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2019’s Best Menstrual Cups – Reviews

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 dozen of brands to find which ones will accommodate you best.

1

Venus ® Menstrual Cup

 

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The Venus Cup is a menstrual cup that is manufactured in USA. It is made out of 100% Medical Grade Silicon and comes in two different sizes, small and large. It was specially designed to accommodate a heavy flow, but it is still suitable for those who have a light flow as well. With its streamlined body and round base, it has a greater capacity in both small and large sizes than the majority of menstrual cups on the market without the added length (please check our detailed Venus cup review for more unique features and info).

Small Venus – Who is it meant for?

  1. Teens, virgins, new users, or those who have a medium to low cervix may find this size to be comfortable (how to determine your cervix height?).
  2. The small Venus Cup may be used for discharge, spotting, or a normally light to moderate flow.
  3. This size MAY be suitable for those that are under 30 years of age or those who have not had any pregnancies.
    • Please only use this as a general guide if you are still unable to choose a size based on the details above.
    • Using this method to choose a cup size is not very reliable.
    • If you are unsure, the Double Pack is a great way to try both cups at a reasonable cost.
 

Large Venus – Who is it meant for?

  1. Those with a medium to a high, or a very high cervix will find this size easier to reach (how to determine your cervix height?).
  2. The large Venus Cup has high capacity for those with a moderate to very heavy flow.
  3. May be used to prolong wearing time for up to 12 hours for those who have a lighter flow.
  4. This size MAY be suitable for those that are over the age of 30 or those who have been pregnant.
    • Please only use this as a general guide if you are still unable to choose a size based on the details above.
    • Using this method to choose a cup size is not very reliable.
    • If you are unsure, the Double Pack is a great way to try both cups at a reasonable cost.
 

Not sure which size to get? Try Venus Starter Kit (Double Pack)

  • This double pack includes both sizes of the Venus Cup to suit your comfort and needs.
  • Some people find a significant difference in the height of their cervix on different days. Having both sizes available may be a big benefit.
  • Use one regularly and have a back up in your “Emergency Period Kit”.
  • You save 50% on the second model
  • Share the other with a friend!
 

Quality Control

There is no second guessing the quality of the Venus Cup!

  • It is manufactured in the USA
  • FDA registered (3003270419)
  • Has proper ISO certificate
  • Made of 100% Medical Grade Silicone and FDA compliant colorants
  • Each cup is closely inspected and is sealed in a bag directly from the machine to eliminate chances of any type of contamination. It is then packaged and shipped to you with care
 

Competitive Price

The Venus Cup believes that everyone should have access to affordable menstrual health care. Although the price is comparably low ($19.99) to other menstrual cups on the market, feel assured that the quality was not sacrificed in any way. No matter what Mother Nature throws at you, the Venus Cup will have you covered! Additional information can be found on their official website venuscup.com.

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LaliCup ® Menstrual Cup

A well made and well rounded cup that offers three sizes. Unique design that allows this cup to fold up smaller and easier as well as helps the cup unfold when it’s released. The two larger sizes have an impressive capacity.

This cup is Made in Slovenia with 100% Medical Grade Silicone and is available in colors Clear, Blue, Red, Green, Black, and Wine.

 

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Yuuki Cup ® Menstrual Cup

This cup is Made in the Czech Republic with 100% Medical Grade Silicone and comes in two different sizes – Small and Large. The Yuuki large is slightly longer than other large-sized cups on the market. This may be useful for those with a high to a very high cervix. The capacity is on the higher side as well.

Yuuki offers two different firmness levels for your comfort – ‘Classic’ and ‘Soft’. The ‘Classic’ is available only in clear color, while the the ‘Soft’ firmness available in both clear color and ‘Rainbow” & ‘Bohemian’ colors (a mix of colors) as well.

 

4

Monthly Cup ® Menstrual Cup

A “V”-shaped cup that is available in three different sizes. The medium size is narrow and may be comfortable for those with a smaller vaginal opening. The body of these cups are soft but the upper rim has a good firmness to help this cup open after it’s inserted.

