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Top 10 Menstrual Cups – Reviews & Comparison

Feminine hygiene products for personal menstrual care have come a long way since the time where the only option was for women to use rags. These days, the menstrual cup has triumphed over products used for “period protection” such as tampons and sanitary napkins. Menstrual cups are an environmentally-friendly, comfortable, convenient, and cost-effective solution that are rapidly becoming the most preferred choice by women all over the planet.

With the rising popularity of the menstrual cup, there are more and more brands, varieties, and models being manufactured today.

Because of the overwhelming amount of menstrual cups offered on the market, it can be very daunting to sift through hundreds of brands to find which ones will accommodate you best.

We Have Got You Covered has you covered. We have investigated, researched, and comprised a list of the top 10 menstrual cups currently manufactured and sold. This list contains extensive product reviews and information on the leading menstrual cups that offer you a wide-array of details- which will not only save you time and effort, but also assist you in how to choose a menstrual cup so you can make the most appropriate choice possible.

Price: €28.95

Ruby Cup ® Menstrual Cup

Editor’s Rating:
/ 5
Users’ Rating:
/ 5
The Ruby Cup was invented in 2011 by three women on a mission to bring modern “period care” to the limelight and social forefront. It is manufactured in China (the headquarters are in Barcelona), and can be shipped worldwide through their online shop. It is sold by many retailers primarily in Europe, with a focus on Germany. The Ruby Cup is made out of 100% medical grade silicone and is available in two sizes. Additionally, the Ruby Cup offers 4 colors – besides the clear/matte finish Ruby Cup classic.

Final Notes: Smaller size than your “average” large cup. A great cup for medium to medium – low cervices.

  Made in China
  Cup Firmness Level: 2.5 / 5
Both Rim and Body
“Bell shaped silicone cup with a normal rim. It’s shorter than most cups on the market. Comes in two sizes: small and medium. Offered in a few different colors. Great for someone with a low cervix. Medium firmness. Donates a cup per each sale to a person in need in Africa.” (Red Herring)

Price: $24.95 – $28.95 | €15

MeLuna ® Menstrual Cup

Editor’s Rating:
/ 5
Users’ Rating:
/ 5
Meluna menstrual cups are manufactured in Germany, and have just now received FDA clearance to be offered in the United States. Meluna menstrual cups are the only cups in the world that are made from Thermoplastic Elastomer, also known as TPE (a material which is also proven safe like silicone). Meluna’s motto is “Because everyone is different”- and it is obvious that they built all of their menstrual cup products with this purpose in mind. The Meluna company offers the largest variety of menstrual cups sold by a manufacturer, with many options in sizes, colors, lengths, degrees of firmness, and types of handles.

Final Notes: Offered in “Shorty” sizes for a very low cervix. Also offered in different firmness: Soft (not available in the USA), Classic, and Sport. Several stem options. These cups are made out of TPE (Thermoplastic Elastomer).

  Made in Germany
  Cup Firmness Level: N/A
Ranges between models
“Made of TPE (Thermoplastic Elastomer). Offered in ‘Classic’ (normal firmness) and ‘Sport’ (firmer) versions, as well a ‘Shorty’ version which is shorter than their “Regular” sized cups. Fits a wide range of individuals.” (Red Herring)

Price: $39.99 | £20.62 – £50 | €28

Lunette ® Menstrual Cup

Editor’s Rating:
/ 5
Users’ Rating:
/ 5
The Lunette Menstrual Cup has been manufactured in Finland since 2004. like many other brands of menstrual cups is made from a silky, medical-grade silicone. The Lunette is available in two sizes (Model 1 & 2) and an array of colors in Lunette’s special limited editions in each size and capacity- Lunette Selene (blue), Lunette Diana (light green), Lunette Cynthia (purple), Lunette Aine (coral red), and Lunette Lucia (yellow.)

Final Notes: A great cup for a variety of people. People who have trouble getting a cup to open, often find that the Lunette is their “go to” cup.

  Made in Finland
  Cup Firmness Level: 4 / 5
Both Rim and Body
“A ‘V’ shaped, silicone cup. One of the firmest cups on the market. It opens easily for most people without any coaxing. Available in two sizes and a few different colors. People who are very physically active without a sensitive bladder are happy with this cup.” (Red Herring)

Price: $17 – $25.5 | €14.90 – €19.90

Yuuki ® Menstrual Cup

Editor’s Rating:
/ 5
Users’ Rating:
/ 5
The Yukki Menstrual Cup is produced by a Czech-EU company that manufacturers a number of health care products. The Yukki cup is comprised of a medical-grade silicone (silopren LSR 4050). The Yukki Cup is sold all over the world by various vendors and retailers and is available in 3 product ranges (Economic, Classic, and Soft) and each range is offered in 2 sizes. Additionally the Yuuki Company also offers the Yuuki cup in single form, pairs, ranges & sizes and in combination with other notable products such as menstrual cup washes and sterilization containers.

Final Notes: Even their “Soft” version is firmer than several “firm” cups on the market. Great for those who have trouble getting a cup to open, or for someone that is very physically active.

  Made in Czech Republic
  Cup Firmness Level: 4.5 / 5
‘Classic Version’ – 5/5
‘Soft Version’ – 4/5
“‘V’ shaped silicone cup. Offered in ‘Soft’, which is much firmer than most soft cups; ‘Classic’ which is one of the firmest cups on the market; and ‘Rainbow’ – a rainbow colored cup that is a 35 shore rating and is softer than their ‘Soft’ version. Available in two sizes. Great for a medium to high cervix. Very easy to open without any help. People who are very physically active without a sensitive bladder are happy with how the ‘Soft’ and ‘Classic’ cups hold up against vigorous movement.” (Red Herring)

Price: $29.99 | £20 | €39.99

DivaCup ® Menstrual Cup

Editor’s Rating:
/ 5
Users’ Rating:
/ 5
Being a woman has just got easier, thanks to the Divacup, menstrual cup. The Divacup is one of the most popular menstrual cups of all brands manufactured today, made from medical-grade silicone. It is offered in 2 sizes for the best feminine comfort, fit and effectiveness and has received an extraordinary amount of positive ratings from customers that choose it over other brands of menstrual cups time and time again.

Final Notes: Great for someone with a medium or medium – high cervix.

  Made in Canada
  Cup Firmness Level: 3 / 5
Both Rim and Body

Price: $18.99 – $20.99

EvaCup (from Anigan) ® Menstrual Cup

Editor’s Rating:
/ 5
Users’ Rating:
/ 5
The Anigan Evacup, menstrual cup offers a wide-array of options to suit any woman’s feminine menstrual hygiene needs. The cups are made from FDA approved, medical-grade silicone and come in a hypo-allergenic variety of 8 fresh colors. Additionally there are 2 size preferences available that assure an ideal fit for any women. The Evacup is also available in combination with a sterilization cup, and in an Evacup gift set that includes: One Evacup, a sterilization cup, a heart-shaped heating pad, and carrying pouch.

Final Notes: Body is softer than secondary rim. High secondary rim helps the cup to open easier.
Great for someone with a medium or medium – high cervix.

  Made in USA
  Cup Firmness Level: 2.5 / 5
Body – 2/5, Rim – 3/5
” “V” shaped, medium firm, silicone cup. Perfect for a medium to a high cervix. Has a high secondary rim to help get the cup to open after it’s inserted. Offered in two sizes, several different colors and kits/sets.” (Red Herring)

Price: £20.39 – £21.41 | 19,00€ – 24,90€

Fleur / Zen Cup ® Menstrual Cup

Editor’s Rating:
/ 5
Users’ Rating:
/ 5
The Fleurcup is termed “Flower Cup” from French to English translation. As its name refers, it is developed and manufactured in France. It is a nice menstrual cup made from 100% safe medical-grade silicone. It is a rounded cup design that possesses a flat tab stem (that can be shortened), and a firm but subtle rim. The Fleurcup is available in a clear/translucent hue & pale pink, blue, green, purple, orange/red, and black. It is offered in 2 different sizes (Small & Large), both boasting an ample capacity.

Final Notes: A good capacity cup for someone with a low or high cervix. Allows your cervix to sit inside the cup without compromising the capacity.

  Made in France
  Cup Firmness Level: 3 / 5
Both Rim and Body
” A Bell shaped silicone cup with a flared rim. Comes in two sizes and a few different colors. Allows your cervix to sit inside the cup without compromising all of the capacity. Good, medium-firmness cup that may work for a low or a high cervix.” (Red Herring)

Price: $24.00 – $29.95

Super Jennie ® Menstrual Cup

Editor’s Rating:
/ 5
Users’ Rating:
/ 5
The Super Jennie is a USA oriented menstrual cup that was released to the market in 2014. Although when it was first introduced it was only offered in a single size small, the Super Jennie is now available in two unique sizes (large and small.) The Super Jennie is comprised of FDA approved, medical-grade silicone. It is a softer menstrual cup with a short, round stem. It available at the moment in three colors – the clear-translucent, teal and blue.

Final Notes: A good high capacity cup even for the Size Small. Found to work well with a low or a high cervix.

  Made in USA
  Cup Firmness Level: 2.5 / 5
Body – 2/5, Rim – 3/5
” Wide, Bell shaped cup that allows your cervix to sit inside without taking up all of the capacity. A good high capacity cup. Soft silicone. Wide rim helps keep your cup in place. Great for a low cervix or a high cervix. Available in two sizes and a few different colors.” (Red Herring)

Price: $28

Luv Ur Body ® Menstrual Cup

Editor’s Rating:
/ 5
Users’ Rating:
/ 5
The Luv Ur Body (LUB) menstrual cup originated and was designed in Nigeria, but it is manufactured in Malaysia. It is a newer model of menstrual cup that made its entrance into the market in 2013. This cup is silicone-grade based, FDA approved and ISO certified. The Luv Ur Body, menstrual cup is offered in 3 sizes (S, M, L), 4 solid colors (clear, dark green, black and red), and two clear ones with scribed floral in colors (blue and red).

Final Notes: The large LUB cup is a higher capacity cup and great for people with a very high cervix. The medium LUB is good for a low cervix according to their website.

  Made in Nigeria
  Cup Firmness Level: 2.5 / 5
Both Rim and Body
” A unique design and pattern on the entire cup. Supposedly helps the cup stay in place. ‘Swell’ (bump) midway up the cup to create more capacity and for easier removal. Unique ‘channel’ at the air holes, also for an easier removal. Available in three sizes. The medium size is stated to be the best size for a low cervix but is the longest of the three sizes. A large capacity cup. Soft to medium firmness.” (Red Herring)

Price: $24.97

Lena Cup ® Menstrual Cup

Editor’s Rating:
/ 5
Users’ Rating:
/ 5
The Lena Cup was just released to the public in July, 2015. It is made in the USA and offers a menstrual cup that is BPA Free, made of Medical-Standard silicone, and that has been FDA approved. It is available in 2 different sizes (Small and Large) and is designed with a flat stem. This menstrual cup, like the LolaCup is only available in a light pink color. The Lena Cup is made for women by a woman and is named after the woman who developed the cup.

Final Notes: Offered in Original and Sensitive versions. A good cup for medium to medium – low cervix. Not to say that someone with a high cervix can’t use it, but they might prefer the large one for easier reach.

  Made in USA
  Cup Firmness Level: 3.5 / 5
‘Original’: Body – 4/5, Rim – 3/5
‘Sensitive’: Body – 2.5/5, Rim – 2/5
” A bell-shaped, silicone cup with a flared rim. The ‘Original’ version is one of the firmest bell-shaped cups on the market. However, the rim is soft. They also have a ‘Sensitive’ version which may be more comfortable for someone who has a sensitive bladder. Available in two sizes and a few different colors. Allows a low cervix to sit inside the cup.” (Red Herring)

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  1. Reply
    Aphena March 14, 2018 at 8:00 pm

    Hi I need some suggestions on which cup will hopefully best fit

    I’m 35 and had vaginally delivered twice
    I have high cervix and slight incontinence
    Would prefer something easier for beginner?
    I usually use pads and will need to change every 1-2 hrs on heavier days

    • Reply
      Red Herring March 15, 2018 at 8:54 am

      Hi There!

      With a high cervix, you can pretty much have your pick of almost any cup on the market. I would suggest a “V” shaped cup for the length and easy reach for removal.

      You can also choose a bell-shaped cup with a “regular” style rim for the capacity if you have a heavier flow- (3rd pic down on this link – flared rim vs regular rim)

      As for stress incontinence, my daughter and I prefer a cup that is at least medium firm so that it applies enough pressure on our urethra to stop the leaks, but not too much pressure to cause any discomfort.

      If you have a sensitive bladder, you’ll probably want to stay on the softer side of the medium cups.

      The cups that I would suggest looking into (and the cups that have worked for my daughter and myself for a high cervix, heavy flow, and incontinence) would be:

      LaliCup – This cup comes in 3 sizes. I prefer the medium and the large. It’s bell-shaped with a regular style rim. It has a unique channel design around the body of the cup that allows it to fold up easier and smaller, but also helps the cup to pop open when released. The large size is 40+ ml which makes it one of the largest capacity cups on the market.

      Yuuki – The large Yuuki is longer than most average large cups on the market. This makes it easier to reach for some that need that little extra length. It comes in two sizes and three different firmness variations; Rainbow (softest – is actually rainbow colored), Soft (medium) and Classic (one of the firmest cups on the market, also known as “the rock”). If this cup interested you, I would suggest the “Soft” version. It’s not extremely soft and not extremely firm.

      Saalt – This cup is new to the market. My daughter has not tried it yet, but I have and it quickly rose to the top of my fav list. It’s bell-shaped with a regular style rim. It’s on the firmer side of medium but is still a decent pressure to my urethra without going overboard.

      EvaCup – This “V”-shaped cup is on the softer side of medium. The body is soft, but the rim has some firmness to it to help it open easily. The secondary rim comes down low on the body, which will also lend a hand in opening easily. If you have a sensitive bladder, this one might be a better match.

      Speaking of sensitive bladders, if you feel like you have to urinate often, feel like you didn’t empty your bladder completely when you do urinate, or that you have a slow urine stream, you may have a sensitive bladder.

      I sadly can not say if any cup on the market will be “easier for a beginner” since we’ll all have different experiences with different cups.

      Most beginners find that firmer cups are easier to get open. If that cup is comfortable for them after that, is what matters.

      There is going to be a learning curve. For some people, using a cup just “clicks”. Others may need a couple/few months before things fit and feel just right.

      The link I shared above has a lot of great info to start you off.
      You may also find these videos helpful:

      How to Choose a Menstrual Cup:
      How to Insert & Remove a Menstrual Cup + Tips:
      You can see the cups that I mentioned and compare them here:

      If you want or need additional info about these cups or any other cup/s that catch your eye, I’d be happy to elaborate.
      Until then, Good Luck <3

  2. Reply
    Momneedshelp March 5, 2018 at 9:41 pm

    Does anyone have any advice or experience with suggestions for tweens/teens? I had a hysterectomy 10 years ago so I am out of practice with periods. Is this a product young girls can use? I wish the reviews would have had age ranges listed.

    • Reply
      Red Herring March 6, 2018 at 8:04 am

      Hi There!

      There’s no age minimum to use menstrual cups. If the tween/teen is comfortable with trying, then there’s no reason they shouldn’t.

      It’s a great option if they are willing. Since most cups can hold more than an “average” sized tampon, it doesn’t need to be changed out as often. I know that it would have been SO helpful while I was in school. I was in the nurses’ office many times waiting for an extra change of clothes to be dropped off, or staying home because my period was so heavy the first couple of days.

      Anyhow, you might want to start with this info and video before you/they search for a cup:

      How to Choose a Menstrual Cup Video:

      If your teen isn’t comfortable locating their cervix, I would probably just start with a size small cup and see how that “fits”.

      Is your teen physically active? (firmer cup)
      Do they have a sensitive bladder? Do they feel like they need to urinate often, have a slow urine stream, or feel like they don’t empty their bladder all the way? (softer cup)

      I purchased a couple of cups for my two nieces (9 and 12 at the time). The 9-year-old (11 now) is on stage almost every day for several hours. She’s not yet gotten her period but has been set on using a cup when she does. The 12-year old (now 14) was interested in the cups but is not comfortable with the insertion process. She has been using cloth pads since she was 10.

      If your teen is not interested in a cup, they might be comfortable with cloth pads 🙂

      If they would like to try a cup, here’s a couple that would be good for first time users:
      EvaCup (Anigan Company) size small
      Super Jennie size small
      Casco Cup Mini
      Lena Cup size small

      However, there are many, many other cups that on the market to choose from. You can see some of them here:

      If you have additional questions about these cups or any other cups, I’d be happy to give you more info.
      Until then, good luck! <3

      • Reply
        Momneedshelp March 6, 2018 at 10:55 pm

        Thank you for all the info!

  3. Reply
    Caroline March 1, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    Hi. I need some advice. I am mid 40s, 2 kids, normal deliver, very active and currently use Mooncup. But I can feel it when I am on my bike. Not sure if it is positioned correctly or if a different cup would be better for me. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you

    • Reply
      Red Herring March 5, 2018 at 7:56 am

      Hi Caroline!

      The MoonCup isn’t a very long cup. It sounds like you have a low cervix and the cup is too long for you. Have you already trimmed the stem? If so, you might want to consider a cup that’s even shorter. If not, you might want to start there first.

      Here’s some info about trimming the stem just in case:

      Otherwise, if you’d rather try another cup, can you tell me if you like the firmness of the rim of the MoonCup and if it has a large enough capacity for you?

