Lena Cup ® Menstrual Cup Review – Is it a Winner or Loser?

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Lena Cup Sizes and Models

The Lena Cup is a menstrual cup that is manufactured in USA. It is made of Silicon and comes in 4 different sizes/models:
Lena Cup
Small
41 mm
71 mm
47 mm
24 mm
20 ml
25 ml
3 /5
4.5 /5
4.5 /5
Lena Cup
Large
44 mm
71 mm
51 mm
20 mm
25 ml
30 ml
3 /5
4 /5
4 /5
Lena Cup Sensitive
Small
41 mm
71 mm
47 mm
24 mm
20 ml
25 ml
2 /5
2.5 /5
2.5 /5
Lena Cup Sensitive
Large
44 mm
71 mm
51 mm
20 mm
25 ml
30 ml
2 /5
2.5 /5
2.5 /5
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Introduction

The Lena Cup made in the USA, is still fairly new to the market, launching in 2015, but has plummeted to the top of the popularity list. It has kept up with their FDA registration, but so far can only be found through online stores and vendors. The Lena Cup costs $25 per single cup or $40 USD for a dual pack.

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Model 1: Lena Cup – Small

What’s Included

When purchasing the original small-sized Lena Cup, you will receive the shortest and narrowest cup in the original (firm) version, a user manual, and a cloth storage pouch, all packaged neatly in a box.  

Who is it Meant For?

According to the Lena Company, the size small is meant for first-time cup users and individuals with a normal flow.  They also state that the small size is suitable for a person with a low to a medium cervix and that active users who have strong pelvic floor muscles may prefer this firmness over their sensitive cup option.

Personally, as an individual with a medium to high cervix, I found the small a little hard to reach but comfortable.  I was glad that I left the stem intact because I needed to use it to rock my cup down before I could pinch the base.  I’ve heard of similar cases for others who also have a medium to high cervix.  After wearing the small Lena for a while, I ended up trimming a couple of the grip rings off for comfort.

The capacity of the small size was only best used when I was spotting or had a very light flow.  Otherwise, I would need to opt for the larger size if my period was moderate to heavy.  Since this cup is short, it would migrate and sit higher around my cervix.  This may have compromised some of the capacity as my cervix sat deeper into the cup and took up some of the space.

Special Features

Capacity – The capacity of the small Lena Cup is 20 ml to the air holes and 25 ml to the top of the rim. This is an average capacity compared to most small-sized menstrual cups.

Body – The Lena Cup is a longer bell-shaped cup with a flared rim. Cups of these shapes typically migrate higher around the cervix even if it is originally inserted and placed low, to begin with. 

Because the small-sized cup is shorter and it may migrate higher, I would suggest it for users who have a medium to a low cervix or individuals who already have experience in removing cups.  If you have a medium to a high cervix, the larger size might be a better option.

Stem – The stem is a flat tab with four grip rings down the length. The stem is flexible and has some stretch to it but also has a decent point of resistance.

I found the stem fairly comfortable. As mentioned, I did end up trimming it down using the grip rings as a guide. When left fully intact, certain sitting positions or bearing down with my muscles would cause the tip of the stem to dip down far enough that I could feel it.

Rim – Flared rims on cups such as the Lena, tend to migrate upward into the vagina fornix no matter how low you position it. This may make the cup harder to reach for individuals with a medium to high cervix.

Secondary Rim – While the Lena Cup doesn’t have a visible secondary rim like a majority of cups with a standard rim, it does have a slight thickening of silicone towards the upper rim for added firmness.

Grip Rings – There are three grip rings at the base of the cup. Although they are rounded, they are similar to stairs in which there is a flat spot before rounding off.  

Some users find that the grip rings on the original Lena are too firm. People have reported feeling like they are scratching or chafing them.

Silicone Quality – The Lena Cup has been kept up to date with their registration through the FDA. The quality of the silicone is excellent and should last for many years of use. The company offers the original Lena Cups in colors white, pink, purple, and turquoise.