This cup is Made in Sweden with 100% Medical Grade Silicone and is available in colors Clear, Blue Sapphire, and Pink Topaz (Has offered limited edition colors).

 

5

Saalt Cup ® Menstrual Cup

This cup has a very nice finish and packing. The two sizes offered are slightly shorter than the average cup and may be comfortable for those with a medium/low cervix.

This cup is Made in the USA with 100% Medical Grade Silicone and is available in colors Himalayan Pink and Ocean Blue.

 

Menstrual Cup Brand Reviews (A-Z)

Menstrualcupreviews.net has you covered. We have investigated, researched, and comprised a list of the best menstrual cups currently manufactured and sold. It 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.

Aiwo Cup
Amy Cup
Anytime Cup
Athena Cup
Bella Cup
Blossom Cup
Calla Cup
Casco Cup
Clari Cup
Cleo Cup
Cup Lee
Diva Cup
Dutchess
Enna Cycle
Eva Cup
Eva Cup
FemmeCup
FemmyCycle
Fleur Cup
Formoonsa
Fun Cup
Gaia Cup
Hello Cup
Iris Cup
Juju Cup
Keeper
Korui Cup
Lady Cup
Lali Cup
Lena Cup
Lily Cup
Louloucup
Lunette
LuvUr Body
Lybera
MeLuna
MenstroCup
MermaidCup
Merula Cup
Mia Cup
MiaLuna
Misscup
Miu Cup
Monthly Cup
Mooncup
MyCup
MyOwnCup
Naturcup
Oi Cup
Organi Cup
Pixie Cup
Ruby Cup
Saalt Cup
SckoonCup
Selena Cup
SheCup
Si-Bell
Silja Cup
So Cup
StoneSoup
Super Jennie
Venus Cup
XO Flo
Yuuki

Menstrual Cups 101

Menstrual Cup Quiz

Just follow 8 simple questions and see all menstrual cups that best match your needs. Each matching cup will have a matching score.

Unlike other quizzes online, the menstrual cups in our results are not sponsored in any way, shape, or form. The results of this quiz are solely based on the answers you will provide. We are constantly working to improve the database as we obtain and add cups.

Click here to start the quiz »

 

What is a Menstrual Cup?

Menstrual Cups are an alternative menstrual product that is typically reusable. They are worn internally to collect the menstrual flow instead of absorbing it and holds a greater capacity than an average disposable pad or tampon. Most can be worn safely for up to 12 hours depending on the amount of the menstrual flow. Since menstrual cups aren’t absorbent, they will not interfere with the body’s delicate pH or bacterial balance and will keep the flow in a liquid state as to not cause foul odors. Read More about Menstrual Cups »

 

How to use a Menstrual Cup?

Like everything else in life, it may take some time and practice to learn how to use a menstrual cup correctly. Knowing what to expect and having some tips and tricks under your belt before you begin can make a huge difference in your experience.

Topics such as various sitting or standing positions that may give you easier access, folds that will make for a comfortable inserting process, how to place the cup correctly under or around the cervix, when to empty the cup, how to remove it without pain, and some common issues that new users may face, and more, can all be found under ‘How to use’ tab.

 

How to Choose a Menstrual Cup?

Choosing your first menstrual cup can be a daunting task with so many choices available on the market these days. First of all, with menstrual cups becoming more and more popular, an influx of them are being manufactured. However, not all are of the same quality. It’s up to you to determine if you are willing to risk your health by choosing a cup that may have been made of questionable material or a cup that has been registered with its respected countries health & safety agency, (FDA – USA, TGA – Australia, Canada Heath, EMA – EU, etc). If you’re in doubt, visit the cups website, read reviews from other users who have experience with that particular brand, and seek information about them in forums or social platforms.

Many companies will have a size selection printed on the packaging based on your age or how many births you’ve had. However, these ‘rules’ aren’t always very accurate. One cup will NOT fit all. We are all different and so are cups.