      Here’s a slide of a bunch of different cups on the market.

      You can compare the MoonCup to some other cups and see if there’s any that interest you. I would be happy an answer any questions that you may have about any cup/s that look like a good size/shape for you.

  4. Reply
    Victoria February 20, 2018 at 9:38 pm


    I am a happy user of the Diva Cup. I was recommending it to a friend (tampon user) and she looked devastated to tell me she tried everything to get her small Diva cup in, but it just wouldn’t get in no matter the fold and tips and tricks! Looking for smaller and easier models I could suggest. She really wants to make the change!

    • Reply
      Red Herring February 21, 2018 at 7:46 pm

      Hi Victoria!

      Awww what an awesome friend to share the news of Menstrual Cups!! I’m sorry that she didn’t have a good first experience 🙁 It happens often.
      The Diva Cup is on the longer side, at least for the small. It’s one of the few cups that keep the same length for both sizes, but narrows in diameter.
      If your friend has a medium to low to a very low cervix, I can see how the Diva Cup wouldn’t feel comfortable.

      Knowing the approximate height of your cervix can help narrow some cups down. There are some other factors that can help narrow the selection down even more.
      Check out this info and/or watch these two videos…or send them to your friend. They might shed some light on why the Diva Cup didn’t work for her and start her off with some info that will help her narrow down the hunt 🙂

      How to Locate & Measure your Cervix:
      How to Choose a Menstrual Cup:

  5. Reply
    Gris February 19, 2018 at 4:42 am

    Hello. Thank you for this article, is so informative. I didn’t know that there were so many differences between cups. I’m 33 and I have been using the Mooncup (uk) for more than 6 years. At that time this was the only option that I found living in Spain. I bought the small size and the truth is that it always leaked, even though my periods are not very heavy. Now I think is time to change it for a bigger one, hoping that this will help with the leaking, but I’m not sure which one. I feel very ignorant saying this but I don’t have any idea how my cervix is, doctors never mentioned anything. Can you still suggest a brand? I would really appreciate it. Thanks

    • Reply
      Red Herring February 21, 2018 at 7:40 pm

      Hi Gris!

      If you can locate and get an approx measurement of how low or high your cervix is, it would help so that I don’t suggest a cup that’s too short or too long for you. The MoonCup is on the shorter side and if that was comfortable, then we have somewhere to start. If you had some troubles reaching it or think that a longer cup might be easier for you, then I could add some other, longer cups to my suggestions.

      The MoonCup rim is on a firmer side. Do you want to stick with this firmness or would you rather try something a little softer (say, if you have a sensitive bladder)?

      Here’s some info about locating your cervix and also some other factors you can think about when trying to narrow down a cup:

      How to Locate & Measure your Cervix:
      How to Choose a Menstrual Cup:

  6. Reply
    Luiza February 7, 2018 at 7:56 am

    The only experience that I had with a menstrual cup is from a Brazilian brand called fleurity. I couldn’t open that for nothing in the world, ive tried for several months and ended up getting frustrated. Once during a exam I was told that my cervix is medium/low, it was a week after my period was done. I don’t think I have a sensitive bladder and don’t do sports other than roller skating, should I get a harder cup? Can you please help me? Thank you! 💜

    • Reply
      Adriana February 19, 2018 at 6:57 am

      Hello Everyone!
      I live in the US and I’m looking into buying a new mentstrual cup. I bought the yuuki cup about a year ago and had no problems but i lost it :/
      I want to buy something safe, eco friendly, and made as locally as possible. Any suggestions?

      • Reply
        Lia March 2, 2018 at 7:41 pm

        I know the super Jennie doesn’t have too good of a rating in here but I loved it and it’s made in the USA ! I never had problems and it rarely overflow. For me a cup is good when it gets me safe through the night – and the super Jennie definitely did that for me. Sadly I have lost it a few months ago and decided to try a different one. Now I forgot the name of the one I’m using now though I don’t like it! I’m leaking and I have to change it every 4h whereas I could go up to 16h with the SJ one. Definitely either going back to SJ or trying another one. 😀

        Hopefully that helped you. (Oh and I have a normal to rather low Cevix through my periods and moderate bleeding).

    • Reply
      Jennifer February 13, 2018 at 1:33 am

      Hi there, I am 37 with two kids aged 3 & 5. I have a low cervix and a really heavy period (soak a tampon in under 1 hour) with strong cramps on day 1/2. The rest of my period is light.
      I’ve been using the diva cup model 2. It sits comfortably around my cervix and I have no problems with leakage. It has been a lifesaver for the super heavy days (allowing me to venture away from a bathroom for longer than 30mins!!), however I think it’s too long. By the end of the day it’s poking out which I realise is probably due to a tired PF but sometimes it pokes out as soon as I put it in and stand up.
      I just bought the lunette size 1 which seems to sit inside better but I think the rim is too narrow for my cervix. I leaked yesterday & the cup wasn’t even full.
      I’m very active, exercise everyday and I have an active job standing and moving around.
      Could you recommend a short, wide, firm cup for someone with heavy flow, low cervix and an ok pelvic floor that tires after a long day of standing.
      Thanks so much for your help!

      • Reply
        Red Herring February 13, 2018 at 11:02 pm

        Hi Jennifer!
        I would have to agree with you that the Diva Cup is too long for your low cervix. Even the small Diva Cup is the same length, so that wouldn’t have done you any good either.
        Lunette is another great cup, but the small did not have the capacity I needed to carry me throughout the day, so I understand your issue there, too.
        If your cervix is low and dropping into the already small cup, it could be compromising the capacity.
        I would suggest a bell-shaped cup 1.) because they’re normally shorter than “V” shaped cups, 2.) the rounded body might give you back some of the capacity that you lose shortening a “V” shaped cup.

        Some bell-shaped cups have a flared rim and others have a regular rim. Flared rims tend to ride up and sit higher than regular rims.

        I picked four cups that might work better for you. They are all bell-shaped and shorter than the Diva Cup.
        This list is softest to firmest:

        LaliCup – (Medium) Soft body which has a unique channel pattern that allows the cup to fold up narrower but also helps it to open. This cup has a regular rim and tapers to a point near the stem, but still has a rounded body for extra capacity. The rim is about the same firmness as the Diva Cup.

        Ruby Cup – (Medium) This cup is about the same height as the LaliCup but doesn’t come to a point near the stem. This cup also has a regular style rim. The body and rim are similar to the Diva Cup.

        Lena “Original” – I would probably suggest the large only for the capacity, but the size choice is up to you. The Lena Cup stands the height of the second grip ring of the Diva Cup (the 2nd grip ring down starting right under the stem). However, this cup is bell-shaped and has a flared rim which will likely make it ride up and sit higher in the vaginal fornix. The body on the Lena is a firm, but the rim is soft. This cup is slightly shorter than the LaliCup.

        AmyCup “Crystal” – (Medium) This cup is about the same height as the Ruby Cup medium. It’s the firmest bell-shaped cup that I know of. The flatter base keeps anything from poking outside of your body. This cup has a flared rim.

        You can see them all here:

        A majority of the people that I’ve spoken to that are very active, tell me that firmer cups hold up better for them. = Lena “Original” or the AmyCup “Crystal”

        However, if you have a sensitive bladder, you might prefer a cup that is more of a medium firmness. = LaliCup or Ruby Cup

        I hope that gives you some ideas 🙂 If you have any additional questions about these cups or any other, I’d be happy to elaborate…if I know!

    • Reply
      Red Herring February 8, 2018 at 6:49 pm

      Hi Luiza!

      I don’t own a Fleurity, but I know which one you’re talking about. It looks as though it’s on the longer side. Your cervix may actually be holding the cup rim from opening if it is medium/low.
      You might want to check out the Korui Cup or Lumma Easy Cups. They’re also Brasilian cups.
      The Korui Cup is a shorter bell-shaped cup. The bell shape has a rounded base that might be more comfortable for a medium/low cervix. It has a regular rim and secondary rim that helps it open up. It’s medium firmness.
      The Lumma Cup comes in ten different versions!
      They have two that are “Low Cervix” but the capacity is low on these.
      There are four “Medium Cervix” cups. Two of them are “V” shaped and two of them are more bell-shaped. The bell-shaped ones are for a heavier flow.
      You can see them all here:

      I personally like the shape of the Korui over the Lumma, but the Lumma Cups have a cool finger placement at the base of the cups to make it easier to pinch and hold. I would consider the Lumma cups on the firmer side.

      Good Luck! 😀

  7. Reply
    Sasha January 31, 2018 at 5:58 pm

    Hi there! Thank you for this, it’s been really eye-opening. As with others, I thought I might ask for some recommendations as I’m still totally unsure what to get.
    I believe I have an average placed cervix, average flow (never use the heavy pads or tampons), don’t get cramps, I’m pretty short, 5″ (not sure if that makes any difference what so ever!) over 30 but never given birth.

    However I’m considering using this while backpacking for 6 months so I don’t have to worry about pads/tampons, and as a result there will be a lot of standing, sitting, walking, hiking, sleeping on buses etc.
    I don’t want to spend very much, especially if it’s not right…as I won’t be able to afford to get another one for a time.
    I’m also currently based in Germany so a European distributor would be great 🙂 Thank you so much! There’s just too much choice 🙂

    • Reply
      Gina February 6, 2018 at 4:22 am

      Hello! Can you please recommend cups for physically active, low cervix, heavy period. Thank you!

      – Gina

      • Reply
        Red Herring February 7, 2018 at 1:44 am

        Hi Gina!

        I pulled five cups that I had in mind for the “stats” that you shared with me. My selection might change if you have a sensitive bladder though.
        These are in the order of softest body to firmest body:

        FemmyCycle – Regular or Low Cervix version depending on how low your cervix is. This is a “round” type of cup with a ring stem and “no spill” funnel. According to the company, this type of cup doesn’t need to sit high or around your cervix and does not need to be completely expanded to collect your flow. It has no air holes which may create a strong suction.

        Lena Cup “Original” – This would be the longest cup of the bunch but is bell-shaped and has a flared rim. A bell-shaped cup tends to ride up and sit higher. The rounded base hopefully keeps the cup from poking your labia. The body of the Lena Cup is firm, while the flared rim is on the softer side.

        Merula Cup – A “round” shaped cup like the FemmeCycle, but even shorter and has 38ml capacity which would be considered high capacity cup. This cup features a unique “ladder” stem which consists of three rings. You can trim a ring off at a time until the cup sits comfortably. This cup does not have any air holes and may create a strong suction. There is a specific fold (punch down) that is suggested for this cup that may help it open easier. If you’re interested in this cup and you live in the USA, you can find it on the site. (Use code: RedHerringTV for 10% off of your total purchase)

        AmyCup – This cup has a very firm body with a slightly softer rim. It is bell-shaped with a flared rim and a wider base than the Lena Cup. This cup is also shorter than the Lena Cup and might do well for a very low cervix. Again this cup is available on the site.

        Formoonsa – Similar to the FemmyCycle, the Formoonsa has a ring stem and a no-spill funnel. However, the large size Formoonsa is shorter than the “regular” version FemmyCycle.
        If you’re interested in this cup you can find it on the site or site. If you shop with, you can use the code: RedHerringTV for 10% off of your total purchase.

        If you’d like to see all of these cups, you can view them here:

        If you’d like more info on any of these cups or had other cups in mind and need more info on them, feel free to reply 🙂 Until then, happy hunting!

        • Gina February 8, 2018 at 2:35 pm

          Hi Red Herring! Thank you so so much for all the information and a quick response. I just recently bought the Lena cup in “sensitive” because my first experience was with a Diva cup back in 2013. It was a huge fail. I had no idea then that there were so many cups and sizes, so I went back to organic tampons. I’ve been using the Lena cup this cycle and it’s okay. I had some leaking. It doesn’t pop open easily and it’s not as comfortable as I would like. I just ordered the Merula cup. Praying this one is it! I’m going on 40 soon and I wish I found you YEARS ago! Better late than never 🙂 Thank you for all that you do. God bless! <3

          — Gina

    • Reply
      Red Herring February 1, 2018 at 11:05 pm

      Hi Sasha!

      Since you don’t have any cramping issues, I would probably recommend the Yuuki “Soft” or “Classic” version.

      The soft is a medium-ish firmness and still opens easily for most people. The classic is one of the firmest cups on the market. It can be too much for some people, but a lot of people that are very physically active like to use it.

      With an “average” cervix, you could probably use either size – small or large. You can determine that according to your flow. The small might be sufficient, but the large may give you more time between emptying sessions (for up to 12 hours).

      The Yuuki Cup in these two versions (soft and classic) are fairly inexpensive.

      Single: approx – €17.80
      Two Pack: approx – €27.80

      You can check these two sites which ship worldwide:

      On both of these sites, you can use code: RedHerringTV for a 10% discount off of your total order.
      You can also check Amazon UK site for Yuuki. To ensure it is actually a Yuuki Cup, the seller will also be named, “Yuuki”.

      If you see any other cup that sparks your insertest while searching, I’d be happy to give you my thoughts on them according to your situation.

      • Reply
        Sasha February 2, 2018 at 1:23 pm

        Sorry! I have another question. I’m looking at the double packs as I think that’s a better return on investment.
        Would you suggest a small + large pack (in Classic, I guess), or a large pack (as I’m over 30?) with classic + soft?
        Thank you 🙂

        • Red Herring February 7, 2018 at 1:18 am

          Hi Sasha!

          I would personally choose the larger size only for the capacity of it. Since you’ll be active and out and about, you won’t have to worry about ducking in the bushes as often if you’re on a trail.

          However, if you have never had any type of vaginal penetration (penis, toy, fingers…etc.) then you might want to consider the small for the narrow diameter.

          I would start off with the “soft” version (not the Rainbow version) since it’s more of a medium firmness compared to other cups on the market. The “classic” is a very firm cup and I’m worried that it could cause you some pressure. It would suck if it caused you some cramping or extra cramping while you were far away from home.

          If you’re set on one of the sizes based on what I said above, go ahead and get the soft and classic versions. If you’re getting the small & large set, then go for the “soft” version.

          Sorry that that’s not ever helpful, but I hope that it narrows down your choices a bit more. <3

      • Reply
        Sasha February 2, 2018 at 9:57 am

        Thank you so much, and for such a prompt reply! I’ll check it out 🙂

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    Unsure January 28, 2018 at 5:15 am

    I’ve been wanting to try the cup for a while but I’m unsure of what type to use. I’ve had two kids and I’m 22 years old, I don’t have a weak bladder, I’m unsure of where my cervix is during my period but i know I can’t touch it with a tampon during it, and I have a very heavy blood flow. What types would you recommend?

    • Reply
      Red Herring January 28, 2018 at 9:02 pm

      Hi There!
      A tampon can actually rest partially in the vaginal fornix next to and beyond the cervix. A menstrual cup rests right below or up and around the cervix.
      I would hate to suggest a cup that is too long if your cervix drops low during your period, or too short if your cervix is very high.
      So, I’m going to suggest a couple of cups that are more in the “average” height but are still a higher capacity.

      Yuuki – The large Yuuki holds approx 38ml of fluid. It’s available in three different firmness versions for you to choose from. “Rainbow” is the softest, “Soft” is actually their medium, and “Classic” is one of the firmest cups on the market. A lot of people who are very physically active like the “Soft” or “Classic”. This cup is a little longer than the rest listed here. If you think that your cervix is very high, this one might allow you to reach it easier for removal.

      LaliCup – The large LaliCup holds approx 40ml of fluid. It’s available in three different sizes – small, medium, and large. The medium holds approx 36ml. Still a decent capacity if you rather something a little more narrow. The body of this cup has unique channels that allow the cup to fold up smaller and also helps it to pop open easier. This cup is slightly shorter than the Yuuki large being more bell shaped/rounded at the base.

      Super Jennie – The large Super Jennie holds approx 42ml of fluid. It’s the softest cup out of the three listed. Some people have troubles getting this cup to open for the softness, however it’s not impossible. There are some tips on getting soft cups to open on YouTube if you choose this cup and find yourself in the same situation. The dark blue Super Jennie was confirmed by the company a couple of years back, to be slightly more firm than the rest of the colors. This cup is a bit shorter than the LaliCup as it is bell shaped and even more rounded at the base than the LaliCup. This cup has a short stem so if your cervix does stay high during your period, you might need to bear down to reach it.

      You can compare all of the cup sizes to each other, here:

      Both of these sites carry one or more of these cups and honor a 10% discount code using: RedHerringTV

      Good Luck and let me know if I might be able to answer anything else 🙂

  9. Reply
    Maarja January 24, 2018 at 9:42 am

    Which is the smallest, softest and the healthiest?

    • Reply
      Red Herring January 24, 2018 at 9:27 pm

      The smallest cups that I know of are:

      Small MeLuna “Shorty”
      Lumma “Easy Cup” Low Cervix “CBC”
      Formoonsa Training Cup
      Mina Cup Mini

      The softest of the bunch would be the Mina Cup Mini.

      Lumma, Formoonsa and Mina all claim to use Medical Grade Silicone, whereas the MeLuna Cup is made with TPE. All of these should be healthy choices.
      (It’s up the individual to feel comfortable with the cup they have received. Some people are comfortable with purchasing and using a $1.00 menstrual cup and others feel more comfortable purchasing a cup from a reputable company.)

      These cups are from all over the world, so they may not be easily obtainable depending on your location.

      Please remember that smallest and softest may not be what works for you.

      If a cup is too small/short, the user might have trouble reaching the cup to remove and empty it. A cup that is very soft, might give the user issues with opening the cup correctly.