Firmness – The original Lena Cup is considered a firm cup. The upper rim is softer than the body which may help prevent some extra pressure. However, those who have a sensitive bladder or bowel may still find it a little too firm. You may want to consider the sensitive version instead.

Air Holes – There are four medium-sized air holes positioned just as the rim starts to flare.  

While most people find the size of these air holes sufficient, others may experience premature leaking if their cervix sits deeply into the cup.

Seams – There are flashing (joining line/seam) traveling the length of the body on two “sides” as well as on the top side of the rim. However, all of these are cleaned up nicely.

Markings – “Lena” is branded on the inside of the cup.

Colors:

Model 2: Lena Cup – Large

What’s Included

When purchasing the original large-sized Lena Cup, you will receive the longer and wider cup in the original (firm) version, a user manual, and a cloth storage pouch, all packaged neatly in a box.  

Who is it Meant For?

According to the Lena Company, the large size is meant for individuals with a heavy flow and is suitable for users who do not have a strong pelvic floor.

For one reason or another, after using the original large Lena Cup a few times, I found that it caused me some extra discomfort. I’m not sure if it was the firmness, the shape, the flared rim, or a combination of all. The original small Lena Cup was the better option for me in terms of comfort even if the capacity wasn’t.

Special Features

Capacity – The capacity of the large Lena Cup is 25 ml to the air holes and 30 ml to the top of the rim. This is the average capacity of most large-sized menstrual cups.

Body – The Lena Cup is a longer bell-shaped cup with a flared rim. Cups of these shapes typically migrate higher around the cervix even if it is originally inserted and placed low, to begin with.  

If you have a medium to a high cervix, the large should be within easy reach. However, if you have a medium to a low cervix, the smaller size would be a better option.

Stem – The stem is a flat tab with four grip rings down the length. The stem is flexible and has some stretch to it but also has a decent point of resistance.

I found the stem fairly comfortable. But I did end up trimming it down using the grip rings as a guide. When left fully intact, certain sitting positions or bearing down with my muscles would cause the tip of the stem to dip down far enough that I could feel it.

Rim – Flared rims on cups such as the Lena, tend to migrate upward into the vagina fornix no matter how low you position it. This may make the cup harder to reach for individuals with a high to very high cervix.

Secondary Rim – While the Lena Cup doesn’t have a visible secondary rim like a majority of cups with a standard rim, it does have a slight thickening of silicone towards the upper rim for added firmness.

Grip Rings – There are three grip rings as the base of the cup. Although they are rounded, they are similar to stairs in which there is a flat spot before rounding off.  

Some users find that the grip rings on the original Lena are too firm. People have reported feeling like they are scratching or chafing them.

Silicone Quality – The Lena Cup has been kept up to date with their registration through the FDA. The quality of the silicone is excellent and should last for many years of use. The company offers the original Lena Cups in colors white, pink, purple, and turquoise.

Firmness – The original Lena Cup is considered a firm cup. The upper rim is softer than the body which may help prevent some extra pressure. However, those who have a sensitive bladder or bowel may still find it a little too firm. You may want to consider the sensitive version instead.

Air Holes – There are four medium-sized air holes positioned just as the rim starts to flare.  

While most people find these air holes sufficient, others may experience premature leaking if their cervix sits deeply into the cup.

Seams – There are flashing (joining line/seam) traveling the length of the body on two “sides” as well as on the top side of the rim. However, all of these are cleaned up nicely.

Markings – “Lena” is branded on the inside of the cup.

Colors:

Model 3: Lena Cup ‘Sensitive’ – Small

What’s Included

When purchasing the sensitive small-sized Lena Cup, you will receive the shortest and narrowest cup in the sensitive (soft) version, a user manual, and a cloth storage pouch, all packaged neatly in a box.  

Who is it Meant For?

According to the Lena Company, the size small is meant for first-time cup users, individuals with a normal flow, and is suitable for someone with a low to a medium cervix. The sensitive version is for users with sensitive anatomies or with sensitive bladders and can also offer further relief from cramps during your most painful days.

