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2020’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.

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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.

 

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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).

 

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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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282 Comments
  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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

      • 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.

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

    • 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.

      Venus Cup small – This size is shorter than the Diva Cup and has a round base which may be more comfortable. The body of this cup is narrow and has no marking for a comfortable insertion process. Overall, this cup is of medium firmness.

      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:
      Cup Comparison

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

      You might find a helpful tip in this video for inserting or removing your menstrual cup:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2YtfxUMeV4

      Good Luck! 😀

  4. Hello,

    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.

    • 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!

  5. Hi!

    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?

    • 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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uONPxEIQ_yo

      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
      -Yuuki
      -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: Cup Comparison

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

      Good Luck & Happy New Year!

  6. Hi,
    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)?

    Thanks!

    • 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: How to choose a Menstrual Cup

      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: Cup Comparison

      Since you’re in the UK, I would check shops like Femininewear.co.uk, Menstrualcup.co 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.

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

    • 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.

  7. 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?

    • 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!!! 😀

  8. 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?

    • 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.

      Cup Comparison

  9. Hi,

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

    Thanks
    Regards

    Prerna

  10. 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.

    • 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!

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