      Check out this video. It covers some things to think about when trying to narrow down your cup selection.

  10. Reply
    Karen January 23, 2018 at 9:06 pm

    I am looking for my first cup. I am 21 have a low cervix and a sensitive bladder. I am working with students and moving all day. But nothing to physical. What brand and size would you recommend? I do have an IUD.

    • Reply
      Red Herring January 24, 2018 at 9:52 pm

      Hi Karen!

      You could probably use any soft, size small cup in the “V” shaped cups, but I pulled a few of cups in the bell-shapes that I thought you might want to check out.

      Sckoon – either small or large depending on your flow. The large size is shorter than most other “large” sized cups on the market. The bell-shape will give you a bit of the capacity back that you lose from the length of “V” shaped cups. The Sckoon has a flared rim which tends to ride up and sit higher than a regular rim (for those with a low cervix). The silicone is gummy feeling…as in softness, but the rim has some firmness to it to help it open.

      The Lena “Sensitive” – again, small or large depending on your flow. Some people with a low cervix say that the large size is still a bit too long for them. This cup is opposite from the Sckoon in which the body feels more firm than the rim.

      Super Jennie – The large cup is quite wide so it depends on how you feel this would work with your body. The small seems to be a great cup for someone with a low cervix and sensitive bladder. There have only been a small amount of people that say that the cup is too firm for them. The small also has a pretty decent capacity for a small sized cup.

      Many people are able to use an IUD and Menstrual Cup together with success. Here are some things to know:

      -Tell your doctor that you plan on using a Menstrual Cup. They can trim your “strings” of the IUD so they are less likely to get in the way.
      -Ask your doctor how long to wait after getting the IUD, before you can use a Menstrual Cup.
      -Get to know the length of your strings. Periodically, when you remove your cup check the string lengths. If they seem longer than normal, it could be a sign that the IUD has migrated or dislodged.
      -After inserting your cup, check that the strings are not on the outside. This will interfere with the cup creating a seal that may result in leaks.
      -Make sure to break the seal/suction of the cup before removing it. If you don’t, you may dislodge the IUD.

      Here are some of the comments that cup companies have left about using an IUD with THEIR cup:

  11. Reply
    Alison L. January 19, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    Hi there! I was looking at the reviews posted here re: the Luv Ur Body cup and the links are no longer working to Amazon. Searching for their site, it looks like everything is sold out. They might be out of business -?

    Anyway, wanted to pass that on in case anyone knew or if the links on this site needed to be updated. Thanks so much for the knowledge on your page!!

    • Reply
      Red Herring January 24, 2018 at 5:44 am

      Hi Alison!
      They were probably updating for a few weeks since they added their “clear” cups. It’s open now but looks like they’re still working on it. Not all pages are filled in.

  12. Reply
    Amanda January 19, 2018 at 8:31 pm

    There is so much information here, it is pretty overwhelming! I have never used a menstrual cup before but after hearing recommendations from various friends I am thinking about giving it a try. But that means I have no idea what would be a good fit for me. I am 34 years old, never had children and don’t plan to. I use tampons normally and I have an IUD.

    Any recommendations for my first cup? 🙂

    • Reply
      Red Herring January 21, 2018 at 7:27 pm

      Hi Amanda!

      It can be overwhelming when choosing a menstrual cup 🙁 Some people are able to take the only cup on the shelf normally available (Diva Cup) and be on their way. Others (most of us) aren’t that lucky and it takes a few tries before finding their “Goldilocks” cup.

      First of all, congrats on making a decision to at least try a cup. Also, it’s refreshing to hear someone who knows what they want/don’t want in life (children). I commend you for that 🙂

      Hopefully, I can help narrow some cup suggests for you based on a few things….

      *Approx height of your cervix – low or high (if possible) allows me to determine if you need a shorter or bell shaped cup, or a longer “V” shaped cup.

      Bladder Sensitivities – determines if I should suggest a softer cup

      Physically Activities – determines if I should suggest a firmer cup (or something in the middle if you have bladder sensitivities as well)

      Light or Heavy Flow – size and/or high capacity cup

      If you can answer any or all of these, it would help me narrow a couple/few cups that might work for you.

      Also, location (country) might change which cups are available or easier to obtain.

      Until then, there are many people who are successful at using a menstrual cup even if they have an IUD in place.

      Make sure to let your doctor know that you’re planning on using a menstrual cup. They can trim the IUD “strings” shorter so that they’re not in the way.

      Familiarize yourself with the strings and take a mental note as to how long they feel. Periodically when you have your cup removed to empty it, check the strings. If they feel longer than normal, it’s a sign that your IUD may have migrated or dislodged. If that happens, you’ll probably want to double check with doctor so that it does migrate any more.

      After you insert your cup, you’ll want to make sure that the strings are inside of the cup and not hanging on the outside. If it is hanging on the outside, you can gently rock the cup back and forth until it’s lower than the strings and they can move inside of the cup. Hopefully the strings are short enough that you won’t have to wiggle your cup down too much. If the strings are on the outside, you might not get a good seal and the cup may leak.

      When you’re ready to empty your cup, make sure to break the seal/suction that the cup has created BEFORE gently tugging it down. If you pull when there’s a seal/suction, you may cause your IUD to dislodge.

      How to choose a Menstrual Cup:

      • Reply
        Amanda January 29, 2018 at 4:08 am

        Thank you for your answer, I apologize for not responding sooner. As far as the questions go, there is only one that I can’t answer. I dont know what the height of my cervix is. I would imagine it is high because I’ve never had a problem with feeling uncomfortable with tampons and I actually can’t feel the string of my IUD even through I have tried, so either they cut it really short or its really high up there. 🙂

        As far as everything else here is the info. 🙂

        Bladder sensitivities, I dont have any

        I have moderate to light flow

        I play volleyball and run, but thats about it

        I live in the US/ have family that lives in the US, and sometimes live in Mexico but I can get almost anything online.

        I hope that helps. I have been seeing a lot of good things about the Lena Cup and I have a friend who uses the Dive cup and loves it.

        Thanks again for your help.

  13. Reply
    Bre January 13, 2018 at 6:06 am

    Hello, I just ordered a Rebel Kate cup, how is it? Has anyone tried it? It will be my first time using a cup, excited, but nervous because I’m not seeing enough info on the brand I bought…

    • Reply
      Red Herring January 13, 2018 at 10:37 am

      Hi Bre!
      Is that the free pink cup, two set cups? I know them by the name Puramour or Dreamlover. I believe they were the first with that design, but there have been a few other “brands” that also use this design.

      You’re correct, they isn’t very much information floating around about this cup other than it’s a “cheapie”.

      I personally didn’t care for this cup. I had troubles getting it to open since the rim of the cup is so soft. The body of the cup opened but the rim did not (for me). BUT…my daughter didn’t have any problems with it.

      After I received some information from a couple of the largest world wide silicone companies (who supply silicone and don’t actually make cups), we stopped using these cups and those like it.

      I won’t ever put down a cup or anyone who wants to try them, but know that there are risks with “cheapies”. If the cups works for you and you feel comfortable with using it, then that’s all that matters.

      More info:
      What’s in our Menstrual Cups:
      What does Medical Grade mean:
      Obsidian’s article about “Cheapies”:

  14. Reply
    Marisela January 11, 2018 at 6:03 pm

    Thank you for all the information you posted on menstrual cups. I had no idea these existed, so when I found out about them during one of my runs to get pads, I was on my phone researching what they were. now I can’t wait to get my hands on one. However, all the information on size, diameter, hardness/softness is really overwhelming, so I am hoping you can guide me to the one that can be the best fit for me.
    I am 31 years old, 5’3 and weight 150. Six months ago I had my third baby. All three were vaginal deliveries. My babies are two years apart. Not sure if I have a high or low uterus at the moment because I am on my period as I am typing. This is also my first period since having my son. However, from what I do remember from my other periods when using tampons is that I always felt my tampon falling out my vagina. When I would check, it wasn’t falling out, but the end of the tampon was very close to the opening of my vagina. So maybe this can help you in helping me determine if I have a high/low uterus. Further, I am an active person, aside from caring for three small children, I work m-f, and also workout 1-2 hours high intensity workouts with weight lifting and jumping. And lastly, my 2nd and 3rd day I am a bloody faucet. I can soak a normal pad in an hour. During these days I don’t even use tampons because they are useless. So based on this information, I hope you can guide me to the best menstrual cup.

    • Reply
      Red Herring January 13, 2018 at 10:18 am

      Hi Marisela!
      Actually, the best time to check the height of your cervix is when you’re on your period. According to fertility specialist, your cervix drops lower than “normal” at this time. This will give you the best idea of how short or long of a cup you should be looking into.

      When you’re ovulating your cervix normally moves higher, sometimes out of reach. If you check during that time, you might get a cup that feels too long when your cervix drops again.

      If your tampon felt like it was falling out, it could be from weak pelvic floor muscles. The PFM is like a hammock in which your tampon (and cup) will “sit” on. It helps keep them in place. Pregnancy and childbirth might have caused them to weaken for now.

      A cup may sit differently and stay in place.

      Since you’re active, I would suggest a cup that’s more firm. Most of the people that I’ve talked to that do workouts similar to yours have said that the only cups that stay put and open for them are very firm cups. Now this may be the case for you as well, as long as you don’t have an over sensitive bladder. If you do, you may want to try a medium firm cup first.

      I’m a faucet, too 🙁 I know how that is. You’ll probably want to look into some higher capacity cups. If you do have a low or very low cervix, you’re a little more limited as to what a high capacity will be, but I’m sure we’ll be able to figure something out.

      Here’s a couple of videos to get you started.

      How to choose a menstrual cup:

      How to locate & measure your cervix:

      and you can check this one out so that you know what to expect or look for when you do try a cup:

      Check your cervix next time you’re in the shower 🙂 and let me know if you think you have a sensitive bladder and I’ll see what kind of cups I can suggest.

  15. Reply
    Jo January 8, 2018 at 12:03 pm

    I have been using a cup for quite a time now, but I am not completely satisfied and would really like to change that. So I would very much appreciate your help and advice!
    I am 34 and had 3 vaginal births, I have no sensitive bladder, I am cycling daily but not doing any other sport right now.
    I started using “MeLuna” size M, which would not stay in place. Now I am using “MeLuna” size L, but usually only on the first two days with heavy flow. I often find it hard to position and it sometimes would move down. My cervix is quite high, I can just reach it with the middle finger during my period and can hardly feel the opening (as it seems to be bend backwards?).
    The cup is leaking sometimes though it usually would not be full when I empty it. On days 3-5 I hardly use it as I feel quite sore after using it for two days and find it hard to get it in and out…
    Do you know any alternatives to MeLuna that would be worth to try? I am living in the UK. MANY THANKS!!

    • Reply
      Red Herring January 12, 2018 at 8:47 am

      Hi Jo!

      Sorry that you’ve been having some trouble with your cups. Hopefully I can help narrow a few down that might work for you better.

      First of all, the MeLuna medium classic was one of my first cups. It was way too small and soft for me. I had troubles getting it opened and into position. It was also too small of a capacity for my heavy flow that I had frequent empty sessions.

      The large MeLuna was easier for me to open and position, but still gave me a bit of trouble. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great cup…just not a great cup for me. It sounds like it wasn’t/isn’t for you either.

      Since you have a higher cervix, I would try something with a little more length on it. That will make it a lot easier to retrieve without hunting around for it. I would suggest to go with a medium or firm cup for your cycling activities and since you haven’t experienced any sensitivities.

      Can you describe the soreness that you’re having? Is it your urethra? Chafing? Tenderness from trying to work the cup open?

      The leaking that you’re having…is it spotting or a lot of blood?
      Sometimes we have some residual blood coating our vaginal walls that end up pooling down and out onto our undies. If you’re having some spotting, it might be this. To help determine if it is, squat down after inserting your cup, bear down to bring the cup closer to the opening of your vaginal opening and wipe the stem and/or grip rings with a wet cloth. This will get rid of some of the excess blood and hopefully eliminate the “spotting”.

      If you’re having more than just spotting, insert a finger after the cup is in position to make sure that your cervix has not been pushed to the side or sitting on the rim of the cup.

      You might find that a firmer silicone opens or “pops” easier than the TPE material of the MeLuna.
      The two cups that came to mind are the Yuuki or LaliCup.

      Both of these cups are longer than the large MeLuna. They also have a wider diameter. I’m hoping that the shape and size will help keep the cup from sliding down and also make it easy to retrieve.
      The large LaliCup has a slightly softer rim than the large MeLuna classic. However, this cup has a unique channel design on the body that allows it to fold up smaller than other cups as well as helping the body open after it is inserted. This is a high capacity cup, but it’s still safe to use if you have a light flow. They also offer a medium size. With the stem intact, it’s the same length as the large.

      The large Yuuki “Soft” version is slightly more firm than the large MeLuna classic.

      The Yuuki has three different firmness levels:
      -Rainbow (softest)
      -Soft (medium firmness)
      -Classic (one of the most firm cups on the market)

      The Yuuki “Rainbow” is softer than the MeLuna, but I still have a much easier time getting the silicone to open.

      You can compare these cups here:

      You also might find a tip or two that might be helpful in this video. It goes over the “residual blood” issue as well as pushing the cervix to the side.

      Both of these cups are available in the UK 🙂
      If you have any questions about these cups or anything else that I might be able to elaborate on, don’t hesitate to reply.

      Good Luck!

      • Reply
        Jo January 12, 2018 at 12:54 pm

        Thanks for your reply and also the links, they are really helpful!!

        Regarding the soreness: I think it is rather chafing. As I sometimes have problems finding the right position, I take the cup out and in again, sometimes several times, and especially taking it out usually does hurt a bit, especially on dryer days.
        If I have leaking it is definitely more than spotting. Especially after watching your video I am quite sure that I might push the cervix to the side in these cases…

        I had a look at Yuuki and LaliCup and I am excited to try one of them.

        What I still don’t get is the firmness: Having problems positioning the cup it might be better to have a firm cup, right? However, feeling easily sore would mean a soft cup would be better?? What do you think?

        MANY THANKS!

        • Jo January 15, 2018 at 5:16 pm

          Thank you so much for all your advice!! I just ordered my Lalicup and I am excited to test it!! 😀

        • Red Herring January 14, 2018 at 10:46 pm

          Hi Jo!

          I’m glad that you found something helpful 🙂

          If your cup is chafing, especially since you’re inserting and removing several times trying to get it into position, you might want to try a water based lube to help ease your cup in and out.
          You can also look for a cup that has fewer “bumps” or lower profile grip rings or even try your MeLuna large inside out if you’re comfortable retrieving the cup without a stem.

          Also since you think the problem is chafing, I would probably suggest the LaliCup over the Yuuki, now.

          Both the MeLua and the Yuuki have more rigid grip rings. Both come up a little higher on the body of the cup.

          The LaliCup grip rings stay closer to the stem and feel softer (as in squishy).

          As you’re a cyclist, I would normally suggest a firmer cup but I’m hoping the LaliCup has the best of both worlds for your situation. It has a regular style rim with a secondary rim to help it open. The channels on the body make the cup feel soft, but allows the cup to fold up smaller AND helps it to open after it’s inserted. The channels will hopefully ease some of the chaffing as you can pinch it easier and make it collapse a bit (smaller) while removing.

          If you can insert your cup the first (couple) of times with it being in the correct position, you’ll eliminating the need for target practice 🙁 and hopefully cut down on chafing. Sometimes it just takes that ONE cup that works 😀

          If you do decide to pick up the LaliCup, you can use the discount code: ‘RedHerringTV’ on the site or on for 10% off of your total order.

  16. Reply
    Kat January 4, 2018 at 9:51 pm

    Hi there,

    I’m just considering getting a cup because I’d like to start backpacking more and would like something more manageable for the trail. I’m almost 33, no kids, and slightly active. I do more active things in the summer than in the winter, but have done crossfit for a few years. So I have muscle tone from building it a while ago, but it’s been a while since I’ve been in shape like that.

    I’m not all that sure of my cervix height. I don’t think I have ever been able to touch it with my index finger, so I use my middle finger, the longest one to check it. Some days I can’t even reach with that finger, but when I’m close to getting my period, or on it, I can easily feel it with my middle finger. My flow is very light on the first day, but the 2nd and 3rd day are extremely heavy and I soak through super tampons within a 2-4 hours. The 4th day is extremely light again and then pretty much done by the 5th.

    I do know I feel sensitive and sore down there when on my period. So I’m not sure about the kind of firmness I’d be looking for. I had gotten my first UTI about 4 years ago which was horrible. Since then I’ve felt like I’ve almost gotten them but was able to clear it out without getting one. So I guess now I’m more susceptible. I took the quiz and the Super Jennie was suggested, but I wasn’t sure if you could help based on my confusion of my own situation! Thank you!

    • Reply
      Red Herring January 7, 2018 at 3:41 am

      Hi Kat!

      I live in the Northwest. We’re normally a lot more active with hiking, camping, fishing, Trikking (3 wheel scooters), all outdoorsy stuff during the summer, too…when it’s not pouring and freezing outside! Using a cup has been awesome for me!

      Since a cup holds more than an “average” sized tampon, even on my heavy days (when a super OB tampon would last me an hour) I can use a cup for at least 4-6 hours before feeling the need to empty it.

      My cervix is similar to yours where I normally have to insert my middle finger and push a bit to feel it. When I’m nearing my period it does drop a bit and is easier to reach. However, I do have days some times weeks that my cervix drops even more and some cups aren’t as comfortable as normal. I like to have at least a couple of different cups or sizes because of this.

