Say hello to XO Flo! With proper care and use, your XO Flo can last for years of period protection that's better for your body and the environment.
XO Flo is a soft, internally-worn reusable menstrual cup made with body-safe medical grade silicone. XO Flo collects (rather than absorbs) monthly menstrual flow. Your XO Flo may remain in the body for up to 12 hours at a time, unlike a tampon which must be changed more frequently.
When removing the XO Flo, grip the stem as high as possible, as the smallest bead is there to help you locate your XO Flo, but is not designed to be tugged.
What makes XO Flo different?
I have the original Moon Cup, but I was really excited to try this since it said it would alleviate the pressure on the bladder (I HATE that feeling). This thing is gigantic. Like, it is so huge that I cannot get it to open all the way when I insert it, which means that most of the time, I have to take it out and reinsert 2-3 times before I can get it to seal correctly. I love that I don't have to empty it during the day, but it's just so huge that it's uncomfortable - even without the rim, I still get the pressure on my bladder because of the width of the cup. I cannot find an easy way to insert it, get it to open, and get it in a proper position. It's basically luck everytime. Pretty disappointing - hopefully they'll come out with a narrower one for those of us who haven't yet experienced childbirth.
I bought this from SheBop because it was the only one that didn't specify it's for use after vaginally delivering a baby. I've been using a cup for 6 years. When folded per the instructions, it's too big to insert comfortably. It's impossible to insert while pinching per the instructions because you have to pinch it way too close to the opening of the cup to hold the fold in place or it opens early and I have to remove it and start over. The shape makes it so I can't reach far enough up to break the seal and when I pulled the beads, per the instructions, and pushed as I'm used to doing to remove my cup, the beads broke off. And finally, it doesn't even open all the way inside me because it's too big. I would bet money this was not designed by someone who uses cups and was not tested by anyone who has not vaginally delivered a baby. I'm shocked it has any good reviews, to be honest. I think I would be refunded given the fact that it broke while being used as designed.
I have been anxiously awaiting the release of xo flo and after receiving the cup in the mail was counting down the days til my period! Today was the day and xo flo did not dissapoint. This was hands down my easiest insertion of a cup ever! Xo Flo may be a tall drink of water but the comfort of this cup is through the roof. No trimming, adjusting, trimming, adjusting like I have experienced with the other cups I've used in the past. Easy in, easy out and a pleasure to use all around! Thank you XO Flo for blowing my high expectations out of the park!
The shape of this cup is FAR superior to the old standby, however it is massive. I'm still able to use it, but it is difficult to insert and remove and is a little bit uncomfortable. I don't need a menstrual cup to hold a gallon of blood, I just need it to fit comfortably. I would give 5 stars wholeheartedly if they had a smaller size for women who haven't had children. Everything else about the cup is great, the bead string is much more comfortable than the jagged silicone spike the mooncup/divacup use, and the material seems like it is nicer as well. I'm not sure if I can get used to the size, but I am going to keep trying because everything else about it is perfect. If you're petite and haven't had kids, this is probably not the right cup for you. Hopefully they will introduce a smaller size, in which case I would recommend it to anyone who will listen.
I was excited that it would hold more since my flow can be a bit heavy, but the XO is too big. It's hard to get it to open properly, blocks the flow when I try to urinate, so I have to remove it when I pee, and it's painful and difficult to remove. The ring on the inside doesn't help the comfort level any. And when I say difficult to remove, I mean I have to pull hard, which isn't pleasant . The knobs on the end don't really help w the removal, either. I gave it a good shot, but I'm done.
PROS - It is attractive and soft, the stem is way less aggressive than Diva's, and it has a lot of storage capacity. It is not difficult to open or insert, no leakage. NEUTRAL - Compared to Diva, opening and inserting is identical. CONS - The bottom of the cup is my biggest issue. The bottom of a Diva cup tapers inwards, creating more of a V shape than a U shape. The V shape makes it very easy to grasp the bottom of the cup and pull out. Grasping the bottom is critical for breaking the seal/suction of the cup. The bottom of the XO Flo, however, is BIG and BULBOUS. I am seriously struggling with getting my tiny fingers around the bottom of this thing. My technique has been to tug on the stem until the cup is low enough for me to get a good grasp on it, which feels awful because it's sucking my cervix the whole way down. I would recommend that the company explores a smaller option for people like me. The size/shape of the XO Flo is just not for me. My Diva will remain my go-to cup.
I am on day 4 of using the new cup. Couple things. The cup itself is a bit springy. When 1st learning the C cup hold is a bit tricky. I'm finding the pinch down a bit easier to get a bit smaller of a entry point. I spent 20 minutes trying to get it into the correct position. The videos on YouTube are helpful. 1st day I had a lot of cramping , leaking & back pain. I'm going to guess that either it wasn't in correctly or I just needed time to adjust to it. Either way it wasn't great. I have PCOS and I usually have a flow 10 days a month so I need something easy & comfortable. There is a learning curve with any new cup. At day 4 it's getting much easier. I don't feel it anymore & the beads aren't annoying like they were on day one. Glad I didn't cut the stem prematurely. I'm going to continue to use it & see how I like it months down the road. I like it a lot better than I did on day 1. Give it a full cycle before deciding if it's not for you.
This is my first cup & I am hooked. Where has this been all my life? Comfortable to put in, did not leak, and worked perfectly on heavy flow days. Thank you for an excellent product!
I got my XO and it is gorgeous. Smooth rim, opens without any prodding inside me, great seal. It's everything every one is ravinhg about... but I finally got to try it yesterday. It was lovely. I can't feel it inside, yeah it's a little big to get in but that's to be expected.... Just gonna say it. It was close to impossible to remove. The suction is TOO good. The balled stem does not give enough stability to pull and it felt like I was sucking out my utereus (but like only a little bit). I couldn't get it close enough to my opening to pinch the bell at the bottom without it sliding back up! I have to use two hands, on finger inside to break the seal and the other to pull is down, and it takes 5 minutes! I love having the strong seal but that is ridiculous. Could it's next incarnation have a ring on the bottom instead? The stem just isn't strong, or stable enough. (the end ball litterally snapped off in my attempts to remove the cup.) I'm honestly not sure if I can use this. HELP!!
I really wanted to like this cup. I've been happily using a Diva cup for years, and when it was time for a replacement, I thought I'd give this new cup a try. However, as a petite woman who's not had a child, this cup is just too large. It took me a couple of tries to get it to open to create a seal, and when I finally did get it to open properly, it was really uncomfortable and led to mild cramps and back pain while it was inserted (which is very unusual for me). It was also incredibly difficult (and somewhat painful) for me to remove due to both its larger size and the rounded bottom (the Diva cup's more conical shape was much easier for me to grab in order to break the seal and pull to remove). If a smaller size were made available, I think this would be a great option for me. As it stands, I don't know that I'll be able to continue using this cup for the long term.