After nearly two years of use, it is no secret that I am in love with using a menstrual cup during that time of the month. Right now, I am using the Intimina Lily Cup, and I wouldn’t ever go back to using pads (or tampons), which are full of chemicals. Plus, menstrual cups are perfect for travel. Keep reading to find out why.

What is the Intimina Lily Cup?

The Lily Cup is a flexible menstrual cup made from medical-grade silicone that collects monthly menstrual flow and offers non-stop protection for up to 12-hours.  Unlike tampons, the Lily Cup does not cause vaginal dryness and does not contain harmful chemicals.

Intimina Lily Cup Forget about your period

It is cost-effective

Millenials are the frugal destination, and we are always looking for ways to save money. Well, ladies, the Lily Cup is about to save you roughly $100 – $150 a year. That is about how much money one person spends on pads and/or tampons. The Intimina Lily Lily Cup is just $39.95 for one medical-grade reusable silicone cup. It sounds like a lot, but think about this, you do not have to ever buy another one.  So go ahead and use the money you would save yourself from not buying pads and tampons on a travel-related expense like a hotel or Airbnb stay, a spa service, an excursion, or food.

Intimina Lily Cup means more money can be spent on good food

The Intimina Lily Cup is Inconspicuous

We all know that the TSA can be highly intrusive. I remember going through airport security in Mexico City and having all of my unmentionables spread out all over the place; they were so disrespectful. At that time, I could have saved myself some embarrassment by bringing along a menstrual cup, which could have easily and discreetly fit inside of my purse or makeup bag.

The Lily Cup is Team Carry-On Friendly

I am not about checking bags anymore, especially since I have Global Entry. The less time I have to spend in the airport waiting for my luggage is more time to spend at my destination. The Intimina Lily Lily Cup is so team carry-on friendly, especially for long-term travel. You do not have to worry about filling up your suitcase with boxes of tampons and packages of pads because the Lily Cup is compact, and does not take up a lot of space.

Intimina Lily Cup can fit in the palm of your hand but can handle your heaviest period days

The Lily Cup is Warm Climate and Water Activity-Friendly

The worst thing that can happen to any woman on vacation is her period, especially if you had plans on lounging by the pool or chilling on the beach in your bikini. With a pad or tampon water activities are usually out of the question, but with a menstrual cup, you can not only get in the water, you will be leak-free (if properly inserted) and clean.

Intimina Lily Cup Beach

The Intimina Lily Cup Leads to Better Vacation Sex

My husband swears my body is timed for me to get my period every time we are on vacation, which can mean no sex for at least 4 – 5 days.  I know some people are comfortable with having period sex, but sometimes the clean up can be messy. And if you are a tampon user, the comfort may not be all that great since tampons absorb everything including the fluids that keep your lady parts moist. The Lily Cup does not do that, which means after those 5 days are up, your significant other and you other can be well on your way to a good time.

Intimina Lily Cup Leads to Better Sex


Unlike pads and tampons that can cause things like TSS and yeast infections, the Intimina Lily Cup does not contain harmful chemicals that will change the environment of your kitty, which can lead to more time not being intimate with your partner.  Who wants that, especially when you are on vacation with your boo? Not me!

Intimina Lily Cup offers up to 12 hours protection

Buying the Lily Cup

Intimina offers two menstrual cup options: Lily Cup™ and Lily Cup Compact™. Both cups are available in two sizes, Size A for women who have not given birth vaginally, and Size B for women who have given birth vaginally and/or have a weak pelvic floor.  The cup can be purchased at your local CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, Target, and more.

What do you do when your period shows up when traveling?

 Disclosure: Intimina provided a Lily Cup for review consideration only. All opinions are my own and are honest. Affiliate links.

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Kim is the do-it-all mom (and wife) who not only works full-time and is a freelance makeup artist, but also blogs about her love of family, travel, beauty and skincare. Now that she has a kindergartener, Kim has added Class Parent to her resume. These are all tough jobs, but somehow, she makes them look easy.

  • philisha mack

    i definitely want to check this out

  • Elicia P

    Absolutely it has come while on vacation. Just two months ago on the VERY last day it appeared NINE days early! Which stunk because I had to go out and purchase items then we were in for our 5.5 hour drive home which is no fun at all but add the period it stunk big time.

  • Darby

    The cramps…ugh!

  • I use the moon cup and my life as not been the same ever since.

    It helps create a more intimate relationship with your yoni!

  • I’m so glad you shared this I’ve been toying with the idea of buying a menstrual cup for years and I’m now I’m convinced. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • SavvyMomNYC – Ker

    There is so much to remember when traveling and if you are not prepared, it can be such a pain!

