Because of the high demand, and some problems with shipping, I didn't receive my cup until after my January cycle. I had never been so excited for my period to start though!! Today is the second day of my cycle, and so far it is going amazingly. This is the least messy period I have ever had.
A little background - I am 29, never had kids, sexually active, with a high cervix and heavy, clotty flow. I am usually heavy starting about 8-12 hours after my first spotting until around 48 hours from my first spotting. The heaviness of my flow was the one thing I was concerned about with the compact because it is - in title and essence - compact and small. I have been hyper vigilant about checking because it is my first time using it, and I made the decision to not have any backup. I recently emptied it (this is in the middle of my heaviest time), and it was about 3/4 full after about 5.5 hours.
Impressions (unfortunately without comparisons since this is my first cup):
1) the material is not at all slippery. I have no trouble with grip, and even with my high cervix, I have not had problems with removal because I feel like I can always get a solid grip. Also, because it is smaller, I feel like there is naturally more room in my vagina to get a good hold. It should be noted too, that I have used Soft Cups and use a diaphragm, so I am not shy about getting all up inside myself.
2) the holes are a little small, and it is a little difficult to break the seal using the methods I have read about on this site. The upside, however, is that there isn't overwhelming suction when it is pulled before the seal is broken. I think because the material is so soft. I pinch the base and shimmy it side-to-side, and find this works wonderfully.
3) I think I would prefer a cup with more capacity for regular use, just because of the nature of my flow. Lily Cup says that this cup can be worn for 10 hours for light-medium flows, as opposed to their original that can be worn for 12 hours for medium-heavy.
4) The learning curve on this cup was fairly simple, for me at least. I had a little trouble with insertion on the first try, but none since. On my first try, I felt as if I was wearing a too-low tampon. Once I got over being timid about insertion, I have had no problems and it feels like I am wearing nothing. I thought it was funny I was timid about insertion and eventually snapped out of it. It is MUCH easier than inserting a diaphragm.
Overall, I love it. I love how clean my period feels right now, ESPECIALLY on my heaviest day. I love how much safer and environmentally conscious this option is. After some research, I think I will try out the original Lily Cup, but the compact is definitely going to stay in regular rotation if it keeps performing like this. Also - The compact is ideal as the cup you can always carry around in your purse without it being cumbersome (when folded, it is about 2-2.5 inches in diameter, and about as thick as two iPhones - pictures for scale reference attached). It has enough capacity for short-term use for heavy flow ladies. I look at it as replacing my emergency pad in my purse while keeping a full size cup at home. I would also use it as my light flow cup. I'm in love!