Personally, as an individual with a medium to high cervix, I found the small a little hard to reach but comfortable. I was glad that I left the stem intact because I needed to use it to rock my cup down before I could pinch the base. I’ve heard of similar cases for others who also have a medium to high cervix.  

The capacity of the small size was only best used when I was spotting or had a very light flow. Otherwise, I would need to opt for the larger size if my period was moderate to heavy. Since this cup is short, it would migrate and sit higher around my cervix. This may have compromised some of the capacity as my cervix sat deeper into the cup and took up some of the space.

Special Features

Capacity – The capacity of the small Lena Cup is 20 ml to the air holes and 25 ml to the top of the rim. This is an average capacity compared to most small-sized menstrual cups.

Body – The Lena Cup is a longer bell-shaped cup with a flared rim. Cups of these shapes typically migrate higher around the cervix even if it is originally inserted and placed low, to begin with. 

Because the small-sized cup is shorter and it may migrate higher, I would suggest it for users who have a medium to a low cervix or individuals who already have experience in removing cups. If you have a medium to a high cervix, the larger size might be a better option.

Stem – The stem is a flat tab with four grip rings down the length. The stem is flexible and has more stretch to it than the original Lena Cup. However, it still has a decent point of resistance.

I found the stem on the sensitive version a lot more comfortable than on the original (firm) version and did not feel the need to trim it.  

Rim – Flared rims on cups such as the Lena, tend to migrate upward into the vagina fornix no matter how low you position it. This may make the cup harder to reach for individuals with a medium to high cervix.

Secondary Rim – While the Lena Cup doesn’t have a visible secondary rim like a majority of cups with a standard rim, it does have a slight thickening of silicone towards the upper rim for added firmness.

Grip Rings – There are three grip rings at the base of the cup. Although they are rounded, they are similar to stairs in which there is a flat spot before rounding off.  

Although users of the original Lena Cup complained of it scratching or chafing them, there have been no complaints about the grip rings (on the base or stem) of the sensitive cups.

Silicone Quality – The Lena Cup has been kept up to date with their registration through the FDA. The quality of the silicone is excellent and should last for many years of use. The company only offers the sensitive cups in an opaque white.

Firmness – The sensitive Lena Cup is considered a medium/soft cup, or a little softer than medium. The upper rim is softer than the body which may help prevent some extra pressure. However, some users say that it caused them difficulties while trying to get it to open.

Air Holes – There are four medium-sized air holes positioned just as the rim starts to flare.  

While most people find the size of these air holes sufficient, others may experience premature leaking if their cervix sits deeply into the cup.

Seams – There are flashing (joining line/seam) traveling the length of the body on two “sides” as well as on the top side of the rim. However, all of these are cleaned up nicely.

Markings – “Lena” is branded on the inside of the cup.

Colors: Translucent

Model 4: Lena Cup ‘Sensitive’ – Large

What’s Included

When purchasing the sensitive large-sized Lena Cup, you will receive the longer and wider cup in the sensitive (soft) version, a user manual, and a cloth storage pouch, all packaged neatly in a box.  

Who is it Meant For?

According to the Lena Company, the large size is meant for individuals with a heavy flow and is suitable for users who do not have a strong pelvic floor. The sensitive version is for users with sensitive anatomies or with sensitive bladders and can also offer further relief from cramps during your most painful days.

Out of all of the Lena Cup variations, I found the large sensitive cup to be the best option for me. It was easy to use and comfortable to wear. However, the capacity was still lacking when my flow was at its heaviest. Since bell-shaped cups with a flared rim tend to migrate higher, my cervix sat deeper into the cup and likely compromised some of the capacity.

Special Features

Capacity – The capacity of the large Lena Cup is 25 ml to the air holes and 30 ml to the top of the rim. This is an average capacity compared to most large-sized menstrual cups.

Body – The Lena Cup is a longer bell-shaped cup with a flared rim. Cups of these shapes typically migrate higher around the cervix even if it is originally inserted and placed low, to begin with. 

