The XO Flo is a menstrual cup that’s made in the USA by GladRags. The name probably sounds familiar, and that’s because they’ve been around for a long time selling cloth pads. It came as no surprise to me that a menstrual cup was added to their range. GladRags kindly sent me an XO Flo to try out and to write a review.
Inside The Box
The XO Flo comes in a cotton drawstring pouch, packed in a cardboard box with beautiful rose gold detailing. On the outside of the box there’s some basic info about the menstrual cup. A leaflet is included which includes: how to use the cup, inserting, removal, storage, and cleaning. The leaflet is in english.
The XO Flo is available in only one size and is made from medical grade silicone.
45mm diameter | Total length (cup and stem) 86mm | Cup length 55mm | Stem length 31mm | Capacity 38ml
Appearance & Use
The XO Flo is bell shaped and made from a semi opaque silicone which is slightly tacky to the touch. The stem has 3 balls for grip to aid removal, and there are no grips on the base of the cup. Just under the rim there are two airholes angled upwards. Looking at the cup, you can clearly see an ‘X’ on either side. This is meant to help the cup open fully and prevent leaking.
When inserting the cup, you’re meant to hold your fingers over the ‘X’ and then fold. This unique design really does help the cup open up, and I had no issues getting it to open once inserted. I had a little trouble finding a fold that I could comfortably hold on to, and getting the cup to the point where I could let it open. The reason being is that the rim is really thick so, when folding the cup, it’s really quite cumbersome and hard to hold onto to stop it opening before I was ready. I found the punchdown fold to be the only fold that worked for me with this cup.
But, as I mentioned above, once the XO Flo is in position, I had no issues getting it to open. Removal was very easy too. I found the XO Flo to be super comfortable during the day and night which was a huge plus.
I used this cup for a few cycles and not once did I have any leaking issues. I really love the length as it’s very long which is great for my high cervix.
Whilst I did manage to fold the XO Flo and insert it, I did find it bulky. I think that someone with dexterity issues such as EDS may struggle with this.
Overall I do like my XO Flo menstrual cup. It always opens and the capacity is great for me. Not to mention it’s extremely comfortable too. I love being able to completely forget that I am wearing a cup.
The XO Flo retails at $35 and is available to purchase on the GladRags website*
Have you tried this menstrual cup or would you?