The menstrual cup is one of the most intimidating yet fascinating items a woman/female body has available for dealing with her monthly festival of blood. The idea of using just one product and not paying thousands of dollars buying feminine supplies, that will just live on in landfills for the rest of time, is appealing. The idea of putting the cup in your lady parts and pulling out a cup full of blood is far less so.
I have to say though, having tried them, I am a convert.
I am an extremely heavy bleeder.
Plus they are perfect for the post-apocalyptic lifestyle, which we all know is a serious consideration these days.
One of the best things about cups is you can keep one with you at all times. Or, if you are one of those lucky clockwork bleeders, you can even put it in (want to know how that actually works? Check out this great video) the day you expect it; it’s great for women on the pill for just that reason. Typically, on light days, you can change it every 12 hours. I’m lucky enough that my tub is next to my toilet so I can just take it out, empty it, and rinse it in the tub all the while sitting comfortably, lol. When I’m in a public restroom or one that is not my own, I will take it out, empty it, and use toilet paper to clean it up before putting it back in. If you prefer something more sanitary many of the cup companies sell wipes for that as well. There’s no denying on heavy days I need to empty it more frequently and I have a heavy enough flow that I wear cloth pads (thanks to Frenchie) just to be on the safe side. If you think this all sounds like a Pollyanna-ish view of cup use, check out this video for the 10 things we don’t talk about much when it comes to our cups. Overall, menstrual cups allow me to forget I have a period for most of my cycle which is a bloody fucking miracle if you ask me.
I’ve used a few so I thought I should share my observations about each brand with you.
Average retail $29.99 USD
The Diva Cup was the first menstrual cup I bought. While there was a learning curve, by month three I was a pro. The cup was comfortable, popped open easily once inside and I never felt it. I had some leakage issues but I am an extremely heavy bleeder so I just needed to learn to check it more often on days 2 and 3 (typically my heaviest flow days). It cleaned up easily and was easy enough to take out. I was perfectly happy with it. Then tragedy struck. I had left it wrapped in paper towels to dry after cleaning and it was inadvertently thrown away. I was not a happy camper.
Average retail $39.99
I decided to upgrade for my replacement. I had heard great things about the Lunette cup so I decided to buy one. I again went for the larger, model 2 cup. I was disappointed initially. I had heard these were the best of the best. Soft, comfortable, and low on leaks. I had a hellish time with it. I found the material unforgiving and the damn thing would pop open before I ever got it in. However, as I continued to use it, I gained an appreciation for it. It is now my go-to cup. It is the best against leaks, the easiest to get into place, once you master it, and is quite comfortable. I have heard that the model 2 silicone is a little heavier which could be the cause of my initial issues. I’m not sure I recommend this as your first cup but it is definitely my preferred cup now. They often offer free cup wipes with purchase and I have to say those are handy as hell in public bathrooms when you can’t easily get to the sink to rinse the cup before putting it back in.
Average retail $24.99; set with sterilizing cup $36.95
I liked the price point on the Eva menstrual cup, but it was the colors and matching sterilizing cup that got me to purchase one being that I was happy with my Lunette. The sterilizing cup is super convenient and I loved the color choices! That being said, the cup is a little lacking for me. It’s very soft and comfortable (the large size is the one I have) but I had some issues getting it to pop open when it goes in. It also leaks badly with my heavy flow. It’s a good cup for the first or last days of my cycle. I also love that the manufacturer (Anigan) has a first period kit for teen girls. It doesn’t include a cup but pads, bags to dispose of them in, and a heating pad. It’s a fantastic thing for a parent to keep on hand in preparation for their daughter’s first period. Personally, I’d put a cup in there also. While it will probably be far too intimidating for the teen at first, getting used to all the working pieces of your body is a good thing and it’s nice to have it there for when she’s ready for it. I’d recommend this for teens interested in cups, young women, or anyone with a lighter flow.
In the end, as with anything having to do with our nether regions, your mileage may vary. One that didn’t work for me may be the best one you’ve ever worn. That’s why I didn’t rate them on a scale. I do suggest Diva Cup as the entry model but once you have one, if you don’t completely love it, try another. They are different enough that you’ll find your perfect menstrual cup match.