If you have a medium to a high cervix, the large should be within easy reach. However, if you have a medium to a low cervix, the smaller size would be a better option.

Stem – The stem is a flat tab with four grip rings down the length. The stem is flexible and has more stretch to it than the original Lena Cup. However, it still has a decent point of resistance.

I found the stem on the sensitive version a lot more comfortable than on the original (firm) version and did not feel the need to trim it.  

Rim – Flared rims on cups such as the Lena, tend to migrate upward into the vagina fornix no matter how low you position it. This may make the cup harder to reach for individuals with a medium to high cervix.

Secondary Rim – While the Lena Cup doesn’t have a visible secondary rim like a majority of cups with a standard rim, it does have a slight thickening of silicone towards the upper rim for added firmness.

Grip Rings – There are three grip rings at the base of the cup. Although they are rounded, they are similar to stairs in which there is a flat spot before rounding off.  

Although users of the original Lena Cup complained of it scratching or chafing them, there have been no complaints about the grip rings (on the base or stem) of the sensitive cups.

Silicone Quality – The Lena Cup has been kept up to date with their registration through the FDA. The quality of the silicone is excellent and should last for many years of use. The company only offers the sensitive cups in an opaque white.

Firmness – The sensitive Lena Cup is considered a medium/soft cup, or a little softer than medium. The upper rim is softer than the body which may help prevent some extra pressure. However, some users say that it caused them difficulties while trying to get it to open.

Air Holes – There are four medium-sized air holes positioned just as the rim starts to flare.  

While most people find the size of these air holes sufficient, others may experience premature leaking if their cervix sits deeply into the cup.

Seams – There are flashing (joining line/seam) traveling the length of the body on two “sides” as well as on the top side of the rim. However, all of these are cleaned up nicely.

Markings – “Lena” is branded on the inside of the cup.

Colors: Translucent

Detailed User Manual

The Lena Cup user guide provides in-depth information on how to use the Lena Cup. The bullet notes are easy to read and cover many things that a first-timer may wonder about. This page includes how to insert and remove the cup, as well as how to trim the stem if it’s needed. The well-illustrated diagrams are helpful for users that need visuals. 

The folding page gives you optional folds that you can try and includes easy to follow instructions or a video if you choose.

Lena Cups FAQ & Troubleshooting page is very well planned out and answers many of the common questions and issues that a user may encounter with product & care, as well as orders & shipping.

Alternatives to Lena Cup

Sckoon Cup – While the large Sckoon Cup and Lena Cup are about the same length, the small Sckoon Cup is shorter by approximately 7mm.  Although it doesn’t seem like much, it could make a big difference in fit and reach.  These two cups hold about the same capacity.  The Sckoon Cup is softer than the Lena Original but slightly firmer than the Lena Sensitive.

Venus Cup – The Venus Cup does not have a flared rim, so if you have a very low cervix, even the small size may still be a tad too long for you, but it allows the cervix to sit inside of the cup without compromising all of the capacity.  The small Venus Cup is only 1 mm longer than the small Lena Cup while the large Venus Cup is 5 mm over the large Lena.  The Venus Cup is softer than the Lena Original but firmer than the Lena Sensitive.

Summary

The Lena Cup has become a favorite for individuals with a medium to a low cervix.  However, users with a medium to a high cervix may find that the large size is comfortable and easy to reach, as well.  Offering two sizes and two firmness levels make these cups a great option for many.  People all over the world have come to trust the brand for its quality and have received excellent customer service if they ever need one on one care.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Are Lena cups safe?

The Lena Cup is biocompatible with the body.  The silicone used in making each Lena Cup does not leach any chemical or toxins and is BPA and latex-free.

Should I boil my Lena Cup?

Boil your cup before the first use and between periods.  Fill a pan with plenty of clean water.  Bring to boil and let your cup float for 5-7 minutes while ensuring that the cup does not touch the bottom of the pan.  You can use a pair of tongs to keep your cup in place and to remove it from the boiling water.  Let your Lena Cup cool down before using it.

What size Lena Cup should I get?