      Taking into account that you work out BUT may have some bladder sensitivities, I would go with a medium firm cup. Probably something that’s a “V” shape for the length for a higher cervix. You can also try a bell shaped cup but try to stick to ones that have a regular rim instead of a flared rim so the cup doesn’t ride up too high.

      I personally think that the large size Super Jennie might be too soft. The Super Jennie (in the large sizes) are typically considered a softer cup and give some people problems opening. It’s not impossible, but you may need to finesse this cup a bit to figure out where and how to get it to open.
      The dark blue SJ was confirmed by the company to be slightly more firm than the rest of the colors, but that was a couple of years ago and I’m not sure if they’ve changed it since. If you’re set on getting the SJ, I would suggest getting the dark blue just for that slight firmness while working out.

      I have never had any problems with a soft or firm cup while working out, but many who are very physically active have said that only firm cups hold up for them.

      Anyhow, besides the SJ…I would suggest looking into:

      Yuuki “Soft” version – large = This cup is a medium firmness compared to other cups on the market despite being labeled as “soft”. It’s a longer “V” shape cup that has a higher capacity than most “average” cups.
      LaliCup – medium or large (depending on what capacity you prefer) = This cup is bell shaped with a regular rim. It’s shape is similar to the SJ but is a bit more narrow and also has a slightly firmer rim. It may be easier to open. It also has a unique channel design that helps the cup to fold up smaller and also helps it pop open.
      The large Lali is a high capacity cup, but the medium hold a decent amount as well.

      You can see and compare all three of these cups here:

      Good Luck! 😀

    • Reply
      Amber January 5, 2018 at 3:55 pm

      Kat I just want to say that I used to experience soreness down there while on my period too. Since I’ve been using a cup though, the soreness is barely noticeable. I believe it was the tampons (bleached cotton!) that was the main cause.

      I also have a heavy flow on days 2&3 and have the empty my cup every 2-4 hours on those days. It’s hard to say what size cup you would need, I would lean towards the larger one if you experience such a heavy flow. Also it sounds like your cervix is high. During my period mine is so low that it can be felt about 1.5-2.5 inches in.

  17. Reply
    cari January 2, 2018 at 8:28 pm

    hi, first of all thank you for all your work on this site! youre awesome! thank you! :). so my question is.. ive tried 2 different cups, determined to take this step in being waste free but i cant find one that works for me. im only guessing im doing it wrong lol. the first one was just too big and i could feel it all day. i think it was a Diva, plus i couldnt get it out it was a mess. the second one i have now and the rim is too firm i think, or mayb it too is too large because im sore for a few days after one use and removing or or trying to. i know your not supposed to just pull it out but idk how much room ya’ll have in ther but they say to insert fingers and compress it.. yah i dont hav that much room to insert fingers with that cup thing in, compress it find the rim so it doesnt drag and make me uncomfortably sore for days. help! lol. (ps i’m 50yrs old with no vaginal births, and a med/light thicker than thin period.. with that said i also dont want to spend alot since i close to not having a period any longer. Thrilled about entering the Crones age! :). and yes i use bamboo reusable pads and those reusable leak proof undies. i think i may just giv up on the idea of ‘a cup’ and running etc during period days.

    • Reply
      Lynn January 4, 2018 at 6:54 am

      Would a menstrual cup be the answer for my daughter who does synchronized swimming for 3 hrs a day twice a week?

      • Reply
        Red Herring January 7, 2018 at 3:56 am

        Hi Lynn!

        A menstrual cup might be the perfect thing for your daughter if she’s comfortable with inserting and removing it. If she’s used tampons prior, she’s half way there. There is a learning curve to using cups. Some people get the hang of it right away and others might need some practice.

        Since a cup holds more than tampon, she should be able to use the cup for a longer period of time before needing to empty it, compared to the time before needing to change a tampon. Another bonus is that a cup won’t absorb the pool water!

        I would suggest having her practice inserting and removing it before taking the plunge into a pool. A scuba instructor has said that she makes sure that her cup seals/suctions before going diving. Some people don’t feel this suction with all cups, but it’s a good measure to check just to be sure.

        Have her watch this video…and pay attention to the tips given so that she’ll know that the cup is positioned correctly.

    • Reply
      Red Herring January 4, 2018 at 2:16 am

      Hi Cari!

      Happy New Year! ..and happy new to cupping lol
      Are you able to reach the Diva Cup without the stem? If you are, you might be able to turn the cup inside out and see if that makes it narrow enough to feel a bit more comfortable. A lot of people end up using their cup this way because 1. they already have that cup, and 2. because it “fits” better.

      If you’re not comfortable with that method, I might suggest a cup that’s a bit softer, shorter and/or more narrow than the Diva Cup. Maybe the size small in another brand. It might allow you more maneuverability (even if just usin one finger to nugde it down) while trying to retrieve it. Since your period is medium/light you don’t need a large capacity cup.

      The small and large Diva Cups are the same length. Most other brands have a difference in length between the two sizes.

      A few cups that come to mind are:

      The Casco Cup either in small or mini – The small size is more narrow than the Diva Cup but the lenght is still there to be able to reach the base of the cup easily. If the Diva Cup felt too long, than this cup size might not work.
      The mini is shorter but has the same diameter as the small.
      This cup is slightly more soft than the Diva.

      EvaCup small – This size is shorter than the Diva Cup but longer than the Casco mini. The diameter is more narrow than the Diva Cup, as well. It has a soft body that may be easier to collapse and nudge down with one finger. The high secondary rim will help the cup open even if the body is soft.

      You can see all of these cups and compare measurements of each of them, here:

      If you see any other cups that interest you while comparing, let me know and I’ll give you some info about them 🙂

      I know you don’t want to spend a lot, so if you’re shopping on their sites: – EvaCup
      the code: ‘RedHerringTV’ takes a 10% discount off of your total order.

      You might find a helpful tip in this video for inserting or removing your menstrual cup:

      Good Luck! 😀

  18. Reply
    Mum December 29, 2017 at 10:44 pm


    Thank you for answering all of my questions, your response has been very helpful!
    This has been the first time I have asked for advice on menstrual cups, so it must have been someone else with a similar problem .
    I will give it a go with turning the Lunette cup inside out and see if it helps with the pressure. I did have to use the stem to remove but hopefully this will not be a problem.
    I will look into the EvaCup and LaliCup (I don’t know much about them) before I make a decision which one to try.

    Thanks again for you helpful suggestions and descriptions of the different cups.

    • Reply
      Red Herring December 30, 2017 at 4:58 am

      Please let me know how the inside out Lunette works out for you. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that it feels more comfy 😀 Also let me know if you have any questions about the EvaCup or LaliCup.

      Have a safe weekend!

  19. Reply
    Serena December 29, 2017 at 10:04 am


    I tried the diva cup, the regular, I haven’t had any kids. And it was the most horrendous experience of my life, I thought I put it in correctly but I was mistaken as I got it stuck up there for about 3 days. I put it to high, and on top of that the sunction gripped onto the inside of my vag with no mercy, I had to go to planned parenthood to have them remove it (embrassing!). With that in mind I’m still determined to use a menstrual cup as I think they are great alternatives, but the diva cup clearly wasn’t for me. I obviously had a problem with the suction of the cup, and also the grib, what cup do you suggest?

    • Reply
      Red Herring December 30, 2017 at 4:54 am

      Hi Serena!

      I’m sorry that the Diva Cup didn’t work out for you. It sounds like you had quite an adventure with it! No need to be embarassed about going to Planned Parenthood (YAY you have one near you!), they’re used to looking at vaginas! Mine actually carries the Lunette Cup 🙂
      Anyhow, while you had the cup inserted did it collect your flow? I’m wondering if you missed your cervix and inserted the cup (still smashed) in the vaginal fornix. This area is around your cervix. It stretches and expands to accomedate anything that is inserted. If the cup did go into this area, it’s possible that it rode up high enough to make it difficult for you to reach. It could have also opened slightly and suctioned to the vagina wall.

      Have you ever tried to locate your cervix? It’s normally lower during your period, so that would be the best time to check.

      Here’s some other things you can think about when narrowing down a cup:

      I would probably suggest looking into cups with larger air holes. The holes on the Diva Cup aren’t pin holes, but they are pretty small. Larger holes hopefully won’t suction as hard and will be easier to release if/when it does create a light suction.

      Some cups that come to mind are:
      -Casco Cup (can also be found as Green Cup of Maine or Hesta Cup. All same design and FDA registered. Shop between companies for the best price) – short stem
      -EvaCup – short stem
      -Mia Cup – shortest cup in this group

      I chose these based on the shape and length of the cup compared to the Diva. You can see all of these cups next to each other, here:

      The Yuuki is probably the least expensive in this group and you have firmness options to choose from if you prefer a soft (Rainbow version – closest to Diva Cup firmness), medium (Yuuki’s soft version) or firm (classic version).

      The length of the Yuuki is ever so slightly longer than the Diva, but the stem might be long enough and it has much more prominent grip rings at the base of the cup for a sturdier hold.

      Here’s some tips on Inserting & Removing your Menstrual Cup (if/when you’re ready to try again):

      Good Luck & Happy New Year!

  20. Reply
    Mum December 26, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    I am new to menstrual cups but really excited about finding the right one, in which I may need your advice.

    I over 30 years old, I have had 2 children (vaginal births). I am always on the go or running after my children, so fairly active.

    I want to find out which cup will be right for me. I have tried Lunette large (great quality and feel to the cup). I have only tried it for two nights during my last cycle. I did not experience any leaks but I found the cup to be a bit too firm (or at least I think that is what I was experiencing). I felt pressure in my pelvis and it was difficult to wee if my bladder wasn’t very full. I was mostly aware the cup was there. The second day I used it it felt better but I believe I may still need something a bit softer and bladder friendly. A week after my cycle I ended up with an UTI, so not sure if that is any way related.

    I did the online quiz (put a cup in it) and it suggested the best cup for me is either Si-Bell or Lena Sensitive. I watched some videos comparing the two and it seems the Si-Bell is an even softer cup than the Lena Sensitive. I don’t really know how soft of a cup I need but I think it is safe to assume I have a sensitive bladder and I will need something appropriate for that.

    Would you recommend I try the Lena Sensitive or Si-Bell (size Large for both I would think), or do you have any other recommendation? I think my cervix is an average height, I usually ware tampons and it is not a problem. My flow is normal (though it seemed to be less and shorter when I used the cup last cycle).

    I live in the UK, so what is the easiest way to order?

    Many thanks for your help and I really look forward to hearing from you!

    I forgot to mention some of the other options that came up for me : Organicup, Fleurcup and Ruby cup. Would you recommend any of these (apart from Si-Bell and Lena sensitive)?


    • Reply
      Red Herring December 28, 2017 at 7:39 pm

      Hi There!

      I think I answered you somewhere else? Maybe in a forum or on YouTube. However, I can’t find it.
      If you’re searching for another opinion other than mine, I won’t be offended 🙂 If you didn’t leave this comment somewhere else than someone has a very, very similar experience than you.

      Anyhow, holding urine for an extended period of time can expose your body to potentially harmful bacteria, which can increase your chances of getting a urinary tract infection (UTI) or bladder infection. So if you couldn’t empty your bladder completely while using the cup, it may have contributed to your UTI.

      Here’s a video that might help narrow down your hunt:

      First of all, if you don’t have any worries about removing your cup without a stem, you can try turning the cup inside out and seeing if that eases some of the pressure. If it does, you have a size to work off of it you don’t want to continue to use it like this. This is a “free” test since you already have that cup on hand.

      If you’re ready to shop….

      I wouldn’t recommend the Si-Bell cup…at least not yet. That is one of the softest cups in my collection and I would hate for you to get it and not be able to get it to open for you. I would go a couple steps softer and give that a try first, than to go directly to one of the softest cups on the market (besides cheapie types).

      Since you have an “average” – medium height cervix, you can find quite a few cups that might work. As PACII suggests, the Lena Sensitive might be a good match for you. Although it’s a bell shaped cup with a flared rim (as these type tend to ride up and sit higher) it’s still slightly longer than some of the other bell shaped cups out there and shouldn’t give you troubles reaching it if it does ride up.

      The OrganiCup is quite firm. In fact, I was very surprised when I received mine. I had always thought it was an extermely soft cup. I wouldn’t suggest this one for a sensitive bladder.

      FleurCup might be okay. It’s very similar to the Lena and cheaper as well. However, it is a bit more ridged.

      The Ruby Cup is about the same height as the Lena Cup, but the body is softer.

      The two that I would like to add, are the EvaCup or the LaliCup.

      The EvaCup has a soft body cup but has a high secondary rim that helps the cup to open easier. It is a “V” shaped cup, so if your cervix tends to drop very low during your period, this one (in large) might feel too long in the end.

      The LaliCup is a bell shaped cup with a regular style rim. This one won’t ride up as far as the cup with a flared rim but gives you a higher capacity for your heavier days. This cup comes in three sizes. I think the medium would be sufficiant for your flow. It has unique channels that fold up easy and makes it feel soft, but these channels also help the cup open and stay open.

      Overall, the three cups that I would choose from are – Lena Sensitive, EvaCup or LaliCup.
      You can see them all here:

      Since you’re in the UK, I would check shops like, or Amazon UK. I know that some of the cups on Amazon are sold by the companies themselves, so check the seller names if you’re worries about “cheapie” copies.

      If you shop on or, you can use the discount code: RedHerringTV for 10% off of your total order.

      Good Luck! Happy Hunting, Happy Shopping, and Happy New Year!

    • Reply
      Luna December 28, 2017 at 6:06 pm

      Hey there,
      So for me, I did a ton of research. I read reviews and watched reviews online. There is a youtuber, Precious Stars Pads, she has an entire playlist of menstrual cup reviews. She has done a review on the Si-Bell, Lena, Organicup, Fleurcup, and Ruby Cup. She is based in the UK and on her website you can order a couple different cups. She also has a few tips on how to insert and remove a cup if you have are more sensitive. Her entire channel was a God-send for me.
      My advice on getting a cup: You may have to buy more than one to get it right. The upfront cost is going to be more, but in the long run it will be worth it. I personally have the Diva Cup model 1 and the Meluna Classic Medium (I just got it in the mail, I will be trying it on my next cycle).
      I hope that these suggestions help you in making a decision. But I highly recommend checking out that youtuber’s channel. Precious Stars Pads has just about every video answering every question you have.

      • Reply
        Mum December 29, 2017 at 10:48 pm

        Thank you Luna, this is really helpful! I will look into Precious Stars Pads , thanks again!

  21. Reply
    jane December 19, 2017 at 6:38 am

    I own the Diva 2. I love the thing.
    It seals great for me and all that stuff. My only issue is that it doesn’t have a large enough capacity. I have to empty every 1-2 hours.
    Is there any ones that are comparable to the Diva 2 with a larger capacity?

    • Reply
      Red Herring December 23, 2017 at 9:22 pm

      Hi Jane!

      The only cup that’s going to be comparable to the Diva Cup 2 in everything but capacity, it the Casco Cup. It is slightly softer, though. It’s reported to hold 40 ml to the rim, to Diva Cups 30 ml?

      There are a few other cups that have a higher capacity but are either shaped differently, or are a different firmness.

      Here are some of the cups that hold more.
      The capacities were measured to the rim:

      LuvUrBody Med or L 43ml
      MeLuna XL 42ml (according to the site, not according to my own measurements)
      Super Jennie L 42ml
      LaliCup L 40ml
      Casco Cup/Green Cup of Maine/Hesta L 40ml
      XO Flo L 40ml
      AmyCup Crystal Med 38 ml
      Alicia Med 38ml
      Yuuki L 38ml
      Merula Cup 38ml no holes

      If you need more info about any of these cups, I’d be happy to give details.
      Until then, Happy Holidays!!! 😀

  22. Reply
    Iveta December 12, 2017 at 3:19 am

    Hello, I have tried the EVA cup 2 for the first time, and I feel like it is a little too long. I cut the stem off, but I can feel the end part a little bit close to the vaginal opening. Also I had some cramping several times after insertion. I have only one heavy flow day, and the capacity of the cup might have been a little small for the night, since I had some spoting by the morning. I’m thinking that I might need two different cups, but shorter than the EVA 2. Can you please help?

    • Reply
      Red Herring December 17, 2017 at 9:22 am

      Hi There!

      Just to clarify, do you have the EvaCup by the Anigan company in the USA or the Eva Cup from Italy?

      If your cup feels too long even after cutting the stem off, you can try to turn it inside out and see if it feels more comfortable. Since you already cut the stem, I’m guessing you don’t have issues retrieving your cup without it. This should be no different. It will also narrow the cup just a bit and hopefully take some of the pressure off of sensitive areas that are causing cramping.

      If this doesn’t help, you’ll probably want to look into another cup that’s a bit shorter.

      You mentioned spotting. Are you spotting from overflow?
      Some people think they’re leaking when it’s actually residual blood. This blood lines your vaginal walls even after you insert your cup.

      After you insert your cup, squat and bear down and then wipe the grip rings/base of the cup with a wet wipe or cloth to get rid of any excess blood. Hopefully this will clear up any spotting through the night. If not, you might want to try a cup with more capacity.

      Since cups don’t absorb like tampons, you don’t have to match the cup capacity to your blood flow if you don’t want/need to. It’s perfectly safe to use a high capacity cup at any time even when you’re not bleeding.

      Lastly, I always suggest having a couple of different cups on hand. Either different sizes of the same brand, or a completely different shape in another brand.