Locating and measuring your cervix is one of the easiest ways to eliminate many cups that might not be comfortable or easy to work with your body. Cups come in all sorts of various shapes and sizes and while one might fit someone perfectly, it might feel uncomfortably long or be hard to reach for the next.

You may also want to think about how light or heavy your flow is so that you can select a cup with a capacity to match. Even some shorter cups that are comfortable for a low cervix, have variations that allow for a higher capacity.

These topics and more can be found at ‘How to Choose a Menstrual Cup’.

 

Cup Comparison

Already have some idea about the shape and size that you’re looking for? Visit the ‘Cup Comparison’ tool to view what brands might be within that range. You will also find some important information about the cup such as the material that it is made of, measurements, sizes, and some notes about that particular cup. Filtering or sorting examples:

For many other filtering and sorting options Enter our menstrual cup comparison tool »

 

Menstrual Cup FAQs

Everyone has questions about menstrual cups and we’re sure you will, too! In this section, you will find a plethora of common questions that are asked by both new and experienced users. Is it messy to use a menstrual cup? Can I trim the stem? Do I have to boil my cup? Can I still use a cup if I have long nails? How long will a menstrual cup last?

Find these and many other questions answered in an instant »

 

Forum

We understand that even though we tried to include a wide range of common questions and answers, you still may have one that is specific to your situation, or maybe we didn’t go into the details that you were searching for. In that case, the Menstrual Cup Review Forums might be the place for you.

Browse other questions that have been asked or submit a new one. Whether you use your name or submit your question anonymously, the admin or other Menstrual Cup Review members might be able to review and address your question personally.

 

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280 Comments
  1. 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 🙂

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

      – Gina

      • 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 femininewear.co.uk 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 femininewear.co.uk 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 Formoonsa.com site or MenstrualCup.co site. If you shop with MenstrualCup.co, 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: Cup Comparison

        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!

        • 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

    • 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

      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.

      • 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 🙂

        • 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

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

  2. 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?

    • 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.

      Venus Cup – The large Venus Cup has one of the highest capacities on the market at 47ml to the top of the rim. This cup is of ‘average’ length compared to other large sized cups out there but has a decent stem. It’s of medium firmness.

      Merula XL – This is the larger size of the two sizes that they have to offer. This cup has no airholes and may create a slightly strong seal than others. This cup is kind of bulky but it is on the shorter side and holds 50ml to the top of the rim. This is the highest capacity cup on the market.

      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: Cup Comparison

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

  3. Which is the smallest, softest and the healthiest?

    • 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. Cup Comparison

  4. 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.

    • 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: https://menstrualcupreviews.net/menstrual-cups-and-internal-birth-control/

  5. 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!!
    ~Alison

    • 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.

  6. 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? 🙂
    Thanks!

    • 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

      • 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.

  7. 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…

    • 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: http://bit.ly/2EBcFlS
      What does Medical Grade mean: http://bit.ly/2CYBHLc
      Obsidian’s article about “Cheapies”: https://menstrualcupreviews.net/how-to-choose-a-menstrual-cup/#Medical_Grade_Silicone_and_Cheapies

  8. Hi,
    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.

    • 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.

      So….
      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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2YtfxUMeV4

      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.

  9. Hi!
    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!!
    Jo

    • 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: http://bit.ly/2qOSr0E

      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.
      https://menstrualcupreviews.net/high-or-low-cervix/

      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!

      • 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

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

        • 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 😀

          <3

  10. 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!

    • 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.

      Venus Cup – large = This cup is a medium firmness, overall. The body is on the softer side, but it has an invisible secondary rim and inner ring for added firmness to help aid in getting the cup to open without being overly firm. Although this cup has a rounded base, it is of average length compared to other large sized cups on the market. This cup holds 47ml to the top of the rim which is one of the highest capacity cups on the market.

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

      Good Luck! 😀

    • 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.

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