Menstrual Cups

Lily Cup and Lily Compact – Review

Lily_boxesThe Lily Cups come sealed in little pouches, with a little book of multilingual instructions.  The Lily Cups come with a pink (lycra?) drawstring pouch.  The Lily Compact comes with a little plastic storage case.  The instruction book is the same for both cups.

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To me, the Lily Cup has always seemed very…. “Sophisticated”. perhaps even “elegant”… I guess.  Because of the shape of it.  But then that also makes sense since LELO (the company that makes them) also makes what I’d consider to be more “sophisticated” looking sex toys too.


They have an anti-spill lip around the top rim



They also have, which you can just see in the light coloured cup above, a thicker “spine” that runs up each side of the cup. I assume this is to help it pop open easier and make them stronger when being pushed up into the vagina.

You’ll notice also that the top of the cup is not straight like all the other cups, it is angled.  Presumably this is to conform to the shape of the vagina better.

It seems to me, that a lot of thought and effort went into designing these cups!  Which makes sense, LELO know vaginas 😉


I must admit that I’m not a fan of the colour pink, but the darker pink they use I actually find quite nice.  (Sometimes the flash makes the dark pink cup look brighter than it is)


The Lily Compact is a fantastic and novel idea I think.


They are designed to collapse down very small, so they can be carried around more conveniently!

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I really think that is such a fantastic idea!  They don’t fold down as easily as I’d have expected, but then you wouldn’t want it compacting in your vagina, so I suppose that is for the best.  It just takes a bit of fiddling to get them to fold down.  The compact cups are a smaller capacity (only 20-25mls to the rim), so wouldn’t be ideal for a heavier flow.  But having one to keep in your handbag for emergencies would be very handy, and with the case, it means it’s protected, won’t take up much space and won’t be embarrassing if it falls out of your bag!



The silicone feels lovely!  While the extra lip of the rim of the Lily Cups, and the more solid base, makes them feel a bit stiffer… the compact is lovely and soft.  The silicone itself feels very soft and almost suede-like. It just as a very good quality feel to it.

Wearing the cups

I was testing out 4 cups this cycle, so I wasn’t able to wear each cup for a full cycle to test it, but here are my results.

I started with the Large Lilycup.  I did a C fold and tried to insert it, but it wouldn’t open up at all, it also seemed to suction against the wall of my vagina and I had a bit of trouble removing it.  But I also had trouble with another cup I tried (a different brand) that day – so I think maybe my vagina was being weird that day 😛

So after not getting the Large to work, I then the small.  That one seemed to open up fine, but I wasn’t able to reach up to the rim to feel if it was fully open, and the shape of the sides meant I couldn’t tell (with the regular bell shaped cups I can tell from how firm the body of the cup is, if the rim has opened fully or not).  But I didn’t have any leaking, so it must have been opened fine.

I wore the Small cup for a few hours, I was aware of the feeling of the stem for a little while, but it wasn’t uncomfortable, and I forgot about it after a while.

When I removed it, it was about half full, and I didn’t seem to get any spillage when I removed it – so I think the anti-spill lip really does work well.

Then I tried the Large size Lily Compact.  It rode up quite high (because it is shorter than other cups), so I found I was just able to reach it (I have short fingers though).  I wasn’t able to feel the stem though while it was being worn, which is a bonus.  It was my heaviest day, so after a couple of hours it did start to leak, but when I removed it, with some spillage, the cup was very full, so it may have filled past the rim and that was probably why it leaked.

The next day I tried the large Compact again, no leakage.  The cup was about 3/4 full when I removed it.

Then I tried the Large Lily Cup again.  With the punchdown fold rather than the C fold.  This time it opened up fine. Again no sign of any spillage when removing the cup, so I am impressed with the lip on the cups.

Lastly, I tried the small Lily Cup again, I did have a small amount of leakage, and the cup was only about 1/4 full when I removed it, so I’m not sure if maybe I’d positioned it wrong or something.  It was only enough leakage to make slight spotting on a pantyliner though, so it wasn’t that bad.

The cups all rinsed clean easily – no airholes to clean on the non-compact versions, but you will have to remember to clean under the lip to make sure nothing stays under there.  The extra bumps of the compact cups may require a little more effort to clean than a completely smooth cup inside, but I didn’t have any issues with just a rinse out.

The stems had a good amount of grip, and the stem portion of the Compact was just long enough to give me enough to hold onto to pull the cup down, without being too long that it has extra to poke you with.  I think the fact that the bottom of the Lily Cup base is quite firm, is why I could feel that.  But it does appear to be able to e trimmed down if needed, and it certainly wasn’t “uncomfortable”, I was just aware that it was there for a little while after inserting it (I personally wouldn’t need to trim any off).

The first 2 times, I kept forgetting which side is supposed to be aligned where, so I had to keep checking the instructions.  The instructions show to do the punchdown fold and to press down on the shorter side, inserting the longer side first (so that the long side is against the tailbone).  Though this is something I’m sure I’d remember the more I use it.  The instructions also show rolling the Lily Cup up to make it as small as a tampon to insert, I wasn’t able to get it to roll up like that.  The punchdown definitely seems to be the best folding method to use.