      Our cervix move constantly, and according to fertility specialist, our cervix are in different positions during our cycle. During our period, it’s said that our cervix shifts to a low position. However, it doesn’t always seem to be the same from one month to the next.

      Some times I can use a long cup and other months it seems to hang too close to the opening of my vagina. Having a couple of cups on hand allows you to switch to another that may be more comfortable.

      Try turning the cup inside out and see how that goes, first…since you already have that cup. If it still feels too long, at least you have an idea of how much shorter you need to go.

      You can check this comparison and see if there is another cup or two that look like it might work better for you. If you need any info about any of the cups, feel free to reply and I’ll be happy to elaborate on it/them.

  23. Reply
    Prerna December 11, 2017 at 10:28 am


    How do I try and figure out which cup is right for me? is it more trial and error?



    • Reply
      Red Herring December 17, 2017 at 9:05 am

      Hi Prerna!

      Sadly, there’s no magical cup that’s going to work for everyone 🙁 So yes, it is kind of a trial and error thing. However, there are things that you can think about when you’re hunting for a cup.

      Here’s a video that may help you –

      How to choose a Menstrual Cup:

      How to locate & measure your cervix:

      Let me know if you need some suggestions based on your answers to the video. 🙂

  24. Reply
    Cups4life December 11, 2017 at 12:40 am

    I have been using menstrual cups for about a year now and it’s great! However, this period I ran into an unexpected problem: I have had a bad cough for a few days. I have a low cervix, so my menstrual cup always stays close to the entrance of my vagina. Every time I cough, I can feel the cup move, and it is very uncomfortable. Is there any way to avoid this? (The cups I use are the Lunette Model 1 and the Lena Cup, both the Small and the Large. I already have the stems trimmed completely off of all my cups to the point where trimming any more would risk cutting the actual body of the cup.)
    Any help would be appreciated.

    • Reply
      Red Herring December 17, 2017 at 9:02 am

      Hi there!

      First of all, I hope your cough goes away soon 🙁 Is it just a cold? It is that time of the year! (At least it is here!)

      Anyhow, if you’re just sick then your cough should hopefully be gone by your next period. I would hate for you to have to buy a shorter cup only to have it arrive after your cough has subsided.

      You can actually just try turning your cup inside out and see if it shortens it enough to be comfortable. Since you already cut the stems off, I’m guessing you’re a pro at retrieving the cup without it. This shouldn’t be any different.

      Some people do find that the Lena still has quite a bit of length for a bell shaped cup with a flared rim, but turning it inside has made it possible for them to wear it.

      Give that a try before running out and getting a new cup.
      Good Luck and I hope you feel better soon!

  25. Reply
    Alisa December 9, 2017 at 4:33 am

    I think I have a medium to low cervix with a medium to light flow.
    I have tried 3 different cups the diva 1 & 2 and the me luna.
    The me luna lenth and size seem to fit me well but I struggle when trying to get it open and insertion can be hard when my flow is light.
    Both Diva cups open great but are too long and feel uncomfortab and loose suction when I urinate.
    I am able to urinate but it comes out super slow does that mean I have a sensitive bladder or is that normal?
    I don’t want to give up on these cups. Please help me!

    • Reply
      Red Herring December 17, 2017 at 8:55 am

      Hi Alisa!

      Thank you for including some helpful information!
      With a medium to low cervix, you’ll probably want to try a short cup or one that’s bell shaped (or bell shaped with a flared rim).

      The Diva Cup is quite a long cup for a medium to low cervix. Even if you turn it inside out, it will probably still be too long. Sometimes that can “fix” the issue or at least give you an idea if you need to go a little or a lot shorter.
      Which size MeLuna did you have? The small and medium are pretty short. The size jumps quite a bit (IMO) between the medium and the large.

      I would normally say that if your stream of urine is slow, that you have a sensitive bladder, but since the Diva Cup is too long, it might just be sitting in an awkward position. Again, which size MeLuna do you have and is your stream slow while using this cup as well?

      Let me know about the MeLuna so that I can narrow down some cups that you might like to check in to.

      I know it can be frustrating! I hope I can help you find something to work for you <3

      • Reply
        Alisa December 19, 2017 at 6:21 pm

        Red Herring,

        It was awhile ago but I’m guessing it was the MeLuna small classic stem. Possible the medium but definitely not the large. Yes my urine is still slow with the MeLuna. It could also be I’m afraid to push too hard since if I did I would loose suction at times. This happened often with the Diva cup. Also I didn’t mention I’m 33 years old married with no children. When I have my papsmear it is painful they often use smaller instruments.
        Thank you for all the individual help.


        • ALISA December 28, 2017 at 10:23 pm

          Red Herring,
          Thank you for all the help. I just have one last question. What are the different firmness levels of all the Me Luna styles just so I can compare my new options with my old ones. Thank you again.

        • Red Herring December 27, 2017 at 6:35 am

          Hi Alisa!

          I would definitely check out some bell shaped cups and probably one that’s a little on the softer side.
          Since you have a medium to light flow, the cups that I would suggest are below (shortest to tallest):

          **MeLuna standard small would be here**
          Ruby Cup small
          Fleur Cup small
          Lena Cup “Sensitive” small, LaliCup small
          **MeLuna standard medium would be here**
          Super Jennie small

          All of the cups here are bell shaped. Bell shaped cups normally ride up and sit higher.

          If I were to put these in order from softest to the firmest:

          LaliCup – it has unique channels that allows this cup to fold up smaller and also help it pop open. It might not really be the softest cup here, but those channels give it the feeling that it is since it collapses easily to fold.

          Fleur Cup
          Super Jennie – has the high capacity of the group.
          Lena Cup Sensitive
          Ruby Cup – has the smallest capacity but not by much.

          You can see all of these cups here:

          I hope one of these will work for you. If you have any additional questions about them, let me know 😀 Happy Hunting!

  26. Reply
    Eulanda November 28, 2017 at 1:20 am

    Hello I have an appointment with my OB GYN next Tuesday. I wanted to know if she would be able to recommend a menstrual cup based on my pelvic exam? I’m 45 and I have no children 😢

    • Reply
      Red Herring November 29, 2017 at 5:48 am

      PS…if you have any stress incontinence, a cup might apply some pressure to your urethra and help stop leaking. However, if you have a sensitive bladder, it might cause some discomfort or irritation.

    • Reply
      Red Herring November 29, 2017 at 5:46 am

      Hi there!
      Sometimes it might be helpful to know if you have a retroverted or retroflexed uterus. This will cause your cervix to tilt as well.

      You can also ask if you have a prolapse of any kind.

      Your OB-GYN will be able to tell you while they’re in the area 😀

      People who have these seem to favor a shorter or bell shaped Menstrual Cup, or a cup that’s on the firmer side to help it open easier against the prolapse.

      Your age and having children really don’t matter in my book. My daughter and I can use just about any cup – shape, size, firmness etc. However there are some cups that meet more of our needs – easy open, comfortable, capacity.

      Good Luck on your exam! I hope you studied 😛 rofl

  27. Reply
    Aem November 14, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    I’m really struggling with using my Ruby Cup medium. I’m on my third cycle with it and am not able to go more than an hour without a leak and it’s driving me crazy.

    I’ve been scouring your website and the internet for tips on how to stop it but I can’t seem to make it work. I have to go the restroom every hour to empty the cup (which generally is only half full) and I’ll still see evidence of leakage and it’s keeping me from doing things I would normally do, like going to movies or hiking when I may not have access to a bathroom every hour or half hour.

    When I insert the cup I make sure that the cup is completely open but it doesn’t seem to be creating a seal. It catches the majority of the fluid, but then still leaks a good amount as well. When inserted, the cup itself seems pretty loose and I can spin it pretty easily around. At this point I’ve tried different folds, different heights in my vagina (I have a medium cervix which I think may be tilted a little), twisting the cup and tugging it down, doing kegels and I can’t seem to make it work! My cervix does sit inside of the cup but close to the rim. What may be happening is that the cup moves and slips away from covering the cervix. Any help that keeps me from going back to tampons would be greatly appreciated!

    • Reply
      Red Herring November 17, 2017 at 8:50 am

      Hi AEM!

      I’m sorry that you’re having troubles with you Ruby Cup 🙁
      The Ruby Cup is a short cup to begin with and “bell-shaped” which I find makes a cup ride up and sit higher more often than not.
      This might be what’s going on for you, too. If it’s riding up and sitting higher, then your cervix is also sitting deeper in the cup compromising the capacity.
      I would normally suggest this cup to someone with a medium to low cervix. For you, I would suggest trying a cup that’s a bit longer or “V” shaped.

      Take a look at these comparisons and see if there’s anything that interests you:

      If you’re looking for more time between bathroom breaks, you might also want to pay attention to the capacity of the cups while looking.

      Let me know if you have any questions about any of the cups. 🙂

  28. Reply
    Jess November 13, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    I use the diva cup size 1 for about a year but it leaks sometimes. I don’t have problems with it opening I don’t think. I was looking for something different possibly. My flow seems to be getting heavier. I am on my feet 12 hrs a day at work and can’t have leaks!

    • Reply
      Red Herring November 17, 2017 at 8:38 am

      Hi Jess!

      Are you leaking from overflow or just some spotting?

      If you’re overflowing, you can either empty sooner than you have been (not really what I wanted to do myself) or find a cup with a higher capacity like the LaliCup, Super Jennie, LuvUr Body. In the large sizes, they all hold at least 40ml.

      If you’re just spotting, you might be experiencing “residual slobber”. This is blood that’s coating your vaginal walls even after you insert your cup. To help eliminate spotting, bear down after you insert your cup and use a wet wipe or cloth to clean the grip rings and/or stem of any excess blood.

      I would suggest double checking the position of your cup as well. If you’re leaking a lot and find your cup empty or partially filled, you might be either pushing your cervix to the side or your cervix is sitting on the rim.

      This video might explain a bit better:

      If you have a “dangling” cervix, it could also be dropping down into your cup compromising the capacity.

      I hope something here helps! Let me know if you’re still having issues or if you want more info on the cups that I mentioned.
      Good Luck! <3

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    Stephanie K November 5, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    I’ve had the size 2 diva cup for a few years but i find it tends to fall down and feels very uncomfortable. I have no problem inserting it or taking it out and don’t leak.
    I think i have a high cervix and medium flow i guess. No bladder problems with it. I am 26 with 2 kids too.

    • Reply
      Red Herring November 5, 2017 at 9:10 pm

      Hi Stephanie!

      At least you partial have a good working cup for you lol Now to keep that sucker in place!

      If you feel comfortable with reaching your cup without a stem, you can try turning your cup inside out to see if it “fits” better. If that works, you can continue to use it this way, or take note of the size when shopping for another cup.

      Seal/Suction – Gently tug on the cup and see if there’s resistance. If there is, you should have a good seal. Some people don’t create a seal depending on their body and the cup, but it may help some people keep the cup in place better.

      Consider a Softer Cup – Some find that a firm cup will slide out easier on them. A softer cup may stay in place better as it can collapse and move with the body more.

      Pelvic Floor Muscle – If you know for a fact that you have weak a PFM, consider doing kegel exercises at least a couple times a days for a few minutes each session. PFM don’t actually “hug” your cup to keep it in place. It is more like a hammock of muscles that your cup sits on. If they’re not toned, your cup may slip beyond them. (These very often weaken during pregnancy)

      A cup with a flared rim – These tend to ride up and sit higher for people. This might help you keep the cup in place.

      I hope something here helps you figure it out or that you can find a cup that works better for you.
      Good Luck <3

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    Lindsey October 24, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    Hi there!
    I own a DivaCup, and I love the concept, but it doesn’t work particularly well for me. It leaks most times, and I have a feeling it’s just not sitting right inside of me. Everyone says to either rotate the cup or run your fingers around it to get it to open, but there’s no room down there! I just got back from my doctor who tried to do a pap smear and the speculum hurt a lot. She told me I have a ring of tissue that was making it difficult and likely the cause of my pain. I’m wondering what kind of cup would work better for me considering the tight squeeze I’m working with.
    I have the *lovely* privelage of having my period start… well, really any time now (checks watch) so I hope I can find something new to use that will work better, because I hate resorting back to tampons!

    Thank you!

    • Reply
      Red Herring November 5, 2017 at 8:57 pm

      Hi Lindsey!

      It sounds like you might have a tight hymenal ring, hymenal tags, the hymen still intact/not stretched, and probably a case of Vaginismus.

      I’m guessing that you are not a virgin since you had a pap smear, or you are a virgin and are 21 or over. I think most places only perform them now if you are one of the two.

      If you have a tight hymenal ring or still have a hymen intact, I would suggest some touch therapy. Basically, using some water based lube and a series of gentle touching/stretching the areas and then relaxing. Do kegel exercises while you have a finger insert and feel it tightening…then relax and push down with those muscles.

      I know this probably doesn’t sound pleasant, but a lot of people tense up when they’re already anticipating it to be painful or associate it with a bad experience; like the painful experience you had during your pap or even something entirely different. This will help you get used to the feeling and also allow you to control the muscles and relax.

      If you have hymenal tags….these normally go away with time, but you can also ask a doctor to remove them.

      I’m glad that you asked your gyno about it. If it continues, I would seek their advice again for a physical therapist that specializes in Vaginismus or see if removing the tags would be something to consider.

      For now, try using some water based lube and see if it helps ease insertion of your finger after you get the cup in place. If it’s still hard to work with, you might want to try a cup that’s more narrow, softer or a cup with a flared rim.

      A narrower cup may allow room for your finger, while a softer cup will allow the body to be compressed to the side so you can insert a finger.
      A cup with a flared rim might help move the cup higher (making more room for a finger) and may also slide around your cervix without extra assistance.

      You also don’t need to use two fingers to spin/rotate the cup. You can insert one finger (hopefully easier), press the body of the cup and “swipe” to the side. I personally find this much easier to do than rotating the cup from the base.

      IF you are able to reach the cup with out the stem and are confident removing the cup, you might want to try to turn the cup inside out. A slightly smaller cup may make all the difference.

      I hope you can get either of these methods to work for you better. I’m sorry that you’re having problems with your cup ☹ I know it’s frustrating but I commend you for trying to work it out! Good Luck <3

      PS…some of the tips in this video might be helpful:

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    Rachel October 11, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    Hi, I’m a new cup user and tried the Diva Cup size 2 for the first time. I was able to insert and remove easily and had no leaks. But, I find that the cup slides down and the end of it hangs out (even with the stem completely removed). I’ve tried it inside out but still have the same problem. I have a medium cervix but I think it must move down when I have my period. I think the Diva Cup is just too long for me, but I like all other aspects of it (comfort, capacity, etc). Can you recommend a cup that is similar to the Diva, but shorter? I am over 35, have had children, and have a medium to heavy flow. Thanks!

    • Reply
      Red Herring October 12, 2017 at 7:50 pm

      Hi Rachel!

      First of all, welcome to the world of cupping! Congrats on taking the plunge to make the change or at least for trying it 🙂

      I’m happy to hear that you were able to insert and remove the cup easily and wore it without any leaks! You’re already ahead of many people when they try a cup for the first time!

      Okay, so the sliding down 🙁 Our cervix moves all the time, but according to fertility experts, during our period it normally drops to it’s lowest position. So it could be possible that your cervix would be considered a “low” cervix or at the least, medium/low.

      Shorter or “bell” shaped cups might feel more comfortable to you. You can try either a bell shaped cup with or with out a flared rim. Normally bell shaped cups with a flare rim tend to ride up and sit higher in the vaginal fornix. It may feel more comfortable for people with a lower cervix, but since the cervix is nestled inside of the cup, you may also lose some capacity.

      A bell shaped cup with a normal rim doesn’t tend to ride up as high, so depending on the original length of the cup and the individuals body, it might still feel too long.

      Since you were able to use the Diva Cup inside out and not have any issues removing it, I’m guessing you’re comfortable with removing your cup without any assistance of grip rings or the stem. Which makes me believe that you can use either of the two styles….since you may have to bear down and reach a little further if a flared rim up migrates upward.

      Here are the first cups that come to mind:
      Juju lg – This is a bell shaped cup with a regular rim. The large size is shorter than the Diva 2. It’s a little more firm than the Diva, but not by too much.
      LaliCup med – Bell shaped with a regular rim. This cup has unique channels on the body to fold up smaller for insertion. Because of the channels, this cup seems soft but those channels also help the cup open after it’s inserted. The medium size is shorter than the Diva 2.
      Lunette lg – This cup is “V” shaped, but the large is shorter than the Diva 2 by . It’s quite a bit more firm which makes it really easy to open. However, if you have a sensitive bladder it may apply extra pressure.

      If you want to try a bell shaped cup with a flared rim, I would suggest the Lena large. They have two firmness options: “Sensitive” and “Original”. The sensitive version would be closer to the Diva firmness, but it’s totally up to you.

      One more flared rim cup would be the Fleur Cup. You can find it pretty inexpensive on Amazon ($13.90/Prime at least in the USA).

      You can see comparisons for all of these cups here:

      I wish you luck <3 Let me know if you have any questions about any of these cups 🙂

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    Christy September 30, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    Wow, I’m so glad I found this site!

    I tried the diva cup a couple years ago, as it’s the one I’d heard all about from people. Sadly I’ve had no luck with it. My main problem is that when I insert it, I can’t seem to turn it like they say you should and even if I do it stays all folded up. It doesn’t open like it’s supposed to. What doesn’t help is that I’m blind, so I can’t look at diagrams or whatever. If there are any suggestions for something super easy to insert but that’s also reliable I’d love to hear them.

