Welcome to the wonderful womanly world of menstrual cups! No longer do you have to cause any more damage to the environment through tampon and sanitary pad usage. You can finally say goodbye to constantly having to buy these menstrual accessories every single month. Now you can rely on one menstrual product that’s totally safe, reusable, and will save you money in the long run!
Because there are so many menstrual cups out there, you only need to choose the one that suits you best, but do you know the answer to that? Well, we’re here to help! In this article, we’re going to take a close look at the Lena and Lunette Menstrual Cups!
The Lunette Menstrual Cup
Finland introduced the FDA registered Lunette Menstrual Cup back in 2005, so it’s been around for a long time already! It is available online as well as at many retailers around the world including Hudson Square Pharmacy in New York, Soto’s True Earth Market in California, Whole Food Market in Boulder, Colorado and many more places!
There are two sizes available that the Lunette Cup is available in – small and large. This is the cup for you if you prefer “V”-shaped cups, and it comes with a standard rim. This cup is not ideal for a very low cervix, but it is a tad shorter than some other cups. Some ladies with a low to medium cervix may find this cup quite comfortable as it’s rather short!
The Lunette Cup opens up really easy, and you need to hold it tight while it is folded, and being inserted inside the vagina. You really need to be careful, as it opens so easily that it may hurt the walls inside your vagina if it snaps open quickly. It helps to put a finger inside your vagina to stop the cervix from getting hit! The Lunette Cup is made for champion sportswomen as it is so firm, and will stay in place!
The Lunette Cup comes in many colors that include spicy orange, sunny yellow, clear, vivacious violet and calm blue! At certain special times of the year, different colors go on offer for a limited period.
*Color pigments have to also be FDA compliant, and that’s why these certain colors are on offer.
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The Lena Menstrual Cup
The origins of the FDA registered Lena Cup lie in the USA, where it was introduced to the female public in 2015. Today it is a very popular menstrual cup among many! It can be found online, and also at the following stores: EcoRoots in Arizona, Erewhon Markets and Last Minute Gear in California, Danyasa Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica, Commodities Natural Market, Northside Pharmacy, and Provisions Natural Foods Market in New York, Women’s Birth & Wellness Center in North Carolina, and People’s COOP in Oregon. It costs $25 for a single cup, and $40 for the dual pack, which includes both a small and large size.
The Lena Cup comes in 2 sizes – small, with a 41 mm diameter, and large, with a 45 mm diameter. The small cup’s length is 46 mm, while the large cup’s length is 50.7 mm. The small cup’s stem length is 25 mm while the large cup’s stem length is 19.7 mm. The small cup’s volume is 25 ml (3 x regular tampons), while the large cup’s volume is 30 ml (4 x regular tampons).
There is also a dual pack available which contains both sizes. If you’re looking for a bell-shaped cup, the Lena cup fits the bill, as it is a perfect bell, with a flared rim. It tends to sit high in the vaginal fornix (the space around the cervix.) The Lena Cup suits those with a medium to low cervix best.
Luckily, the Lena Cup is available in 2 levels of firmness. The original Lena Cup is firm; however, the rim is just a tad softer than the actual body. This firm cup is perfect if you are someone that exercises a lot and has a very busy lifestyle. Then, you are able to get the “Sensitive” version which feels medium soft, and will be the best choice for you if you tend to experience a lot of bladder and/or bowel sensitivity.
The Lena Cup offers a rainbow mix of bright colors such as flirty pink, passionate purple, and serene aqua. You also have the choice of the standard opaque white.
*Color pigments should also be FDA compliant.
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How to Decide Which Menstrual Cup is the Best Choice!
Even though there are so many menstrual cups out there, there are certain ones that suit you better than others. These depend on a number of factors that are specific to your body and lifestyle!
These are some of those factors:
1. Cervix Height
So which cup is the best fit for your cervix height? Let’s take a look:
It’s really important to know the exact location and get a true measurement or height of your cervix. Knowing such things will really help you know which menstrual cup is the best for you.
You need to take two important factors into consideration when it comes to cervix height: the cup needs to sit comfortably inside of you, and it needs to be easy to reach when you have to take it out.
After taking cervix height into consideration, let’s compare the two cups, and see which one is ideal for your specific cervix height:
- The Lena Cup is bell-shaped with a flared rim, and often rides up and sits higher in the vaginal fornix (which is the space around the cervix). Its base is quite rounded which adds to its shorter length, and adds to its volume and capacity potential! This is the cup for you, if you have a low cervix, as it sits more comfortably, and is easier to reach. It’s not ideal if you have a high cervix, as you may find it pretty difficult to reach when you need to take it out.
- The Lunette Cup doesn’t ride up as far as the Lena Cup, and it has more length, and the “V” shape helps with this. If you have a very high cervix, you may experience difficulty in reaching it – especially the large size, when it needs to be removed. Of course, with some pelvic pushing, the cup can still be reached. It’s not ideal for you if you have a low or very low cervix. It is best for medium to medium-high cervixes.
2. Bladder & Bowel Sensitivity
When it comes to bladder and bowel sensitivity, a hard and firm cup can only cause discomfort. Therefore, the softest option would be best, and the only soft option between the Lena Cup and the Lunette Cup, is the Lena Sensitive Cup.
3. Physical Activity
If you are a swimmer, a runner, or adore aerobics, weightlifting, dancing, tennis, kickboxing, or any other exercise, then a firm cup is what’s best as it doesn’t leak easily. A leakage is the last thing you need – especially in the gym! For this reason, both the Lena and Lunette Cups are perfect. However, if you happen to have a very sensitive bladder or bowel that gets triggered during exercise, the Lena Sensitive Cup is always best.