  • lace

    I’ve always made sure to have lots of supplies with me when I travel just in case. So much of my suitcase was always filled with them that I didn’t have room for other things or I’d have to bring a larger bag than i actually needed. Thanks for the chance to try something new.

  • RattlesandHeels

    I’ve never tried a menstrual cup but I want to after I have my baby. I’ve been reading about all the chemicals in tampons and that’s a no go for me.

  • I’ve heard so much about these cups. They look strange to me, but they appear to be one of the most natural options on the market. I’m willing to give it a try.

  • I first heard of these cups when I was trying to get pregnant. Women used them to put in after doing the do, to keep everything in there and increase the chance of the little swimmers getting where they needed to be. I have never used them for a period but I am intrigued.

    • Beauty and the Bump

      A form of these cups can be used; however these reusable ones aren’t the ones that can be used. They would actually hurt the TTC process since they pull away the fluid rather than keeping it there. If someone is TTC they should use a Softcup.

      • Those may be just what I am talking about! That was like 6 years ago so I didn’t remember the name. You know your stuff!

  • KoKoa Magazine

    I’ve never used a cup but I am curious about them. My cycle tries to take me out each month. I need to research this cup.

  • Brown Sugar

    So I have heard so many things about the cup and I must admit, even after reading your post, I am still skeptical. Although I am comfortable with inserting tampons in me “whoo-ha” I am not comfortable with the cup or the ring for that matter. I imagine that you have to really invade your area to get those things in there and it just makes me feel uncomfortable. Also, I also imagine what its like to take the cup out. I mean, does everything spill out? Just the thought of it creeps me out. More and more women are recommending it though. Maybe one day I’l give it a try.

    • Beauty and the Bump

      I believe this is easier to insert than the ring. It doesn’t go all the way up there . It hovers between your cervix and vaginal opening. The suction effect keeps it in place. I’ve never had it spill out on me.but there is a learning curve to getting it in properly

  • Kasi Perkins

    This seems like a great solution if you’re on your period during vacays! There really is nothing worse than having to deal with it while traveling.

  • So many people are making the switch to Diva/Lily Cups. I think it sounds like an interesting concept but seriously I dont think I can do it. I heard horror stories of people having a hard time getting it up there so me personal I want to opt out the struggle but happy it is working for some many ladies.

    • Beauty and the Bump

      There is a learning curve, and to be how st, I was scared at first. Once I mastered it, I fell in love. I like that I don’t have to worry about inserting chemical filled tampons in my vag.

  • These make me cringe lol. I like the idea, but I don’t I would ever try it. I’m just too scared that it would spill because I didn’t do it right.

  • I want to try this but I’m so self conscious during my period. I’m already paranoid that my tampon is leaking wherever I go. I’m constantly checking even though nothing really ever happens lol. I’ll probably be a crazy lady wearing a menstrual cup.

  • I have the Mirena IUD, so a period never shows up for me. I’ve heard so much about these cups but I’ve never tried them.

  • Eva

    I really do think that Aunt Flo insists on coming on vacation with me. I have spent so many vacations in the room monitoring my “issues” rather than out enjoying the sunshine. This sounds really cool…

  • Ty

    I remember the days of my period showing up at the worse times. I haven’t had that problem in such a long time, thanks to my IUD.

  • Shareena McKinzy

    I can say my period has never affected me traveling and I’m very grateful for that. But I would love to try this menstrul cup to see if it’s something I could use every month. I’m always looking for a way to save money lol

  • Well. I’ve heard about similar cups a lot lately but I’ve been so hesitant. I think it’s just the fear of something different. I will say Thank You for such a clear, detailed and informative post! You answered a lot of the questions that had me the most hesitant.

  • These are great! Once you get over that it can get a little messy at times, its quite comfortable and you don’t even notice its there.

  • I was just discussing the use of cups with a friend on vacation recently. Do you feel any discomfort at all? I’m so hesitant and also concerned with it being a messy process. I was shocked when you said you can get in the water! wow I’m amazed. I’ve never really thought about the harmful chemicals of tampons.

  • Lisa Brown

    I try not to travel during that time sine it is such a pain and a problem to deal with; a cycle ruins any fun.

  • Samantha Mills

    There is nothing worse then unexpectedly starting your period while traveling. I’m older now, and I am usually prepared. But I was wasn’t so good at preparation and my period wasn’t as predictable when I was younger. I took a trip to Mexico with my dad right after I graduated high school to visit my grandma. You can imagine how horrified I was to start my period while on this trip for so many reasons – being in a foreign country for the first time, having explain to my dad, my grandmas place being 20 minutes from any town (with only other older ex-pats as neighbors), my youth ( I was so embarrassed of everything back then). Its a funny memory now, but it wasn’t for a while..