    I’m 42 years old, no children as of yet. No clue on the cervix height but I am able to reach it pretty easily so I’d assume medium or maybe low. Flow is probably medium with one or two heavy days. I’ve never noticed a sensitive bladder or at least tampons don’t bother me. Most days I’m fairly inactive, but I do enjoy swimming when I can get to a pool. Thanks for any help!

    • Reply
      Red Herring October 6, 2017 at 3:59 am

      Hi Christy!

      I’m sorry to hear that you didn’t have any luck with the Diva Cup a couple of years ago. Have you tried it again since?
      Most people don’t turn the cup like some of the companies suggest to do. I don’t even do it. I never really could! What I do is, run a finger around the body of the cup. If you can reach, try to run your finger nearer to the rim. This will allow you to feel if the cup is open and if your cervix is inside or right above the cup.
      Some people say that the Diva Cup is too soft for them and others find it too firm. If you don’t find the Diva Cup too firm, then you can try a cup that’s even more firm to be sure that it opens easier, like the Yuuki Cup.

      I did do a video about Inserting & Removing a Menstrual Cup that you can listen to here:

      (I hope that your text to speech program allows you to use links. If not, you can search YouTube videos for “How to Insert & Remove your Menstrual Cup, Red Herring”

      I do have other blind viewers. So far, they have told me that I (normally, not always!) give good details and explanations. And when I don’t, they have been able to ask me to elaborate, to tell them about a certain cup such as shape, grip rings, stem, and firmness, and even give comparison details between two cups.

      I hope that the video helps and that you give your Diva Cup another try 🙂
      Good Luck and let me know if there’s anything else that I might be able to answer for you!

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    Nicole Pastor Smith September 14, 2017 at 5:49 am

    I am the biggest supporter of using menstrual cups for all of my friends and family. I originally bought a Femmecup (back when it was only 12 euros and not 22!) and it’s been the best thing ever. I could never get tampons to open up and absorb anything and pads chafed, so it was a no-brainer.

    However, I’m pretty sure it’s time to buy another. I love the femmecup but I don’t really know what material hardness it is or what would be comparable to it in size, fit, and amount it holds. Is there one anyone would recommend that’s almost similar or should I just get another of something I know is amazing?

    • Reply
      Red Herring September 22, 2017 at 11:58 pm

      Hi Nicole!

      There are SO many cups on the market these days that you can choose from several different shapes, sizes, colors, and firmness.
      The FemmeCup has a very soft body, but a rigid rim. If you want to stay with that style of cup, you can check out the MoonCup, SheCup, VCup (India not V-Cup “cheapie”), or the NaturCup. However, the firmness of these cups aren’t as soft as the FemmeCup.

      Do you know if you have a low or high cervix? Do you have a sensitive bladder? (I’m guessing it not too sensitive since the FemmeCup rim is on the firmer side)

      You can check some size comparisons here:
      and see if any of the cups catch your eye. If you have any questions about a cup or cups, I’d be happy to answer them 🙂

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    Anna September 7, 2017 at 7:38 pm


    I’m so happy I stumbled upon this! I’ve used a small Lunette cup for the past several years and always been more or less happy with it, until I had my first child. I had quite a bit of internal tearing during my delivery. Now that my periods have resumed, I find the Lunette to be too small for my heavier flow and more uncomfortable than before. I think my vagina is actually narrower than before, due to repair/scar tissue. The cup sits very low, and the bottom tends to tilt backward into my vagina. Previously I had needed the entire stem; now I’ve trimmed it off entirely. The cup is also filled to capacity in two hours or less.
    Here are my answers to your typical questions:
    -Cervix Height: medium to high
    -Physical Activities: some walking/jogging
    -Bladder Sensitivity: average – I’ve never noticed that the the cup affects that at all.
    -Light or Heavy Flow: heavy flow

    I’m looking forward to hearing what you recommend! Thanks!

    • Reply
      Red Herring September 16, 2017 at 12:57 am

      Hi Anna,
      I’m wondering when inserting the cup, you place it high and the it starts to migrated down?
      A more bell shaped cup with a regular style rim might feel more comfy and stay in place. A bell shaped cup tends to ride up and sit higher for most people. I have found (with speaking with others) that the regular style rim doesn’t move as high as the ones with a flared rim.
      Some cups to consider would be the LaliCup (medium or large) and the Ruby Cup (medium).
      In turn, a bell shaped cup with a flared rim might work just as well. I would probably go with one with a longer length since you have a medium to high cervix, such as: Lena and Fleur.
      The LaliCup large would have the most capacity in the cups that I’ve mentioned. The Ruby Cup would have the least.

      Did you have any cups in mind already? Check out these cups and let me know if you have any questions about them or any other cup. 😀
      Good Luck!

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    Sarah September 6, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    hi I currently have used JuJu No 2 for my past 2 cycles. Only trouble I have is the cup coming out. I have been wearing it without leaking. Whenever I walk or pick up a child it comes out…. Not all the way generally a little sometimes a lot. I have removed the stem completely.

    1. Cervix is low
    2. Flow medium
    3. Physical activity…. Yoga, running, personal training
    4. Haven’t noticed my bladder while wearing JuJu cup
    5. 42 yo 3 children.

    What would you recommend?

    Thanks for your help.

    • Reply
      Red Herring September 7, 2017 at 7:52 am

      Hi Sarah!
      I’m sorry that you’re having an uncomfortable experience with your Juju cup 🙁 The Juju might be too long for you and getting pushed out when you bear down/tense up.

      You can try turning the cup inside out and see if that “fits” better. For a lot of people, this does the trick. If not, you might have better luck with a cup that’s bell shaped with a flared rim, or a cup that’s shorter.
      Some cups that might work with your low cervix – Lena small or large, LaliCup medium, Fleur or A Zen Cup (same design) small or large, Super Jennie small or large, Ruby Cup medium, and Sckoon large.

      The Lena original version would be the firmest of the bunch (in body). The softest would probably be the Super Jennie. If you decide on the Super Jennie, the small has a good capacity even for a small sized cup. It may be enough for your medium flow. The dark blue colored Super Jennie has been confirmed by the company to be the only color that’s slightly more firm than the rest. If you’re worried about getting a softer cup to open, get the dark blue.

      I would suggest trying your cup inside out first. One to save you some money if it’s comfy and works. Two, you’ll have a better idea if you need to go shorter.

      If you need me to elaborate on any of the cups I mentioned, don’t hesitate to ask 🙂

      Good Luck!
      PS…did you know that Juju recently came out with a low cervix cup? It’s short, wide and they added beefier grips!

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    Shan August 26, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    Which would you recommend? –My biggest issue is that I have Such a difficult time removing my cup (like afraid it won’t come out several times, seriously)!! I don’t use it often because of this. I have a Large Luna Cup (user for few months). Heavy flow (remove every 2 hours+ so don’t leak). High cervix I think. Semi sensitive bladder. My current cup feels fine, but the stem and cup is Hard to grip and remove. Thanks for the help!

    • Reply
      Tammy September 6, 2017 at 12:19 am

      I literally reach in with three fingers and refold it inside the canal and then gently pull it out at an angel similar to the insertion angle. I can’t pull it out without refolding it. It hurts that way. Now that I’ve done it a few times, it’s so much easier.

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    Melissa August 19, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    Hi, hoping you can help recommend a cup for me. I’ve only ever tried the small diva cup, have had it for years, tried before and after having kids and find inserting and removing soooo painful!!! Find it hard to get it to open, Leaks big time, and is very uncomfortable! I have an extremely heavy period but only for 2 days, then just spot for a week lol. No idea about the length of my cervix???

    • Reply
      Red Herring August 21, 2017 at 7:54 pm

      Hi Melissa!
      I’m sorry that you’re having troubles with the Diva Cup 🙁 It just might not be the cup for you. I would suggest trying to locate your cervix if you can. It might give you some insight to which size or shape of cup you want.

      How to Locate & Measure your Cervix:

      Here’s a walk-through of “How to Insert & Remove your Menstrual Cup” with some tips:
      This video also covers what might be happening when you “leak”.

      How is the cup uncomfortable? Does it feel too long? Too firm? Does it press on your bladder making you feel like you need to urinate or when you do urinate do you feel like you can’t empty your bladder all the way?

      Some extra info will be helpful in suggesting a few cups that might work for you better. 🙂

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    Poli August 1, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    I had the Lunette cup (smaller version) and it was too firm for me. It was leaking all the time but it was still better than tampons and pads (I was wearing the thin daily pads). It also got a brownish colour very quickly. Now I got a different one, it is the same size but softer, and it doesn’t leak anymore. But it is only available in EU.

    • Reply
      Noemi August 17, 2017 at 11:04 am

      Which one did you get? I live in Europe as well 🙂

    • Reply
      Red Herring August 9, 2017 at 4:38 am

      Hi Poli!
      You can actually soak most of your cups in Hydrogen Peroxide overnight to get rid of stains. Rinsing with cold water, at least at first will help with setting in stains. After you rinse all the blood off with cold water, you can use hot water for a good wash.
      Everyone is different and a cup that works for one person, might not work for the next. It’s kind of trail and error. I’m happy to hear that you found something that works for you 😀 What cup was it?

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    Ella Bella July 29, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    So i’ve just started looking into menstrual cups and i was wondering which brand you would recommend for me.

    I am in my early twenties.
    Cervix Height- I don’t know how to measure this I have short fingers so its hard for me to tell
    Physical Activities- I do go to the gym regularly
    Bladder Sensitivity- I would say I have a sensitive bladder
    Light or Heavy Flow- Heavy Flow

    • Reply
      Red Herring August 9, 2017 at 5:08 am

      Cervix Height – unknown = average size cup
      ….Can you feel your cervix at all? You can make a mental note as to how far you were able to insert a finger and measure the length of your finger in mm’s.
      Physical Activities – gym = I suggest something a little more firm
      Bladder Sensitivity – Sensitive = …medium/firm to medium/soft (taking into account the gym)
      Flow – Heavy = Larger size or High Capacity

      The cups that I would suggest looking into are:
      LaliCup Medium (bell shape with regular rim)
      EvaCup Large (V shape)
      Fleur Cup Large (bell shape with flared rim)
      Yuuki Rainbow or Soft Large (V shape)
      MeLuna Classic (Standard Size) Large or XLarge
      Ruby Cup Medium (bell shape)

      Check those out and see if any interest you 🙂

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    Period procrastinator July 21, 2017 at 8:33 am

    I just purchased my first menstral cup and I decided on the disposable Flex cup. I haven’t tried it yet because I am worried that a light flow will make it uncomfortable. Anyone have any advice or tips for a beginner? Is it harder to remove the flex since it doesn’t have the tail or stem?

    • Reply
      Red Herring August 9, 2017 at 5:17 am

      Flex and soft cups are quite different that the other style of “Menstrual Cups” on the market. However, both are safe to use while you have a light or heavy flow or no flow at all. A lot of people tend to use their cup when they’re expecting their period so they don’t get caught empty handed if it happens while they’re out and about.

      These disk type cups get “tucked” behind your pubic bone when inserted. To remove them, you insert a finger and “hook” your finger around the rim to move it back over your pubic bone. I find that if I squat or even bear down in any way; sneeze, cough, laugh etc, the Flex/Soft Cup becomes “un-tucked” on it’s own 🙁 That’s never good, but that’s just me. Your body might do perfectly fine with it.

      I know these are meant to be disposable, but I have heard many people wash them and reuse them. Some for the day and others for an entire period. I might suggest practicing inserting and remove prior to having your period just to get the hang of them. If you need to, use a water based lube to help ease the cup in. Some times for trying one too many times, you get dried out 🙁

      Good luck!! <3

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    Michelle July 9, 2017 at 9:39 am

    I’ve been using diva for years, first size 1 then switched to size 2 because late 30’s, no children. Always have leakage problems. It’s real leakage, not just residual. I make sure it pops open every time, but it’s often a struggle. Yet, I can’t completely empty my bladder unless I take the cup out. I always feel like I have to go. Any Rec’s for alternatives?
    -Cervix Height = high
    -Physical Activities = hiking
    -Bladder Sensitivity = yes
    -Light or Heavy Flow = heavy

    • Reply
      Red Herring August 9, 2017 at 5:23 am

      Perhaps a different shape all together? The LaliCup medium or large might be nice. It has a softer body with “channels” to help it fold up smaller, but also pop open easier. It is bell shaped, but has a regular rim that helps it not migrate so much like bell shaped cups with a flared rim. Capacity: medium – 36ml and large 40ml.
      Maybe the different shape with help keep the pressure off of your sensitive areas.

    • Reply
      Poli August 1, 2017 at 6:01 pm

      Maybe you can try with a softer one? It worked for me. I kept the same size just less firm.

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    Abberto Meow June 29, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    Everyone’s gonna hate me for this, but. I’ve actually got a really LIGHT flow that only lasts a few days. My periods are very irregular and sometimes just consist of just spotting. I’ve got a Small Blossom cup now — which I love! But I was wondering; is there anything smaller, brand wise?

    • Reply
      Red Herring July 5, 2017 at 8:58 pm

      Hi hon!

      LOL I long time ago, I probably would have cursed you for having a really light flow! My periods have died down since, but I still have very irregular, unpredictable, light and/or heavy periods that may or may not last for a couple to a few weeks!
      Now, I’m just happy to have menstrual cups in my life. They make it all SO much better; heavy or not!
      As for the small Blossom Cup, there are many that are smaller.
      A few that come to mind are (all small size): AmyCup “Crystal”, Casco Cup Mini, FemmeCup, Korui, Lady Cup, LaliCup, Lena, Lumma, Lunette, Ruby Cup, Sckoon Cup….and more! These aren’t even include the “cheapie” types.
      I think it boils down to, what shape as well. You can narrow down the selection using that. Some of these are bell shaped cups and may not be what you’re looking for.

  43. Reply
    Sharon Yeung June 22, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    Hi there! I currently use a diva cup, but I find that the suction breaks every few hours on the first two days, and a little bit leaks out. The suction breaks even when I’m not doing anything strenuous, and that often the cup isn’t very full. Otherwise, the cup works perfectly on my lighter days. I’m not sure how high or low my cervix is, so I’m not sure if this is the problem or not. Thank you!

    • Reply
      Red Herring July 5, 2017 at 8:49 pm

      Hi Sharon!
      Are you sure the seal breaking is what’s causing your leaks? When someone tells me they’re experiencing leaks/spotting and that their cup isn’t full, I wonder if it isn’t just “residual slobber”.
      Residual slobber is the blood that’s coating the walls of your vagina even after you insert your cup. This blood pools down and ends up on your undies. Many people think that they’re leaking or spotting out of their cup when this happens.
      See if this doesn’t clear it up for you:
      After you insert your cup, squat down and bear down with your muscles.
      Wipe the grip rings and the stem (if it’s intact) with a wet wipe or cloth.
      Doing this will get rid of some of the excess blood and hopefully eliminate any “leaking” that you’re experiencing.
      Good Luck!

      • Reply
        Sharon October 3, 2017 at 5:27 pm

        Thank you for your response! I’m sure it’s actually leaking, at random times I can feel the air escaping (sort of a gurgling feeling, like flatus), and when I go to check my cup, the suction is gone.

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    Gigi June 18, 2017 at 7:28 am

    I’m having a lot of issues with my Diva Cup. It’s my first and only cup I’ve tried, and it’s the smaller size. I had it for over a year, but haven’t been using it exclusively because of the pain I experience while using it. With tampons, I’ll get very mild cramps only on the first day of my period that really never bothered me. Now, with the Diva Cup, I have horrible cramps that last for the first and second days of my period, and the pain is so bad it’ll wake me up from a dead sleep and keep me up. The pain radiates to my lower back and legs, and keeps me from doing much of anything until ibuprofen kicks in. Also, another big issue I’m having is leaking. It only happens during my two heavier days, and it’s not from the cup overflowing. I’ve tried every suggestion to try and make sure I’m actually getting it to seal correctly, but it still leaks even if it’s just a tiny bit. I can leave the cup in for as long as 12 hours, and some times I’ve gone even longer without overflowing. I’m not sure if the length of the cup is the issue? On one hand, I think the cramps I’m experiencing are a symptom of that. But on the other hand, after I insert the cup, and walk around, sit down, stand up, etc the stem of the cup is not sticking out at all. Also, I have noticed that sometimes when I go to remove the cup it’s tilted to one side or the other instead of straight up and down like when I inserted it. I just ordered a small sized Super Jennie hoping that a softer cup would help solve these problems, but now I’m having second thoughts…

    • Reply
      Red Herring June 20, 2017 at 3:10 am

      Hi Gigi!

      It seems those who experience cramping with the Diva Cup, find that a slightly softer cup ease those cramps. Does the cup fit you okay other than the cramping? The length?
      The cup that eased those cramps for me was the EvaCup. It’s not even that much more soft but something just made it work with my body better. There’s a slimmer cup which again isn’t THAT much more soft, but I don’t experience any extra cramping with it either. It’s the Casco Cup (You can find this cup under the name of Green Cup of Maine, as well). I’m not sure where you’re located, but you might also check out the Soft MeLuna.
      If the length is not comfortable for you, you may be more comfortable with a bell shaped cup with a regular rim (as opposed to a flared rim). Something like the LaliCup, Bella Cup or Juju Cup.