4. Cup Capacity
Both the Lena and Lunette Cups have a volume of 30 ml. That’s not exceptionally high in volume though. If you usually have a very heavy period, you will need a high capacity cup such as the Venus Menstrual Cup which has a massive volume of 47 ml!
5. More to Consider
There are other things to consider when looking for the perfect cup! You need to look at price and accessibility. It’s great to order online, but certain areas of the world include huge shopping costs which make it cheaper to search for your perfect cup at retailers – although this can be very time consuming!
What’s nice about the Lunette Cup is that you can order Lunette Cup wipes and a cleanser online! You can even order a Lunette Starter Kit which comes with one cup, a cleanser and cleansing wipes, and a pouch. The Lena Cup doesn’t offer such accessories – only storage bags! Although the Lena does offer a “sensitive” version which the Lunette doesn’t!
Lena Menstrual Cups cost $25 and $40 for a dual pack, while the Lunette Menstrual Cup costs around $39, and both can be found in certain retail shops as mentioned at the beginning of this article, as well as online. Sometimes it’s just easier to order online, especially as the Lena Cup is only available at physical stores in the USA.
Other Menstrual Cup Options
Before making up your mind, you should take a look at other menstrual cup options, as well as cups that are similar to both the Lena and the Lunette Cups.
Other menstrual cups similar to the Lena Menstrual Cup are:
- Venus Cup – The Venus Cup is great and comes without a flared rim. It’s not absolutely ideal for you if you have a very low cervix, as it may be a tad too long for you. However, it does allow the cervix to sit inside the cup without causing compromise to the cup’s capacity.When comparing the small Venus against the small Lena Cup, it has an extra 1mm of length, while the large Venus Cup has an extra 5mm of length over the large Lena Cup. It is softer than the original Lena Cup, but firmer than the Lena Sensitive. It also holds 17 ml more menstrual fluid than the Lena Cup which is great If you experience heavy periods. At only $19.99 for a single cup, and $29.99 for the Venus Starter Kit (at the time of this article), it is a wonderful choice!
- MyCup – The diameters of both the small and large MyCup Menstrual Cups are a tad larger than the diameters of both the small and large Lena Cups. The MyCup’s body is more rounded than the Lena Cup as well. The measurements are similar, however, the MyCup holds more volume than the Lena Cup (the large holds 10 ml more menstrual fluid). It has a firmness that is similar to the original Lena Cup.
- Sckoon Cup – The small Sckoon Cup is 7mm shorter in length than the small Lena Cup, although both large sizes are similar in length. The size of the shorter cups provides a really big difference in both comfort and reach. The small Sckoon Cup has a volume of 23 ml, while the large Sckoon Cup has a volume of 30 ml, which is the same as the large Lena Cup. This cup offers a firmness that is softer than the original Lena, but firmer than the Lena Sensitive Cup.
Other menstrual cups similar to the Lunette Menstrual Cup:
- Eva Cup – This USA born Menstrual Cup has a soft body with a secondary band that is wide. This band helps spread out pressure points, making the cup really easy to open. Its soft body is great for women with sensitive bladders and/or bowels. However, it’s not the best cup for you if you are very active. The Lunette Cup is firmer, and would suit you more if you have a busy lifestyle. The smaller EvaCup is shorter than the small Lunette Cup.
- Monthly Cup – The Monthly Menstrual Cup is very round with quite a soft firmness which is great if you suffer with bladder and/or bowel pressure of any kind. What’s great and unique about it is the fact that it comes in three different sizes, and the largest has a volume of 34 ml.
At the end of the day, you know you want the menstrual cup that suits your body best! Whether you opt for the Lena Cup, the Lunette Cup, or any other menstrual cup, it all starts with the measuring of your cervix!
Once you’ve done that, you can begin your journey into menstrual cup heaven – no more wasted cash, no more environmental harm, and no worries about whether or not you have period protection should you have irregular periods!
Which menstrual cup is best for beginners?
Both the Lena Menstrual Cup and the Lunette Menstrual Cup have small versions so you’ll want to get a small cup to start out. The Lena Sensitive is often great for newbies! The best option though, is to get a starter kit and see which one feels better, such as the fantastic Venus Menstrual Cup Starter Kit.
Is the menstrual cup healthy?
Menstrual cups have been used since 1932 and have continued to evolve into the comfortable cups that we use today. Doctors agree that women should treat menstrual cups like tampons, and remove them every few hours and clean them before inserting them back in. If menstrual cups weren’t safe, they wouldn’t have existed for nearly 100 years!
Can I poop while wearing a menstrual cup?
The answer is yes, you can poop while wearing a menstrual cup! However, the cup may shift a bit as you exert pressure, and pooping may be a little more difficult, especially if you are constipated. The best thing to do is insert clean, washed fingers into your vagina to make sure your cup sits still as you poop.
Should I boil my Lena Cup?
It’s best to boil your cups between cycles. You just need to immerse your Lena Cup in boiling water for 5-7 mins to sterilize it completely. Do this with a pair of tongs so that it doesn’t touch the bottom or sides of the pot. You’ll keep it steady this way. Afterwards dry it with a clean vaginal wipe or paper towel.
How long does a Lunette Cup last?
You must change your Lunette Cup every one to two years. Should you find that there are tears or holes in your cup, or if it is in bad condition, it needs to be replaced straight away! Know that you are not causing harm to the environment when you do this, as it doesn’t add any bad chemicals to the environment.