Most people can wear either size Lena Cup but choose one over the other primarily based on flow amount, cervix height, and general physique.  

Where is Lena Cup made?

The silicone and dyes, cup production, printing, and assembly are all based in California, USA.

Can you sleep with a Lena Cup?

You can wear the Lena Cup for up to 12 consecutive hours including overnight.  Depending on your flow, during your heavier days, you might need to empty it more often.  

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  1. Overall Score
    70

    Lena Cup is great for beginners and to wear during sports activities. This is the first period cup I have used. It has great protection against leakage. I will never go back to pads or tampons again 🙂

    + PROS: It has perfect size. No irritation to discomfort.
    - CONS: Bit expensive when compared to others.
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  2. I’m shopping for my first cup. I’m wanting to get the lena small due to a low cervix but not sure if I should get the regular or sensitive. I have a small rectocele prolapse and I’m not sure what firmness would be best for this. Any advice.?

  3. Overall Score
    60

    I really wanted to love the Lena and I do give their customer service 5 stars. I read so many wonderful reviews about the Lena cups before purchasing, I was an experienced cup user but just wanted to try something different. I went with a Large Lena (regular) because I’ve always used the larger size of cups because I’ve had children and my pelvic floor isn’t all that wonderful anymore now that I’m older. This cup caused intense bladder and urethra pressure for me. I feel like it literally closed off my urethra. As soon as I inserted the cup I felt like I had to pee but then couldn’t. This feeling was constant. Even if I could be a little bit, I could never empty my bladder which can cause UTI’s so not good. I would take the cup out and the flood gates would open. I contacted Lena customer support and they sent me a large Lena sensitive and I was hopeful the softer cup would solve my problems. They even let me keep the regular Lena and gave me wonderful tips just in case I ever wanted to try it again in the future! I can’t praise their customer service enough which is basically where all the stars are coming from. If I was just rating their customer service Lena would have a 5 star review. I got the Sensitive right after my period was over so I waited until my next cycle to try. Although it did help slightly, the uncomfortable pressure was still there. I have realized that the bulbous shape of the Lena cups just doesn’t work for my anatomy. The Lena sensitive was so soft and it did take some coaxing to get open and besides the pressure both cups were very easy to use and both didn’t leak. I like to recommend Lena to new cup users because their satisfaction guarentee and their great customer service.

    + PROS: Great packaging nice colors awesome customer service good price point quality
    - CONS: too bulbous caused bladder/urethra pressure caused more cramping
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  4. Overall Score
    90

    I have purchased the 2 pack . The smaller size feels a lot softer that the large one . I only use the large cup as my periods are very heavy on first two days and then disappear . As much as I love that cup because it generally doesn’t leak , and it is quite easy to insert , it is a pain to get in out , Maybe my vagina canal is super long , however that’s never been an issue with smaller sizes . What i think it is , is the firmness . It is hard to grab and pinch it in order to remove it . I have just learned that it comes in “sensitive ” option , and it is less firm. I wished I knew it earlier , as I love this product , but wont be buying new one for now because delivery to Australia will cost me a fortune .

    + PROS: doesn't leak feels secure easy to insert
    - CONS: hard to remove
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  5. Overall Score
    80

    I have only tried two menstural cups so far and both had their pros and cons. The Lena cup is a good solid option but it does put pressure on my bladder.

    The Lena cup is easier to get to seal and doesn’t leak, which were slight issues I had with the Eva cup. My only complaint is that it takes forever for me to empty my bladder while I have the cup in. It’s a minor annoyance and I will still keep using the cup until it needs replacing, but when it does I will likely look for a slightly less firm cup.

    + PROS: Opens easily No leaks Generally comfortable
    - CONS: Pressure on bladder/harder to pee
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    • Hi Amy!

      Do you have the original Lena Cup? They also have a “Sensitive” version for those who experience too much pressure with their original verison. I would shoot them an email and let them know about the bladder pressure, they have really great customer service!