      As for the leaking, you may not actually be leaking. After you insert your cup, there is still residual blood coating the walls of your vagina. People refer to this as “residual slobber”. This blood will eventual pool down and out ending up on your undies. If this is what’s happening, you can squat down, bear down and wipe the stem and/or grip rings with a wet wipe or cloth. This will clean up any excess blood and hopefully eliminate any spotting/leaking.
      Tip #4:

      Our cervix is not straight up. It goes more back toward our tailbone. Some notice that their cervix is more on one side than the other.

      The Super Jennie small is nice cup. It’s softer but still opens pretty easy for most. Even the small has a good capacity so hopefully it’ll allow you a good length of time before needing to empty it.
      Good Luck with the SJ. I hope it works better for you!! <3

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    Kristen June 16, 2017 at 3:13 am

    I am trying to figure out which menstrual cup I should buy , and from what I read one of the biggest factors is if you have a high , low or medium length to your cervix. I did the finger test ( on the first and second day of my period), but I am still unsure, I wasn’t able to reach and maybe was just able to reach my cervix , but I have really short fingers, my longest finger is 2.5 inches long, so would that be considered a high cervix? I was reading a blog that mentioned 3-4 inches is what people where considering a high cervix . Also any suggestions for how I can try to see how far until I for sure can touch my Cervix besides my fingers, since they are too short?

    • Reply
      Red Herring June 20, 2017 at 1:46 am

      Hi Kristen!

      The questions I normally ask someone when they’re looking for a cup are:

      -Cervix Height
      -Physical Activities
      -Bladder Sensitivity
      -Light or Heavy Flow

      If you’re having troubles finding or reaching your cervix, I would start with an “average” sized cup or a “medium” sized cup. Sorry to say, but you won’t know which way on the scale to choose until you at least try one. If you get a cup that’s on the longer side it will likely feel uncomfortable if it’s sitting too near the opening of your vagina. However, it’ll still have enough length for you to reach it easily (as a new user).
      If you start off with a cup that’s too short for you, you might have troubles reaching it.

      If you’re very active, you might rather have a firmer cup. A lot of people who do strenuous work outs find a firm cup stays open and in place better than a softer cup.

      If you have a sensitive bladder, you might want to go with something softer or a cup without a flared rim. If you get a cup that’s too firm and you have a sensitive bladder, you might feel like you need to urinate more often or that you didn’t empty your bladder all the way when you do urinate.

      If you have a light low, you can go with a size small. A heavy flow, then you’ll probably want something larger.

      Some cups I would suggest looking into that are “middle of the road” are: Diva Cup, EvaCup, LaliCup, Casco Cup, Fleur, MeLuna Classic (large for heavy flow, medium for light flow), Lunette (on the shorter & firmer side), Yuuki (soft).

      If you answer the other three questions that I normally ask, I might be able to narrow these cups down for you even further.
      Good Luck and don’t hesitate to ask more questions 🙂

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    Ashley January 20, 2017 at 3:52 am

    I just purchased my first cup and am not happy with it.
    My friend gave me a softcup (unused of course) to try about a year ago and it was EXTREMELY uncomfortable and unbearable to wear.
    It sealed fine and didn’t leak but man it pushed on everything and HURT, made cramps worse, and hurt even after taking out.
    Some back story, I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis so I have a swollen colon and anything that presses against my vaginal walls therefore presses against my colon and hurts. Cramps worsen the colon pain and then the pressing of the firm cup worsens it even more so …
    I purchased the Lena Sensitive small because it stated it was designed specifically for “sensitive anatomies and bladders” so I imagined it would be super soft and perfect. It’s still too firm ! Has anyone used this cup and found an even softer one ? It’s a relatively new model by then though so it’s hard to find anyone that’s used it and had the same issue. And when I have to go to the bathroom (1 and esp 2) it begins to push itself out.
    Also, the stem sticks out and is uncomfortable. I could trim it but I’m so paranoid that I won’t be able to grab it to take it out. The entire cup itself feels as if it’s too long to me.
    Can anyone please help with this dilemma ?! I’m not sure how all these people can buy almost every cup on the market and try them when they’re around $30 a piece. I can’t manage to do that so I’d like to try to get it right instead of this trial and error buying.

    • Reply
      Red Herring January 20, 2017 at 7:41 am

      Sadly, menstrual cups are not a “one size fits all” thing. It’s a rare thing when someone buys one blindly and it working out perfectly for them. You already know that there’s a big difference between the SoftCups by Instead/Flex Cups and the other type of cups like the Lena Cup.

      A lot of it depends on the height of your cervix. If a cup is too long for you, it may sit right inside of the vagina and can be felt anytime you move around, or actually protrude from your body.

      Normally a bell-shaped cup fits a low cervix better. A bell-shaped cup with a flared rim tends to ride up and sit higher. However, you may find a bell-shaped cup with a “regular” wide rim allows your cervix to sit inside of the cup better and still allows you the extra capacity.

      Sometimes people find that a cup with a wider rim also helps to keep the cup in place. Others just feel more comfortable removing their cup to use the bathroom when they have a bowel movement, but can usually find a cup that is comfortable enough to use while urinating.

      It sounds like you have a very low cervix since the Lena (bell-shaped w/flared rim) in a size small still feels, as you said, too long. You can trim the stem a grip ring by grip ring until you’re comfortable reaching it and comfortable wearing it. You can also try to flip your cup inside out and try it that way. If your cup is that low, you shouldn’t have any problems reaching for it though. If for some reason you can’t reach your cup at first, do a series of bear downing while squatting. This should bring your cup down little by little until you can reach it. Don’t forget to break the seal by pinching the cup or collapsing the rim before pulling. With some sensitivities I don’t want you to experience extra pain.
      Double check to make sure, and try to do this while you have your period.

      There are several cups that are shorter than the Lena and some are softer.
      Some cups that you can look into are:
      Sckoon – small than most small cups, “gummy” silicone which makes it feel softer
      Super Jennie – soft, wider rim, good capacity even for size small
      Ruby Cup – smaller than most small cups, soft
      MeLuna – Classic small or medium, or even the “Shorty” versions for a super low cervix

      As for buying several cups, I wait for sales (almost every single holiday), I buy “destashed” cups and sanitize them to my liking, and/or I just save a bit here and there. I also have on going discount codes for certain sites that sell cups as well as other menstrual items., and/or = 10% off code: RedHerringTV

      If you find that a cup doesn’t work for you, you can always resell them on one of the Menstrual Cup FB groups. There are people there that would be happy to find a deal and you recoup some of your funds back.

      I hope that I covered all of your questions/concerns. Please let me know if there’s anything else I might be able to help with or elaborate on. 🙂

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    Mel January 13, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    I bought a Lunnete size 1, I’m not completely happy with it… It’s really comfortable for me, after I cut a part of the steam I can no longer tell it’s there and it’s more or less easy to get out. During the day it didn’t support me as much as I could have wanted… had to change it between up to four hours (I guess I should have bought a size 2 but I was afraid it’d be too big, now I know better) but it did its job. My real problem is that it LEAKS A LOT AT NIGHT!! Part of the problem must be that I sleep upside down and the blood catches its holes.

    Therefore I ask for your advise, do you know of a cup that is similar to the lunette cup (may be bigger but not much longer) that has no holes? Do you think that could be a solution? Sleeping at night with confidence of not leaking was my main motivation behind buying myself a menstrual cup in the first place…

    • Reply
      Red Herring January 14, 2017 at 5:06 am

      Hi Mel!

      I can’t think of very many cups that do not have holes; Lily Cup Original, Silky Cup (newer version), FemmyCycle. There’s a cup that has one single pin hole but it’s a “cheapie” cup and likely made out of food grade silicone if you’re worried. Mine doesn’t have a name, but it is known by several names as well as, “Ivita”.

      Having no holes in a cup may or may not produce other problems. The most common is having the cup seal tightly around your cervix making it hard to remove. Some people can use them perfectly fine, others find it painful or too much trouble to deal with.

      If you had to cut the stem on a size small, you probably have a medium to low cervix. You might find Bell Shaped Cups to “fit” better and supply you with a bit more capacity. The base of the cup is rounded and even if your cervix sits inside, there’s still space to collect. A better fit, and a higher capacity might help with leaking.

      I’m not sure what you mean by “upside down”. I’ve know people to use inversion tables, yoga/handstands and aerial silk acrobatics and have been leak free.

      Is this leaking happening every night that you use it?
      You stated that during the day you have to empty it around four hours. If you’re sleeping for eight, then you’re probably just overflowing it. You’ll want to look into a higher capacity or bell shape.

      Some cups you can look into would be Super Jennie small, Lena Cup small or medium, LaliCup medium, Ruby Cup medium, Fleur small, Sckoon large.

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    Jaimie B December 25, 2016 at 1:48 am

    I recently picked up a Diva Cup size 1 and it’s currently getting its first “trial”. I wore a pad as backup the first two nights because my flow tends to be heavy then and it did overflow the first night. I practiced inserting and removing it a few days before the blood started and that really put me off on it, shoving it in and pulling it out hurt and I could feel it pushing on my bladder. I’m a 24 y.o. virgin and even large tampons can feel too big sometimes so this thing looked huge to me. It feels fine to wear during my actual period though, I guess I’m looser or more tolerant of foreign objects up there then, especially when the object isn’t drying like a tampon. It seems to open fine every time although I can’t always feel it do so (I run my finger around the bottom to make sure it’s round all around) and I haven’t had any leaks other than that one time it overflowed. I didn’t really have any cramps this time around, just an odd pressure that felt like the beginning of them, but that could have just been the cup suctioning to my cervix. My periods vary in whether they hurt or not so I can’t say whether the cup has anything to do with this, it’s just an observation. This is my first time using a reusable menstrual cup, I’ve used Instead soft cups before without problems and prefer them to tampons for swimming or other activities, but they’re messy to remove (even messier than Diva has been so far), a bit pricey per count compared to other disposables, and my local stores don’t consistently stock them, so when I saw a Diva Cup on sale for $20 US at a local supermarket, I decided to take the plunge and I’m glad I did. Personally this seems like a great investment, both for my clothing/bedding and my wallet, and I know it’s safe because it’s been made and tested in a country with good quality control (Canada) and I didn’t buy one of those Chinese knockoff cups made of lower quality silicon or plastic (or who knows what else) with no quality control or consumer safety concerns (although I know those can look very lucrative). I’d definitely recommend anyone curious about menstrual cups to do some research (such as on sites such as this one), look into your anatomy, and then shop around. Good quality cups come in the same price ranges as the Chinese ones do on some sites, so researching brands is more important than looking at prices. In fact, a lot of “brands” are just the cheap Chinese cups given a cute name and nice packaging, so be wary of any cup that’s made in China, or that looks just like the Chinese knockoff ones found on EBay or Aliexpress! (Or, on the other hand, if you really don’t care about where the cup came from, you can find the same exact cups on there for way less, sometimes as low as 50¢/cup.)

  49. Reply
    S.J.M. September 17, 2016 at 10:43 pm

    I’ve always got scared to try them because I have a Tilted uterus. nothing seems to stay in place! I am very curious if anyone else out there has similar problems and uses them? I would really appreciate your input thanks 🙂

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    Vic August 15, 2016 at 4:36 am

    I wish that you would put the different cups in a row, side by side, per size, so we could more easily see the shapes and differences between them. I currently use the disposable Softcup menstrual cup and absolutely love it because it is shaped like a diaphragm with a fairly rigid ring that easily snaps out and around the cervix and the collection area is basically a thin membrane that forms kind of a dish shape that is easily dumped out at removal (it is nice because it dumps into the toilet).

    I am trying to figure out which shape would be the least irritating for me to try, it seems most of these are rocket shaped and pretty much the same. So having side by side comparisons would be helpful. Especially if you put the small sizes all together in one pic and then the large size together and then added the short or other options so they can be compared.

    • Reply
      Nina January 12, 2017 at 9:49 pm

      Check out previous star pads on YouTube. She does that.

    • Reply
      Red Herring August 19, 2016 at 5:42 pm

      Hi Vic,

      Although a lot of menstrual cups look the same, there are slight differences in each. Those little things can make a big difference to certain people.

      You can “spin the wheel” and buy any menstrual cup and give it a try. It may or may not work and fit with your body. The most popular cup for first timers is the Diva Cup. Only because it’s the one we hear about the most, might see on the shelf at the store and maybe even saw commercials of it.
      However, the Diva Cup is a longer cup and may not fit someone with a medium to low cervix. It also might be a little too firm, putting pressure on a persons bladder or cause cramping. It could be a combination of the two or even more features on the cup, that would make a person not be able to use a particular cup.

      There are a few questions I normally ask someone when they’re looking for a menstrual cup of “this” type (not SoftCup/Flex).

      1. How high or low is your cervix?
      -Someone with a high cervix might be happier with a “V” shaped cup. Normally they’re a little longer making it easier to reach for insertion and removal. Some “V” shaped cups are: Diva, Eva, CupLee.
      -Someone with a low cervix might be happier with a “Bell” shaped cup. The bell shape allows a persons cervix to sit inside of the cup with out compromising all of the capacity. These cups can ride up and sit higher around your cervix so that it doesn’t sit too low or even sit outside of the vagina. Some “Bell” shaped cups are: Super Jennie, LaliCup, Si-Bell, Fleur, Lena.
      -Someone with a very high cervix might want the longest cups on the market: LilyCup “Original” or LuvUrBody

      2. Is your menstrual flow light or heavy?
      -Small: light to medium flow
      -Large: medium to heavy flow
      Some cups come in more than two sizes such as the LaliCup, MeLuna, SilkyCup, LuvUrBody

      3. Are you physically active?
      -If you do sports, yoga, cycling, Zumba…anything with a lot of movement or bending you might want a cup that’s more firm. This will help keep your cup from collapsing while doing these movements.
      Some firm cups are: Yuuki both soft & firm are more firm than most cups, Lunette, Lena, AmyCup “Crystal”.

      4. Do you have a sensitive bladder/urethra?
      -If you do, then a softer cup might be best. It will eliminate the pressure that a firmer cup & rim can apply to the bladder & urethra. If a firm cup makes you feel like you have to urinate more often or that you can’t empty your bladder all the way when you do, then the cup is too firm for you. This can also cause discomfort and/or cramping. Some softer cups are: Si-Bell, Super Jennie, Sckoon, UniCup, CupLee.

      So now the combinations…
      I know this seems like a lot of things to think about but once you can answer those, you can narrow down the selection of cups that might work best for you for your first try.
      Remember that even if a cup doesn’t work for you, you know what you want or don’t want in your next cup. There are Facebook groups that you can sell your gently used cups to others to recoup some of your funds back if you need to try another cup. If you are not oppsed to buying and trying a used menstrual cup for less cost, you can also check these the Facebook pages. You can boil or microwave the used cups to sanitize them, as well as soak them in peroxide/water.

      Good Luck!

    • Reply
      Admin Answers August 15, 2016 at 5:13 pm

      Hi Vic,

      Currently, the best solution we can provide you with is our on-site comparison tools – You can sort the results by different size parameters.

      Good luck 🙂

  51. Reply
    Priyanka July 28, 2016 at 5:15 am

    I am 36 YO, not married women. What size should I wear.?

  52. Reply
    Brandi June 13, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    I really think the Lena cup should be on here, it’s an amazing cup! I own a large and have a low cervix but it’s perfect. I had trouble with so many cups especially the diva cup, after 3 years of trying different cups and almost giving up the Lena is perfect for me!

  53. Reply
    JShy June 5, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    I am using the cup for the first time. No leakage, it was uncomfortable for a little while, then I cut most of the tail off, now I don’t feel it at all! I have emptied it twice, gross but neat in a weird way. Ew.
    I practiced a few times before my period, never thought it was opening properly. It must be opening though, as I am not leaking and even the outside of the cup doesn’t seem to be messy.
    I am 46, had one C-section 24 years ago and I have to wear the smaller size. I bought and tried both. So don’t let anyone tell you that just because your older, you will need the larger one. Not true.
    Im pickled tink that this is working. Cool! No more tampons for me!!!

  54. Reply
    Pilgerin Kati June 5, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    I am using the Diva Cup since several years. Just bought a new one. To me it is important that the menstrual cup is made from medicin silicon. Medicin silicon is easy to clean, i do that with toothpast and hot water. From time to time i cook it in hot water. So it is free from bacteria and clean. It saves a lot of money, because pads and tampons are expensive in germany. If you like to do sports (watersports) and if you like to wear modern fashion. Or if you be at areas where no tampons and pads get to buy, than a menstrual cup is the right thing. //// Kati

  55. Reply
    Shamila May 23, 2016 at 5:31 am

    Hi Melisa, the PrincessD Menstrual Cup is on a special at R250,00 excluding delivery!

  56. Reply
    Dd May 21, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    I love my pink cup. It was easy to insert as well as to remove. It is also comfortable wearing it. But by the end of the day I was very sore. So I decided to revert to the old ways for the night, and I already feel better. Am I doing something wrong?

  57. Reply
    Nittz May 12, 2016 at 2:55 am

    Hi. I’m 21 years old. I bought a cup recently size M (the sizes in my country are S,M and L) the M being for people between 15 and 30. I have tried to get it in and been unsuccessful. I tried when I wasn’t on my period a few times and twice during the start of mine. It’s a Silky Cup made of silicone and it’s really firm. My problem is, on more than one of my dry trials, I managed to get the cup in by putting the rim first and shoving the part of the bulb I could still see. It went in relatively easy after a couple tries but never once opened out. I have no idea how to get it to open out. My vaginal opening/canal are tight and not used to this. I have never used tampons or masturbated internally (sorry for TMI) so I am a little scared about putting a finger up there to check for my cervix. As far as I know it’s not low though . I can see that the stem is long but I want to get comfortable putting it in before I snip off the extra stem.

