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.

Double whaaaaat?!

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.

20 Comments Add yours

  1. Hufflestitch says:

    Ooh I have had 0 luck with anything internal. Tampons and cups just don’t feel right, I am a cloth pad user usually but something internal would be great for swimming!!

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    1. Hufflestitch says:

      Whoops hit publish too early – This disc looks shallow enough it could be the ticket!

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      1. Nara says:

        I have a low / tilted cervix I think which is why I found it hard to position the cups. It is super shallow and it’s super soft so it’s really not hard to position at all. You just push it in as far as it will go (it’s super flexible) and tuck the end behind your pubic bone (very easy to do).

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    2. Nara says:

      Try this, honestly, it’s 100% easier than cups and doesn’t have the nasty feeling of tampons! If you can get over the ick factor you will love it! I’m only one day in and I’m pretty sure I’m never going back!

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      1. Hufflestitch says:

        After cloth pads, cloth nappies with toddler poo, my ick factor is pretty high 🤣 Once I have this bubba and get back into a cycle after that, I will definitely look into it! Cloth pads will be fine for immediately postpartum.

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      2. Nara says:

        Oh yeah, I have some cloth pads. I don’t love them but they do assuage some of the guilt of disposables… I switch between them as backup! I need to find a pantyliner (backup) replacement but all cloth pads seem a bit bulky for daily use.

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      3. Hufflestitch says:

        Some of the makers to make liner sizes but they are a bit bulkier. There would surely be some thinner ones out there!!

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  2. thesmallesta says:

    I don’t really get periods any more so don’t need to get one myself, but I used to loooove my mooncup. But! Being able to empty this without having to fish out a cup in a public toilet?! That is such an awesome design feature!!
    Hope it works out for you after you’ve been able to give it a proper test run, it sounds great

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    1. Nara says:

      Yeah I started with the mooncup but found it leaked a lot because my periods are so heavy. Like I would have to empty it once an hour at times. Which wasn’t fun overnight. That’s why I got the Merula which was fine for a while but I found it really hard to position – it’s very rigid and I’d be messing about for ages. But it did work well for my heavy periods once it was positioned. I love this because it is so easy to position! And the emptying without removing thing is awesome!

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  3. Amy M. says:

    Oooh I may need to try something like this! I honestly haven’t had a period since Dec. 24, 2015. Between fertility treatments, being pregnant, nursing, and then starting the cycle immediately after finishing nursing C, I just haven’t gotten one! Also my PCOS I’m sure plays a role…but I digress…whenever D stops nursing I’m sure it’ll start up again. And I just hate dealing with it. So this may be awesome!
    On another note…probably all the exercises you’re doing are tightening up your pelvic floor. Like how they tell you to do kegels to tighten it up, I believe certain exercise can help as well. Which is probably why you’ve had a harder time with the cups!

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    1. Nara says:

      Lucky you! I hate periods! My period came back just before one year even though B was still nursing and still is! Annoying! I would definitely give this a go and also being in the US it won’t be as expensive to get hold of! I really find it so much easier than the cups. I’ve done two days of heavy periods on it and it’s so much better from my point of view. And yeah the pelvic floor thing is a bit odd, I figured that was the issue with the cups! Haha. I suppose it’s a good thing! 😂

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  4. Marixsa says:

    Ooh, I’ll need to look into this one. Thanks for the review! My cervix is very low and “friable,” so I’ve been way too wary to sink funds into any kind of cup because, ouch. But the Nixit sounds like that wouldn’t be an issue from the way your described it. Will definitely research this one. Keep us posted on how it continues to work for you. 🙂

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    1. Nara says:

      Hey Marixsa! Definitely give it a go if you’re open to the idea. I’ve found it hands down the best “cup” I’ve used (it’s not a cup technically, it’s a disc or something?!). I really love it and am so happy I took the chance. I was finding cups difficult to position without leaks and today I’ve used it without any leaks at all (lighter day) and it’s so easy to deal with! I can’t recommend it enough. I’m a convert!!

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  5. kimi says:

    I have been interested in trying a cup for a while – but the public bathroom thing was a worry. How would I take it out and dump it at work in a shared bathroom space? But this sounds like a great solution! I just might have to invest in one. I am in the US so it wont be as much for me. Thanks for the review!

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    1. Nara says:

      Yes I’d really try it! I think without the international aspect it isn’t any more expensive for you. I really have found this so much easier and I’ve tried two cups (the mooncup and the Merula XL). It’s so much easier to position and I think it has a larger margin for error!

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      1. kimi says:

        I ordered it and just waiting for it to arrive. I have to admit it was kind of an impulse buy after reading your blog [they should get you a kickback for the endorsement 😉 ]

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      2. Nara says:

        Haha! I seriously think it’s a game changer. It’s so much easier than a cup.

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  6. Dani says:

    I changed to a disc, it’s been amazing, but I’ve been using the disposable ones-flex. Love their flexible ring but maybe I’ll love this one more? !! Hmmmm. I should be more environmentally conscious (even though flex claims it’s better on the environment than tampons🤷‍♀️)

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    1. Nara says:

      Yes!! It’s supposedly very similar to the flex – I’ve heard it is almost the same but it’s reusable. I switched to cups partly through environmental reasons (I have some cloth pads as backup) but I really feel this is a game changer! I used it first time with no issues – they guarantee you can get your money back if you don’t like it after three cycles so I thought it would take time to get used to it, but it didn’t at all! And I only used a really thin pantyliner for backup and didn’t really need it. Also being able to empty it without removal is amazing!

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