      In addition, if you notice that you’re getting UTI’s or getting them more often while using the cup, it may be caused by urine getting “trapped” from that pressure. 🙁

  6. love it. first time cup user. wish i would have found this 25 years ago!! i am 45 and just started using this. love it. doesn’t feel like i have my period.

  7. Overall Score
    100

    After 4 cycles, I FINALLY figured the Lena cup out! Pain, leaks, cramps, couldn’t pee….I was about to throw in the towel on menstrual cups! But determined to figure this thing out, I did a ton of research and got great feedback from Lena cup. I found 2 complete game changers! 1. Measure your cervix! I bought the two pack of the Lena cups thinking I’d use the large when my flow is heavy and the small when it’s normal. I can’t get the small to seal and when I measured my cervix, I found out it’s high so there’s something about the small that doesn’t allow me to get it high enough causing it not to open and seal and it puts pressure on my bladder causing me to have difficulties peeing. 2. Stand with one leg up on the toilet when inserting! When sitting, I was never able to get a good angle when inserting the cup causing it to prematurely open and I couldn’t get it far enough in causing it to leak. I just use the large cup now without any leaks, pain or difficulty peeing!

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  8. Overall Score
    100

    Very easy to put and confortable .

    + PROS: Nice looking , confortable
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  9. Overall Score
    100

    I was very hesitant to try the cup due to many misconceptions. However I hate wearing alternate forms and after thinking about it I really wanted to try it. I had my husband do the research and he chose Lena. I am so happy with it. I tried it towards the end of my period and loved how clean I felt! I didn’t feel anything inside and to be a newbie, it was easy to insert and remove. I did check it frequently just cause 1. I don’t want accidents and 2. Your body is trying to rid itself of this so I want it out as well but it was easy. The suction is so good that if you pull lightly at the stem you can tell if it is properly placed.

    I honestly recommend women to try it!

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  10. Overall Score
    100

    I would like to start by saying that I LOVE my Lena Cup, and that their customer service is the best i have ever dealt with!

    But here is my story:

    The first cup I tried was the Lily Cup, I didn’t do my research, ended up choosing this cup because I thought it was different than the others aesthetically, but due to the fact that I didn’t read reviews or look up more information on it, I was not able to adapt. The Lily Cup is too long for me, so I would feel the stem and it was extremely uncomfortable, and because the cup is too soft, it wouldn’t open completely and would always leak. So I gave up on trying it, after 5 cycles of unsuccessful attempts, and went right back to pads.

    This time I decided to really do my research, I read so many reviews, watched numerous YouTube videos, and during my research I came across the Lena Cup. I ordered the cup and on my 1st try I was able to successfully insert it. It is very easy to insert, it opens very easily and it seals perfectly – I would like to add that I can only insert it correctly with the C-fold while sitting on the toilet. Because I had recently inserted the copper IUD, my flow was heavier than usual, but I still purchased the small cup because I thought I could empty it many times during the day. It was true, until after a few months, my overnight flow on the first 2 days are very heavy, much heavier than before, and as soon as I would get up in the morning, the blood would leak onto my underwear before I was able to reach the bathroom. I thought it was because I wasn’t emptying it before bed, or that I didn’t seal it properly, but it then after checking all these things, I noticed that it was overflowing, so the cup was too small. So before purchasing I new cup, since my biggest fear on getting the bigger cup is that it would be uncomfortable for me, and I explained my situation through an email to customer service, stating everything I do, and asking if the Large Lena Cup would be a good fit. They responded promptly – in less than an hour – to all my questions, and because they guarantee 100% satisfaction on their product, they would be sending me a complimentary Large cup for me to try and see if it would be a better fit for me.

    I couldn’t recommend this company more if I tried, it’s just so amazing that the company cares for it’s customers from start to end. When you purchase your cup, they send you an email asking if you’re satisfied, in case you aren’t or if you have questions, the customer service will reply in less than an hour, and all reviews that are less than 5-stars have a reply from them to check if there is anything they could do to make it better.

    + PROS: Customer Service Beautiful Eco-Conscious Comfortable Affordable Quality materials
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