You’re so over tampons and sanitary pads that just add to environmental harm, and finally have discovered the product of your dreams – a menstrual cup. Not only is a menstrual cup environmentally friendly, but it saves you a lot of money in the long run!
Right now, there are so many menstrual cups on the market, it’s hard to know which one is the absolute best choice for you! We’re going to take a really close look at two menstrual cups that seem to be more popular than most on the market today, the Lunette and the Diva menstrual cups!
The Lunette Menstrual Cup
The Lunette Menstrual Cup came out of Finland in 2005. It is FDA registered and is available in certain big chain stores, specialty health stores, pharmacies, drug stores, chemists, as well as online, through a few sources. Its website advertises one cup for $39.99, but sales as well as discount codes are often offered – so be on the lookout!
The Lunette Cup comes in two sizes – large and small, the shorter of the two. It is shaped like a “V” and has a standard rim. In general, these cups aren’t really meant for a low cervix, however, they’re a bit shorter than certain other average-sized large and small cups. Ladies who have a cervix that is low or medium might discover that these cups are actually short enough to be comfortable.
The Lunette Cup is very firm, and opens easily – sometimes too easily! You really need to have a strong and firm grip on the fold while you are placing it inside the vagina. If it is not held securely, while inserting it in, it may snap open and hurt you inside your vaginal walls. It may also help to put a finger inside your vagina while inserting the cup, in order to stop your cervix from getting hit. The Lunette Cup is the perfect cup to wear if you are very sporty! This is because it is very firm and will stay in place!
It comes in an array of lovely colors – orange, yellow, clear, violet and blue. When there are special events, limited special colors are also on offer!
*Color pigments have to also be FDA compliant and that’s why theses certain colors are on offer.
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The Diva Menstrual Cup
The Diva Menstrual Cup comes out of Canada and has been on the market for almost 20 years already (since 2001)! It is a reputable brand that’s FDA registered. You can easily find this cup at big chain stores, drug stores, specialty health stores, chemists, as well as online for $35 to $39.
The Diva Cup comes in three different models, model 0, model 1, and model 2. Model 0 is known as the “teen” cup as it is very narrow. However, you don’t have to be a teenager to use it. Model 0 is great, as its diameter is perfect for people that have never used a menstrual cup before, as well as ladies who experience a lot of pressure on the bowels or bladder.
Model 1’s diameter is very much like other average small-sized menstrual cups out there, and model 2’s diameter is similar to other large-sized menstrual cups on the market.
The Diva Cup has a medium firmness, and is used by many when comparing the firmness of other menstrual cups.
It’s “V” shaped, and its rim is standard. Each model – 0,1 and 2, are the exact same length, which is considered to be longer than other menstrual cups. It is best suited to those with a medium to high cervix, as its length and tapered base make it more comfortable and easier to grip hold of.
It is only available in a standard opaque white as it does not have any additives or color pigments, meaning it’s very safe to use!
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How to Decide Which Menstrual Cup is the Best Choice!
Although there may be a great range of menstrual cups out there, there are many specific factors which affect the ultimate decision of which menstrual cup is best for you and your body.
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 Lunette Cup is shorter than all the different sizes of the Diva Cup even though cups with a “V” shape are often longer. The Lunette Cup (even the large one), is shorter than all the different sizes of the Diva Cup. Ladies who have cervixes that are very high may experience difficulty in reaching the large size of the Lunette Cup when it needs to be taken out. Of course, with some pelvic pushing, the cup can still be reached.
- The Diva Cup also happens to be shaped in a “V”, and has a standard rim, but its “tail” is a few millimeters longer than the Lunette Cup. The extra length is great, as it makes it a little easier to reach. Should your cervix be low in height, you may find this particular cup to be uncomfortable. Not only that, but you might not even be able to push the cup in completely.
2. Bladder & Bowel Sensitivity
If you’ve ever had vaginal penetration and experienced bladder and/or bowel sensitivity, it’s better to use the softer of the two cups being compared, the Diva Menstrual Cup.
3. Physical Activity
For those who love working out and/or do many strenuous activities throughout the day, a firmer cup is recommended, as it helps keep leaks at bay in these kinds of situations.
