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
    100

    I have the large sensitive LENA cup and it’s like having no period at all!! I will never go back to conventional pads or tampons!

    + PROS: Small, easy to use, 12 hours of protection, comfortable, eco-friendly, medical grade
    - CONS: Folds can be difficult, possible leaks if not inserted correctly
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  2. Overall Score
    100

    I LOVE MY LENA CUP! Their customer service is the best out there – not just for cups but for any product available on the internet. I genuinely feel like they care about how their product works for people and you can feel the passion in Vili’s messages.

    I purchased a cup from them in their first week of operation and have now purchased their sensitive as well as the other colors. I keep a Lena in my desk at work and always have a plan when Aunt Flow crashes the party. With their new sensitive cups, they truly have options for everyone.

    I love their detailed instructions and that all of their packaging is plastic free, recycled and made with the highest regard for the environment. I also love their storage bags and fun colors! Part of the surprise of getting (or giving) a new cup is seeing which storage bag you get 🙂

    I went with Lena to begin with because I saw their customer satisfaction policy and it is incredible to see a company so committed to changing the lives of menstruating people!

    + PROS: Customer Service Beautiful Eco-Conscious Comfortable Affordable Quality materials
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  3. Overall Score
    100

    Absolutely life changing, I want to recommend this to every menstruating woman I know, and even those I don’t know.
    Lena Cup’s website and instructional materials are easy to follow and make the entire process simpler. It is easy to insert and remove, comfortable to wear, and truly does not need to be emptied earlier than 12 hours, though Lena Cup recommends emptying every 4 hours when first using to figure out how long it takes for you to fill the cup.
    If you don’t relax as the instructions state the cup can be difficult to remove because of the firmness of the silicone and the strength of the suction formed with the walls of the vagina.

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  4. Overall Score
    100

    A very good cup. I got it and noticed how pliant it was and figured I would have to do some manuveuring just to get it popped open. Imagine my surprise when I went thru the motions of trying to pop it open, only to have it just pop right on open with no effort on my part. Didn’t feel it at all, except for the stem, which I cut off.

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  5. Excellent product. I can’t even feel it in. Easy to insert. I have no idea why I didn’t switch to this cup before!

  6. Overall Score
    90

    Size 1 is great for small girls/women and low/medium cervixes. Made of great, soft to the touch silicone, which is not too soft or firm to bend, and it has great grip rings. Excellent price and customer service. Easy to insert and remove, and little to no leaks. Not paid for this review, just sharing my experince.

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  7. Overall Score
    60

    I love the idea of this product. The design, the vegetable dyes and recyclability of it, designs aspects, and the ladies who have collaborated to make it happen. However, it isn’t for me. Here’s why. I first bought the size 2, as it is marketed for a heavier flow. I could not get the confounded thing inside of me. I’ve used other cups. I’m familiar with the techniques and folding styles. I found this cup difficult to fold and that it was impossible to get into place. Shortly after receiving the item (very fast shipping) and realizing this, I received an email from their customer support asking whether I liked it and if not why. If that’s not the best customer service for a new product, I don’t know what is. I was SHOCKED by how helpful they were! I explained that I didn’t find this to be the right cup for me, so they sent me the size 1 free of charge to see if I liked it better! The size 1 fits and opens up but only after I’ve covered it in coconut oil and worked to get it in place. The lily cup and Sckoon are so much easier for me to insert. This cup seems to be the goldilocks cup for many people. While it isn’t that for me, I have a lot of respect for their brand, design, and interaction with customers.

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  8. Overall Score
    100

    Lena is the 8th cup I tried and the last one I felt I had to have. It’s middle of the road firmness allows for the cup to open easily without feeling like a hard mass inserted into my body.

    The bell shape is gentle and gradual so it fits naturally into my body and is incredibly comfortably. I love the stem on both the Large and Small cups. They’re easy to hold on to and don’t cause irritation. The rim is gentle as well so I can’t even feel it when it’s inserted, unlike many of my other cups. The storage bags are also great. Lena has a variety of cup bag designs and they’re all so beautiful and very well made.

    The customer service is absolutely top notch! They followed up with me after my purchase and were very helpful in choosing a size. They are always so friendly and knowledgable. It’s clear that they care about their customers, which is quite refreshing in this day and age.

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