I quite liked both styles of cup, but I was really impressed with the concept of the Lily Compact.  I personally don’t mind using pads, and I don’t like to use a cup without a liner for backup just in case, so I’m happy to have a cloth pad in my handbag for emergencies, but if you are a person who prefers cups to pads, and wants something to keep on hand for if your period starts while you are out – I would definitely recommend these!  I imagine they would also be really handy for traveling.  Not that a normal cup takes up much room, but these can be folded down really small, in a nice discreet protective case – and I found the cup to be comfortable too.

I did have a couple of issues with the non-compact versions, but I didn’t have the chance to use them enough before writing this review to get the hang of using them, and occasionally with any cup there can be days were they don’t seem to want to work properly.  So I wouldn’t think it would be fair to be turned off a cup based on a couple of hiccups I had.  I do have more cups to review, and only a certain amount of menstruating days to do it – but I will definitely use the Lily again to give it more of a go, and I will update that when I have tested them some more.

See my detailed review & comparisons with other cups here.

February 14, 2015 - Posted by | photos, reviews | ,


  1. Yay! 😀
    At the rim, do the small and large Lily have the same softness?
    I’d have the same question regarding the small and large Compacts compared at the rim again?

    Or.. Globally, to you, maybe the four rims all feel the same, softness-wise?

    Comment by Quitterie | February 14, 2015

  2. To my hands – (just feeling the way they feel) – the small and large in both the Lily and Lily compact feel the same softness.

    Using the Caliper Squish test, squishing both cups together :

    Lily Small – 26mm
    Lily large – 27mm

    Lily compact small – 27mm
    Lily compact large – 28mm

    So yes, they all basically feel the same degree of softness.

    Comment by obsidian | February 15, 2015

  3. I wore a Lily Small for the better part of a year. Never had a Large (too bad; I really like the color). The Lily is definitely as soft as the Si-Bell and a little thinner, except for the stem, which is very solid. (It is trimmable though as long as you don’t go past the notches). My only real issues with it are that my cervix is way off to one side so the stem came to rest/bump against my vaginal wall on the other side if my cervix was a little lower that day. Also, the inner rim fits my cervix diameter so exactly that whenever my cervix decided to dangle, the cup gripped it like a vise and caused mild cramping. This is probably a one in a million occurrence…like painted-on jeans for your cervix. If my cervix wasn’t dangly this didn’t happen. If your cervix is centered and smaller in diameter you won’t notice this at all.

    As for folds, I always had the best luck with the 7-fold and the half-diamond fold (with the longer back side folded down). Could never master the rolly fold or C-fold, and with punchdown you have no way of telling if it popped open or not.

    Comment by MC Community Member | February 15, 2015

  4. This is a really interesting design and LELO is a great company. I discovered cups when I was working in an adult store and learned about the safety concerns with many adult “toys” and then tampons.

    Comment by goodfamiliesdo | February 16, 2015

  5. Yes, I’ve been reading up on burn testing silicone and safety of adult toys – since that is probably the closest parallel to a menstrual cup in terms of materials used and where they go 😀

    Comment by obsidian | February 16, 2015

  6. And to think that adult toys are not regulated at all!

    Comment by goodfamiliesdo | February 16, 2015

  7. yeah 😦 it’s a bit scary.

    Comment by obsidian | February 16, 2015

  8. I like Lelo! Like you mentioned, they pride themselves in being sophisticated. I am a semi novice to these menstrual cups. I have only tried the Softcup disposable ones. Can’t say I liked them as for one, they leaked when they weren’t even full and two, boy where they messy!!!

    There are so many brands out there (as with everything) that it really does make it difficult to choose. Any recommendations? I am in my late 30s with no children, small sensitive uterus.

    Comment by abc1two3 | April 23, 2015

  9. I’m really not qualified to be able to give individual recommendations I’m afraid…. It really is just a case of choosing one you think might work, trying it and using that as a basis for picking another if that isn’t right (eg if you buy one that is too soft, maybe try going for a firmer one)….

    I do think a cup with a good grippy stem, and a medium amount of stiffness might be easier for a novice. But we’re all different, so it is hard to make a recommendation.

    Comment by obsidian | April 23, 2015

  10. Thanks for your honest reply. I went ro your ranking review and it will be of great help in deciding which one to go with. Cheers!

    Comment by abc1two3 | April 23, 2015

  11. Hello! I’m a small girl in my early 20s and am looking at the compact lily cup but can’t decide which size to get. Did you feel a significant difference between the two sizes? I’m just worried about leaks with the small one

    Comment by Mia | May 20, 2016

  12. In wearing I don’t feel a difference in the size of the cups

    Comment by obsidian | May 23, 2016

  13. I don’t know why, but the lily cup hurt. I have a semi high cervix and can wear a diva cup easy, but for some reason this cup hurt. I’m tempted to try the compact version, but after the discomfort from the lily, I really don’t know if I want to risk blowing another $40

    Comment by Tj | August 2, 2016

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