Many will prefer the Lunette Cup for this reason, but if you experience bladder and/or bowel sensitivity, it’s better to go for the Diva Cup. This way, there won’t be firm pressure applied to sensitive areas.
4. Cup Capacity
Both the Lunette and the Diva cups have their large sizes holding up to 30 ml in menstrual blood at the top of the rim, which is quite impressive!
5. More to Consider
There are other things you might want to look at before deciding which one is best for you. It’s important to look at price and accessibility and any extra features that the cup may have.
Just because you found the perfect menstrual cup, it doesn’t always mean it’s at the price you can afford, as sometimes your only option is through online accessibility, and shipping costs can really raise the price! Both the Lunette and Diva Cups average out at $39 per cup. They are both available online, and in certain stores around the world.
Both come with a separate cup cleaner that you can purchase (the Lunette also offers convenient menstrual cup wipes). The Lunette Cup offers handy all-in-one kits that contain cups with cleansers.
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 Lunette and the Diva Cups.
Other menstrual cups similar to the Diva Menstrual Cup are:
- Venus Cup – The Venus Menstrual Cup is the same length as the Diva Cup; however, it is the softer of the two. The Venus Cup is amazing in the fact that it holds up to a massive 47 ml in menstrual blood! That’s 17 ml more than the larger of both the Lunette and the Diva Cups. It is the ultimate perfect choice for those with a heavy flow!
- Casco Cup – The Casco Menstrual Cup is very similar when it comes to the shape and size of models 1 & 2 of the Diva Cup. However, it is softer, making it the perfect choice for those with a sensitive bladder or bowel.
Other menstrual cups similar to the Lunette Menstrual Cup:
- Eva Cup – The Eva Menstrual Cup hails from the US, and it has a soft body with a wide secondary band. The wide band helps to spread out pressure points, which makes the cup a cinch to open. The soft body also helps to ease extra pressure for ladies with a sensitive bladder or bowel. The smaller Eva Cup is shorter than its larger sidekick.
- Monthly Cup – The Monthly Menstrual Cup has a very round body which allows more capacity than most. Its body is quite soft, which eases any added pressure. It comes in three sizes, and the largest has a capacity size of 34 ml.
At the end of the day, you know you want the menstrual cup that’s best suited to you. Whether you opt for the Lunette Cup, the Diva Cup, or any other menstrual cup, it all starts with the measuring of your cervix!
Do that, and get started with freedom from sanitary pads and tampons. Know you are making the conscious choice to show care towards the environment, and get ready for a life that doesn’t have to revolve around your monthly cycle anymore!
Which menstrual cup is best for beginners?
The Diva Cup’s Model 0 is known as the “teen” cup as it is very narrow. Model 0’s diameter is perfect fit for teens and ladies that are new to using menstrual cups, as well as those who experience a lot of pressure on the bowels or bladder.
The best option, is to get a starter kit and see which one feels better, such as the fantastic Venus Menstrual Cup Starter Kit.
Do doctors recommend menstrual cups?
Menstrual cups have been used for many years now and are recognized as a sustainable menstrual product for women.
Doctors recommend that women treat menstrual cups in a similar fashion to tampons – they must take them out every few hours and (in the case with menstrual cups) wash them before inserting them back in to make sure they are clean.
Can I poop while wearing a menstrual cup?
Yes, you can poop while wearing a menstrual cup. You just need to be aware that the pressure exerted during making your poop may make the cup shift a little, or may make pooping a little more difficult.
If you feel comfortable pooping while wearing your menstrual cup, make sure that your cup is still in its place with fingers that have been washed.
Can you swim with Diva Cup?
The answer is yes! The Diva Cup, or any menstrual cup you wear, will make a slight seal which won’t allow any sort of menstrual blood to leak out, or allow water to leak in.
Menstrual cups hold more menstrual fluid than tampons, so you will be able to swim for a longer time than if you were wearing just a tampon.
How long does a Lunette Cup last?
It’s important to change your Lunette Cup (or any other menstrual cup) every 1 to 2 years. If there are any tears or holes in your cup, or if it isn’t in good condition anymore, you need to immediately replace it and get a new one. It’s good to know that the silicone that your menstrual cup is composed of does not add any hazardous chemicals to the environment.
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