    • Reply
      Pilgerin Kati June 5, 2016 at 1:20 pm

      Hi, it needs a bit practice. Dont be afraid, because its your own finger you put inside of your body 🙂 It´s for your own hygienic and than its ok.

  58. Reply
    Shamila May 11, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    The PrincessD Menstrual Cup is doing pretty well in South Africa with good references. Visit : or Facebook PrincessD Menstrual Cup – the retail price is R295,00 but there are huge discounts for bulk orders. Email:

  59. Reply
    Arin April 29, 2016 at 11:45 am

    As a transguy who hasn’t started hormone therapy this thing is a blessing. Personally, I purchased the Blossom cup back in December and it’s worked amazing since the first day. The insertion process is a bit tricky the first time but once you get the hang of it It’s great. Unlike tampons, the cup isn’t uncomfortable to remove. I used to dread taking tampons out and the thought gave me anxiety but now I can just do my thing and not worry about noisy wrappers. Fair warning, cups do sort of suction up where they are to form a seal so when you pull it out there may be an interesting unsunction noise, so keep that in mind if you’re in public. I wouldn’t worry about the cup going too far up because in my experience it’s very easy to just push out with your muscles down there and grab hold of the end. I have an extrememly heavy flow and have to empty it about four times a day (one when I wake up, one around lunch, one after dinner, and one before bed) The really great thing about it is that even on light days or days where you’re unsure, it doesn’t hurt to insert the cup. With tampons if your flow isn’t heavy enough it can really hurt to push those suckers in and pull them out but with this it really doesn’t matter. It’s very easy to clean and extremely reliable I’d say. In respect to me being a transman periods will never be something that I enjoy but I feel as if the cup makes periods feel more like a condition to me, much more medical. Although periods still make me dysphoric this nifty invention at least makes me feel a little better about the process, like it’s something I’ll get rid of one day (which it is.) Long story short, if you’re thinking about getting a menstrual cup DO IT. (regardless of gender)

    • Reply
      Sarah May 6, 2016 at 2:14 am

      I agree that cups make my periods so much more…enjoyable? Maybe I should say they make my periods much more tolerable 🙂 I’m spreading the word to all of my tampon-using friends because the cups changed my menstrual cycle for the better.
      Good luck with the hormone therapy when you decide to start!

  60. Reply
    May Seattle April 14, 2016 at 12:14 am

    My first menstrual cup that I used was the Intimina Luna compact. I loved it so much! I usually have a very heavy flow so I had to dump it like every 4 hours during my heavy days but they worked great and I love having a little compact to store it in! Problem was when I was on one of my heavy days, the tip actually broke off when I tried to take it out and it was a pain trying to get this broken funnel out of me. It was a horrible timing as this happened during the start of my shift at work and the most critical tampon run I’ve ever had to do (since I worked in an ambulance at midnight). Turns out I boiled the cup too often ( you usually disinfect with mild soap and boil the cup once in a while) to which I boiled every month and apparently that’s too often… the cup lasted for me for about 4-5 months. I do recommend the compact Intimina though. I don’t regret my purchase!

    • Reply
      Sarah May 6, 2016 at 2:20 am

      Eeeek! That’s never an enjoyable situation. Maybe you were boiling the cup for too long? I actually boil my cups every month for about 5 minutes a couple of days before my period starts so that they are sanitized. I don’t like using sterilizing tablets or soaking them in peroxide mixtures. I do use antibacterial soap or wipes when cleaning the cup in-between insertions.

      • Reply
        May May 6, 2016 at 9:45 pm

        I think so. I would boil it until I was satisfied of knowing every possible bacterium was dead. I also think my boiling water was too scalding hot which probably degraded the medical grade silicon..
        Sterilizing tablets sounds terrifying… A mild soap goes a long way. 🙂
        I purchased a femmycycle this time around and hopefully it is good!

  61. Reply
    Chelsea April 9, 2016 at 1:42 am

    I started using the Softcup three months ago and I love this product. It was easy for me to put in and I couldn’t feel it during the day. I occasionally experience leaking, but that’s usually based on flow levels. I have not used it during intercourse, but I know that it is capable of being used. I will continue using this product; they also save me money comparatively to buying tampons (I would go through so many due to flow, discomfort, etc.)

  62. Reply
    Bronwyn March 31, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    Hi there.
    I have never used cups as yet but have just purchased- waiting for it to be delivered…
    Anyone have any info on it… Well Done soft silicone menstrual cup

    I don’t want to invest too much money on a cup until I know what they are like… It looks like it replicates the Moon cup which is why I chose it because from what I have seen it seems to be a popular choice.

    Any info for a beginner will be greatly appreciated.

    (mom, 36 years, natural delivery…)

    • Reply
      Monique May 1, 2016 at 2:47 pm

      All you need for any info, Bree, from the UK specializes in menstrual cups on youtube. I highly recommend watching some of her videos first. Especially the once on how to insert and how to take out. Do not just pull out, you will rip yourself open as I did. I just got my first one 3 months ago. Her videos helped me a lot. I practiced in the shower a few times and now I got it down this month, with no more issues 🙂 If you have given birth, get the bigger size. I am 40, but never gave birth. Tried the bigger size first and it wasn’t for me. So I use the smaller size. Hope this helps.

  63. Reply
    Shamila March 26, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    I have my own brand called the PrincessD Menstrual Cup in Johannesburg, South Africa but supply throughout the world. My price is R295,00 incl. VAT – appealing packaging. For retailers and non profit organisations, we can discuss prices for bulk orders. Let’s remember World Menstrual Hygiene Day on the 28 May 2016.

  64. Reply
    Sarah February 22, 2016 at 4:49 am

    I just ordered my first menstrual cup and can’t wait til it comes in! I just tried a few Instead Softcups that I got at Walmart and I wasn’t thrilled at all. Soon as I put one in intense cramping began. Plus, it never wasn’t leaking since it was difficult maneuvering it in the right spot. I know its a learned thing and sometimes it just takes time though. Hopefully this non-disposable one coming in is a little easier to use and insert and is a bit more comfortable like it looks. I decided on the Lunette light blue one the size 2 since I’m in my 30s and have pretty heavy flow that first day. The blue one is pretty. It makes having a period almost fun. Lol. If I like it I know I’ll get another in a purple or a different brand like Diva cup. So happy that finally an invention came out that can make a such big difference. 🙂

  65. Reply
    Melissa February 6, 2016 at 2:03 am

    What cup holds the most fluid?

  66. Reply
    Terri February 1, 2016 at 12:01 am

    I needed a cup I could use in a bathing suit without fear of leakage, so I used a Softcup and a backup tampon. I could go 3 or 4 hours of lounging and drinking, in and out of the pool at a time. Has anyone else thought of this? And do you think it was a good solution? Any other ideas on how to handle this type of solutions?

    • Reply
      Pilgerin Kati June 5, 2016 at 1:30 pm

      I use the Diva Cup and going swimming, watersports and doing bushcrafting. Also i tour around as a pilgrim.

    • Reply
      Sarah May 6, 2016 at 2:06 am

      I use the DivaCup model 1 and the Lunette cup model 2.
      The DivaCup is recommended for women who are under the age of 30 and have not given birth. The Lunette model 2 is recommended for women who have a normal to heavy flow and have had children OR engaged in vaginal intercourse.

      I use the Lunette on my heavier days (2nd and 3rd day) and overnight because the silicone is [slightly] stiffer than the DivaCup and I’ve never had a leak with it, it is also holds twice as much fluid. Since it is stiffer, I don’t have issues with the cup not opening. BUT I do have to wiggle it a little at the base and move it up then down to make sure it is fully open and suctioned (note: I’ve had to do this with all of my cups).
      I use the DivaCup for my lighter days because I don’t worry so much about leaks during that time and I don’t need to use the larger cup. I had leaks with the DivaCup my first week using it and I’ve had some leaks since if it doesn’t open all the way inside my vagina (sometimes it feels open even though it’s not. Run a finger around the cup while it is inside your vagina to check). I’d say that my “go to cup” is the Lunette because I never have to worry about it leaking. I have swam with both cups without any problems. I empty my cups 2-4 times in a 16 hour day depending on the flow of my period. I hope this helped! Good luck.

      Lunette model 2 (30 ml): $29.99-39.99
      The DivaCup model 1 (15 ml): $29.99-39.99
      (Note: You must buy the DivaCup from an online retailer like Walgreens or CVS)

    • Reply
      Melissa February 6, 2016 at 2:13 am

      I could never use the Softcup. I tried the full box and never had a day that it did not leak all of the fluid out. try the pre-shaped ones. I got the Luna cup and love it. I wish it held a bit more but still love it, and Im not dry and in pain like I was with tampons.

      • Reply
        Shamila May 11, 2016 at 5:21 pm

        HI Melissa
        Look into the PrincessD Menstrual Cup – visit the Facebook page as well.

        • Melissa May 23, 2016 at 1:54 am

          Thank you I will.

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    lesssslie January 28, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    I use MCUK. At first i thought, “this is definitely not for me” because it HURT horribly to walk while wearing it. I kept trimming the stem shorter and shorter until I finally trimmed it right off. I was nervous about getting it out, but I can. Now I wear it every period and I love it! Be sure to give the cup you choose a chance, no pressure, bit by bit keep trying it.

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      Niko April 4, 2016 at 5:55 pm

      I had the same experience with my Mooncup (same brand)! I really struggled to get it comfortable, and the stem made me sore. It was my first cup, so I was really anxious about cutting off the stem, but once I did I couldn’t feel it at all anymore, and it was still easy to get out.

  68. Reply
    Joybt January 26, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    Which cups are best for intercourse when your having your period – least irritating for my partner?

    • Reply
      Woman #4 May 6, 2016 at 9:31 pm

      For desperate times, for spontaneous moments… You can use a cosmetic sponge to avoid any blood carnage. You know, the ones you use at Ulta to try foundation and such? Just don’t leave it in for long, it’s not a tampon. It only holds until the deed is done. This is a trick they use in the porn industry.

    • Reply January 26, 2016 at 9:26 pm

      First, remember that the menstrual cup is not a contraceptive method and should not be used as one. It is intended for the sole purpose of providing a female with a feminine hygiene alternative to pads and tampons.

      About your question – There is ONLY ONE single brand of menstrual cup that can be worn and used during sex and it is called the Softcup ( The Softcup can be essentially worn during sex while on your period for mess-free intimacy. However, all other menstrual cups cannot and should not be worn while partaking in sexual intercourse.

      Good Luck 🙂

      • Reply
        Melissa February 6, 2016 at 2:07 am

        I could never get the soft cup in right. I tried them out after I ordered the Luna cup, and I got worried I just wasted money on something I will not use. I love my Luna cups they go in and stay put, wish I could have said the same for the soft cups.

        • Alex Chaudhary April 2, 2016 at 10:22 pm

          I like soft cup and Instead cup. I also have a cup from eBay, I got as a trial. Too see if the size works for me. Once you get the soft cup in correctly. ( If your having trouble videos are available on YouTube. I’m guessing you’ve seen them tho. )
          I did have trouble once. I didn’t have it in perfectly, and I sneezed.. it was not good.
          But if leaking or sneezing is your issue.. And you just want to insert for use during sex. I found them also to work well. And, my husband said he isn’t bothered by it, but can feel it a little.

        • Ho April 21, 2016 at 8:57 am

          Where did you get a trial cup

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    Jess January 18, 2016 at 3:06 am

    I started out using a Mooncup, US version about 4 years ago. It’s a size B. I’m 35 years old and have one child born via c-section. This last year, I tried the Lunette size one and LOVE it. It has a higher capacity than even the bigger Mooncup, mainly because the air holes are closer to the rim. I recently was in the UK, so I picked up a Mooncup, UK version and will be trying that one out soon. Its a little shorter than the US version and the air holes are closer to the rim, so I have high hopes that it’ll work well. Its silicone feels like th Lunette (silky but not completely smooth like the Mooncup US version). Once you get past the learning curve, you’ll find that cups are so much better than tampons!

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    Dawn December 26, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    I have been doing my own resercher on this very thing, I found a cup called the Super Jennie it’s made in the USA and is reasonably priced. Just did not know how long they’ve been on the market since this review was done. I have bought one, can’t complain that it works rather well.

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    Portia November 29, 2015 at 9:49 am

    I would like to know how can I get the cup,is it avail in South Africa?
    In which stores and the price?

    I get heavy flow menstruation so I think the cup would help me as am also working in an site environment were theres no toilets which is 235ks away from my region…..

    Hope you ill help me Thank you in advance

    • Reply
      Ellie November 17, 2016 at 6:45 am

      Ruby cup (not on this list) whom I love was donating one cup for every purchase made to women in need. You mught waht to check with them

    • Reply
      chantal January 10, 2016 at 11:28 pm

      Hi Portia,

      My daughter sells the Rosa Cup..she lives in Jhb if you still looking to purchase on. R200

      • Reply
        Jennieke Kafuka May 11, 2016 at 10:22 am


        I’m very interested in purchasing menstrual cups for a large group of girls living in a very poor area in Namibia. Many can’t afford pads and our organisation is looking into trying to find a long term solution for them. I just read about someone selling them in SA . Could you please give me their contact details so we can see if we can order them. If anyone knows of someone selling them in Namibia then that would be even better. We need about 400 of them.

        Thank you very much!


        • Response to Jennieke Kafuka September 3, 2016 at 11:27 pm

          Jennieke contact me and I will help you get help to the girls in need in Nambia.

        • Lunastra July 8, 2016 at 8:33 am

          The Mpower Menstrual Cup is made in Cape Town, South Africa.

        • Charlotte June 2, 2016 at 7:53 pm

          There is a company that makes the cup that I have that is in Africa. The Ruby Cup. They also give one cup to a local girl for every cup that is purchased.

        • Try May 24, 2016 at 2:20 am

          I saw a very cheap wholesale menstrual cup sale online, and you can search Wholesale in order to get the cheapest. Also, companies may be willing ti help you out if you mail them. Just make sure to know that you are getting good quality.

        • Tj July 2, 2016 at 2:13 am

          Be careful about the cheap ones. For one, they are more likely to be made of inferior materials. Also, chances are good they are made in China, which means they may or may not follow any safety regulations other countries do. Besides, if your one who uses cups for the environment, then you’re just feeding the beast if you give money to China. They are probably the WORST when it comes to pollution, sweatshops, and human rights violations.

  72. Reply
    Jennifer November 4, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    I really like using my menstrual cup but it rises too high for me to reach. I had to have removed by gynecologic and it cost me a visit. How can I prevent it from traveling? I use the femmycycle, is there another you would recommend? Thank you for advice.

    • Reply
      Sarah November 24, 2016 at 7:24 am

      Try tying a piece of thin thread around the stem of the cup. Just to pull it within finger reach.

    • Reply
      Hev November 21, 2016 at 8:56 pm

      Also, if you’re set on the design of a femmycycle, try this. I don’t like sticking my fingers in to pull it out, so I take waxed dental floss (recommended by femmycycle) and braid it so it is a strong hold, and loop it through the femmycycle ring. That way when I’m ready to take it out, I have a “string” to pull on. I replace the floss every time.

    • Reply
      Deepu November 17, 2015 at 11:29 am

      I think femmycycle is usually recommended for people with a low cervix during periods (i.e they actually have an issue getting the cup fully inside, as opposed to the cup going too far inside)…so it is among the much shorter ones. I think a normal length cup with a stem (which you can trim according to need) will do the trick for you. You can probably check the distance to your cervix and the length of the cup you want to buy. Maybe a firmer cup is also better to start with (as it seems easier to push out with the vaginal muscles during removal)…in case such a cup making your bladder uncomfy…you can maybe then switch to a softer/smaller radius cup.

      • Reply
        Stephanie November 18, 2015 at 1:37 pm

        So which brand do you recommend for that instead of femmycycle?

        • Kass June 22, 2016 at 9:46 pm

          Another good cup which is fairly long is the lily cup but not Rhett compact one that is pretty soft the regular lily cup is just firm enough yet not too firm and it is nice and long so it is easier to reach

        • Kass June 22, 2016 at 9:48 pm

          *The* not Rhett lol

        • Lynniam January 2, 2016 at 9:39 pm

          The Diva cup is quite long, and widely available in actual stores if you live in the US (or Canada). Their website has a store locator that might help you find a local retailer!

  73. Reply
    Barbara November 2, 2015 at 4:51 am

    Thanks for the reviews! These are awesome.

  74. Reply
    hy latta September 29, 2015 at 12:30 am

    Took me a year to finally use menstrual cup correctly. Before it always leaked, poked and uncomfortable to use. Realy take your time to try it. Once you insert it correctly you wont feel any discomfort.

  75. Reply
    Radhika pol September 18, 2015 at 6:04 am

    My silky cup is getting lickage in 2-3 hrs. Than how its 12hrs lickage proof period?

    • Reply
      Subhadra November 1, 2015 at 6:39 am

      It will depend on your flow. Is the cup full to the rim when you take it out, then you have a heavy flow. Then you will need to empty more often.

  76. Reply
    Ana July 13, 2015 at 5:23 am

    Does anyone knows about MCup, the material is surgical silicone from Michigan but fabricated in Hong Kong.. ??
    is it a safe cup?

  77. Reply
    Bela June 25, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    Any comment about cups from China? Is it safe? Is it made of Masical silicone ?
    Thank you

    • Reply
      Bela June 25, 2015 at 9:52 pm

      Medical ***

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